Art Tutorial Isaiah 43:18--plus lettering and color theory




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Oh, if only this was easy!  I don't know about you, but this is something I have to work on.  I have been known to carry a grudge.  And as Leslie pointed out, a grudge pushes further from love and closer to hate.  Those are both strong emotions.  But one is definitely better than the other!

Those strong emotions called for some strong color!  And this was not a verse that I could formulate any images for in my brain--but the words.  Oh the words!  So I focused on that--and our tutorial this week will discuss more about typography (the fonts, words, sizes, etc.) and some color theory.  This is a LONG tutorial!

Things I want you to notice in this piece:

The use of FIVE different fonts:

  1. block letters:  simple doodled letters with hard corners and straight edges--for some movement this font has little lines added on the smaller edges of the letters--these almost make the letter vibrate
  2. basic cursive
  3. Double outline caps:  draw a capital letter, then draw a second line just far enough away to create a space
  4. capitals stretched wide:  notice how much it changes the letters!  All it takes is making this set of letters shorter than the other capitals but making them much wider, leave wider spaces between the letters
  5. capitals stretched high:  push the letters close together, make them tall and skinny

Practicing the last three fonts is easier than it looks.  Use the word BIBLE and CROSS:

  1. use ruled notebook paper
  2. draw each word so that  it is two lines tall  with w i d e spacing--- try to make the five letters stretch across the page
  3. draw the words again 6 lines tall, and fit them tight, close to each other--both words on the same line
  4. notice how the letters change as you try to draw them different heights and widths
  5. try another thing:  vary the bottom line for each letter--notice how just doing that changes it all again

Notice the color use and placement:

The RULE of THREE:  odd numbers tend to be more pleasing to the eye.  And placing a color in three different places helps balance an artwork, yet it give it more interest as well.  Look again at this week's piece:


Notice:  three places with red, three yellows, three greens, six blue (some are small, but they still count and balance!)

Whenever you are adding color to anything (even your living room or outfit!)  look to have it in 3 places.  You will be amazed how big of a difference this little trick makes!


Yes, God created all the colors to work in harmony and yes He uses them all together in nature.  But different combinations do different things to our eyes, emotions, and reactions!  There are several different combos.  I found this infographic on the web.  I explain it a little more after the image:

primary:  blue, red, yellow--the basics, mix these to make all the other colors.  These play very nicely together, but tend to give a very vibrant, busy, energetic feel

secondary:  orange, purple, green--the colors the primaries make.  Also vibrant!

analogous:  three colors next to each other on the wheel--for example blue, green, yellow.  Tend to be more calming.

complementary:  directly across each other on the wheel:  red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple:  they can make each other look brighter next to each other, or darker if you layer or mix them

I liked this infographic because it shows how it can look when you mix different colors in different amounts.  Here is another:

The BEST way to learn about color:  PRACTICE and PLAY.  Make lots of little circles or squares and fill them with different combos.  Find what appeals to YOU.

I will go over more next week--like emotional reactions.   For now:  here is the coloring version of this week's art as I drew it.  If you like, print it several times (even copy and paste it so there are four of them on one page!)  and color each one a different way.