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1. Pasta Hairdo Sketches

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration Pasta Hairdo Sketches

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2. Self Portrait Project

Suddenly, I got myself into a Project, even though I wasn't aware of it in the first place.
I finished my last art journal, and opened a new one. I chose a Moleskine Sketchbook this time, instead of the watercolor version, because I felt like I could use a bit of change. A different type of paper, and a different format than what I got used to with the last few sketchbooks would bring some nice variety.

Yikes, that first page was kind of awful.

I had to get used to the smooth paper again, and I chose to draw myself in the reflection of the open window, which wasn't easy at all... but hey, the book has a lot of new pages, so onto the next drawing! and at least I enjoyed the process, while sitting in the spring sun for the first time this year.

The next day, I took some more time and chose a familiar tool: I have been drawing with ballpoint pen a lot on this type of paper.
I sat in the kitchen, on the kitchen table in fact, and chose another challenge: my own reflection in the lamp above the table. Wow that certainly was interesting! Not just my own distorted reflection in the round lamp, but all the details I discovered.
A fun drawing, and a fun hour of drawing.

I had such busy days with the very first semester of Sketchbook Skool coming up, and a lot of ropes to tie together still... So I didn't take the time to sit down and draw something around me, like I'm used to do in my daily drawing journals. but what I did do, was snap a picture of myself and use it as a reference to draw just before going to sleep, a few days in a row.

So yeah, The Project was born. Why don't I do A Selfie A Day? I have this ongoing self portrait project, on which I work on and off, but wouldn't it be interesting to see how I draw a self portrait each day? Will they be reflecting my moods? Will I get better at drawing my own face and its features?
We'll see. I don't plan to fill this journal with self portraits only. because I want to keep journaling too. Just drawing my face won't do. And it won't be satisfying every day either. As sometimes, it just doesn't work out well. Like the one below.
Now that is just insulting towards my husband, whom I tried to draw from, admitted, a bad photo.
If I can I will do a portrait and drawing of my surroundings. we'll see how it goes!

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3. Westie Sketchies

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration Westie West Highland Terrier sketches

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4. Paint sketch: Elephant and E

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration of a baby elephant and the letter e

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5. Bears and bears and bears

Christine Marie Larsen Bears sketchbook character study

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6. World Wide SketchCrawl in Amsterdam!

Saturday, April 19 is the 2nd World Wide Sketchcrawl of 2014. 
Are you joining?
The World Wide Sketchcrawl is a global drawing marathon, organized in many different places in the world. You can read about it, and also find out if there's a group of sketchcrawlers to join, in your area by going here: 
http://www.sketchcrawl.com
This way, on the same day, we can all draw 'together' during this sketchcrawl, even though we're scattered around the earth! 
This will be FUN!

I am hosting a SketchCrawl in Amsterdam, and if you happen to live in or around Amsterdam (or planning to go there), I would love for you to join me!

Saturday April 19, 2014This time, let's sketch at Westergasfabriekterrein in AmsterdamIt's a great place with nice architecture and a lot to see. I will be there at 2.30pm, in front of Espressofabriek. There we can meet and then go find a fun place to sketch and see each other's work. I'm looking forward to it!

How to get there:
-Westergasfabriekterrein: Polonceaukade 27, 1014 DA AmsterdamGet onto the westergas terrain and when you walk between the buildings, you will find a square on which the espressofabriek is.
-Tram 10Station Amsterdam Centraal: Bus 21Nachtbus 348
-Parking:Parkeergarage Westerpark (€3/uur)Van Bleiswijkstraat 81051 DG AmsterdamDe Westergasfabriek is on just a few minutes walking distance, on the other side of Haarlemmertrekvaart
-Parkeergarage Willemspoort (€0.50 per 8 minutes/ €3.75 an hour)Haarlemmer Houttuinen 5491013 GM Amsterdam
De Westergasfabriek is about 5-10 minutes walk from Haarlemmerplein
info about the location:http://www.westergasfabriek.nl/whats-on/altijd-te-doen

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7. Spring Fling

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Fa la la la la!

Such a beautiful spring day like today makes me want to dance like a… um… a ballerina… ahhhh, pig.

That’s a thing, right?

Why not.

I want to dance like a ballerina pig!


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8. Draw Tip Tuesday - drawing hands

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Today I'm drawing hands drawing shadows!


Today I'm using a photo for reference and I will draw on grey paper, using color pencils. I don't focus on the fact that I'm drawing a hand, with fingers and knuckles and wrinkles. I mainly focus on the shadows and draw these.

