Art practice challenge: starting with a shape

I highly recommend Amarilys Henderson’s Skillshare class Start with a Shape – An Illustration Challenge for anyone who’s feeling stuck, or doesn’t know what to draw/paint.

She walks through why this illustration challenge is a helpful activity, basic shapes to try, and four ways to approach illustrating with your shape.

It’s so much fun! And challenging, too. I found I needed to do a few to get unstuck, but after awhile started to feel a flow.

Start with a Shape - blue and green dots
When I sat down to do something with my blue watercolor dots, I had such a hard time getting past blueberries!
Start with a Shape - yellow and red squares
This set was fun because the watercolor square was so versatile
Start with a Shape - pink and brown squares
For this set, I gave myself a theme of “sweet treats” that worked great
Start with a Shape - succulents
I experimented with techniques other than the technical pen for making these succulents



  • watercolor
  • technical pens