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Wednesday WrapUp Break it down


Each Wednesday check this blog for a strategy, process, or reflection for illustration with the iPad app ProCreate. This Wednesday Wrap Up , though, is about thinking through a prompt by breaking it down into parts. I struggle with prompts that are bits and pieces. I’ve been participating in #makingarteveryday with Lisa Bardot. She’s got tutorials, blog posts, and a community to help artists grow in their style and art, and the daily prompts with a weekly theme provide opportunities to learn and grow through those helps.


Last week the weekly theme #33 was “bedroom,” with each day a different prompt to draw: dresser, bed, nightstand, hamper, hanging plant, favorite decor. It took me quite awhile to figure out an approach, and this time I mostly chose some of my “#artasmemory” strategy– choosing items to draw with a little story behind them. But sometimes I get stuck, like the alarm clock and clothes hamper. Click images for larger view.

My inspiration is from Caitdrawsdaily who shared each day a part of her themed art that met the daily prompt with the idea of a “scene.”. As you can see, the prompt is “house plant” for theme “bedroom.” The plant is in full color while rest of the room is grey outline. It’s a clever interpretation and style, and I am inspired!

As I looked at my work for the week, I did have a partial “scene” going– but not fully. Sometimes the “big picture” is what’s needed to find the whole into which the pieces, the daily prompts, fit. I decided to try this plan and style for this week.

My Plan

The weekly theme #34 is “Studio” and the daily prompts are desk, computer/iPad, art supplies, chair, light fixture, bookshelf, and favorite decor. The prompt offered many ways to approach this: a fantasy studio, one we’d love to have, our own art studio, the couch. LOL. I approached the big picture with trying the perspective thing again to draw my actual work area to include those individual items. Most of those I drew in my sketch for the first day, Monday, seen above. On Tuesday, I added the desk and computer/iPad. On Wednesday I added in the art supplies.

Each addition is a little more refined and in color and the rest of the room is shone as line art. This is making it much easier for me to approach– with a daily addition, trying to keep the perspective, and adding in the details daily. I can do this!

The last day, I ‘ll add in more detail and shading– and my favorite decor: two postcards from #clmooc friends and the little fairy my granddaughter brought for me from her trip to Belgium.

Here are the four parts to date — you can see the progression. Breaking down the theme as part of a bigger picture made the weekly practice both easier and more fun. What do you think? Click images for larger view.

Try It!

I really appreciate the inspiration from fellow artists who are sharing their art for the #makingarteveryday with Lisa Bardot prompts. I thank Caitlin for sharing and inspiring me to think about a different way to approach the week– as a scene with parts, and I can simply outline the parts not part of the daily prompt. I’m loving this style and the idea that I can do it with much less struggle. The planning on Monday sets up the week. Thank you Cait.

Lisa Bardot also has tutorials to help with this process: Scene School and Perspective

What do you think? What strategy would you suggest?

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.

~ Sheri
~Reflect curiosity and wonder; Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness.

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