So I picked up the graphite pencil this morning while my two youngest kids ate breakfast. I did both sketches in a couple of minutes.
My BBC (Blunt Bible Club) and I did an art project together -- a kind of collage watercolor painting. It turned out so cute. I am going to share some pics but I have not been the best photographer with this painting!
I had everyone who has ever gone to BBC draw their face (I had to draw a few since they weren't around). Then, I took all these faces and glued them onto a piece of watercolor paper. I then drew a body for each face along with other stuff to make it a fun scene.
It is a bit silly but it sure was fun.
And the kids love to look at it.
There are a few adults in the picture too. So, here are the pics:
Drawn while watching Willy and the rest of the Duck Dynasty Family vacation in Hawaii.
Not sure what this one says about me. It is a gray day and I'm feeling lost! Well, this was in part inspired by a picture of Raggedy Andy on a blanket -- that's where the eyes came from anyway. And then some weird imagination took over. Kind of creepy and not drawn well but oh well. Sometimes that is life.
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.
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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