How I paint and draw my instagram illustrations! ~ Frannerd

How I paint and draw my instagram illustrations! ~ Frannerd

hi guys it’s a very hot day, here in hastings it’s sunday yeah, it’s probably like 3 pm and today, i have a very chill and relaxed day i am quite sleepy, actually i might i might make some coffe later aah, but i wanted to just like, spend the afternoon with you guys because i don’t know i just want to hang out with you and like, not talk about anything i mean we’re still gonna talk a lot about nothing but, [laughs] so, i think guys that the good thing about having someone that is helping me during the week on my shop and uhm packing stuff and going to the post office is that i finally have time to, i don’t know like draw for draw for pleasure and update my instagram more frequently and today i think i just wanna draw and create content for the upcoming week for my instagram i take instagram in a very weird way because instagram is sort of like my hobby? [giggles] in the sense that i, what i draw is for pleasure. i draw whatever i want because instagram is not my job so i can basically do whatever i want but i like to take the time to create meaningfull content, for me and for you guys so, i want to spend this sunday afternoon not only filming and spending time with you but also drawing so, let’s go to my living room like i said, today we’re going to work together on a couple of illustrations these are very casual illustrations by the way guys, ah so this is my sketchbook, i don’t know if i’ve ever shown you my sketchbook in this channel before yes i have this is something i usually do for my patreons there’s a bunch of kids yelling outside anyway, it’s summer. let the kids enjoy the good weather [laughs] so this is my sketchbook, i am almost at the end of my sketchbook, guys can you believe it and so this is how it looks like usually when i work on my illustrations that i upload on instagram i use the copic and promarker pens? markers this is like my portable to go pencil case these are the markers i use the most and as you can see i have a very defined color palette i don’t know if you can tell, but they’re mostly pinks and purples, blues and grays a couple of yellows i mean maybe i can show you the last one so this is the last illustration i updloaded to my instagram ah, ed and i had a really nice conversation about leg hair [laughs] i mean you can see the whole thing on my instagram but it was so nice that you guys liked that illustration usually when i go out i draw with my trusty old prismacolor color erase this is a classic guys you maybe sick of me talking about these pens and pencils because they are the same i use over and over again i–i haven’t mentioned this before guys but i’m trying to use more erasable pencils from other brands this is the erasable ah, staedtler in the shade aaah–no there’s no shade but it’s the red one [laughs] the quality is very similar to the color erase, to the prismacolor so if you can’t have access to the prismacolors because i know they’re h–they’re a pain in the ass to get you can get the staedtler ones because they’re really good ah, and also for outlining my illustrations i use this muji pen, which is my favorite one and yeah, today i have no plans i have no ideas, i have no idea what to draw but we’ll figure something out [white noise] [sometimes interrupted by sound from a tv show] [white noise] what can i say about the process behind my instagram illustrations? i try to, do my best in terms of colors so, as you can see my color palette is very– when i say defined it doesn’t mean it means that i tried to be as restrictive as i can with my color palette because i’ve noticed that everytime i try to use ALL the copic markers i have or–or old promarkers i have, the illustration doesn’t have a cohesive look so what i try to do is restrict my color palette as much as i can, and from that point onwards i paint everything i can so for example, even though this is not my ah–color–my exact hair color it’s the one that i use for my cheeks and my elbows and my hands, for my shoulders sometimes so i try to do all the details that i can with the least amount of colors possible and i’ve found guys, that this is the best advice i can give you color wise because you won’t ever have all the copic markers in the world ah that is an advice that i try to [snickers] that i also try to follow when i am painting in photoshop so for example i always like to have a color palette– a restricive color palette in photoshop as well, because in photoshop you have all colors avaible. but i’ve found that the illustrations that i like the most they have a very restrictive palette like from other illustrators i think the last time that i purchased copic markers, i tried to go for a more, lilac purple palette because i’m trying to find the best shades for shadowing i don’t know if you can tell but this time this illustration does have shadows which is something that, shadows guys, they always freak me out because once you do a shadow with markers, or with watercolors. there’s no way back [laughs] so i don’t know if you can tell but ah, every once in a while i do swatches in the lower part of the page so i make sure the color that i’m choosing, for example ah, the base of the color which is the best purple that matches that color so what–what is the best purple for shadowing that particular color i make sure to write down all the samples and all the swatches of the colors so i make sure the next time i already know which is going to be the best shadow for that particular color and i make a mental note and i hope you enjoyed this process i know, uhm, i haven’t done one of these in a while let’s draw something together and i really want to go back to let’s draw something, because i really wanna draw with watercolors again with you guys so, let’s make something fun tell me what to draw and i will draw it next time this will be a small challenge for all of thus all of thus? all of us so i will go back with watercolors in all the splendor i’ll make sure to paint this painting this weekend so, just like write in the comment’s section an idea that you would like to see for the next video thank you so much if you have visited my shop in the past few weeks i really–really guys, appreciate all the orders that, uhm, we are receiving right now and, going to the post office is the best thing ever thank you so much for going to the shop thank you so much to all my patrons because, you guys, allow me to sit on this chair and film this video, and do awesome things like buying art supplies and paper and, the watercolors that we’re going to try next week ah, i’m really excited about that AAAH ok, aah so have an amazing day, an awesome weekend i can’t wait to read your comments, and i will see you next week bye bye guys [giggles] [hums while posing] oh, look at all of these beautiful twinkle lights and this box yeah, so glamorous and yeah that [laughs]


