This is my five minute sketch from this morning at breakfast of my husband Shannon. He (rightly) said often my quick sketches of him are not flattering. So I tried to do a flattering one this morning. This looks like him quite a bit and gets his expression. Shannon is a good man.
Just a few scribbles this morning -- drew two of my favorite people sitting in a church pew. Merry Christmas!
This is a sketch I drew yesterday -- mainly copying some of John Tenniel's illustrations from Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking-Glass.
You can learn some artistic techniques by creative osmosis when you copy work of artists you love.
I really enjoy pen and ink and will focus on this in 2015, to improve my skills. I used pen and ink and watercolor pencils in the above sketch.
If you have a dream go for it. If you want to be able to do something like draw or play a certain instrument or whatnot, don't wait. Start now.
When it comes to participating in creative activities we often don't because we don't want to do it badly.
Listen: I give you permission to draw badly. I give you permission to paint badly. I give you permission to write bad poetry. Don't focus on the product. Focus on the process. Focus on losing yourself in the creation process. Just enjoy yourself. That is when you find the blessing.
We all used to be able to do this stuff without engaging the inner critic. When we were very very young we drew because it was fun. We colored because it was fun. We created because it was fun.
We need to get back to that. Get back to that today. Here's my badly drawn fruit I drew this morning:
Yes, it could be a whole lot worse but it is still bad. Now, don't go saying "I can't even draw that Jane."
That is definitely NOT what you are supposed to do. Quit comparing yourself to others.
Now, before the day is finished please pick up a writing utensil and do a bit of doodling. Keep doodling until you are enjoying the process. Then, find another writing utensil that is a different color and color parts of your doodle. Sign it with a flourish (which I forgot to do on Fruit Drawn Badly) and share it.
I'm just being a bit lazy here. I've been sketching a bit but haven't scanned any of it so I will share a couple more illustrations I drew from my friend's book:
But that will be all. If you want to see the rest you'll have to buy the book.
I will put some other sketches up soon. It is really important to keep sketching without worrying whether what you are doing is perfect or not. Just draw. Draw. Draw. Engage your creative brain!