I did a great warm-up before painting today. For the first time I tried an exercise in Neurographic art, and you can see this at the start of the video below. I brought my own unique twist to it, so do have a look!
Try Neurographic Art to Relax and Release Your Creativity
We’re all faced some days with the fear of a blank sheet of paper. Painter’s Block! This is when a warm-up is called for, some kind of relaxation activity that will take that fear away. Neurographic art might not have been deliberately created for this purpose – I believe it is intended to reduce anxiety and so on – but I think it could definitely help out here, if you go about it the right way – with NO expectations of yourself!
Watch the video on Easy Dragonfly and Neurographic Art and give it a try!
Dragonflies the easy way!
Dragonflies are such a popular subject for painting, and it’s no surprise as they are gorgeous in their iridescent colours and inspiring in their ephemeral lifestyle. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the bugbear of perspective, as a simple, flat rendition is just as lovely as a lifelike version.
All the materials I used for this painting of the Easy Dragonfly and Neurographic Art video are listed in the description below the video on YouTube, and there are full instructions in real time on the video. There are also subtitles in several languages as well as a transcript of the script of the video. Message me if you can’t find something you are looking for.
If you want to download the free sketch for this painting Easy Dragonfly and Neurographic Art you can find it here.
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Here are the colors I used to paint the Easy Dragonfly and Neurographic Art exercise:
Quinacridone gold https://tinyurl.com/2b53nta5
Cobalt Blue https://tinyurl.com/hrbmjtt8
Winsor Violet https://tinyurl.com/d28dpu5h
Olive Green https://tinyurl.com/pskenpvk
Alizarin Crimson https://tinyurl.com/2mfwv76u
I also used a Staedtler pigment liner size 0.05 and a Staedtler Karat Aquarell watercolor pencil. The link below takes you to sets of 6 pens and 6 pencils, so the price is not unreasonable. I had gold and silver paint in my Kuretake Starry Colors set, also linked below. My paper was Clairefontaine Etival from Canson, 100% cellulose cold press 140lb. I buy it in packs of 50 sheets and that means I can forget all about running out of paper for a good while. I also recommend Bockingford and Strathmore cellulose papers as alternatives, both very good value and all these are Amazon links.
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My brush was a Drawell size 11 Golden Round – a very good synthetic brush from Japan. You can order them here: http://www.drawell.co.jp/english/ by contacting them direct. The prices are very reasonable and they ship worldwide at minimal cost.
Here is the video showing you how I painted this picture