My default medium is to simply draw. No fuss, no muss, no color. It’s something I’m comfortable with, my default girls and whimsical doodles.

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I did some¬†Illustration Friday practice for the theme of wheel… and that’s pretty representative of what usually shows up in my sketchbooks.

However, I’ve always loved loose, colorful, messy painting styles. It’s so very attractive to me, but I find it amazingly difficult to create in that style myself. I’m so much more controlled and tense.

I suppose, it’s the precision of how I usually create digital artwork that trips me up. I’ve decided to try, try, again… practicing in my sketchbooks to see if I can slowly, but surely loosen up with paint.

I was first inspired to smush paint through some heart cutouts. Completely random, but just made me happy.

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It was actually a bit of trial error to get the right consistency of paint to make it work. Heavy body and pasty obviously works better.

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The brown color made me think of choco m&m’s … mmm… miss those.

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Of course, the experiment dried a bit differently as well, so more testing will be required to achieve the impasto-esque effect. Afterwards, I tried to paint an illustration I was working on… a little foxy fox…

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The whole time I was trying to make it more exact. Hmm. Need to work on loosening for sure. I’m reading through Flora Bowley’s book, Brave Intuitive Painting, so hopefully it will help me on my adventures.

How do you get yourself to loosen up when learning a new medium?

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