How to Draw on Canvas
We set five artists the challenge to come up with some unique and quirky designs in their own style, all they had to work with where three small stretch canvases and a pack of Derwent paint markers, plus a few items from their own craft stash. In our first installment illustrator Felicity French shares her beautiful nature inspired creation . . .
How to Draw on Canvas
As an illustrator I love any opportunity to try out new materials and get creative! So, these are the materials I was given for the challenge: three mini canvases and a pack of Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens. These pens are essentially filled with paint so they were great fun to play with. They are super easy to use and you don’t have to wash out your brushes at the end! Here’s what I did with the materials…
You will need
Canvas one – Woodland Fox
1. Begin by drawing the outline of your picture in faint pencil line.
2. Using the two blue pens draw in the plants surrounding the fox.
3. With the orange pen I drew the outline of the fox and began to fill him with pattern. I also added a few yellow flowers and some more plants.
4. Using the orange pen fill in the foxes entire body with lots of pattern and colour in his face.
5. Using a black pen draw on his eyes, nose and whiskers. Then complete the woodland around him with more plants and lots of yellow and red flowers.
6. To add the finishing touches to my picture I glued a tiny black bead onto his nose and a yellow button to the centre of the bottom flower. I had these buttons and beads in my craft stash but you can use anything you like to embellish your picture, or you can leave it as it is.
And there you have it – a peaceful sleeping fox curled up in a woodland full of plants and flowers.
Canvas Two – Typography
1. As we are well on our way into Spring I decided to draw some pretty lettering for my next canvas. Once again, I began by drawing my lettering in pencil first.
2. Using the red, orange and blue pens paint the lettering onto the canvas.
3. To make it really stand out I used the light blue pen to draw lots of leafy plants and flowers around the edge. Adding the leafy foliage ties it together nicely with the fox picture too.
Canvas Three – Flower Pattern
For this canvas you will also need a piece of coloured paper, scissors and a glue stick. I chose orange paper for this make, but you can use any colour you like, or that you have in your craft stash.
1. Find something circular you can draw around and cut out a circle. Stick the circle in the centre of your canvas.
2. Start with the orange pen and draw petals around the orange centre. Then go over these with small red semi-circles before using the blue pen to continue the pattern.
3. I then doodled patterns all over the orange paper – you can draw any pattern you like. With the yellow pen I painted lots of little flowers around the edge. I found a striped button in my craft supplies, which I glued onto the centre of the flower for a finishing touch. Again, you can use anything you like to embellish your flower, you could stick little gems to the centre of each yellow flower or use a variety of old buttons/beads to decorate it.