What do you get when you cross squiggles with circles? You get Squirkles!
Squirkling is a method of shading where you apply curved lines to create textured values. We've all done drawing excercises, with dots, lines and then squirkles... these are loosening excercises, which can add a wonderful depth to your textures as well as enabling you to get really deeper levels of tone in your work.
If you're looking for ways to work with this, make four or three squares and then experiment with squirkling, as above... change the scale of the frame, or make it round. Experiment in a very loose form, making larger loops, and then try small squirkles, closer together, which deepens the tonal value.
This is a technique I use in my workshops for 1. loosening wrists and brains and 2. teaching tone and form techniques - it can be used to make your work look more engaging than just line work on its own.
Give it a go! Squirkle on!
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.