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?
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!