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I challenged myself recently to learn to draw different animals.
I started with collage paper scraps as hats in different shapes to keep it fun:
It helped me to start with animals that I was familiar from my imagination like the pig, cat and dog.
When I started with the gorilla, I used a real image online as inspiration.
I used pencil so I could erase if needed and I erased A LOT!
When I got frustrated, I drew a face of a girl! 😉 It took me several nights to complete.
It helped me to remember to use basic shapes like the circles in my rabbit’s face below:
I think my animal sketches have character! Do you have a favorite?
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Tagged animal characters, animal sketches, art challenge, collage, creative play, daily art, drawing, hats, humor, imagination, learning, mixed media art, pencil sketches
Last week, I started this paper collage from an advertisement image in a magazine:
I started “mapping” the face with light and dark values. I learned this technique from Lynn Whipple in The Year of The Collage, hosted by Carla Sonheim.
Next, I added magazine patterns and colors by the values (think paint by numbers!)
At first, my gal looked like she was getting a facial!
But in the end, she looked more like an exotic princess!
She took awhile to complete; many layers of paper, glue stick and patience!
Can you find all four pheasants from the used bird book I showed you in my last post?
Sometimes I create drawing challenges for myself to make it more fun…
I created these faces by not filling in all the features with a Micron ink pen:
Next, I copied my original drawing and completed the faces on copy paper. I created a couple of animals too!
I couldn’t stop at just one sketch, kind of like eating popcorn while watching a movie! Who can eat just one bowl! 😉
Just featured was very entertaining. I hope you give it a try with your own drawings.
And if you are unhappy with a drawing, you can just cut it out of the picture!
It is a super fun way to develop a character or perhaps tell a story.
Who will you create?
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I recently started an online class that is completely out of my comfort zone.
I love the colorful art of the teacher, Ardith Goodwin so I decided to give the class, “Distortion of Eyes and Noses” a try!
I thought you might enjoy seeing how I created a whimsical eye yesterday from one of the assignments.
I started with a watercolor background to give me inspiration. I drew a quick sketch in pencil.
I used the pencil sketch to get my creative juices flowing. I added details with a black permanent pen and additional color with Tombow markers.
I finished by softening the watercolor around the eye with gesso and a quote:
I encourage you to change the way you look at things!
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Happy New Year Friends!!
Have YOU put on a your creative thinking cap(s) for 2019?
I purchased this art book a few years ago…
It is just the daily inspiration I need in the new year!
I made a book-marker for it… You can see I have a square as part of my design (see yesterday’s post).
What inspiration will YOU use in your creativity in the new year? I hope you share it with me!
Cheers to new creative discoveries! 🙂
One of the highlights during the month of December is the special music…
Last weekend, I heard a trumpet solo and today at church, I listened to a violin soloist.
I like to close my eyes and listen, it brings my heart JOY!
What special music do YOU enJOY during the month of December?
I hope you share it with me.
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Tagged art journal, December, drawing faces, happy day, joy, memories, paper collage, singing, smile, special music
Her heart overflowed with love…
She felt grateful for this gift…
So she gave it away freely!
I think LOVE is a gift that I can give away “freely”… How about you?
And the funny thing about this gift, the more I give it away, the MORE I get in return!
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Tagged art journal, drawing, gratitude, hearts, Love more, paper collage, quirky, smile, whimsical
I have found new JOY with pencil sketching lately.
It has become a relaxing activity in the evening and my day does not feel complete without a quick sketch!
I find myself focusing on faces yet I am also “drawn” to nature.
This woodland fairy combines a face and nature into one sketch:
My inspiration came from the cover of this book and an oak tree in my yard:
It is one of my favorite books for learning to sketch and paint fairies. It has so many wonderful ideas to spark my imagination!
These are the supplies I used for this drawing:
From top of the page to bottom: A Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B pencil, Pentel waterbrush, Pentel Graphlet 0.7 mm mechanical pencil, shading stump and a kneaded eraser. I used a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook.
I started with the Graphite Aquarelle pencil and added shading with the waterbrush. I finished adding details with the 0.7 mm mechanical pencil and shading stump. A kneaded eraser is wonderful because it doesn’t damage the paper and can be molded to erase small spaces.
I encourage you to draw every day! Try different pencils, papers and subjects. It will change how you see the world around you!
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Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy