Art Techniques, Thank You, WarmUps

Wednesday WrapUp NaNoWriMo Styles


I’ve enjoyed providing each week a “Wednesday Warm Up,”— a day of usually quick drawing, inking, brushing as warm up to our serious art. I’ve been sharing a strategy to try each Wednesday using the iPad app ProCreate. I’ve decided to change it up a bit for a few Wednesday Wrap Up— a wrap up of my project tips for the past week or something I’ve learned that may also help others with the same #warmup4art hashtag.

This Month: NaNoWriMo

My CLmooc friends doodle every day. During November, my doodles will were based on prompts I wrote to be based on my writing for National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo. Find the illustrations and excerpts on my daily writing blog, AskWhatElse Tag: #sosaysthedragon.

I met my personal goal of 2000 or more words a day to reach the 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. I wrote 64,388 words between November 1 and November 30.

This Week’s WrapUp: A Look at my NaNoWriMo Styles

In reviewing my illustrations, which are for daily art doodles that create a fun interpretation of an excerpt for the day, I found that my style is mostly stylized with a use of texture, shading, and highlights to interpret the text, but not realistic as in photorealism or such. My colors are mostly muted and I still need to learn how to create depth in scenes. Of course, my characters are stylized and I’m still learning faces. Still, I’ve enjoyed and my friends have enjoyed the illustrations that match an excerpt of the fantasy story for this year, So Says The Dragon.

I stretched a bit to abstract shapes and bright colors with the Skillshare class “Create Happy and Vibrant Acrylic Paintings on your iPad using Procreate’ by Brenda Bakker of the Netherlands. I am grateful for the fun lessons to help me be more “free and loose” to create a more active and happy illustration.

To review the styles, I choose a few images to share– mostly you will see color, textures, shading, highlights mentioned, all in mostly sketched and colored elements, setting, or characters in muted colors until the abstract bright ones later in the process.

I created a Google Slideshow for you to click through to see the styles:

View all my illustrations and some of the poetry for it in my Flickr Album, So Says the Dragon


Try It

So, that wraps up this Wednesday Wrap Up. The NaNoWriMo journey is one I’ve taken for ten years, so its a part of my life, and I hope these weekly posts will inspire you to join in– or start your own goal of writing and art, perhaps a storybook or poetry book with illustrations. It’s another way to share your beautiful work.

And please do try Brenda Bakker’s class. Thanks so much to Brenda Bakker for the Skillshare class on vibrant acrylics. 

I look forward to your sharing, and please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series to learn and enjoy our work together! See my sharing at IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

#NaNoWriMo #NaNoWriMo21 #NovDoodle #CLmooc #SoSaysTheRiver #SoSaysTheDragon #warmup4art

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