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Easy How to Draw like Gustav Klimt Tutorial

Learning how to draw like Gustav Klimt gets a whole lot easier to do when you start with metallic markers and black paper.

How to Draw like Gustav Klimt
Draw like Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. He is known for his paintings, murals, sketches, including portraits and landscapes.

Klimt had in the early 1900’s what some call a “golden phase” in his career. It was named for his love of metallic paint, and his critical success at the time for paintings like the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and The Kiss (1907 – 1908). His trips to Venice and Ravenna, both famous for their beautiful mosaics, most likely inspired his gold technique and his Byzantine imagery.

Today students that are learning about Gustav Klimt can try out his style of abstract decorate art with the help of some easy-to-use metallic markers. Drawing with them on dark paper makes it easy to create lots of details, and the colors will just pop off the page. Trying to paint Klimt’s curly “Tree of Life” drawing would take lots of dexterity with a brush, but drawing one with thick markers is a walk in the park.

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How to Draw like Klimt Step by Step Materials

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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!

How to Draw like Klimt Directions

How to Draw like Gustav Klimt

  1. Draw a line with 3 curls at the top.

  2. Add 2 larger curls below.

  3. Turn each curl into a thick branch and fill with color.

  4. Add an opposite curl to the end of each branch.

  5. Fill in any empty spaces with smaller curls.

  6. Draw abstract triangle leaves all around the branches.

  7. Add lots of round circle flowers.

  8. Fill in spaces with stars and dots. Start the grass with the same.

  9. Keep adding shapes until it feels finished.

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