Below are the three paintings I did for the online five day class I am taking. This is a new technique that will show me how to do some texture with watercolors. Right now I do not like them at all but I guess I will be ironing them later in the week (this is watercolor on t-
I just have a few pages left in the sketchbook I started drawing in back in November. I am going to do full scenes on these last pages -- one of my first scenes is the one below. It is very strange. Maybe this is how my brain is working these days? Very possibly. It seems to be mumblely and jumblely and numblely most of the time.
Well, day two of drawing my Maggie in heaven. I have eight quick sketches to share today. They are silly, plain silly.
But they make me smile!
Here's my quick family sketch from our Christmas program last night. I love it though it has a lot of problems with it.
Why do I love it?
I learned a lot after doing it.
1. I should have started from the bottom up because the proportions are all wrong. I'm too skinny. My husband is too wide. We all should be a lot more squished together.
2. But I like my boy Hawken who is the front one in a wheelchair. I like Pete (he's the boy on the right). And I like Ryan's pic (who is the boy with the glasses in the back). That actually looks like him even though I'm doing my sketchy style.
3. And yes, I feel this is my style. Maybe I'll redo this and even paint it -- watercolor would make this look cool.
4. And I have plans. I'm going to put an online portfolio together and have a portfolio page on this website. I am ready! And I am excited.
5. I have a couple of kid stories brewing in me. I've drawn some pics. I've thought up some lines.....I am ready to fly.
Maybe I'll post the other portrait later....We shall see.
As stated, here's the colored version -- though I didn't color the whole thing. My hand was really hurting from using the colored pencils. I have got to go back to watercolors because the pencils are rough on the RA (rheumatoid arthritis).
So, eventually I want to color all my sketches in my book -- will use paint!
I am going to put up two more pics of just some of the sketching I've been doing. It is paying off. I'm getting a style actually -- one that is mine and mine alone.....I am quite happy about this. I don't know if it will lead to ...well, we shall see. God is in control!
I haven't colored it yet, but I drew some more on the Christmas pic.
We have a bit of chaos happening in our family situation today and I let myself get a bit bummed.
BUT, you know what, maybe coloring would do the trick.
OH....I'm reading a book with my son Hawk called The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow by Kaye Umansky. It is great. And I've drawn some pictures from the book. I bought the book for ten cents at a library in Rock Island, Il. I recommend it highly. I'm only in the first few chapters but the characters have already grabbed me.
Maybe I'll share some later.
I started this Christmas picture yesterday. I plan on finishing it today, filling the entire large page -- maybe I'll even color this one.
I don't know who the little girl is, and I so hope she doesn't fall off that stool, but maybe someone will be there to catch her.
I'll post later today if I get this picture done. I have crossed over to the illustration side in my brain. The only things for kids I want to write now are silly poems. Hey, I'll share a couple I wrote recently that were rejected by the magazine editor I sent them to.
Is an angelfish an angel?
Or is it just a fish?
Does it have white floaty wings?
Or does it fit in a baking dish?
I wish I could befriend one
I'd like to ask it pretty please
If it knows what heaven looks like
And does it like to be served with cheese?
Why oh why is there a crow on my head?
It's been there ever since I got out of bed.
I've told it to go and I've told told it to flee
But it just sticks out its tongue and stares at me.
So I've decided to eat blueberries and pie
Every day of my life until the crow dies.
They were deemed inappropriate for the publication.....
I like them.
I have no idea.
What is the question?
Why am I doing all this sketching and such.
Again, I have no idea. I started out wanting to become a children's book illustrator. And maybe that will happen one day. But right now I'm just sketching everyday because I feel the need to do it. The picture above and to the left is a picture of my new sketchbook.
I cracked it open today and used two pages already!! The first page I used in place of my typical journal writing. I gave it up (at least until this sketchbook is filled). I talk about this further in my other blog, Jane Hinrichs is Perfectly Blunt.
So, am I losing my way or am I just immersed in the journey of wherever I'm going?
I don't know the answer to that either.
Here's my first page from this morning. I think you'll be able to click on it and make it bigger if you're interested in seeing what I drew. I drew an illustration of a Bible passage. I drew my kids eating generic Froot Loops. I drew my coffee cup and husband's sack lunch. I tried to fill it full (though I see there are blank spots. Later maybe I"ll fill them in with something else....).
Here is the second page I worked on. Hawk and I went outside and I drew part of our east fence. It is so beautiful out I had to get some sunshine (though Hawk complained quite a bit).
I like my wheelbarrow quite a bit. The hay bales aren't real good but I like the fence too.
Still working in the Quentin Blake illustration book. Here's a few creatures I finished. This is fun. The kids think it is a bit kooky their mom is going through this book. My husband has even asked about it a bit.
Here's another finished creature from Blake's book.I drew half of it. Blake had the rest there waiting.
One more to show you. This book does go into a few technical things like shading and perspective. The big balloon and the pumpkin are mine. The rest were already on the page.
