Art Techniques, Thank You, WarmUps

Wednesday WarmUp Quick Fun


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.

This Week

A busy week, I created in a quick and fun style which I learned from  Cecile Yadro from her soft greenery class [Skillshare offers free trials]. Cecile created a 12B brush — a large 6B that she applies to the sketch, the fills, the textures, and the details. She adds the texture in multiply or screen blend modes in new layers.

It’s quite a fun style. I think you could use Willow Charcoal or the 6B brush as well, but her 12B is a breeze.

I’ve adapted this process for many projects and my daily doodles. Examples:

The Process

It’s basically the usual layering technique– but just using the same 12B or other sketchy brush like 6B or charcoal or shale:

  • Sketch object
  • Fill in color
  • New layer [clipping mask] on screen for highlights
  • New layer [clipping mask] on multiply for shading
  • New layer [clipping mask] for details [lower size of brush]

Like I said, it’s so fun to have just one favorite brush from which an entire illustration can be drawn. Of course, as you can see in the above examples, it’s always the option to embellish with other brushes.

At the end of this post I’ll add a replay of two illustrations using the process. Enjoy.

Try it!

If you can, take a free trial in Skillshare to try the  soft greenery class by  Cecile Yadro. I truly appreciate the lessons she and others share so we can all improve. So if you do try, please share and let me know how it worked for you, or how you adapted it. What brush did you choose? And please– share with #warmup4art so we can all enjoy your work too! I look forward to your sharing and tag me at @42Sheri.

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