Sketches’ Paintbrush & Watercolor Brush Lesson

Here’s a snapshot of yesterday’s digital art class focusing on 2 new brushes, new since we upgraded from the free version to the pro version of Sketches. We spent quite a bit of time on the mechanics of increasing and decreasing both the size and opacity of these two new brushes.

Jan 29 2-16

As an illustration, I had prepared this painting the night before using only Sketches’ paintbrush and watercolor brush:
dig art class

This was a lot to take on, but the folks in the class hung in there and ultimately produced some promising works.

See image for the reference photo credit.
Stay tuned for a closer look at what the Enrichment Centers create.

Lesson Pre-Plan

These drawing apps are complicated; sometimes in their potential simplicity, sometimes in their actual complexity. I’m working on a lesson for my next class focusing on ONLY two of the many Sketches tools, the mechanical pencil and the airbrush. This is currently the only app we’re working with.
We’ll do some warm-ups and then practice settings in size and opacity for each, then play around with some simple figures, e.g., cube, sphere, cone, etc. along with some strokes, movements, and feels. Then we’ll attempt the eye again using only these two tools.
annyth's beautiful eye

Sketches, Sty-HD stylus