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A Woodland Fairy

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:

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My inspiration came from the cover of this book and an oak tree in my yard:

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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:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

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Looking For Stars

Do you ever have days (or weeks) when you are looking for stars like this quote I found on the internet?

“When it rains, look for rainbows… when it’s dark, look for stars.”  – Unknown

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Perhaps those who need a burden or two lifted from their shoulders can SEE the pink STAR flower in this drawing…

May this drawing from my imagination bring you HOPE for tomorrow!

PEACE!  🙂

Keeping A Daily Sketchbook

One of my art goals for the new year is to keep a daily sketchbook.  I think to keep it interesting, I want to experiment with different art mediums and try different kinds of sketchbooks.

Today, I used my Strathmore 9×12 Visual Journal with Vellum smooth pages:

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I decided to try sketching with a dip pen and Black Indian ink:

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I sketched some spices that I had in my cupboard.  First, I held the dip pen loosely at it’s end and then I used the dropper from the ink bottle:

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As you can see, they are a bit wonky in shape.  Yet, I kind of like them like this!

After the ink dried, I used my Neocolor II water soluble crayons and a new Pelikan opaque watercolor set to play with color.

I also made notes on my page.  I think I like the ink dropper sketches the best which surprises me.

I will be posting my sketches on my blog about once a week so you can see my progress.  I am hoping this practice will help improve my drawing skills in time.

I challenge you to start a sketchbook this year!  You could keep a weekly sketch if that is easier to keep up.  It really is loads of fun!  And as you can see from my sketches, they don’t have to be perfect.

Be sure to write the date on your page –

Happy sketching!  🙂