Fearless Friday, Still Life with Shapes

Today’s creation was inspired by some art I saw on Pinterest

The focus of these paintings is shape,

portraying the still life by emphasizing shapes and using dramatic color

I found a photograph I wanted to use to try this technique

I uploaded it to PicMonkey,

an online photo editor

and played around with a few special effects

to see the photo broken down into shapes

Here’s how it looked with the Posterize effect

Then I uploaded the photo to my iPhone

and played around with the Waterlogue app

This is how it looked with the Illustration Lightness effect

Then I made a collage of these different styles to refer to

as I drew and colored my still life

I started with a pencil sketch, beginning with the pitcher

Then adding the flowers and leaves, shape by shape

Next I used my marker color chart and chose colors

I highly recommend making a color chart for each type of media you use

It saves so much time

I did add a few more colors as the painting progressed but these are the ones initially chosen

I inked over the pencil shapes with a large tip, .08 fineliner

Then proceeded to fill in the colors

Here it is [bottom right] with the inspiration photos

This is a lot of fun and a great way to practice your drawing skills

“Still Life” 6″ x 6″ alcohol marker and ink on mixed media paper

Do you like the exaggerated shape style artwork?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have fun and Be Fearless!

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32 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Still Life with Shapes”
  1. Gosh..this is so beautiful, Jenna. You did an excellent job.

  2. Lots of fun, and the best one is yours by a long shot!

  3. Nancy says:

    How fun! I love how it turned out!

  4. I’m going to send my 12 year old grandkid this post . I love the way you show how simple it can be. I bought her the markers you suggested and a sketchpad for Valentines Day.

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you are so talented! This is beautiful! I’m going to forward this post to my Caroline. She loves to paint. Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. You are amazing Jenna – what a beautiful eye and talent you have! I love the painting, and thanks for sharing your process. I’m fascinated!

  7. This looks like one of those really good exercises that help us see differently and also stretch our “usual tactics.” Thanks!

  8. Your creative talents exceed the others!

  9. lghiggins says:

    So interesting to see the different takes on the same subject! And I like how you used 21st century digital tools along with “old school.”

  10. Lillie says:

    Very cool method- inspiring work!

  11. Jenna, your talent is always amazing! I love this ♥️

  12. pattyanneart says:

    I love that technique, that’s really cool. Beautiful work, Jenna!!

  13. Kim says:

    This is very cool and really beautiful Jenna! I love that you share your process – its just so interesting to see for both artists and non-artists alike. Hope you have a great week!

  14. Mary says:

    I love seeing your creative process Jenna! ♥

  15. Wow! I thought this was a watercolor painting. I am so surprised that you used markers. Thank you for this tutorial.

  16. Jenna, this is beautiful! I would love to do try this next time I do some watercolor. I’ve already got a half a dozen drawings going as it is, though. Probably should finish those before I start another! I appreciate your step-by-step tutorial.

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