  • Luis.G says:

    Seria lindo ver una version tuya de tu ilustracion favorita frann

  • Elisa says:

    This video was great. I love hearing you just talk while drawing. It's super fun and relaxing! Saludos desde Costa Rica!

  • Lot Deleste says:

    Patti Smith's "M Train"!!! <3

  • Duru Durmaz says:

    your favorite movie scene maybe?

  • Carley Rose Studio says:

    Is that Project Runway on in the background? haha I love watching that while i work too 😂

  • Lilacism says:

    i just found your channel while eating sopapillas de chile and your chilean wow!

  • Elli Maanpaa Art says:

    I've always admired you'r cohesive colour palettes 👌 so happy to hear there will be more drawing videos coming up ☺️

  • botanicalfox says:

    In this time I draw foxes. I only draw animals and I love it. So, maybe you can draw also an animal in the next Let's draw something video. That would make me happy. (When you want to know wich animals I draw, you can visit my Instagram (@fleecytinypaws)
    Thank you.

  • hyster wister says:

    i wanna see you try doing food art!!!

  • Macarena Guillen says:

    😄 El grito de emoción por las acuarelas ❤

  • Shimin Mushsharat says:

    Hi! I'm a new subscriber. I visited ypur instagram and blog and loved all the little illustrations. So.. can I download and print some of the pictures to hang on my wall or do I have to buy them?

  • Daryl The pony says:

    fran's videos are always like video chatting with her ~ it's so nice and feels like home~

  • Sarah h says:

    Maybe draw Cereal partially in a patch of light as she ~blesses~ some packages.

  • Postal Swing says:

    Your videos are in my ❤️. Also, I wanna hug you, *hug *

  • imageryislife says:

    That sketch at 2:47 is cute as hell!

  • Yona Duvauchelle says:

    ¿Alguien sabe donde venden los lápices rojos que se borran? (en santiago)

  • Lily Morrison says:

    I would love to see you do a drawing of yourself as a magical girl (like the sailor scouts, or cardcaptor sakura or the girls of W.I.T.C.H) and Ed as the magical guy and your cats as your animal sidekicks. Maybe even just as an instagram post with copics rather than a full blown piece with watercolours. <3

  • UpholsteredCouch says:

    Hello Fran! I just want to ask when you draw an illustration and color it with watercolor do you draw the illustration in a water color paper or sketchbook? Can you paint watercolor on a regular sketchbook? I am practicing and I feel copic markers are out of reach for my budget for now and I am trying watercolor to color my drawings but I don't know if I SHOULD because its in my sketchbook with sketchbook paper.
    I hope you can answer my question.
    Thank you for your time.

  • Ana Victoria Morales says:

    What sketchbook is that?

  • Kellie DC says:

    Your videos have such a great aesthetic, I love them so much.

  • ciucinciu says:

    too instagramish

  • Alexia Calvet says:

    hi fran ! draw a tropical forest ! with a ice parrot ! and a small caterpillar !

