Art Techniques, WarmUps

Wednesday WarmUp Bean People


For the past few weeks, this blog has hosted “Wednesday Warm Up,”— a day of usually quick drawing, inking, brushing as warm up to our serious art. I share a strategy to try each Wednesday using the iPad app ProCreate. I only use the brushes in the app– and today’s warm up is a quick how to on drawing bean people to create quick messages for any occasion.

You may want to check out the other WarmUps and splashgrids.

This Week

Sometimes I want to send a quick message to someone, and include people, which is not my strong point, yet. However, I do know how to draw bean people.

I knew about bean people before, but was not quite sure mine looked right. So I took a class on Doodling in 2017 from Diane Bleck of the Doodle Institute. The particular class that helped build my confidence in drawing and in drawing people is the course called “21 Doodle Days,” which you can find on her website.

A key point to remember is to always draw the arms from the neck.

The Process

The video below explains the process for drawing bean people, but I also added in the frame, which you’ll see in the video. Here’s the steps:

The Frame:

  • With the select tool set on “rectangle” and “color fill”, and using the drawing guide lines to help, draw in a square in the color you want.
  • Be sure to center the square.
  • With the select tool, select the outside of the square, not the square.
  • With the select tool still on, add a new layer and fill the layer in a color of your choice. The outside of the frame will be filled.
  • Duplicate the frame and alpha lock it.
  • Fill the layer black.
  • Be sure the frame just created in black is below your colored frame, above your background.
  • Take off alpha lock, if it’s on.
  • With Adjustment Tool, add a bit of Gaussian Blur — to your liking.
  • Choose “Multiply” or “Color Burn” or “Overlay” for blend modes to fit your style need.

The Brushes:

  • Studio Pen– outline/fill and text
  • Oberon — colorful base below the people
  • Rusted Decay– background texture
  • Grid– frame

How to Draw Bean People — a stick figure variant from an “i”

Add hair, if desired, but not necessary. Here are some ideas:

A How Video

Try it!

Go ahead –try it. Watch the practice video with brief explanations. Be sure to add any suggestions or ask questions here if it’s not clear, and please remember to share #warmup4art .

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