Below, another original, a brand new little drawing of this poorly saggy old owl. Go on, give him a home. He can be found HERE.
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I got to draw her a few times. I added a bit of colour when I got home. I can't decide whether I like it or really dislike it, but hey ho - that's the way it goes.
I was supposed to post this two days ago ... but real life got in the way of finishing it up. So a quick sketch it will remain.
I had to remind myself halfway through that I'm trying to loosen up in my drawings! So the delicate structure I set up to start off with became a mass of sketchy lines instead. I'm quite pleased with the results, unfinished though it might look. Well, that's probably because it is .... not quite done. Here's the final scan and a couple of images of what I did to get there:
Drawn in my large moleskine journal with an assortment of coloured pencils. Cheers.
Lynne Chapman's house. Lynne was planning a workshop that she was giving at last year's Urban Sketcher's Symposium and used some of our Sketchcrawl group as guinea pigs.
This will be the last of the cupcakes on this sweet-obssessed week, I promise. Well, for just a little while anyway ...
I've been working on cleaning up and digitally repainting the Quirky Cupcakes that I doodled at the beginning of the week, so I'll show you those first ... one with a blue boat balanced atop a sea of icing, another with quirky red hearts, one with a cheerful red cherry perched up high, and finally an pink and white iced cupcake with colourful round sprinkles.
Had enough of cupcakes yet? I hope not, as I have one more ... I used the Photo Inspiration: Pink Cupcake from earlier this week and digitally painted over it to produce the pink iced cupcake below:
It's a completely different look and style from the ones above it, that were doodled with marker pens and scanned in. I quite like both interpretations really.
I'm beginning to think that the Quirky Cupcakes might make for a cute pattern collection ... even on bedsheets and wallpaper, perhaps for a kids room? A cupcakes shower curtain? Well, I'm going to give that a go next week and will show you the results once that's done.
Which one of the above cupcakes would you eat first? Cheers.
All in the spirit of gift-giving - some wrapped boxes I've drawn at different moments in the past to while away the little time I don't have :)
Drawn in coloured pencil, in my moleskine journal, just for fun. Cheers.
So. I'm in the middle of updating one of my older drawings. Well, a set of drawings ... three white ducks drawn, ATC-sized (that's 2.5"x3.5" to those who have no idea of what Artist Trading Cards are) on coloured backgrounds, all in coloured pencil. The originals are at this post: Ducks ATCs.
I decided to play with them a bit in Corel Painter and now I'm not sure of which ones I should put up on my cards and gifts online - the original drawn in coloured pencil, or the new digitally re-painted ones!
I'd love some help deciding, so here is the original:
And here's the 'painted' version:
To tell the truth, this isn't the first time I find myself stuck at having to make a choice. Am not too great at decision-making anyway, and when it comes to my art I think I get far too emotionally close, so it's difficult to stand back and be objective. I can get stuck for hours just trying to pick two different shades of the same colour! It's so not amusing that it's funny.
I'm seriously considering starting up a regular "dilemma" section where I ask for help picking out colours or different versions of a piece of art or illustration ... we shall see ...
As far as my Ducks are concerned, I do think I know which one I'm leaning more towards, but am still unsure and haven't made up my mind, so I'd love and appreciate any comments and help. Which one do you prefer?
Looking for inspiration in shapes I see around me. Circles. I took tons of photos but here are three of them.
After which I did a bit of an exercise with all that inspiration! Used the rose in the above photograph, got my pencils and pens out, and started playing ...
Quite enjoyed that. Have a lot of catching up to do this week, so there's long way to go as yet ... Cheers!
As many of you know, a few months back, my wife and I brought home our very first human baby. In advance of the birth, I had made a point of leaving Mary cute little sketches of what our baby might look like — most all of which she deemed “terrifying.” I thought I’d share them with readers …
And now, here’s the real deal! This is Penelope Fern Auxier. Not quite as many fangs as I’d imagined …
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I am, very slowly, learning more about Surface Design. And discovering that I'm loving it. It's certainly not a simple process, but I do love puzzles and that probably helps, as putting the separate pieces together to make a cohesive (and aesthetically pleasing!) whole is definitely a large part of the overall process. I just hope that I'm getting it right.
Following on from my Daisy Joy, I've drawn 5 Poinsettia plants in the same style, and attempted once more to create a pattern from them. Here's one of the painted Poinsettias, and below that are the fabrics I've designed from them.
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Six years ago, my life changed. I picked up my coloured pencils and started drawing again after an 18-20 year break from art. "Book Girl" above, was one of the first pieces I drew. I then picked up Danny Gregory's The Creative License: Giving Yourself the Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are, and that was pretty much that.
I stopped stressing out over absolute perfection. It wasn't easy, I promise you, but I went through the exercises in the book and discovered that 'imperfection' in art, as in life, was not only permissible, but could achieve truly beautiful results. I started drawing daily, joined communities online, and then started this blog. Thank you, Danny Gregory!
I still have a long way to go and a vast amount to learn, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the process, and am celebrating the 6 year path it has taken to get me to this point. Cheers.
I've been increasingly fascinated by surface design lately. I've always loved patterns but it never occurred to me that I might one day be able to create some of my own. Recently, being able to design on household products has driven me to study the formation of patterns, and I'm slowly learning, researching, and experimenting. Here are the results so far:
I started off by drawing some daisies, then scanning them and digitally painting them in Corel Painter 12 before I took them back into photoshop to apply a few effects. Then it was time to pick background colours, never an easy task for me and it usually takes me hours of nail-biting indecision but I finally came up with three ...
The above turquoise blue was my favourite, but it seemed to work just as well against the chantilly pink and gold yellow (see below). I was aiming for a cheerful, bright and joyful look. Hope I achieved it. The background seemed a little subdued for some products, so I applied stripes in a lighter colour, I then picked a few daisies to enlarge and highlight, and this is the end result:
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Dr. Sketchy. I really do. Last night was another great session at The Greystones in Sheffield. We got to draw some stunning models to an Eartha Kitt soundtrack. What could be better than that? I was right in the zone too and produced a load of sketches. Sketches I'm pretty chuffed with. Here's one. It's my prize winning (ahem) drawing of Hells Belle. I'll post the rest soon. Cheers! Display Comments Add a Comment
I’m falling hard for the work of Jean Jullien! It’s a playful balance of looseness and sketchiness with complete confidence and control. He has a great mix of drawings, sculptural illustrations, and videos peppered throughout his portfolio. Don’t miss the video on his About page!Add a Comment
|By the way, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK, as this lovely lady recommended. Thanks, Dee!|
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in a previous post, that there was no way I was going to show it on my blog, but what the hell. Plus, I've heard that sharing the work that didn't work out helps you grow as an artist (not that THIS artist needs to grow anymore; I no longer fit into any of my jeans).