  • Christy Brock says:

    Living for the sleepy kitty shots & that ending. *applause*

  • iwaho says:

    hi fran! in the off chance that you might see this comment, i was just wondering if you could maybe make a video about tips about learning to draw or beginning to draw. i am just starting and I'm struggling drawing the way i want to. love you fran!

  • Farah Ware says:

    Have you done the wardrobe meme?

  • Mari Naydenova says:

    Uh, uh! I've got an idea for your next drawing! How about to draw your heroine doing a puppet show for her cats?

  • Emily Renee says:

    Would love to see some night sketches!!

    I love seasonal illustrations also! Can't waiting for the holidays so that you can do more Halloween and Christmas ones.

  • WeChang回声 Уилкинсон says:

    what kind of pencil case do you do

  • 718muddgutts says:

    draw yourself at age 50.

  • Eve Marx says:

    I am pretty sure I saw you in a coffeeshop in a coffeeshop in Hastings this weekend. If it wasn't you, there's someone stealing your haircut in your own city 😉

  • Karina Flagüerz says:

    Fran, me encantan tus videos, tus consejos. Esas caras raras xD! Amo tu canal!! <3

  • Ecem Guler says:

    you should draw something about your daydreams. you know crazy things that are not likely to be real.

  • Bee says:

    This is kind of specific but I'd love to see you paint a bearded sailor man in a striped shirt. Oooo maybe with a mermaid? 🙂

  • Jacinto Linares says:

    Hi Fran, I know its been a few days since you put up this video but I just wanted to reach out to you. I don't know if you will see this but here is hoping. I just wanted to tell you that I am new to your videos & your artwork. I stumbled upon them while looking for inspiration and art career advise, since I am just starting out trying to do this professionally. I AM SO HAPPY I DID! Your videos have helped me so much in just the few weeks I have been watching them. Your personality, artwork, advise & just realness with everything online is so inspiring & relatable. I have already started trying some of your suggestions & watching your videos helps me stay motivated because as you know it can be discouraging with such slow progress in the career choice. So I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do, even in the midst of being so busy & still thinking of your followers to put up videos with such amazing content/editing. But most of all thank you for just being yourself, speaking from someone who's starting out especially it is so appreciated and helpful. So yea just wanted to reach out because your awesome, would love to become a patreon one day when I can finally afford it too, sorry I can't do it now. BTW my name is Chelsea Castle-Linares not Jacinto I use my husbands account for youtube subscriptions. <3 -Chelsea

  • ManekiNekoElly says:

    You're awesome!! I have no other words. I just think you are great!

  • dawntale says:

    fran, will you ever make a video on your transition from working in a graphic design office to freelancing? a month of office job, i just realized how i dont enjoy working for a boss…

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  • Stanislava Korobkova says:

    this mr Sun is sooo cute!

  • Pallavi RC says:

    dear Fran, how do you define success? this maybe a random question and a bit personal… but I have been curious to find out what success means to different people. So, if you ever feel like there's an appropriate time for you to talk generally about your thoughts on illustration, and being an artist and just life in general , I would love to hear from you someday. (Ps I have seen your videos about developing your style, videos about motivation and a video on how artists often feel like they are not enough – I guess that goes for many people though)
    All the best to you and Ed and your wonderful cats from Australia 🙂
    18 July, '17

  • MBestDesire says:

    I have all copics marker in the world. like all sketch and classic…bought them in japan <3

  • Diane Faye says:

    Usually you list what supplies you use, but I'm wondering what kind of sketchbook that you are drawing into? My Copic markers bleed through the pages of my Moleskine 🙁

  • JustNaomi says:

    Hi Frannerd! Where did your sketchbook from? Is it with special markerpaper? I loveeeee you art (L)

  • Alexandra Pociello says:

    Si es cierto eso que dices de q los artistas tienen una gamma de color q lo representa pero no sé si te pasará a ti pero no echas de menos algunos colores? Es decir, no te cansa siempre la misma gamma? (Y eso q me encanta tu gamma de colores) pero es que a veces veo otros ilustradores y digo: oh q gamma más bonita y suele ser lo contrario de los colores q me gustan… pero luego lo intento hacer yo y sale un churro xD supongo q te sucederá algo parecido.. aún así cómo escogiste la gamma sin caer en ese miedo de no echar de menos otros colores? Muchas gracias!!!

