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Drawing Quirky Characters…

I discovered this online class over the weekend at JeanneOliver.com – Quirky Characters with Lucy Cooke

And I haven’t been able to stop drawing… a very good thing! 🙂

Here are my beginning drawings in my sketchbook on Friday:


I wanted to loosen up and create more quirkiness in my drawings…

So I decided to start my faces with something familiar…a little paper collage:


Experimenting with different drawing materials helped me relax too.  I also like how Lucy gives different ways to start a drawing of a face:


I started the ones above with watercolor hair and then used water soluble Faber Castell graphite pencils to add the details.

It was super fun to give little “stories” to my characters as I did with my collage ones.

I did the sketches below with a .7mm pencil, blending stump and a little color pencil where mentioned:


I think I have come a long way in my pencil sketches in just 3 days!  I think that Lucy Cooke is such a good teacher.

This class is teaching me so much and I’d highly recommend it if you’d always dreamed of drawing faces that are playful and fun!  It is one of the more reasonable online classes I’ve taken in price yet it doesn’t disappoint in content either.

Cheers to quirky drawing! 🙂

A Natural Influence

I have been sketching more with pencil in my art journal.  And then adding a little watercolor for color such as this wildflower, the Purple Pea Vine:

I like learning about the wildflowers native at our lake in Northern Idaho.  My mom was excellent about knowing their names so I was probably influenced by her.

Each July, I remember my mom, who passed away in July 1999 by walking on her favorite nature trail at the lake.  So this last weekend, I painted one of her favorite flowers, the Begonia.  I planted this one in an old bucket at the lake:

My mom always loved watermelon on the 4th of July so I had to paint a slice!

This watermelon stepping stone I made in her memory several years ago:

It was very relaxing to paint this last weekend at the lake.  I’m starting to like my paintings more and I can see some improvement.  🙂

Do you do something special each year to remember a loved one?  I would love to hear about it if you want to share it with me.

Happy Painting!  🙂

Mr. Red Head

I haven’t drawn or painted a bird in awhile.  So when I saw a photo of a Red-bellied Woodpecker on Kathy’s blog:


I decided to give it a try!  I started with a quick pencil sketch in my art journal:

sketch in pencil

I tried to pay attention to the negative space around my bird so I could get the angles drawn correctly.

Next, I made a copy of my bird onto tissue paper so I could transfer it to watercolor paper.  I painted a light base in watercolor:

Watercolor base

I added details with Prismacolor pencils and a white gel pen to complete it:


I learned online that a Red-bellied Woodpecker was named for the unique pinkish tinge on the belly, common to both genders.

I hope you check out Kathy’s blog!  She takes AMAZING bird photos!  And I like her sense of humor too.

Happy Bird Watching!  🙂