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9. Travel sketch pages

Okay so these are not from my actual art journal, but they are done during my vacation in Thailand and Cambodia.
I like my art journals to be not too small, so I have a bit of space, but certainly not too large eiter. I need to be able to chuck my journal into my bag and walk around with it, without it being to large or heavy. So 15x21 cm, something along those lines, will be suitable. To challenge myself though, I also brought a larger sized sketchbook with me. To see how I would feel about larger sized drawings. These are pages I did in a 21x30 cm sketchbook. Not THAT large, but a fair step larger than what I'm used to.
This is the first page i did, and after finishing, I felt rather proud:

Then, on a different day, i sat down with the book again and started drawing without thinking too much, ending up with very small sketches! Huh, interesting. 

Interesting how much chaos can be created in just a couple of days. As my husband was packing his bags (mine were done, I brought less than he did), I drew a quick sketch of my view from the bed.

I also tried a bit more detailed pencil drawing:

During a lazy afternoon in a cafe, I made these drawings. Which I like a lot. By looking at these, I can remember exactly where I was sitting, how the people moved that I was drawing, the colours, the atmosphere, and even what I drank: An iced coffee.

And one more bed-view sketch, this time in another room. The night before leaving to fly back home.

Since that last drawing, I haven't touched the sketchbook. Okay, first of all because I've been very busy and hardly had time for my daily art journal entries. But also, could it be that the book is too large? It does take me a little bit out of my comfort zone. Which makes me not really want to grab it yet, when I want to draw. But maybe, now that the weather in Amsterdam is getting better, I may take it outside to try some urban sketching and make sure I won't come back with just a couple of thumbnail sketches of the coffee I drank.



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10. Travel Journal - 7

So these are the last pages of my vacation in SE Asia. That very last day, I found a spot at Wat Bo, a serene temple complex in the middle of the city. I really took the time to make this drawing and enjoyed it immensely:



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11. Survival

t_rex tie shoe 450Alas, “survival of the fittest” would not be a concept that worked out for Rex.

The Illustration Friday theme of the week is “survival,” so…


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12. Travel Journal - 6









Not each journal entry can be perfect. And it doesn't have to be. I don't like this drawing very much. But still, it reminds me of the wonderful guesthouse. I can hear the sounds in the hallway again, and feel the smooth tiles on my bare feet again. That's what art journaling is for. Documenting fantastic memories.






And yes, in case you're wondering: I really DID eat intestines with red ants.
Guess what? Red ants taste a little bit like lemon!








I don't eat sugar, but in Asia, palm sugar and condensed milk are used for many things. In Cambodia at the guesthouse, they served boiled Taro with condensed milk for breakfast.









Have you ever seen Prashant Miranda's night sketches? (he's one of the teachers in Sketchbook Skool this semester!)
I thought it would be interesting to do night sketches too, then kind of forgot about it. But in Cambodia, I wanted to try my hand at night sketching, which in fact isn't much different from sketching during day time actually. it did feel a little festive, as it was my very first night sketch ever, and I was surrounded by colourful lights and busy sounds of a night market behind me. 







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13. Just 2 more days....

Oh boy oh boy, I am so excited!

It's hard to believe that it's almost 'D-Day'! This Friday, Sketchbook Skool is opening its doors and there is an overwhelming amount of students about to burst in! In fact, I think there's actually some of them already in front of the doors in sleeping bags, waiting to get started.



We have worked really hard to get everything up and running and the past months have been kind of crazy, but this week, for the first time in a long time I haven't had the feeling of being a few steps behind of my schedule. While checking and double-checking all of the klass content, I am so amazed and excited about the videos the teachers made! It'll be awesome and Danny and I can be proud of what we have accomplished so far. Fact is, we just dove into this without knowing what exactly we were getting ourselves into. We've learned a lot, and now we can focus on getting in place for the second semester (the teachers we got together are again, awesome!), improve our website workflow and planning strategies.

So here's what we got in store for you this first semester, starting Friday April 4:

Danny Gregory on why we need to be creative and what happens if we suppress the urge. How to draw expressively and yet accurately. How to choose art supplies. And much more from L.A.!

Me on taming your inner critic. On drawing better with colored pencils and on braving the frigid outdoors. And a whole lot more from Amsterdam!

Prashant Miranda on 20 years of journaling, on travel, on watercoloring and on discovering your family history through your sketchbook. And much more from all around India!

Jane La Fazio on mixed media, on how to uncover beauty and on turning sketchbook pages into developed works of art. And much more from sunny Southern California!

Roz Stendahl on how to draw animals of any kind, alive or dead(!), and what are the best media to use and why. And loads more from snowy Minnesota!

Tommy Kane on how to turn mistakes into masterpieces, and how to combine ink, watercolors and colored pencil to make rich, beautiful journal pages. And heaps more from deep in Brooklyn.



I'm not sure if I will be able to sleep, because of the excitement! Will you?


