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! 🙂
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Tagged A Square A Day, art journal, book review, bookmarker, creative inspiration, drawing, faces, gelli-printed paper, happy new year, inspiration, learning, sketchbook
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
I continue enjoying drawing these quirky faces…
Experimenting with different drawing materials such as a Pentel Sign Pen:
I messed up her neck a bit so I gave her a high collar. Hehe! 😉
I used same pen over watercolor for this gal – I like how this pen bleeds a little with water:
When I went to my local art supply store recently, I met Linda Schneider (LindaSchneiderArt.com) who does beautiful calligraphy. I used to do calligraphy when I was in college. Linda self-published a book using calligraphy flourishes to create women’s hair, hats, etc; called, “Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More!”
She inspired me create the faces I’m showing you today.
I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for this drawing:
What I like about this pen is the ink is permanent. It is a little harder to control than the other pen however. This pen also comes with refills.
And here is a mixed media piece that is a bit wild:
I started with a light background in watercolor, added her face with the outline using a black Micron pen, added Neocolor watersoluble crayons and more scribbles with the Pentel Sign pen.
Who knew that drawing faces could be so fun!
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Tagged art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing faces, fun, imagination, ink, inspiration, quirky
The Feckenham family had similar features…
And could easily be found in a crowd!
Hope these funny faces give you a smile today!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Humor, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged drawing, faces, family, funny, humor, imagination, quirky, smile, watercolor, whimsical
We were challenged to make a quirky character on any surface using any material from my online class, Drawing Quirky Characters…
This assignment was just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing again!
I started with a previous drawing and folded the paper in half vertically. Using the white gel pen sketch as my guide, I cut out my quirky gal with scissors:
I don’t think I could have invented this hat without my scissors… (It reminds me of a hat that Wilma from the Flintstones might wear!) 😉
Lucy Cooke suggested I use it as a stencil so I did in my sketchbook with fluid acrylic paint:
Next, I drew details with pencil, added watercolor pencils, pan pastels to soften her features, black pen, white gel pen and color pencils:
I think she is “berry” quirky! How about you?!
Note: This was a fun way to create my own stencil. I look forward to using this idea with other subjects too.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, Paper Cutting, stencils, Story, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art experiments, creative play, drawing faces, imagination, mixed media art, nonsense, quirky, smile, whimsical
I don’t think we can ever have too much quirkiness, do you?! I love drawing these whimsical faces. 🙂
I created these drawings in the Dina Wakley sketchbook that I told you about in this post: A New Art Journal
The first drawing is extra scribbly. I started with a black Micron pen and added the white gel pen afterwards:
A young man in an extra tall quirky hat!
I’m really liking how the white gel pen pops on the brown kraft paper:
I added a little color and shading to these quirky gals with color pencil…
I am so enjoying Lucy Cooke’s Quirky Characters online class! Lucy recently did a short video of the quirky character drawings from the class – I hope you check it out at: ArtcyLucyStudio.com and go to her “Blog” which will lead you to the class artwork.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, imagination, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged creative play, drawing faces, imagination, ink, mixed media art, sketchbook, smile, whimsical