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 enjoy giving myself little challenges when drawing… and learning more about my subjects.
Painting different colors of watercolor in my art journal helped add color to a blank page…
I then challenged myself to use mostly black pens – each pen a different variety – to draw Cactus; from the book I showed you in this post: Drawing Cactus and Succulents
According to Dictionary.com; Cactus (noun) and plural can be cacti, cactuses and cactus!
As a definition: Any numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems and typically having solitary, showy flowers.
I never really thought about a “cactus” being a succulent plant!
I challenged myself to create these “succulents” with a variety of green pens:
Succulent (noun): A succulent plant as a sedum or cactus… and as (adjective): Of a plant – having fleshy or juicy tissues.
What I learned from this challenge for myself:
- Calligraphy pens are great to draw with…
- Going outside the color “square” is OK!
- I really do have eight green pens.
- Creating challenges makes drawing fun!
- I enjoyed learning the names of plants… must be a weird bird idea in there somewhere!
Do you give yourself challenges when you are creating? I’d love to hear what you do!
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Tagged art challenge, art journal, Cactus, color play, creative ideas, drawing, ink, inspiration, sketchbook, succulents, watercolor
My title sounds like a silly song!
I started this little doo-da-ling…
When I was in a moo-da-ling…
I hope to show you my finished doodle next week!
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Tagged art journal, creaative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, relaxing, zen doodles
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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Tagged Ardith Goodwin, creative play, drawing, eyes and noses, ink, inspiration, love learning, mixed media art, online art classes, positive, quotes, smile, watercolor, whimsical
My cat, Jack wouldn’t eat this weekend. Three agonizing days were spent trying to get him to eat! Sigh…
Finally, a fresh can of tuna was the winner! Hooray!!
Sometimes life catches us off guard and we must find ways to unwind… like this doodle I started awhile ago…
I completed it this weekend when I needed a distraction from a sick cat:
I’m so thankful the cat is back to his old self and now I can start a new doodle!
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Today’s weird bird is a strange case…
Could it be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
A before and after photo:
Perhaps it is just an ordinary “Two-Headed Hat bird,” not to be confused with this one: The Cat Bird
If you’d like to inspect it further, here is a close-up photo:
Hope your day is clearly fabulous…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, funny, happy, hats, Imaginary birds, ink, mystery, smile, strange, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
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
Do you remember the needlework or cross-stitch samplers? They were created to demonstrate or test a skill of needlework.
I have a friend, Marsha who creates the most AMAZING needlework!! I always enjoy seeing what projects she is working on! 🙂
This doodle reminded me of the cross-stitching I used to do…
A Doodle Sampler
It is like a sampler of doodle patterns that are all “interwoven” together!
It isn’t quite done but I thought you might enjoy seeing it anyway.
Have you ever done any kind of needlework or cross-stitch? I’d love to hear what you have created with thread!
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Tagged abstract, creative play, imagination, ink, meditative, needlework samplers, patterns, zen doodles, zentangle
Some days the creative whimsy just doesn’t flow…
Yet, this little experiment with acrylic ink, water and alcohol did!
As you can see, today’s weird bird is a bit of a drip!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. Do you ever have one of those days when you have a creative block? What do you do to get your creative ideas flowing again? I hope you share them with me!
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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.
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Tagged creative play, drawing faces, imagination, ink, mixed media art, sketchbook, smile, whimsical