Cheetah in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I began drawing this Cheetah! I finished it just now after working on it for a few hours this afternoon. Lots of spots!

I think he is a bit too tall, but with those legs he may be able to run even faster, ha ha!

So this is my third drawing in my series of wild cats. So far I have drawn a lion head and a tiger (but no bear), oh my!

I will probably be working on my class lessons tomorrow or this weekend. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Eyes in Pencil

 

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This is for the second class this week in Paint Your Heart & Soul. Our instructor was Saskia van Drunen.

She showed us how to use Strathmore Toned Tan paper. The tan paper is for showing the midtones. We only used a mechanical pencil which I don’t normally draw with. To add the shading we used a blending stump which I never seem to think of when I am drawing either. But I will now! Lastly, we used a white charcoal pencil for the lightest areas. Unfortunately, my whitest areas look bluish in the photo, because it is a foggy day outside which affects the light.

The things I liked about this lesson were:

1) She showed us that eyes are all different shapes depending on the person’s expression.

2) She pointed out that eyelashes look more realistic when they are drawn in clumps, not all the way around the eye.

I enjoyed learning how to draw expressive eyes with Saskia. She explained things very well.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Profile Portrait in Charcoal

 

CLOSE-UP

 

Hello Friends!ย 

Yesterday I did one of the lessons forย Paint Your Heart and Soul.ย Our instructor was Joan Martin. She showed us how to make liquid charcoal to paint the background of the paper. We rubbed charcoal sticks on sandpaper, put it in a jar and added water for the consistency. Then we painted the paper. I used a hair dryer to dry mine, because there was no sun out by the time I got to it yesterday afternoon.

To draw the portrait, we used willow charcoal and to get the areas of light, we used an eraser and lastly, to make the brightest highlights we used a white Gellyroll pen.

This was a fun one! I still need to do the other lesson of drawing eyes with different expressions.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

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I don’t know if you will remember or not, but I have posted these ballerina poses before (I think.) But this time I added a few things!

I drew them in charcoal on a thick piece of paper. Then I used my Arteza brush pens to color them and the background. Next I used a stamp with the word joy in Japanese. And lastly I copied the song called “Waltz” fromย Swan Lake.ย Then I cut out two stanzas from it and glued them on. Lastly, I drew around the dancers and the music with charcoal.

I enjoyed creating this! It didn’t take very long either. I like the texture that these brush pens make when I swipe them on the paper!

Now I am going to attempt to do the main and mini lessons from my class called “Paint Your Heart and Soul.” Hopefully I can post them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I drew this in charcoal and painted it in acrylics. Then I used a sponge to dab acrylics into the stencils to create the background.

This is for Week #1 of Let’sfaceit2021. Our instructor was Jenny Manno.

I haven’t done the assignments for my other class, Paint Your Heart & Soul 2021, yet. One is a mini lesson on how to draw the eye in three different expressions in pencil and white charcoal on tan toned paper.ย  And the main lesson is doing a profile portrait with liquid and dry charcoal. Hopefully, I will be able to do them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Tiger in Pencil

 

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Here is the tiger I drew the other day! This is one of the most challenging animals I have ever tried to draw! I think I probably ought to have drawn it in a bigger sketch book. But the reference photo does show it sitting on some kind of concrete slab I think. And it doesn’t show the whole tail either. But I am not sure its proportions are correct. It looks kind of funny to me, ha ha!!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Lion in Pencil

 

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Last night I drew this lion in pencil. I was thinking that I have never drawn any BIG cats like lions, leopards, tigers or panthers. So I decided to give it a go.

The other night I also drew a tiger which I will post tomorrow.

My online classes began yesterday for Let’sfaceit2021. The teacher is a new one for me. But for some reason I just couldn’t seem to draw a face intuitively yesterday! I haven’t been doing portraits much during the break. So I will try again today.

Tomorrow my class for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 starts. I am excited about that one since I have never done it before.

I hope you are all having a great week so far.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Rabbits in Pencil

 

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Here are the rabbits I drew and mentioned in my last post. I have missed drawing animals as I said yesterday. I have heard that the class of Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 which I signed up for does include drawing and painting animals as well as other things besides people, so I am excited for that class!

I also signed up for Let’s Face It again for 2021. I don’t plan on trying to do everything in both classes, because that would be way too much for me. Also, I plan to spend much more time exercising than I did this year! I did way too much sitting in 2020! I am proud of all of the things I learned and the art I did, but I did not do it around an exercise routine like I needed to! So that has to change! I may also try to post more regularly but only a couple of times a week this coming year.

I hope you are all doing well and staying physically and emotionally healthy!

Have a wonderful dsy! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Mice and Rats in Pencil

 

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I have been taking a break from doing art since my classes ended a couple of weeks ago. It has actually been nice to just spend more time exercising, reading, and watching movies. Plus today I broke down boxes that were piling up and put them in the recycling.

I did, however, do a little sketching. I decided to do a few mice and a couple of rats. I also sketched a couple of rabbits that I will post tomorrow. One is kind of goofy in its elongated size, but it is one that had been unfinished in my sketch book for a long time. I have missed drawing animals!

I hope everyone’s holidays have been nice and relaxing; ours was this year! I only bought a couple of things online for gifts, because I don’t get out to go Christmas shopping anymore anyway. I don’t need the stress!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Giraffe Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

Hello Friends!ย 

Over the weekend I took down almost all of my art that I did this year, so I have the two blank walls available to fill again as I do my new classes for 2021. I also went through old artwork and found this giraffe that I had penciled onto a piece of watercolor paper well over a year ago and forgot all about! So I decided to paint it yesterday.

I have been busy the last couple of months going through our books and have donated a few bags to the library as well as taken about five full bags to a used books bookstore in town to trade them in for credit. There were a lot of my husband’s fantasy novels and our son’s novels he couldn’t keep since he is moving in a couple of days. Anyway, so now I have about $400 in credit that will take a very long time to use! I don’t know if I ever will use it all! I don’t go there very often. But I am just glad to be getting the house cleaned out little by little!

A few weeks ago I sold a neighbor two American Girl dolls and a bunch of clothes for them. And now she is interested in buying a doll clothes closet that my daughter wants to sell, too. All of it is in perfect condition, and she definitely has gotten a bargain!

I hope everyone is doing well! I may have another post or two this week, but just in case I don’t, happy holidays to you all!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

 

 

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