Exercise: Drawing like Miró



30 min

What you need:

Coloured Pencil Goldfaber
Today we will take inspiration from the organic forms, flattened picture frames, and bold lines of Spanish artist Joan Miró.

Step 1

Take some time to familiarize yourself with the art of Miró, especially works from the late 1930s and early 1940s. With your pencil, lightly block in a series of “Miró-esque” elements. You can create your own language of symbols while you are researching Miró’s art, or you can draw from the images on this page. Your goal is to fill the entire page, and try to make every element relate to, or orbit, another. Stick with it. Just relax and keep working your design until you are satisfied. (Keep your eraser close at hand—you’ll need it!).

Step 2

Go over your pencil lines with your black marker. Once the ink has had time to dry, erase the pencil lines, if desired.

Step 3

Colour your design with Goldfaber colour pencils, taking a cue from Miró and limiting your colour palette to mostly primary colours (red, yellow, blue).

Artist's Tip

Try to work on your own system of symbols and design elements. Choose your own colour scheme. Develop your own style of abstract art and create more unique and individual artworks.

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Excerpt from “Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists,” published by Quarry Books, a division of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. All rights reserved. Artwork © Jill K. Berry (jillberrydesign.com). Visit www.quartoknows.com