from an idea to a finished illustration


hi guys good afternoon today’s Thursday I realize I haven’t filmed one single thing for this week’s video and I’m getting really nervous because I usually have kind of like a bunch of stuff film but not this time no so yeah welcome my hair it’s looking color wise okay but it’s so dull I haven’t done anything to it in the past week we can all understand why it’s been really crazy anyway see you tomorrow don’t do anything crazy until tomorrow I mean you’re going to see this in a couple of seconds but yeah see you tomorrow guys [Music] hi guys oh my god this is yeah that’s just my it’s it’s ok hi guys welcome to in my own focus ma’am okay hmm hi guys today’s fighting I hope you didn’t do anything crazy in between Thursday and Friday anyway so today I decided that I’m going to draw something because it’s penalizes last time we drew something together you and I mm-hmm so I asked you guys on Instagram if you could give me any suggestions for things to draw today and a couple of you guys said like it will be great if you could draw something on New York today the thing is guys I don’t know if you can see now you can’t today’s been raining like crazy there’s like a thunderstorm going on right now so no landscapes today mmmm I can’t go to a coffee shop can you hear that I don’t think I’ll be able to go home today I mean I am overreacting obviously I just had lunch it looks gross but it was actually really nice and I needed some sweet tangerines for my immune system so yeah today today today I’m all by myself you guys look at this amazing let’s see if I can do this sketch today hopefully we can start painting the situation and finish the final sketch artist on Monday so yeah I’m going to read your comments now and see what crazy ideas you escaping so I read all of your comments guys and there are a bunch of them so thank you so much for taking the time and writing down a few suggestions for me there’s a bit of everything there were ideas there there are amazing ideas interesting ideas so I think I’m going to pick one and this is I have no idea how I’m going to draw it away guys it’s very dark in here I mean you can’t tell because I bumped the light up on my camera can you hear that anyway give me a couple of minutes so I can work on this sketch and I will see you very soon [Music] okay nice let’s see if I can share what I’ve done so far I have three ideas that I really like and I think they’re really interesting first of them is this one which is a cat a pirate cat with a goldfish in a bowl having adventures I change the ball part only because it will be more interesting for the fish to be walking as well and I think this can be really interesting the second idea is a bear a bunch of bears in a band playing and doing stuff like that playing and doing stuff like that very nice one flat god what is wrong with me anyway all of them being in a band and of course the name of the band is bear trap and there are other ideas that I think they’re really interesting but the other one that I liked is this one is what is the name got sailor drinking tea and I don’t know why I thought this one could be really interesting so I kept these three and I started doing more sketches for those ideas so these are very quick quick sketches guys but this is the bear band these are some sketches for the goldfish should I be enjoying this challenge Hey anyway I thought this could be really interesting and I don’t know why I think they could be like a very good adventure couple like partners and yeah anyway and this one I don’t know why I thought it could be such a nice [Music] this could be a really nice juxtaposition it’s not even a word in English I know it is in Spanish but like a nice contrast between a monster about killing all human beings and being like such a quiet morning before work I thought it could be nice and I thought to put like a very Scandinavian kitchen on the background I also like to put this detail and okay guys know it is but a bunch of humans as next anyway I honestly can decide between these three ideas because I think they’re really cool kudos to everybody who gave me suggestions specially these three people I have an idea which one to do guys because I feel very attracted to all of this so let’s let’s ask add what he thinks [Music] [Applause] [Music] she gave me nothing look like in the recent old buddy hideous and traces esta yeah Indo circa a it was a lot ridicule moved on Godzilla also il Matto ya que empezar mahkumaat but the western side Kruger Leonard here is the histo como my classical el esta muy classically the music Oh gracias alright guys that was weird anyway I am at the office right now and I just finally finish filming patron Q&A which is about an hour long and now it’s almost twelve o’clock I think before lunching before leaving lunch I’m going to work on the sketch for today’s illustration while the video is exporting and everything I have no idea how long is that going to take and I’m really bad at sketching while filming because I get too soft conscious about it so please allow myself give me a couple of hours so I can work on the sketch and later on we’re going we are going to bring together ok guys I’m making some progress the page as