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How to Draw an Imaginary Environment with Ballpoint Pen & Watercolor

00:30  A background is a character
00:44  Garden of Earthly Delights
01:22  Composition
01:30  Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo
01:43  Macklemore character
01:51  Brainstorming a background
02:20  Color Scheme
02:43  Atmospheric Perspective

03:17  Reference images
03:36  Plein air sketching
04:57  Soft Pastels
05:13  Reference objects
06:26  Sketching from objects
07:48  Drawing trees from plants
08:40  Thumbnail sketches
12:38  Composition tips

13:34  Choosing a thumbnail
14:01  Ballpoint pen
17:32  Erasing the colored pencil
18:10  Watercolor cakes vs. tubes
19:23  Watercolor techniques
20:11  Looking from a distance
21:23  Second layer of ballpoint pen
22:15  Finished drawing
22:42  Bloopers

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Julie Benbasset

Julie Benbassat

Catherine Huang

Cat Huang
Illustrator & Comics Artist

Winsor & Newton

Materials provided by Winsor & Newton

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Create and draw an imaginary environment for a creature design.

Core Ideas

Atmospheric perspective, lighting, texture, time of day.


Watercolor paints
Art Supplies: Watercolor Brushes
Art Supplies: Colored Pencils
Art Supplies: Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Art Supplies: Paper Towels
Art Supplies: Tall Plastic Container
Art Supplies: Sketchbook
Art Supplies: Ball Point Pen
Art Supplies: Chalk Pastels
Art Supplies: Toned Pastel Paper

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