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!
Posted in Art Journal, art supplies, Drawing, Faces, Fairies, imaginary drawings, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy
As many of you know, I enjoy taking online art classes – especially from CarlaSonheim.com
I started taking her first year-long class in 2013 with the Year of the Giraffe. This year will be my 6th year. I don’t always get to every assignment yet I enjoy the community and creative connections I make through her classes on Facebook.
I also enjoy the assignments as it helps me to think-outside-the-box and explore art in new ways. Like this lesson:
I used thread dipped in watercolor and a brayer to create the abstract above. Below is another one I did with India ink:
This year’s class is similar to last year’s – 365 days of creating daily. The class started on Friday, January 5 so you can still sign-up and join in if you’d like. 🙂
Below is what I titled, Low Tide, where I used another piece of paper over the thread instead of a brayer to create my abstract:
You have the option this year to get the assignments daily or weekly. I currently signed up for daily but may change to weekly later on.
Yesterday, our assignment was to draw a piece of fruit blindfolded – the fruit, not me! Hehe 😉 I did an apple:
I hope you join in the fun!! Go to http://www.carlasonheim.com for more information.
Cheers to creating daily! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, Drawing, ink, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, word of the day
Tagged 365 daily creating, abstract, art community, art journal, carla sonheim, color play, creative connections, creative play, daily art, drawing, fun, graphite, ink, mixed media art, online art classes, watercolor
In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt. I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.
I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it. As you can see below:
After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.
I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:
I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, creative ideas, drawing faces, flowers, graphite, inspiration, Learning to draw, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, roses, soft pastels
Since my last post, we have had many changes in weather. It inspired me to draw some of Mother Nature’s moods:
I hope it gives you a smile today!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, drawing, drawing faces, fun, graphite, humor, inspiration, Learning to draw, sketchbook, weather