you can see is still blank but this is what I came up with I am very bad at drawing from memory guys I don’t know if we can show you this but on the way to the studio on the subway I made a sketch let me see if I can find it so I don’t know if you can see you probably can’t see but this was my initial sketch for this thing for demonstration and I don’t know if you can see but the the perspective is as boring as hell because guess what I’ve never had a band before and I have no idea why how rehearsal studios look like and band practices look like so this is the moment when you as an illustrator have to get in touch with your witnesses thinks that there’s no way I can draw that what I did was I looked for pictures of how band practices looked like and they realized that it will be way more interesting to base the illustration on our already existing picture than recreating every saying from scratch on my mind because that would walk so what I did is I based the studies I did last week on the Bears and this is what I came up with so this is basically the illustration I don’t know if you can see but the the base is somehow similar but I love that in this case you can see the drums and the whole drumming section here as a first layer and then you can see all the ingredients all the band members display there I changed this person here because I want her to be a keyboard musician to say keyboard a keyboard person anyway and but I remained I changed slightly where the drummer is but I kept the details of the rehearsal studio because I love how these details look like on the ceiling and I think it gives more realism reality we all effect to this illustration and it actually looks like a band like a rehearsal studio I am very happy that I did this guys because it’s very hard to admit that you have no idea how to draw a space but it’s actually the best thing you can do from the get-go because then you can look for references and inspiration on google or on real art pictures and I feel that gives your illustration like a new whole different level because you’re basing everything on a very interesting perspective that I honestly wouldn’t possibly like there’s no way I would have drawn that from scratch so there’s nothing wrong with asking for help and looking for references on Google because it will help your illustration so now basically what I need to do is transfer this illustration onto that paper I am going to use my trusty Goodall prismacolor colors and once that transfer is done I will start painting but before that I’m going to have lunch because I’m being hungry so I see you after lunch and once I’m done with the skits so wait a second [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] hi guys oh my god okay so I am at the state in which I have no idea if what I’m doing it’s good or not I did have fun though although filming and painting at the same time is always very tricky so tomorrow I’m going to keep painting this illustration I think tomorrow I’m going to do all the outline and then finally I’m going to finish this faster because it’s taking way too long and also tomorrow I need to edit this video so hopefully I can finish everything tomorrow am i aiming too high I don’t know if this happens to everybody but I just use my drinking water as my brush water so very good friend anyway wish me luck on my Japanese class and see you tomorrow guys have a good night hi guys good morning god I’m so sleepy I am very sleepy today am ia little focus I don’t know let’s do this guy’s today we need to finish this illustration and I need to edit this video so let’s freakin do this right now [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] there you go how are you my love’s I think I’m officially done with the illustration I mean I could keep tweaking that bastard forever this was super fun you guys of course the pressure of impressing you is still there and I honestly did my best but it was really fun to share all the process because I think it’s so important to if it if this experiment was successful in one way it was to prove that is super useful to have references from pictures from real life and I I hope I show you some of the process this illustration would have been super different if I would have done everything by memory yeah please never feel embarrassed to use pictures as a reference because illustrators we don’t do everything from memory that will be horrible and that’s why even Disney Studios they use models to recreate all the movements and they do study sketches and they go to fields to understand how nature works and stuff like that so yeah my love’s I hope you had fun in this video thanks so much for all your recommendations my Instagram was filled with your ideas anyway thank you so much also to all of my pages because you guys they allow me to buy these wonderful gouache paintings and art supplies and this amazing paper and pencils and everything so thank you so much patrons for allowing me to do this super nice quality videos and for allowing me to rent a space such like this gorgeous space you guys are the best so yeah my love’s I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday and a lovely weekend ahead and I’ll see you next week bye guys bye bye the bye-bye

