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.
This is my cat painting for our Humane Society -- I approached it the same I did my dog painting (see last post). Both my cat and dog paintings will be in our local Humane Society's online silent art auction in October.
Above is the final watercolor and pen and ink painting for the Humane Society Art Auction. The silent art auction isn't up yet on the website (which is linked above) but it will be in October I believe. All proceeds go to supporting the mission of the Humane Society.
For those interested here was the painting before I used my pen and ink:
That's why I absolutely love my fountain pens!!!!! Thank you to Quentin Blake for sharing his work with the world. I picked up my first fountain pen because of Sir Blake (he has no idea I am alive so anything negative about my work is all me).
Check out The Caterpillar, my absolute favorite children's magazine (maybe my favorite magazine of all). It is whimsical and lovely and fun and always makes me smile!
It comes from across the Great Pond from Ireland and Wales.
And the pages above will be featured in the Summer issue AND I drew/painted those pictures!!!
I am so thrilled.
The following three sketches began as a bunch of lines. This is what they became:
I have wrote some really good chapters about Ruthie and Marcie. And I tried out my watercolor pencils on this picture on the left. Marcie and Ruthie are greeting you, their fans and one day hopefully the readers of their stories!
I'm not sure what I think of the pencils. They are so light in this picture but I probably can go darker. We'll see. Maybe will go back to paint instead.....I ended up using my favorite disposable fountain pen rather than the real pen and ink.
Whatever happens it is fun to get to know these two and the world they live in. My kids are enjoying their stories. Ruthie was shrunk today by eating a cookie off a house! But it all came out great in the end.