You know, we don't always need a great reason to do what we know we need to do.
Sometimes the reason comes later. Sometimes it is just working in the details of an inner journey. Sometimes it is just life.....
I'm so excited. This morning I have been doing so quick sketches for fun and they were fun. They made me laugh! And you know what -- if no one else likes them it doesn't matter because I do. I am enjoying the process of sketching. It is a new thing. Sketching just for the fun of sketching!
If I never make my elusive goal, so what.
I have something else to share then I'm going to share two sketches I did this morning that make laugh. Here's what I want to share: I don't care about making money. There are so many schemes and also well-meaning programs online that tell you how to make money with your blogs or whatnot....I don't want to waste my time seeking out these business things. We only have so much time each day. I want to spend it on things that make me feel alive -- caring for my family, caring for others, ministering to people, showing them the Divine Love that is there for all of us; creating - -painting, drawing, writing....and yes, I do need to clean some too.I had a dream someone came into my house to buy it and it was a wreck...an absolute mess (the kind where wild animals had been living in my house for a long time). That is one of my weaknesses -- my insecurity about my housekeeping.
Here's my two sketches:
The part I love is the picture in the bottom left -- me dancing with a headache. It is funny....to me anyway.
Feel free to click on the picture. It will get bigger. You can then see all the lovely things I drew.....
These are my two witches. I made them from drawing scriggly lines on the page -- the pen I am using bleeds through the page. Instead of getting irritated about it I am using it to help my creativity.....I got this idea from Carla Sonheim's book. She talks about taking pictures of sidewalk cracks, then using them to inspire ad drawing or painting. I haven't done that yet, but this bleeding ink page thing is working great for me.
I also thought about Roald Dahl's The Witches book. It is a funny book and he gives details on how to spot a wicked witch. They are all bald, they wear gloves; they have club feet so they are always wearing high heels to hide this. And the gloves are to disguise their clawed hands. And they wear wigs too to disguise their bald heads. I think I'll make my own list for a new book....we'll see. Maybe this picture will be my inspiration.
My main reason for doing this blog is to keep me accountable. I am going to work on my illustration Monday through Friday until my unique style shines through.
How will I know?
I just will. It will be a way in which I love to draw and paint in. It will be fun for me. It will be expressive.
I'm not there yet.
I watched some videos today that were really good. Two were of an artist by the name of Dario Jabenko. She has a handful of Youtube videos where she shares how she became a successful illustrator and gives a lot of tips.
What do you know -- the first tip is to get your own style. It took her a year to find her style after she graduated from illustration school. If you are interested check out the links I shared about her.
Back to my Sonheim book. I decided to attempt the assignment again which frustrated me yesterday, but I'd do it a bit differently. Today I also watched a bit of a David Catrow video. He talked about how many artists do self-portraits. So, I thought I am going to try that. Instead of drawing a dog over and over quickly I'll do myself. Here are some of the results:
This isn't good. I look like an elf and nothing like myself -- well a bit maybe. But it wasn't fun to draw and it wasn't anything like I want to draw.
But Carla mentions in the book if you continue you might find your style.
But I am getting frustrated with drawing myself. But I haven't quit yet.
This is even worse. Yuck.
I definitely don't like drawing myself, and I
definitely don't like this kind of work.
I do not have big eyes but i love drawing big eyes. So, as you see from portraits I am subconsciously giving myself big eyes....
Instead of finding anything great about my drawing I am getting more frustrated with this project I began and I am going to give up soon. This is not fun at all.
The drawings are getting worse.
Yes, this is pathetic. I look like a cookie....that makes me laugh.
I finally gave up. This is fruitless and pointless.
So after this one, I have decided I am not going to draw my self portrait. Instead I'll go to the assignment the book gives me that I felt like would be cheating. By the way I like this one the best even though I could have drawn this in first grade!
Today's assignment is to draw some watercolor swishes on a piece of watercolor paper. I didnt' want to do this assignment because this is how I approach my acrylic and glue canvas paintings. I don't do it with paint. I do it with glue and then I paint what i see in the glue. But I wanted some success here so I decided to go ahead and do this assignment. But I changed it. The book says to find an imaginary animal. Today, from Daria's video she said to draw what you like to draw. I like to draw people from my imagination. So, when I began looking for an animal (which I thought I had at first) I found a lady.
This is who I found -- The Rocking Lady. After the above painting dried I used a sharpie and found her legs. At first I thought they were some kind of chicken legs, but then I found her rocker and her face. I had to go with this lady. She is sure not perfect - -she is missing an arm and her left arm is very awkward, but I think she is pretty darn cool.
So, overall the illustration was successful. I am really liking watercolor and ink (or sharpie). I am really liking Quentin Blake's illustration -- he is influencing me. Somehow he can convey emotion in apparently simple pictures. That is talent.
So, I am going to take Daria's advice (I am also going to add her to my artists I love page). I am going to draw and paint what I love to draw and paint (But still do the lessons Carla's book gives me).
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