Artwork by C. Pembroke

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DIY Free Form Art

We are all artists, shaping ourselves, each other, and our environment. Free Form Art provides a loose structure to guide you thru the creative process. Get engaged, and enjoy impact.

INDEX 2014 - 2019
INDEX 2005 - 2010

12 Steps
4 Layers
216 Lessons
216 Steps
1 Form
2 Figures
3 Movement
4 Patterns
5 Words
6 Code
7 Content
8 Context
9 Synthesis
10 Story
11 Theme
12 Character



Review Perspective

Review Perspective with Figures. Consider borders and angles. How do we see and interpret the world? What can we influence?


  • Overcome concern regarding realism.
  • Consider time and space.
  • See odd angles.
  • Tune your eyes, hands, and mind.

Lesson Plan: Play with Seen & Unseen

Draw from reality and your imagination...

Irregular Shapes

  • Linear. Draw a blade of grass. Note its narrowing at the tip. Consider linear growth.
  • Expanding. Draw a leaf. Note the curves and jags of its outer edge. Note the major and minor veins that provide structure within the leaf. Consider expanding growth.
  • Exponential. Draw a tree trunk. Note its narrowing from bottom to top, the spacing and angles of its branching, and the texture of the bark. Consider branching growth.

Negative Space

  • One. Look at a tree. Note its branches and leaves, criss crossing across your field of vision. Find interesting triangles of sky. Draw them.
  • Many. Walk around a tree, closer and farther from it, kneel low, tilt your head. Look from different angles. Note how the spaces of sky change shape as you move. Select interesting shapes, and draw them. Consider preference.
  • Movement. Look at branches with leaves of a tree on a windy day. Note the places where the sky peeks thru. Look at these shapes, and notice how the shapes change and shift as the tree moves in the wind. Find an interesting area. Draw its shape. Wait a moment, and then draw it again. Repeat. Consider impermanence.


  • Outside. Prepare a rectangular sheet of paper about the size of your hand and wrist (approximately 8" x 5"). Lay your hand down on it, with your fingers reaching beyond an edge. Find a triangular area where paper is framed by fingers. Draw that triangular area. Consider emptiness.
  • Frame. Move your hand to the center, and look at the spaces where paper is visible. Draw those spaces, one at a time. When you are done, lift your hand. By drawing the outline of what is not there, you have revealed what is there (your hand). Consider attention.
  • Inside. Center your hand on the page, and slowly draw the outside border of your hand. Include the irregularities of what you see (lumps, bumps, creases, etc.). Consider reality.


  • Capability. Look at your hand, and consider its capability. Identify dominant characteristics: a palm, 4 fingers extending out with length about equal to the palm, a thumb off to the side. Now look away from your hand, and draw your hand based on this knowledge. Consider communication.
  • Purpose. Open your refrigerator, and consider its purpose. Identify dominant characteristics: a shelf for milk, 2 shelves for meats and cheeses, 2 bins for fruits and vegetables. Now close your refrigerator, and draw what you remember. Consider memory.
  • Style. Look at your car, and consider its style. Identify dominant characteristics: the slope of the hood, the number of doors, the size of windows, the shape of the wheel rims. Look away, draw what you learn. Look again, draw what you know. Consider facts.


  • Composition. Look at your hand, and draw its outer edge. Imagine what lies inside. Skin cells stack like skinny rectangles, side by side. Draw them inside the edge of the hand. Blood cells are small and circular. Draw them in the middle of the hand. Consider composition.
  • Boundaries. Look at a tree trunk, and draw its outer edge. Imagine what lies inside. Wood grain circles form where limbs meet trunk. Each year, another tree ring grows. Draw these inside the edge of the trunk. Imagine what lies outside on a rainy day. Rain drops form from moisture and gravity. Draw these outside the edge of the trunk. Consider boundaries.
  • Function. Look at an eye, and imagine its function. Light waves pass thru the outer surface to the back of the eye, and make an impression. The message speeds to the brain which then translates the image and makes a judgement on next actions. Draw an eye, wavy lines, an impact in the eye, a transfer via nerves, a connection to the brain, and a realization within the brain. Consider imagination.

There and Then

  • Past. Look at a large tree and imagine a younger version. Some of the major branches existed, but others did not. Overall the tree is shorter and slimmer. Draw the younger tree. Consider the past.
  • Future. Look at a young tree and imagine an older version. Guess where additional branches will form. The tree is taller and wider, and it's canopy is about as wide as the tree is tall. Draw the older tree. Consider the future.
  • Possibilities. Look at your hand and imagine it holiding a flower. Are you holding the stem of the flower, or is the flower cupped in your hands? What type of flower is it? Are the petals folded inward or splayed out? Draw the outline of your hand with the flower. Consider possibilities.

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