A Wild Beast?

I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!


It reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.

This technique is called a Notan which is about blocking out shapes in black and white in order to master shape recognition.  It  can help an artist learn composition in design.

I watched a YouTube video on how to make a Notan if you are interested in learning more about it.

Cheers!  🙂

29 responses to “A Wild Beast?

  1. This is so cool, Jill!
    I think i’ll give it a try as well 🙂

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  2. What s cool technique and I can see the artistic value in it!! I love your monster and it does remind me of that book. A favorite of mine too.

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  3. This is so cool….but it also reminds me of one of those psychology tests that I am always a bit afraid of what my answers would reveal!

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  4. oooh how fun! I will google it and do some experimenting and learning.

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    • The Seattle Artist, Barbara Noonan who is a Pastel artist, shared how she uses this technique before she starts a piece of art. I need much more practice to train my eye to see a subject or landscape in only 2 colors – black and white. I found it quite challenging but I could see the value in it too. I thought you might enjoy it, Margaret. 😍

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  5. Perfect timing too….looks like a football player catching the winning ball for a touch down!! Go patriots!! Gosh didn’t know you liked football!!

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  6. Cool 😎 Positive Negative space study! We used to do assignments like this when I was in art college!

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  7. Wow…Matisse meets modcon and creates funkadelic . Such great work, Jill!!

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  8. Love it, Jill!

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  9. Jill time and time again you show us something so uniquely you…love it!

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