About the Project
This week we’ll build on the skills learned in the Marigold Mandala lesson by drawing a stylized rose. In addition to working with the symmetry tool, we’ll learn how to use layers, lock transparency, and the airbrush tool to give our drawing some depth and dimension.
Learn how to —
—add control to your coloring ability by using multiple layers,
–lock transparency on individual layers to enable you to color different parts of your drawing independently,
–use the airbrush tool to add depth and dimension to your drawing,
–and tone your background to add “pop” to your drawing.
- Intro & Project Setup – 0:00
- Draw the Rose – 3:55
- Add Layers & Color – 5:46
- Add Depth & Dimension with the Airbrush Tool – 14:48
- Change the Line Art & Background Color – 20:46
I just happened to do this project on Mothers Day weekend, and I guess that’s appropriate, since I drew a rose. I gave my wife roses for Mothers Day, and I imagine that quite a few other moms got roses or other varieties of flowers for their special day.
Have you ever wondered why we give flowers on special occasions, particularly when we want to express our love for someone? I’m sure there are many possible explanations, but I believe that we show love by giving the gift of beauty.
To behold beauty fills the heart with joy. That’s why I give my wife flowers. Because seeing those flowers fill her heart with joy. I believe this is also one way God shows his love to us.
In his great high-priestly prayer, Jesus said, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:24 NIV).
In another place, the psalmist prays that he might dwell in the temple all the days of his life, that he might, “gaze on the beauty of the Lord,” (Psalm 27:24 NIV).
What a gift God has given those who love him–the gift of seeing his beauty and glory.