Week eight

I want to express how PROUD I am of you! The focus of the past week was drawing fur, which is an intimidating undertaking. I was so impressed by how many of you lept out of your comfort zone to try something new. Attempting a new skill and then sharing your creations requires a lot of vulnerability. You should be so proud of yourselves!

The Making Art Everyday challenge is about making time to be creative, but more importantly, it’s overcoming fears and self-doubt and quieting the voice that says “I’m just not creative” or, “I can’t do this”. It’s learning that creativity is as human as needing to feel loved. It’s giving yourself the gift of self-expression through art. It’s about stretching yourself. It’s putting in the minutes that lead to hours that lead to days that lead to years that transform you into a skilled artist and self-actualized person. It’s about opening doors for yourself to do things you never thought possible.

Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. You are doing an amazing job.

What students are saying about my Skillshare class!

“What a wonderful class! I never thought I would be able to draw fur… and here I am, drawing fur that actually looks like fur. I couldn’t be happier! I can’t wait for more classes!”
-Natasha Gardner​

“I have a fear of fur, specifically drawing it. Lisa’s course is a great way to understand the texture, light and dark that make fur. Really enjoyable class. The class material is first class! I can’t wait to paint my dog (who is a very furry)! Wonderful class!​”
-Mark Sta ana

“The class and brushes are fur-tastic. Can’t recommend it enough.”
-Dandi Things

Let’s see some student work!

Artwork by Debra Bourgeois DesMarteau // instagram

Artwork by Jutta Schneider // website // instagram

Artwork by Kimberly Ko // instagram

Artwork by Darcie Lohr Toom // instagram

Learn all about how to draw fur with my new Skillshare Class: How to Draw Fur using Custom & Built-In Brushes. I’ll teach you the fundamentals of fur, then walk you through drawing three animal illustrations. Learn ll about how to use my newest FREE Procreate brush set: Fur & Fluff! There are more furry animals to draw this month, so now is a great time to learn!

February's Theme:


Week 8: Water Animals

This week we’ve got a variety of animals that you’d find in or around the water. If you pushed yourself this week with fur, give yourself permission to take it a little easier this week. Sustainability is key! If you want an extra challenge, here are some suggestions!

  • Try using brushes you’ve never used before
  • Learn about drawing water to add to the background of your pieces
  • Use unexpected colors for your animals
  • Apply a creative limitation to your work

The Prompts

Week 8 | Feb 15-21

water animals

Mon: hippo
Tue: whale
Wed: fish
Thu: turtle
Fri: octopus
Sat: crab
Sun: penguin

This piece was drawn using brushes from my Texturrific Pastels brush set for Procreate.

You can access each week’s prompts, with links to reference photos, at makingarteveryday.com

This Week's Tutorial

I’m so excited to be back for another live tutorial! Join me as I walk you through drawing this furry kitty! If it looks a little intimidating, fear not, I’ll be walking you through every step. (I can’t wait to show you how to do those eyes!) I’ll be using my new Fur & Fluff brushes, so be sure to download for FREE prior to the live session.

Just a head’s up, this tutorial may take a bit longer than our usual live tutorials, but if you’re unable to attend the entire session, I’ll be posting it to my website after so you can finish up anytime.

Have some fun playing with color using the Procreate 5x feature Gradient Maps, as well as blend modes. It will be a great way to get your thinking outside the box with color!

This crab illustration was created with our awesome Multi-Tonal Markers! With these brushes, you can create brilliant color effects, authentic-looking marker drawings, creative lettering pieces, unique illustrations and more. In this video, I’ll teach you all the ins and outs of using these brushes!


This Month's Progress Tracker

You can always download the current month’s Progress Tracker at bardotbrush.com/progress

(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.

Share and Connect with other MAE Artists

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!

Making Art Everyday is brought to you by me, Lisa Bardot!

I’m the owner of Bardot Brush, one of the leading brush makers for Procreate. If you’d like to support me, please check out my premium brush sets that inspire creativity at bardotbrush.com.