Creating Slow Drawing Patterns
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
One of the questions I get a lot is how I come up with my slow drawing patterns. In December, I come up with the batch of patterns that we will explore in the first six months of the year, and in May, I generate the second batch. Since I just created this new group of drawings, I thought it would be fun to share more detail about my process with you:
Coming up with new patterns is a several step process, and I’m happy to share with you about it.
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Take Photos and Sketches of Natural Patterns
I have a lot of fun taking photos of patterns I find in nature throughout the year. This is ice formed on top of a stream. Isn’t it beautiful?
Here you can see how I’ve taken a photo of the underside of a turkey tail fungus and blown it up so that I can imitate the shapes for a drawing and painting pattern. I’ve interpreted this one in paper cut too because I find it so fascinating.
Experiment a Lot With Patterns
I spend a lot of time experimenting with the natural pattern ideas I’ve collected. My criteria for a slow drawing patterns is that it needs to be simple enough that anyone can draw it, but interesting enough to draw many times, many ways. Because I offer so many patterns throughout the year, sometimes folks think generating them is easy and quick. But while coming up with new patterns is something I love, it takes a lot of time, dedication, and work. They are very precious to me.
Use Slow Drawing Patterns In Lots of Different Ways
It’s fun to use slow drawing patterns in a variety of mediums and contexts. I love layering slow drawing in journals and collage pieces, and over watercolor.
My other favorite way to translate my nature inspired patterns is in paper cutting. The lines, textures, and shadows fascinate me.
Slow Drawing Resources:
Book: Draw Yourself Calm
Supplies for Slow Drawing
It’s so fun to share this process with you. I’d love to hear about your adventures with slow drawing.
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