  • sypherianlp says:

    Oh my god you're watching project runway! I'm curious do you have any guilty pleasure shows? I actually like these and how you speak as if we're helping you out, it makes me feel like I actually did something today! LOL

  • Elle Jay says:

    You are bringing me back to my college days with the marker sketches and color swatches. You are inspiring me to take up sketching and illustrating again. I love the content on your channel, and thank you for talking about your experiences.

  • lnuha says:

    Does someone know what's the name of this blue pen?

  • Lefebvre Alix says:

    loved the process, the drawings, the advices, but clicked the like button when i heard project runway

  • i'll fall into your arms. says:

    All I need to do is watch your videos if I'm in a creative rut to get motivated again 😀

  • Mini Art says:

    Currently I'm drawing a zine about breakfast people. Yeah, breakfast is one of my favorite themes ever! v

  • Serena B says:

    I think it would be really cool if you made a video about how to keep a cohesive look in an illustration! That's something that I struggle with

  • Scampi says:

    Nerdy question for you Fran : how do you manage for your colours not to get through the paper and stain the following page ? I noticed that you only one side of the pages, but is it thick enough ? I dunno if you see what I mean ? * __ *

  • greenbluepurple000 says:

    I just discovered you, your art, and your channel and I'm hooked. Your more recent videos look amazing! The editing is addictive. I'm learning 3d right now, but there's something so romantic about traditional materials. As I study my polygons tomorrow, I will secretly live vicariously through your drawing/painting. Love your style. Keep up the great work!

  • Wild We Roam says:

    I loved this one so much Fran 🙂

  • choco puppie says:

    i really appreciate how the shadows are done in your illustrations….. and it would be nice to see you drawing food one day!!!

  • Marielkschen says:

    I'm so glad that I found your channel! You have so many awesome advices <3

  • doodledolly x says:

    Hi Frannerd! Greeting from London!¬ May I ask which sketchbook you are using? It looks very light!

  • Janlid Howl says:

    Hola Fran c: , un gran saludo te sigo desde hace poco, pero tu contenido me ha dejado muy enganchada! tus vídeos y blogs son muy interesantes y entretenidos :3 y últimamente estoy obsesionada con tu instagram ¡Me encanta! siento que haces un excelente trabajo creando contenido, me gustan mucho los tips que ilustras muy bonitos sobre la vida, me haz inspirado mucho para seguir con mi nuevo proyecto llamado UniversoPosible en instagram y me siento muy inspirada por todo tu trabajo c: , disculpa que el comentario sea tan largo, te deseo muchos exitos! un gran saludo, desde Venezuela c:

  • Valentina says:

    Which shade of yellow did you use for the sun?

  • sassy lemon says:

    What's the white pen called?

  • Flight of the Magpie says:

    Ok, I'm late, but how about a clothes shopping trip! You can draw things you want to try, how bad they look, things you'd never try…. Or grocery shopping but clumsy or eating grapes before you buy them. Or draw your week in the life of an illustrator – I guess some of your drawings are kind of already that now that I look around more. I'll have to follow to see what you choose!

  • Nikole Alarcón says:

    What tipography do u use in ur titles of ur videos? <3

  • Isabel Uribe Moya says:

    Me encanta y agradezco que tus videos estén subtitulados en español.

  • Petite Cassette says:

    Gorgeous and pleasant video, I love the warm intro, when you prepare coffee, and that you inserted some shots of your sleepy cat… I love it !

  • theresiadesigns says:

    Dear Fran, whats the exact name of the white pen and the muji pen you used?

  • Natalie Callwood Art says:

    Hey I was wondering where you get your stickers and other merchandise printed for resale I'm looking for a reasonable price to printing company!?

  • Josie Muñoz says:

    consulta, que cámara canon usas? saluditos desde la Patagonia 🙂

  • jordi tordera salvado says:

    Soy ilustrador desde hace años y nunca he probado los COPICS. Me han entrado ganas de comprarme unos! 🙂 Felicidades por tu trabajo. Saludos desde España

  • PetiteCanaille says:

    You are so inspiring, I can't handle it haha! Thanks for this video, I will definitely try to have a lighter color pallet! Every sketch that you do are amazing, and I loooove theses ones in your sketchbook ❤

  • Yari Arenas says:

    Hola @frannerd! Love love love your work. Question, is there a benefit to using a red (or blue) pencil to sketch vs regular pencil or is it just personal preference? I usually use pencil but open to trying something new 😊 Thnx!