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  • I love the result! It's always nice to hear your speaking in Spanish. Me gusta mucho tu acento 🙂

  • Fran you should make a list of all the ideas and publish them in your insta so your creative fans can draw some of them like #francrazysketchclub 😻

  • love love love

  • band practice makes bearfect hehe

  • Really enjoyed this Fran. I really loved the godzilla drinking tea as well😄

  • I just got in a band! Last week was my firs reheadsel! Your drawing is soo accurate and cool! Love it ^^

  • Hi Fran, I really love this illustration 💕 I'm so glad you are ok with the fact that is important to use a reference photo for our sketches. Thank you for pointing that out! Your are a great artist 💕💕💕

  • Please finish the Pirates and Godzilla as well 🙇‍♀️

  • Waaa can you finish the other two illustrations too??? Sooo cute!!! 😍😍😍

  • Hi Frannerd! I was wondering if someday you could talk about isolation/loneliness as a freelance artist? I don't know If you struggle with this, but I would love to hear your opinion/experiences. ❤

  • Oh Fran I am LOVING your bears! :') x x

  • i love the finished illustration, and the name of the band is just too cute. i'd love to see the godzilla illustration too! <3

  • Hola Fran tengo una pregunta. Hace tres años cuando empecé una página de Instagram y a subir lo que hacía ponía de excusa que todavía no tenía un estilo o que no era lo suficientemente skilled para esto o aquello. Hoy crecí muchisimo ya y puedo dibujar casi cualquier cosa, tengo un estilo propio con el que estoy muy feliz y aún así todavía no hice un gran despegue y siento que ya no tengo las excusas que tenía cuando empecé. Es posible que el no hacerlo o animarse a cosas más grandes este condicionado x mi estupidez o miedo de cagarla o miedo de comprometerme a algo y que después me de paja seguirlo? Tuviste algún momento en tu historia como ilustradora en el que sabias que podias pero no lo hacías por alguna excusa estupida que venía de adentro? Y otra cosa, siento que puedo pero que para hacerlo deberia ser mi propia coach y no se si eso es posible, siento que la imposición de hacer algo nunca viene de adentro o si viene de adentro no la respeto tanto como si viene de forma externa (clientes) alguna vez tuviste problema con eso y si si, como lo resolviste? Tuviste algun enlightment que te ayudo a entrar en la onda de hacer las cosas ordenandote a vos misma sin necesitar la presion de otros?

  • my love for your sketch studies is infinite

  • Juxtaposition…contrast with dinosaur and calm background? And, Fran, your color palette sings to me. My favorite color is periwinkle blue, and the others in this, the saturation, are fabulous. Heart heart heart! ❤❤❤

  • I love the sketches you made. They're all so interesting and creative. 💕Also the human snack thing was perfect 😂

  • I often use my drinking water as my brush water, and sometimes I almost drink my brush water 😀 Spaced out illustrators is the norm I guess! haha! All the best Fran !

  • I would love to have the bears as an art print!

  • Vídeos en español pls 😍

  • That bear band is lovely. Bears always look somewhat dorky and it's funny seeing them do random human stuff. I highly recommend watching some sun bear material. Sun bears have really awesome expressions and are for sure the dorkiest of all bear species (but sadly also have a very tragic history).

    Also want to mention that I love your videos. They have such a nice atmosphere and are motivating me to be active.

  • AMO CUANDO HABLAS ESPAÑOL hahaha ademas me encanta tu acentico chileno <333 saludos desde México

  • Where is the long roll of pink paper from at 0:54?
    Also I love your hair color so much. Please do a vid on it at some point Xo

  • It was really exciting hear you and Ed speaking español chileno otra vez! Lo extrañaba mucho!
    Greetings from Chile! <3

  • I always love the music choices in your videos, very happy but not distracting! And oh, that Godzilla in his kitchen… 💖

  • Why not have Bear Trap play at a local coffee shop where the cat, fish and Godzilla are part of the audience. The cat and fish are fans of the band and Godzilla was intending on getting things done and didn’t realize they had live music… especially such loud live music?!

  • ¡Qué hermoso acentoooo el chileno! ¡Muchos saludos!

  • Amazing work Fran 💖 I love your line work 😍

  • oooh PLEASE do some #misadventuremay with the cat pirate and goldfish..

  • Hey Fran!!! Love your videos!!
    Just a quick tip for colourful hair: I've had electric purple hair for almost 5 years now. To keep the colour, I make my own colour depositing conditioner (mix a plant based colour, such as arctic fox, with a deep conditioner). It helps to keep the colour vibrant and hair healthy without doing much work 😀👍✨ you just need to use it once or twice a week and make sure it is a bit darker than the colour you want your hair to stay.
    Anyways, love you so much!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!! 💜💜💜

  • The only time when people will accept body hair

  • I'm sorry if someone has already asked this BUT where is your blue jacket from?! I am obsessed with it and haven't stopped thinking about it since I first saw you wearing it!

  • amo cuando hablas español <3!