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14. Travel Journal - 2

I just filled the last pages of the sketchbook in which these pages are. Great memories in this precious book.
The intention of our three week (!) vacation, was to totally relax and shake off any work stress of the past weeks, or well, let's be honest: months.
So, we took the boat to the beautiful Thai island Koh Chang. 
This Island has gorgeous beaches, but also a large area of jungle... if you ever watched 'Lost', some parts of Koh Chang look a bit like the island in the show, only without the creepy stuff.
We found a great place to stay and rented a little bungalow, at a 'lake'. Well, it was more of a big artificial ditch, but the place was gorgeous anyway, and very peaceful. As you can see in the drawing I made of it.

Oh and here's the 'what we ate today' page of that day.




When you take your time, to look around you, you will notice so many details! On Koh Chang in Thailand, my husband and I explored the Island by motorbike and found a beautiful place on the beach where we sat down for a banana-coffee shake (oh my gosh that is such a great combination!), surrounded by hipsters. 
I really enjoyed the chatter around me, the smell of fantastic Thai food, and the sound of the waves on the beach. I took my time to make this drawing. Some of the people in the drawing left before I finished drawing them, so I had to make up some bits. Doesn't really matter, as I was concentrating of the interior of the shaded pavilion.

Another lazy day: dozing off at the beach after a jungle hike...
As you can see, I started drawing my husband in the deck chair next to me, but then he went for a stroll along the surf to play his mouth harmonica, so I ended up drawing just part of him, and then the empty chair.

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15. A girl and her pig


A new sketch of a girl and her pig.

And here she is in color. Pencil sketch colorized in Photoshop.


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16. Journal Page - a Swiss trip

I went to Switzerland for the wedding of my brother-in-law. On the way back, I drew this in my sketchbook (above), with a felt pen I had bought at the airport. Ahh yes, the best way to spend waiting time is a. sketching, and b. shopping for art supplies.

On the way to our destination in Switzerland, I sketched in the train: 

We could include some sightseeing to our program while we were there, and for the drawing below, I took the time to take everything in and see the many details. Like a monk, in fact, I sat near a desk where monks used to write page after page for this library... A very impressive sight, and an almost meditative drawing:




Here's a sketch I did of the married couple, with a photo for reference


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17. Fish Noir

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RED HERRING

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is “red“ and the first thing that popped into my addled brain was ”red herring”. So I thought, hey,  I’ll redraw and repost this from a couple of years ago. What the heck, I’m on a roll.

Most mystery novel and film buffs know that a red herring is a plot device used in film noir, murder mysteries and suspense films, to distract the audience away from the more important aspect of the plot. The red herring can sometimes be a character, believed by the audience to be the killer, only to discover later in the film that they are innocent and another character, never even considered is, in fact, the murderer.

Now that you have your twist ending, do you know where the term red herring originated?

Wikipedia tells us:

A tradition whereby young hunting dogs in Britain were trained to follow a scent with the use of a “red” (salted and smoked) herring. This pungent fish would be dragged across a trail until the puppy learned to follow the scent. Later, when the dog was being trained to follow the faint odor of a fox or a badger, the trainer would drag a red herring (which has a much stronger odor) across the animal’s trail at right angles. The dog would eventually learn to follow the original scent rather than the stronger scent.

I’ve also heard that British fugitives in the 1800s would rub a herring across their trail, in order to divert the bloodhounds pursuing them.

All this talk is whetting my appetite for a bit of kipperes and toast (NOT!) and a Hitchcock film or two (YES!).

 


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18. Journal page

Sometimes you need new shoes. Because on the trip you're on, you only brought superwarm winterboots and it turns out to be warm, with unexpected spring weather at your place of destination... and yeah it helps if they're brightly coloured and affordable too...
Sometimes you have a friend over. Who loves sweets. Who has to have something sweet after dinner. What do you do if you don't have much time to bake, and don't eat sugar at all? Well... you dig into your cupboard to find some superfoods and some favourite flavours and chuck them all in the blender.
Yum.

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19. "Ooo" said the Sultan. A little too cartoony for the project,...

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20. Wise Guys

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(click to enlarge, or fugget about it.)

BADA-BING BADA-WHOOOOOO!


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21. The King draws his scimitar. I battled with this drawing for...

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22. Alakazm!



via Emergent Ideas Alakazm!


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23. Alakazm!

I just love this Vizier’s expression!



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24. Yawn


Sometimes, when it's the end of the day and I realize I didn't have time to make a daily drawing or sketch in my drawing journal, I take it to bed with me. To do a little bedtime sketch. Yesterday, when I did so, I was yawning a lot because of the long day behind me. So I snapped a pic of myself and used it as a reference to make this self portrait sketch.
The funny thing is... each time I look at it, I start yawning again!

(ps. in my upcoming class on How To Design A Character, we'll be working on a lot of different facial expressions and how to draw them - this one has a lot of character already!)


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25. Journal page

Is it spring yet?


Oooh, Yay! It actually is!

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