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.
Last week, I was about to present a bit more about Off-Kilter / Funky Illustrations as in a prior week. However, life got in the way; and this week I was able to finish the warm up project post, with these bright florals and berries. I really like how the blend modes work together in this one– so here’s how I created it.
Today’s Funky Florals discuss both the process and the adjustment of my dry ink brush for my needs. First, though, I’d like to thank three people who made my art better:
- Ali Sale: whose art work inspired my attempts- click her name to see her artwork on inspiration which inspired me
- Brenda Bakker: whose “Stylized Girls” Skillshare class included another style and brushes I applied here; Click her name for free trial to the class
- Calvin at Drifter Studio for the St Petersburg watercolor paper– click his name to his Etsy shop
The Video Replay and Dry Ink Brush Adaptation
Luckily, the video replay preference was selected so I could create a slower version to show the process used. I also explain how I tweaked my dry ink brush so it “fills” better.
I really love this style, and find it not only relaxing, but quite a learning experience as well as I practice several skills:
- Reference: to color drop on other layers
- Layers: grouping, duplicating, merging [to maintain originals so changes can be made later for new colors]
- Adjustment Tool: changing “hue, saturation, brightness”
- Transform Tool: moving, distorting, warping
- Blend Modes: interaction of layers and colors
- Clipping Masks: to add texture/designs
So, this Slides presentation walks you through the process.
So please go ahead –check out the links in the slideshow. Try to tweak some of your doodles into this style. If you discover another style that is similar, be sure to share. And, be sure to share to #warmup4art . Looking forward to your sharing and discoveries.