  • When this illustration came up in your story last week on Instagram, I was listening to rock music pretty loud, so I instantly imagined the bears playing my music. It was surreal and awesome. 😃. I absolutely love the illustration too!!❤️

  • Me dio mucha risa como te dio mucha risa el dibujo del pez jajaja

  • Fran por que no buscas en Pinterest fotos sobre el reloj de Londres y haces algunos dibujos y te recomiendo que escuches la música lofi hip-hop es muy buena esa música ( saludos desde Medellín-Colombia 🙈😌)

  • como extrañaba escucharlos con su hermoso acento chileno <3

  • The humans as snacks are golden

  • Eres Chilena? Juré que eras Mexicana. Compatriota, sigo tu canal and I love it♡

  • I like the style. I looked really good…^^

  • What kind of paint do you use? I adore those colors and can never find them!

  • I‘m so relieved, I always feel super „guilty“ when using reference material. 🥺 But on the other hand: As you said with Disney, everyone cooks with water. So why do I expect the supernatural from myself? 😂😬 We‘re a bunch of silly people, always worried about disappointing others. 🙇🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ The bear band reminded me of Scott Pilgrim! 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽So good! Has anyone read the comics?

  • Awesome video Fran! Love it! 💖

  • Damn, I needed this in my life. I always felt embarrassed to tell people I use references for my art, because people who don't know much about it expect you to do everything from your imagination. I mean, who can draw a real looking chicken if they've never seen a chicken in their entire lives, no matter how imaginative they are? I realize more and more that it's impossible for artists to not use any source of inspiration. We are still artists. Thank you for sharing this and being so honest about your struggles, because we all have them, whether we admit it or not. And it's the first time I've watched any of your videos and your illustration looks really good and gave me a super happy vibe. It shows that you had fun making it. Keep going!

  • Hi Fran ♥ i missed those videos ♥ i hope to always see you happy and drawing ♥
    i do have a question ,because this is where i get stuck ,the transferring of the drawing from sketch book to watercolor paper ,how would you do that?

  • Godzilla drinking tea doe lolol also that Goldfish expression 🙁 so funny! The illustration turned out nice would like to see more rage but I like the indie calm vibe of their band

  • Bajsjaja me encanta cuando hablas en chileno

  • Extrañaba tanto escucharlos hablar en español que necesitaba comentarlo <3 Estoy super entusiasmada por su nueva mudanza 😀

  • Extraño los videos en español y las aventuras de ed y fran

  • Fran can we pleaaase buy your line stickers on google play? Please let me know if you read this so i know T.T

  • Que bacan que seas chilenaaaaaa, no conozco tantos artistas youtubers chilenos y menos que hablen ingles. Suscrito ❤

  • Fran: Hi Guys!
    Me: Hi Fran 🙂

  • I hope you can make the time to do one of those godzilla illustrations! I especially love the large one at the top of your godzilla sketch page

  • I love your videos. I always eat by myself and i watch your videos when i have a lunch break so it isnt as lonely. Thank you ❤️

  • Hola Fran. La verdad… Estoy súper inspirada con éste video. Te sigo desde hace no sé cuántos eones cuando vivías en Alemania y es… Impresionante y muy emocionante cada vez que te veo entintar o delinear tus ilustraciones. La forma en la que tiras las líneas con tanta seguridad me hacen sentir muchísima admiración, porque todo el trabajo que has hecho durante tanto tiempo, se nota. Uuufff. Vaya que se nota. Jajaja. Me encantó la ilustración aunque Godzilla también me parecía una buena idea. ❤️

  • New subscriber here. I am Not a good artist. And too broke for buying supplies and art school. But your artwork really teachs me a lot and now i can try new things.. So thanks and take care 💖💞

  • Hey Fran, you are absolutley right! It is no shame to use references, it can be sooo helpful!
    I love your „Bear Trap“ Band-Illustration 🥰

  • I was laughing at the goldfish sketches too XD

  • Por favor Fran….los subtitulos se agradecen :(((

  • Que bueno verte divirtiendote Fran! Me diste ganas de volver a explorar un poco con mi estilo de ilustración. Saludos desde Argentina!

  • Este video me hizo recordar lo mucho que extraño y necesito tus "Let´s draw something" en mi vida Fran

  • Hey Fran! What's that thing you're unclipping from your tripod at 7:26 of the video? Thank you so much for taking the time to make these videos, it's always so nice to watch them, thank you for sharing! In love with Godzilla's quiet morning (everybody needs one right 😀 ). Hugs from Belgium!

  • I'm sorry Fran, but this bear illustration is not that good. Just to mention one point that is problematic: perspective, the backgroud and even some objects. I love your illustrations, you did your best, certainly, but you gotta know basic drawing pillars, perspective a a huge bitch to dominate, so dont feel bad, insteas take a perspective course 🙂. Look, I'm very honest and this might be one of the best commebts you'd ever get. Graphic design studies are normally very poor at drawing basic pillars, that is why you are strugling.