  • Lariz Santos says:

    I really love your art style. Nice video btw. 🙂

  • The Narrowboat Experience says:

    I just love it!

  • Maria Castro gonzalez says:

    JAJAJAJA, I love how your company its Heidy, from project runway <3

  • sophie c says:

    love this video 🙂 when you upload your illustrations to instagram do you take the photos on your phone and edit, or scan then first? They always looks so sharp and true to colour. Would be super helpful to know xxxxx

  • angelzhang_illustration says:

    where do you watch project runway from? 🙂

  • friedia says:

    Do you go back and erase the red? And how to photograph it for instagram? Is it scanned or just using your iphone?

  • m says:

    This video is so inspiring)))

  • wickkd says:

    ooo draw some dogs! but like dogs that aren't popular like Doberman, whippet, collie, etc

  • Melanie Custo says:

    Aaaah!!! I've been following you on insta for so long and had no idea you had a youtube channel!!! Best surprise everrr! Obviously subscribing 😉

  • luna yEET says:

    Where is Hastings?

  • Franka Fearhood says:

    I have been looking for a sketchbook in which you can use copics. May I ask what sketchbook you are using?

  • Esther martin says:

    Hi, tus vídeos son bonitos y muy divertidos pero lo que más me gusta es que tengas subtítulos en español!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😍muchas gracias a ti y a Kevin 😘

  • Andrea de Carlo says:

    Love watching you work. I've been wanting these markers so badly… don't have them yet but watching you illustrate is so satisfying! 🙂 Beautiful work.

  • spooooooony says:

    this is your second video I'm watching and I'm so glad I stumbled onto the first! (what do draw when you don't know) you're such a breath of fresh air and even tho I've only watched two of your videos, I feel like I already know you much better through them + seeing your illustration style. they are absolutely adorable!! I'm in love with them!
    I'll be going on a solo (Europe) trip at the end of the month and I bought a watercolour notebook just for it, hoping I'll document my travels. so glad I found your channel because I'll have some inspiration even before my trip!

    have a great day fran!! <3 from Singapore

  • Ken says:

    I love your art wtf!! How I wish I could draw too ,,,, thank goodness u popped out of my recommended

  • Ain Fatehah says:

    I have a request!

    hi Fran~
    Can you draw of your FAMILY MEMBERS yeah i do love want to seeee .. >< hope you can make it as my birthday gift

  • Marcela Mardones says:

    I love your videos, really love it. Listen you is a big tool for my ear.

  • BusNerd1990 says:

    I've just discovered you and now I can't focus or work. I want to draw and I can't decide what print of your to order first. Goodbye, productivity! <3

  • blueshade says:

    looooove you colour palettes

  • Laura Messina says:

    Sorry Fran, what brand of white pen do you use? thank you

  • NICOSATAN says:

    What's the sketchbook brand?😊

  • Natalilushit Noname says:

    Hey, I love your drawing style so mush but your video have also a calming effect on me for some reason :). So nice to see the growth process in your vid.

  • Jailton Bezerra says:

    SUPER o/

  • geysi ventura escriba says:

    Amo lo que haces 🙂 .Sigue así !

  • imadiabl says:

    Omg, you see project runway 😀

  • Matheus Studio says:

    So amazing

  • Miranda Blur says:

    Hola Fran, te he descubierto y que alegría! Tengo uns duda. Dónde imprimes las ilustraciones? Online o en una imprenta. Gracias y felicidades por tu canal. Me encanta!!

  • Tee K Phan says:

    Hi Fran, what sketchbook do you use for inking your work?

  • Mariela Lerado says:

    Amo tus ilustraciones Fran, aunque muchas veces extraño que uses tus plumones y "analog" materials.

  • Dewi Ika Putri says:

    Ahh Steadler pencil to replaced (unaffordable-slash-pricey) Prismacolor Eraser pencil! Such a precious info. ❤️Thanks you Fran.

  • Hector Perez says:

    Hello, Fran – I wanted to know if you could make a tutorial of how you edit your video and put text in it. Or maybe let me know where could I go learn that ? Thank you! Your videos are awesome.

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