Fearless Friday, Drawing by Shapes


This is a fun way to approach a complicated subject like a flower bloom

If you break it down by shapes, and draw the shapes individually as you see them, you can create a drawing that is much like a mosaic




Pick a focal point and start building from there





This method makes the subject less challenging, sort of like taking baby steps





After I finished the initial sketch, I chose my colors





I lay out the markers in the order of the color chart, so I can easily find the color I want

This is such a time saver!





My subject was this painting by Angela Moulton, I love her bright, bold and casual style





Next I began adding color



I also began filling in the background to help see the flower emerge





Almost done…

Some final details and line to finish it





Here’s another one I did from one of Susannah Bleasley’s paintings






Don’t you love her colorful style?



Both of these sketches I did as a warm up for doing my own painting soon with this bold, casual, almost abstract style






Give this a try, it’s a lot of fun, and it helps you get familiar with your subject


Be Fearless!


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15 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Drawing by Shapes”
  1. Don’t you love how one person’s image can be inspiration for a whole different kind of piece — similar but not copied? Nice method and fun, too.

    Have a terrific holiday weekend, Jenna!

    • Yes, we all inspire each other, whether it’s art, cooking or anything. It’s going to rain all weekend here, but a good excuse to curl up with my sketchbook! I hope your lake is sunny and beautiful!

  2. Jodi says:

    Love love love both yours and Angela’s! Thanks for introducing us to her beautiful work too.

  3. lulu says:

    Jenna, you make things seem so easy. I am not very good at drawing, but I’m going to try your approach and see what happens.

  4. pattyanneart says:

    All so beautiful, Jenna!!
    🌸❤️ I love that approach.

  5. Jenna, you do make it look easy, but I have no talent when it comes to drawing or painting! Love this approach!

  6. Mary says:

    Love this colorful mosaic approach and blooms Jenna! Hope your Memorial Day weekend is sunny and not a washout!

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