  • Primera vez que te veo hablando en chileno jajaja re loco! Y re genial 😌 abrazo

  • u are so fair n lovely 😍

  • I love it Ok but I still quiero ver Godzilla drinking cafecito antes de trabajar lmao

  • Tal cual Fran. Me ofende cuando la gente ve que uso alguna referencia para mis dibujos y me dicen: ah.. creí q lo habias hecho vos." Como si lo hubiera hecho dios o el espiritu santo jajaja solo x eso

  • Ahh, I dipped my watercolour brush into my tea for the first time ever last week! I guess I'm a true artist now! 💁🏼‍♀️ On another note, my graphic design teacher used to always refer to 'juxtaposition'. His name was Chuck, and everyone called him 'Chux-tapose'. 😁 I love your bear and fish sketches, I would love to see more of the fish maybe in another video. 😊 Have a great week!

  • Me encanta que hablen en español <3 tu voz suena distinta 😮 saludos desde chilito, te quiero fran <3

  • "Are u a chicken"
    S I L E N T

  • New flat? Mucha suerte pareja (y gatitos). How is it in NY with animals, are they mainly allowed in flats?

  • The Bear-ly There jazz combo! I like it. I have a similar round palette

  • what amazing content. It makes me feel so confortable. Thanks for sharing your process with us. This vídeo will be an inspiration for my next vídeos. I hope you dont mind ::D

  • Me gusto cuando hablaste en Español. Me siento especial por entender.😂 saludos desde Panama.💜

  • Hey Fran, I finally caught up with your videos (all they way back from february!). They are one of my favourite things to watch to relax and (most often than not) drawing 😍 Hope we get to see more t-shirts from you (and in your shop when it opens) they are all amazing! 🌸

  • Fran: "I hope you didn't do anything crazy between thursday and friday"

    Me: quit my job thursday night
    Me: oops

  • Omg , Fran! You are over 200k. That is so exciting. I used to watch you when you first started and I’m so glad this popped up. Do you still live in England?

  • I feel so relaxed and happy when I watch your videos, they give me the feeling of home even when I'm not home 🎑😊 Love you Fran

  • 😁😁

  • you are such an inspiration. you know you are the reason I wanted to start my channel! 🙂 I love watching you paint

  • When I watch your videos I get the urge to draw. I’m not very good at it so I get frustrated and quit lol. Then I watch your videos and then I try again and quit 😂😂. It’s a vicious cycle. Either way love your videos!!

  • love your videos 🌷 follow you since years now and always wondered what software you use for editing your videos. love how you add letters etc.
    how do you do that?
    have a great weekend!

  • Fran ur videos are so aesthetically pleasing and I love watching them.
    And u inspire me alot
    Love ya 😚😍😘

  • drinking water-brush water struggle is real!

  • That is a cute idea, but Godzilla doesn’t eat people. ✌🏻

  • Holalala Merci. Por fin una parte en español, milagro (lol). Gracias por tus vidéos y trajo 🙂

  • "are you a chicken?"?! I love all 3rd-person comments in the margin of the sketchbook, but this one got me 😂😂 ! I really liked this video, more focused than a vlog but with the freshness of a vlog, thanks fran 🙏😁

  • Yo también extrañaba escuchar su español chileno!!! Me encantó escucharlos en español <3

  • Hello Fran. Qué programa usas para editar tus videos? Son pagados?

  • Are you going to restock the sailor moon prints? I want one so bad! 😭

  • You look a bit like Emma Thompson! ♥

  • Fran, es tan hermoso el acento chileno. Deberían hablar siempre en español. Saludos desde México.

  • Beautiful! Love your work and your videos.

  • Mais alguém do Brasil ou só eu?

  • Hola! Alguien que me diga los títulos/artistas que pone Fran de música de fondo?? Se me hace tan relax y me sirve para mis momentos de ansiedad 😜 plisss

  • WOOOOOOW tu acento cambia muchísimo de español a inglés.

  • I’m a bit late…. but nonetheless dinosaurs are cute to draw! 🙂 ♥️

  • this video will be better if it is more contained

  • Would love to see whatsapp stickers for these <3

  • So pretty

  • Me encanto cuando hablastes español XD

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