a fun & easy monoprinting portrait class
Are you new to creating portraits, or do you feel a bit intimidated by it? Or are you a more experienced artist looking for new ways to create interesting texture and a looser style?
In this 1 hour online class we’re going to create a beautiful portrait, based on a fun and easy monoprinting technique which is great for creatives of all levels!
This method is very helpful if you’re new to drawing portraits, because it provides an easy starting point and helps to get an understanding of the structure and proportions of the face. But it’s also an interesting technique for more advanced creatives to create texture and work in a looser style.
And no worries, you don’t need any fancy tools – not even a gel plate or a plastic sheet! It’s a fun and simple method that will give beautiful and surprising results.
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Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. JULIA CAMERON
What is monoprinting?
Monoprinting is a technique whereby you apply a medium, such as ink or paint, onto a surface called a ‘printing plate’. Then you press paper onto the printing plate so that the image is transferred to the paper. The difference with other types of printmaking techniques, is that each print will be unique, hence the name monoprinting.
I discovered monoprinting in 2014 and loved it right away! That’s why I developed a fun and easy method to incorporate it into portraiture. The fact that you don’t know exactly what the print will look like, the surprise element, and the unexpected textures that you can create, make this a very enjoyable and playful way to start your portrait!
Using a monoprint as the base of our portrait
This class is called Playful Portraits because we’re going to use a fun and playful method to create portraits! I’ll show you a super simple way to make a monoprint, which will form the base layer of your portrait and a helpful guide for the placement of the features and the shading of the face.
If you’re new to drawing faces, or if you feel insecure about it, this can be an great way to start your portrait, without having to do a lot of measuring or drawing outlines. It’s a perfect tool to help you loosen up your portrait work, while also getting a better understanding of the structure, proportions, and tonal values of a face.
The monoprint also gives your portrait a beautiful and interesting texture. It’s always a surprise how it will turn out, which is part of the fun and a great way to loosen up and let go of control. You can’t really predict the outcome, which is a good exercise to learn to use unexpected elements to your advantage and work with what emerges.
So, in this class we’re going to play with this monoprinting technique! I’ll show you one way to use it, but I hope you’ll be inspired to explore further. Experiment with different images, colors and supplies, to see what happens and discover what you like best. All you need is an open and curious mindset, and a willingness to work with what emerges. Give yourself time to learn, explore & practice this technique and to embrace the surprising results!
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. PAULO COELHO
No special tools needed
In this class we’re going to use a very easy and fun monoprinting technique that doesn’t require any special tools or supplies. You don’t need any fancy printing plates – not even a gel plate or a plastic sheet. You also don’t need tools like a brayer or baren, or specialized inks or paints. We’re going to work with a simple printout, photocopy or magazine clipping and use just one crayon and one pencil as our main supplies!
List of supplies
Below are the main supplies that we’ll use in this class. A more detailed list with some additional tools and alternative options will be available after registration.
- Hot press watercolor paper
- 1 water-soluble crayon (like Neocolor II or soft pastel)
- 1 pastel pencil or other type of colored pencil
- White gesso
- One or more soft brushes
What will you learn?
In this class we’re going to explore various techniques, which can of course be applied to any portrait that you want to create in the future. Some of the things that we’ll cover:
- Creating monoprints in a very simple way
- Creating the base values of the face without sketching
- Working with water techniques
- Drawing a face
- Using crayons for dry and wet techniques
- Creating interesting texture
- Building up the portrait in layers
- Working with tonal values
What will you receive
- 1 hour of video lessons
- Get immediate access to all content
- Take the class at your own pace
- Lifetime access
- All videos & materials can be downloaded
Prices in Euro will be used for the actual purchase.