For the past many 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. Today I’ll refer you to an artist and her video howto for doodling fun animals.
I wondered what I could share today for my followers. Then serendipity happened.
I subscribe to Diana McDermott’s My McDoodles YouTube Channel, and wouldn’t you know it— something to share. I’ve been thinking about what to create for my great-grandson. I was thinking of an alphabet blanket or poster or book with animals. He loves the outdoors. And Diana shared a quick and easy way to create whimsical animals— exactly what I was thinking about. AND, it fit with a Doodle prompt, Splash of Color.
If you just want a quick and fun doodle, these are it. Here’s Diana’s quick class:
And my little replays:
As you can see, I’ve been enjoying the quick and fun drawing with basic shapes. And, here’s the important thing: the more I practice, the easier it will be AND the cuter and more expressive they will become so that I can draw the little creatures to match the alphabet for the little toddler in my life.
Oh– the Brushes
As I wrote earlier, I try to use only brushes in the Procreate app so that others can learn along with me and the artists shared. Here’s what I found:
- Animal: choice of dry ink [inking] or chalk [calligraphy]
- Face/Details: smaller size of animal brush or monoline or technical pen [inking], or 6B Pencil [sketching]
- Sky/Ground: Cotton [organic] on a filled layer
- Foliage: Sword grass, snow gum [organic]
- Scratchings: Hessian [organic]
Now, when I create my creatures for my great-grandson, I’ll add a bit more details and expression— but Diana helped me get started, and I truly appreciate her sharing. Thank you.
For more great ideas, see Diana’s work, IG, and YouTube:
So please go ahead –check out Diana’s links above. Try some quick whimsical animal doodles. Then share yours with Diana and perhaps #warmup4art . Looking forward to your awesome creatures.