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White Wolf Pup in Pencil

Hello Friends!

A few days ago I decided to do a little sketch of a white wolf pup. I used this toned paper, because it is the notebook with my other wolf drawings in it. I still don’t know how I feel about drawing on this color of paper yet. It’s easy enough to sketch on, but using pencil on it is something I am not sure I like. I haven’t sketched anything in colored pencil or pen on it, though. So maybe I will give that a try soon.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pete’s Dragon in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I had a lot of fun painting this version of Pete’s Dragon. I used acrylics and acrylic inks on canvas. I also used black and white Posca pens.

Tamara Laporte offered this class on her website. I began drawing it a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t get to transfer it to my canvas until earlier this week. Then I decided to finish it yesterday.

I used various greens for the dragon, Paynes Grey and white for the lighthouse, purples for the house and Naples yellow for the sand. I may still add more detail to the sand, but I like it this way all right.

I am not sure what my next project is going to be yet. But I have been reading a lot and exercising, so I haven’t been doing as much art lately. However, I do have a drawing that will be posted tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Alice & Friends in Mixed Media

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A couple of days ago I created my version of Alice in Wonderland from the book “Ever After” by Tamara Laporte.ย 

I used Bristol paper, acrylic inks, acrylics, and black and white Posca pens. For the clouds and sun I used some ofย  the painted tracing papers I made.ย 

I enjoyed creating this one. I mostly stuck to the colors of the original cartoon Disney movie version. But I think my Alice looks older, ha ha! And my paper curled a little from the matte medium I used to glue down the clouds and sun. I still like it, though!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Monkey in Pencil

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So… here’s a monkey for your Tuesday!ย 

On Sunday I decided to do a little sketching. I wanted to get a feel for monkeys which I don’t believe I have ever sketched. I like the way it looks like it has a hat on!ย 

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Little Girl in Pastels

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A friend of mine recently gave me some used soft pastels. So…I just started doodling, and this is what happened!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

Elephant in Mixed Media

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Here is my “Happy Birthday Elephant”! He is patiently posing so his mom can take his picture. But the only thing on his mind is opening his presents! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had fun drawing and designing this piece. I drew the elephant in pencil in a sketchbook until I got him the way I wanted him to look. Then I transferred him onto a piece of hot press watercolor paper. It is almost like poster board, but a little thinner. Again, I debated about using watercolors, but I decided on acrylics. I didn’t use tissue paper like I did with the giraffe, though.

Once I had him transferred, I stuck the banner on at the top and placed the balloon where I wanted it. (These are from some sheets of big stickers for poster board that I found at the dollar store!)

Next I sketched out on tissue paper how I wanted the presents to look by placing it on top of my original elephant sketch to get it positioned where I wanted it before transferring it to my drawing. Then I added the rug and used a Crayola crayon to color it. Originally, I was going to color all of it in crayon but decided against it.

After everything was transferred I decided on my teal color for him. Then since the ballon is red, I made his bows and one of his presents red, too. This is to balance out the use of red. Red is a color many artists don’t like to use, because the eye of the viewer is usually attracted to it first. But since I made his bows red, my eye goes to his face first.

I almost used a thicker pen to outline everything except the banner and ballon but decided against it. Sometimes I think outlining it too thickly destracts the eye from my main subject.

Also, I purposely left the background white so it would have a more illustrative look. I tend to love illustrations with lots of white space. This was lots of fun!!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Giraffe in Mixed Media

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A few days ago I sat and did a rough sketch of a giraffe my way! This was so fun. Once I got the sketch the way I wanted it to look, I redrew it onto some hot pressed watercolor paper. I was going to do it in watercolors, but then decided to have more fun.

I drew it in pencil. Then I used some tracing paper to trace it. I cut out the pieces and then laid them onto sheer yellow tissue paper to trace around them. After that I used matte medium to glue the tissue paper onto the drawing. Then I used a piece of polka dotted card stock to cut out the bow tie and glued it down. I cut out the tongue and cheek pieces from red card stock. Then I used acrylic paint to paint the background. After that I cut the grasses and leaves out of green cardstock and glued them down. I drew the leaf lines in with a marker. Brown and blue calligraphy markers were used to draw in the fur and eyes. And a black Sharpie marker is what I used to draw in the black line work. Lastly, I added some white Bleed Proof ink to put the highlights in the eyes.

This project was so much fun, but the best part was that I produced it from my own imagination. I didn’t follow a tutorial or anyone else’s ideas. So this is what I plan on trying to do from now on. I have learned so much in the last several years of classes that I have taken, but right now I really have a desire to get back to making my own original art. 

Listening to the video of Eric Carle the other day and reading his autobiography inspired me to follow my heart. 

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Butterflies in Mixed Media

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The other day I decided to paint some butterflies in watercolor. Then I added some washi tape for flower stalks and some greenery. I also added bits of washi tape to the butterflies. 

Lastly, I added some acrylic accents to the butterflies. But I didn’t do much else.

Yesterday, I made a giraffe in mixed media which I will post tomorrow!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Eric Carle Interview

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I think if you are a reader, a writer, or an artist, you will enjoy this! I have always loved Eric Carle’s work. And here you get to see how he does his art and find out a little about him. I also recommend the book called “The Art of Eric Carle.” It is really great!

https://youtu.be/S0INNN6jh74

Have a wonderful 4th of July! ๐Ÿ™‚

Portrait of a Woman in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this woman in watercolors. In my portrait class, Let’sFaceIt2020, an artist named Lisa Filion shared videos of how to paint this woman on an iPad. But since I don’t have an iPad, I decided to paint her in watercolors. I just printed out the photo in color. I also couldn’t watch the videos because of internet issues. But I really enjoyed painting in watercolors; it is easy on my arm.

I may not get to finish my Frida Kahlo painting today. I need to do my exercises. Plus, I have a book I am trying to finish reading. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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