Art Techniques, WarmUps

Wednesday Warm Up Square Six


For at least the next five weeks, this blog will host “Wednesday Warm Up,”— a day of usually quick drawing, inking, brushing as warm up to our serious art. I’ll share a strategy to try each Wednesday using the iPad app ProCreate. I will only use the brushes in the app— there are so many I haven’t tried that warming up with a new brush will be an added bonus and challenge.

Square Six Challenge

I hope you enjoy this one that I call Square Six. It’s a great and quick way to get the hand warmed up and the mind— forcing yourself to see the unseen!

Goal: warm up the muscle memory for drawing; freehand; quick design decisions; fun shapes and creatures– all from a blank square to warm up both the mind and the hand…

Square Six Steps

Time yourself on this one.

Draw six squares evenly spaced on your canvas. Fill them in or leave them blank.

The goal is to imagine and create SOMETHING from the square.

Decide on a goal of time: 1, 2, 5 minutes and set your timer.

See if you can create six items in that time limit.

I chose 3 minutes, but it took four— I drew a blank immediately, and I did not fill them in— that made for a lot of blank space staring at me.  A spot to stare at is really helpful for ‘seeing’ something!

My Process

I opened my canvas in ProCreate— just a square— and drew the six squares using the outline brush in Sketching brushes, which I used throughout, just changing the color for the sketch.

Of course, you could always switch to six circles for variety!

Enjoy– share how this worked for you to warm up– and add any tips!

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