Colour Theory Beginnings

Welcome to my “Colour Theory Beginnings Workshop” which is a crash course on understanding colour in order to use it for painting, illustration, and design. This course will be running for the rest of the year in various forms – from anatomy, to colour. Please ask to join the whatsapp group if you’re interested in hearing further updates or follow us on @drawingworkshopsct on Instagram.


For further package deals please see www.charliemartinson.com

Please see below for practical exercises.

Exercises:

  1. Writing exercises on colour. Write an account of your day and choose one thing that stood out to you and describe the colour in great detail. Describe the lighting of that object. Was it in daylight or synthetic lighting? How did you feel at that time? You get 20 minutes for this exercise.
  2. 5 minutes of delving into basic colour theory. Don’t stress too much about this. It’s really more about understanding how artists have traditionally understood colour theory, but a lot of the time we have an intuitive understanding of colour. If you have a colour combination that isn’t working, it can be helpful to refer back to this colour combination.
  3. Do a quick 5 minute pinterest search for pretty things and use them as inspiration to create quick colour palettes. We can cover a quick colour mixing overview if it’s needed, and then use that colour palette to illustrate a portrait (because we did portraits last week). This is a way of showing us that colour doesn’t necessarily need to be realistic in order to be effective.
  4. We can have a quick breakdown of lighting effects and how understanding and taking apart colour can benefit us in other areas of life. We can learn to be more present and observe our surroundings more in order to do ‘visual research’ to inspire and push us in our art.

Process:

10 – 20 minutesWriting exercises on colour. Write an account of your day and choose one thing that stood out to you and describe the colour in great detail. Describe the lighting of that object. Was it in daylight or synthetic lighting? How did you feel at that time? You get 20 minutes for this exercise.
1 x 6 minute discussion
30 minutesBasic colour theory(5 minutes)5 minutes of delving into basic colour theory. Don’t stress too much about this. It’s really more about understanding how artists have traditionally understood colour theory, but a lot of the time we have an intuitive understanding of colour. If you have a colour combination that isn’t working, it can be helpful to refer back to this colour combination.Apply (25 minutes)



15 minute break
30m(5 minutes)Do a quick 5 minute pinterest search for pretty things and use them as inspiration to create quick colour palettes. We can cover a quick colour mixing overview if it’s needed, and then use that colour palette to illustrate a portrait (because we did portraits last week). This is a way of showing us that colour doesn’t necessarily need to be realistic in order to be effective.(25 minutes)



5mBreakdown of how you can apply this in other areas of art/ life(5 minutes)We can have a quick breakdown of lighting effects and how understanding and taking apart colour can benefit us in other areas of life. We can learn to be more present and observe our surroundings more in order to do ‘visual research’ to inspire and push us in our art.

Last 10 minutes, reflect on how the workshop went.

  1. How did you approach colour before this workshop?
  2. What did you feel you learned afterwards?
  3. Do you feel confident to draw more after this workshop?

Please feel free to play!

This workshop is free but please donate if you can afford it. The donation recommendation is R100

Banking Details:
Charlie Martinson

Bank Name: Standard Bank

Acc Name: Savings

Acc No: 070213984

Branch Code: 051 001

For future workshops please see @drawingworkshopsct.

If you want to know more about further classes and commissions you are welcome to visit my site.


If you enjoyed this workshop please feel free to leave a review.

Wishing you an inspiring week further and I hope to see you next week!

Learning to Let Go

Welcome to my “Learning to Let Go Workshop” which is a crash course on letting go of your inner critic, while learning to draw the body. This course will be running for the rest of the year, and is a perfect complement to my Saturday Figure & Life Drawing Classes. Please see below for practical exercises.

Exercises:

  1. Writing exercises – write out your blurts and turn them into positive narratives. Continue to do this actively as the session progresses. (10 minutes)
  2. Facial breakdown (5 minutes)
  3. Apply the facial breakdown to a portrait on pinterest (25 minutes)
  4. Body breakdown (5 minutes)
  5. Apply the breakdown to a body on pinterest (25 minutes)
  6. Hand breakdown (5 minutes)
  7. Apply the hand breakdown to a hand on pinterest (25 minutes)
  8. Foot breakdown apply the foot breakdown to a foot on pinterest (25 minutes)
  9. Writing exercise – write out your blurts and turn them into positive narratives ( 5 minute explanation, 10 minutes exercise)

Process:

10 – 20 minutesWriting exercises – write out your blurts and turn them into positive narratives. Continue to do this actively as the session progresses. Page 5
1 x 6 minute discussion
30 minutesFacial breakdown (5 minutes)Apply the facial breakdown to a portrait on pinterest (25 minutes)https://za.pinterest.com/pin/7529524360055086/
Why low poly?
15 minute break
30mBody breakdown (5 minutes)Apply the breakdown to a body on pinterest (25 minutes)
30mHand breakdown (5 minutes)Apply the hand breakdown to a hand on pinterest (25 minutes)
30mFoot breakdown apply the foot breakdown to a foot on pinterest (25 minutes)
15mWriting exercise – write out your blurts and turn them into positive narratives ( 5 minute explanation, 10 minutes exercise) Page 11
10mFeedback poll
  1. How did you approach drawing bodies before this workshop?
  2. What did you feel you learned afterwards?
  3. Do you feel confident to draw more after this workshop?

Please feel free to play!

This workshop is free but please donate if you can afford it. The donation recommendation is R100

Banking Details:
Charlie Martinson

Bank Name: Standard Bank

Acc Name: Savings

Acc No: 070213984

Branch Code: 051 001

For future workshops please see @drawingworkshopsct

If you want to know more about further classes and commissions you are welcome to visit my site.


If you enjoyed this workshop please feel free to leave a review.

Wishing you an inspiring week further and I hope to see you next week!

Portrait Challenge

Please find one of the beginner classes that I do with my students when they first start working with me. I suggest that if you are wanting to improve your value studies then you attempt this exercise!

This exercise attempts to address the following questions through practise and isolating some of the problem areas.

  1. How does one approach portraits?
  2. How do you want to approach portraits?
  3. Where could you improve?

The exercise is as follows:

30 minutes4 x 6 minutes studies trying different techniques.
1 x 6 minute discussion
30 minutes1 x 15 minutes
15 minute break1 x 6 m explain.
30m1 x 30m
1 x 6m discussion
30mQuestions, practising difficulties.
Homework.

During the discussion sessions we talk about where the difficulty areas are, and I show you some neat tricks on how to improve your visual awareness with portraits.

If you’re interested in doing a 1 on Facilitated session, or are interested in joining a group, please check the Classes & Commissions section.

2020 offerings!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve update my offerings for 2020. You can find a full menu of my offerings on the page “classes & commissions”.

I’m an experienced facilitator and events co-ordinator and I am excited to share some of our updates!

  • Figure drawing will now be held every second week, at the same time from Saturday 11am to 2pm.
  • Figure Drawing will now cost R150 per person, still online, but will be hosted from Discord (so please download it if you don’t have it, although rumour has it that one can host it from a browser.)
  • I will now be hosting private Facilitated Sessions, Bullet Journal Sessions and the likes. I have placed my full list of offerings on the “Classes & Commissions” section.
  • Please have a look at the Testimonials session if you would like to get a sense of what classes with me are like!

All the best for now!


Charlie