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Betty Davis in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Meet Betty Davis! Surprised? This Betty Davis is not the white acclaimed movie star whose face most likely comes to mind when you hear this name!

I had never heard of this Betty Davis before. I learned about her in the “Redrawing Black History” class I am taking online with Tamisha Anthony and Lilla Rogers.

Betty Davis was an African American soul and funk singer from the late 1960’s through the 1970’s. She was also married to Miles Davis. Apparently she was never allowed on television, because her performances were “sexually aggressive.” I listened to some of her songs, and I thought her lyrics were, too! But that’s just not the kind of music I have ever been into either. To each his own, though. She definitely conveyed a lot of emotion!

I am enjoying learning about black artists and musicians from the past that I have never heard of, though. And Tamisha Anthony is a great teacher. She’s young, sweet, and very energetic as she teaches about her awesome culture!

I have a few more posts of others she has taught us about coming up. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Editorial Class Concept Drawings

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Last week I began working on my Editorial Class assignments! Our first one was to draw pictures to illustrate eight different words. This was not easy! The eight words are: Pulling, morning, tool, moon, herbal tea, potatoes, successful, and high.

Then the next assignment was to draw a “morning routine of a highly successful woman”. It was even more challenging! So this is what I came up with.

I used watercolor and pen. I haven’t felt this challenged in a long time! I suppose that’s good, though, in order to grow!

Have a wonderful day! 😊

Book Giveaway: WALRUS SONG by Janet Lawler

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:  Janet Lawler has a new picture book, WALRUS SONG, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering and published by Candlewick Press on December 1st. Janet has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or…

Book Giveaway: WALRUS SONG by Janet Lawler

Dog in Pencil

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I have been working on drawing more dogs, some bears, and some things to show concepts lately. Here I drew a Chinese Crested Dog. I thought it was so cute. I drew it from a photo in a dog book for kids that I checked out from the library. 

Dogs are so great when they are trained and taken care of. I will always miss our little Brownie whom we had for 17 and a half years! But since we have our cat, Wampus, now, we probably won’t get another dog until retirement, depending on where we end up living. I can’t imagine never having one again.

I hope you are all doing well! We are expecting a winter storm tomorrow. Just hoping we don’t lose power!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

“Wampus! Watch Out!

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The other day I was watching Wampus, our cat, sniffing the Christmas tree. It is fragrant. We get a live one every year. And I wondered what she might look like if she were to climb it and tip it over, ha ha! And of course I had to have our dog Brownie (who sadly is not with us anymore) yelling at her. So I sketched it. This was a fun one! I love drawing these two goofballs. I am always thinking about how to write them in a children’s book and illustrate it. Always thinking…

I hope your week went well! I have been enjoying one of the classes from Make Art That Sells that is part of the My Year In Art School program. We have instant access to several rught now that are part of the bulk of 2022 classes. So I am doing the one about drawing for editorial pieces. We are learning how to draw concepts which is challenging and fun! I am already enjoying Lilla Rogers’s teaching style. She’s really good at getting me to think and picture concepts to draw! 

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Ballerina Poses in Pencil

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Her are the rough sketches of a ballerina in many different poses. I sketched them small so I could get them all on one page. I plan to draw them larger so I can show them in different poses. And I will post them when I draw them larger.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Dog Character Sketches

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Last week I went to the library and grabbed a couple of books with pictures of dogs so I can practice drawing different breeds in various poses. And I want to practice drawing different expressions on their faces. 

I am also practicing drawing little ballerinas in the various poses the do while dancing. I will post it tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Snail Characters in Pencil

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Lately, I have been practicing giving ordinary animals character and personality. I decided to draw a few snails who are peering at one another. They are definitely up to something! I am feeling excited about my classes that I will be starting in January. I hope to become a better artist and learn all about illustrating children’s books next year. It would be such an awesome blessing to be able to illustrate someone’s picture book (and my own) someday! 

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Slug & Snail Surprise!

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Yesterday I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to draw this scene on Bristol paper. What I like about these pencils is that the rich color is activated with water and a paintbrush. I just “paint” the drawing which is pretty cool.

So my daughter’s pet snails inspired me to draw a snail and a couple of slugs closing in on this fancy frog. He is surprised, because if they make it to the pond, I think it will be dinnertime for him! Maybe these gastropods are being too trusting of this fancy frog. What do you think?

I think I still need work on creating better backgrounds for my characters, but I still had a lot of fun creating this one!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Character Poses in Pencil

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I have been working on some new character ideas lately. I have been practicing drawing characters in different poses. I am also getting excited about a bundle of new art courses I am taking in 2022. They will be through an organization called Make Art That Sells. I saw an ad for it on Instagram and decided to check it out. Then I found out they were having a huge sale on different bundles of classes, so I decided to find out more about them.

The teachers all seem very knowledgeable and fun. There are seven “live” classes that go from January through November but not all at the same time. A couple of them overlap with each other, though.

Then we have nine self-paced classes that we have two years to finish.

I am looking forward to all of the challenges in the new year ahead. I decided I am not feeling as inspired following classes taught by artists who are teaching from their own styles. However, I have definitely learned many great things from artists I have taken other classes from.

I think what will be different about these new classes is that they are also going to be teaching us how to build a portfolio of art and make pitches to try and sell our art to different companies. We will even be taking a class called “My Toy Pitch” where we will be learning how to invent original toys and games, but all we need to worry about is coming up with the ideas and art. So the companies who buy the ideas and art are the ones who build them, and that sounds fun!

Actually, it ALL sounds fun, and I am so excited! It will also mean I will be spending more time in town to attend the LIVE classes since our internet usage is limited at home.

So I may not be posting as much here on my blog, because I am expecting this to take lots of time!

I hope you are all doing well and are thinking about new goals for yourselves in the New Year!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

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