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 usually 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.
This week’s warm up is about Brenda Bakker’s Alphabet Series on YouTube— each are usually less than ten minutes and are so relaxing to learn. A few have some great tips on strategies– like the letter “O,” which teaches how to apply — clip– gold foil to your letter! Find her on Instagram as DekWebbel. She shares her brushes and watercolor paper in her Skillshare class, and that alone is worth a month’s fee. She offers free trial in her YouTube links.
So far I’ve created A through O, and last week I shared A-J.
Mostly my canvas is 10 inch by 10 inch at 300 dpi. And, I switched to mostly using native brushes– here’s what I tried this time:
- K — Brush Pen [Inking] letter; Gesinsky [Inking] detail; watercolor canvas
- L — Brush Pen [Inking] letter; plain canvas; glitter paper; dry ink highlights; my own texture brush; airbrush fill letter and highlight
- M — Blackburn [drawing] Hartz [Artistic] color; watercolor canvas
- N — Mercury [Inking] letter; 6B sketch; Glimmer [Luminescence]; plain canvas; background: Nebula [Luminescence]; Clouds [Elements];Soft Blend [Airbrush] in corners; Bokeh Lights [Luminescence] just up from diagonal in N
- O — Shale brush; watercolor canvas; foil paper from unsplash; you’ll see how I struggled choosing the brush and creating the letter.
Here’s my progress so far in the alphabet series:
Go ahead –check out Deb’s channel of alphabet/lettering resources so you can learn and adapt and mix to create your own original letters. Imagine what lettering pizazz you’ll add to your art! I so appreciate her style and sharing so we can all learn.
I’m glad I joined Skillshare for the many teachers like her. Be sure to check out Skillshare and the many teachers if you’re really wanting to up your art game.
And, please remember to add any suggestions or ask questions here if it’s not clear and please share: #warmup4art .