Week 38 | sept 13-19
air & sky
Sun: aurora borealis
As part of your daily art practice, there will be some pieces you create that you just don’t like. Maybe it didn’t come out the way you imagined in your head. Maybe you’re a developing artist, and you’re still working on your drawing skills. Maybe it just looks…off. Whatever the reason, you finish the day feeling a little disappointed with what you made.
1. This is COMPLETELY NORMAL and a part of the creative process.
2. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn something!
When you find yourself unsatisfied with your art and feeling discouraged, here’s what you do: look at your piece and say, “I like this ONE THING.” Pick out one thing. It could be the way those two colors look next to each other. It might be the look of that one brush stroke. Maybe you liked the way you approached shading that day. Or the way you depicted the texture of one particular part of your drawing. Perhaps it’s the way you drew that nose, or that leaf, or that or that background. Identify that ONE THING…then use it again in another drawing!
Most of the time, this process of re-using small wins is happening without you even noticing. If you look back through old work, you might even be able to identify the first time you started drawing something a certain way. It’s pretty cool once you start noticing!
At the end of the day, if you discover just ONE thing about your art or about yourself as an artist, that is a HUGE WIN.
Week 38: Air & Sky
This week’s element to explore is Air & Sky. Many of the prompts are weather-related, and some are less tangible than others (I’m lookin’ at you, wind). Let your imagination be your guide as you work through each of the prompts. I’ve got quite a few tutorials to help you out this week, and I’m even putting together a tutorial about how to draw the bubbles from my example art!
Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you don’t miss it when it’s published!
Sun: aurora borealis
Learn how to draw clouds in Procreate! In this tutorial, I’ll teach you this simple method for painting a skyful of gorgeous puffy clouds in using brushes from my Gouache Paintbox. Then, I’ll walk you through digitally painting this entire hot air balloon scene, where you’ll also learn about essential Procreate features such as clipping masks, layer masks, and how to use blend modes to add shadows and highlights.
Follow along with me as I show you how to draw psychedelic art in Procreate! Some visual characteristics to look for in Psychedelic Art bright, neon, and even sometimes jarring color palettes. The style features smooth, flowing organic shapes that appear to be melting, moving, and flowing. Let’s get groovy and draw some psychedelic-inspired art!
Want to try out some new art mediums and styles in Procreate? It’s time to beef up your brush library!
(its a .Procreate file, so you can keep track of your progress right in Procreate!)
You’ll find instructions about how to use the Tracker at the link above. I even made you a star stamp brush for you to use! It’s my Procreate version of a gold star sticker.
We’ve got a Facebook group just for participants of Making Art Everyday and all things Bardot Brush! Come join our group of supportive artists of all skill levels, share your work, ask questions, and be a part of the community!