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Open Eye!

Hello Friends!

It has been a stretch of time since I last posted. I recently bought several drawing books that that teach how to draw Manga, Chibis (pronounced Chee-Bees), and cartoon characters. So I have been sketching some in pencil for now.

Chibis are super cute in my opinion. One of the books I bought is Manga for the Beginner…Chibis by Christopher Hart.

He states in his book, “Chibis typically have giant heads on small, childlike bodies and round little hands and feet.”

Some Chibis are drawn three head lengths tall, some two head lengths tall, and the ones I love are drawn with their heads twice as tall as their bodies! They are super cute.

In my next post I will have a couple of Chibis and their animal friends! It’s always fun to learn new things.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜ƒ

Cow in Pencil

Hello Friends!

I decided to draw this cow from a photo I took. I drew it after making yesterday’s post.

So, hopefully, this means I am getting back into the groove!!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜ƒ

Bear in Pencil

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Hello Friends!

I have been absent for many months recovering from being in and out of the hospital from last March to July.

I needed lots of recovery time. Then the holidays were here, and I didn’t have the energy to do any art until recently.

I don’t know how often I will be posting now, though. But thank you to my newest followers.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Black Wolf Pup in the Snow

Hello Friends!

I started working on this wolf pup last week, but I just finished it today.

I went back to the surgeon who removed my gallbladder on Tuesday. He gave me the all clear on being able to eat anything I want now. But I don’t crave sugar like I used to which is good!

When all of my problems started in April and I was in and out of three different hospitals, I lost my craving for sugar. There were many times they had to put me on a liquid diet, so between then and now, I have lost about 30 pounds! I am feeling a lot better, but the doctor said I shouldn’t exercise for another two weeks. However, I will be glad when I can get back into my old routine.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. πŸ˜ƒ

White Wolf Pup Peek-a-Booing from a Log!

Hello Friends!

It has been quite a year for me so far healthwise which is why my posts have been so few lately. But I believe I am definitely on the road to recovery!

I finally had my gallbladder removed almost two weeks ago. The pain is lessening, but I still feel little sharp pains when I yawn and when I first move to get out of bed in the morning. I also can’t sit for too long at a time without having to stretch out in the recliner. But I am thankful the operation went well, I went home the same day, and I am getting better every day.

It still may be awhile until I can really get back into my art. So I am easing back into it with my pencil sketching.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 😊

Wolf Buddies in Pencil

Hello Friends!

I am very slowly getting back into creating some art. So I decided to revert to pencil to start.

I looked around my studio at all of my paints, markers, and mixed media materials. But I just sighed knowing I am not ready to plunge back into those mediums quite yet. That’s okay, though.

I hope all of you are doing well. I have an appointment in a few weeks to consult with a doctor about getting my gallbladder out. I have been feeling great, though, and haven’t had any more problems. So I can’t wait to get it out to avoid ever getting gallstones again!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜ƒ

Character in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here are the illustrations for our first character, Coco Moloko, that I came up with in my Bootcamp Caracter Play class.

They are a donut who has to be decorated. So we had liberty to create them however we wanted. In the story that our instructor wrote, several ingredients are suggested.

I decided to show Coco inside the bakery with entering the decorating room with other donuts. Then I took close-ups of each stage. In my illustration they liked swimming through frosting, getting sprinkled, and being topped with a cherries. But unfortunately a chocolate chip hit them on the head, ha ha!

Anyway, I never realized how hard it can be to illustrate a character. In my next post, you’ll see how I changed the character and developed it into a toy which was our second assignment.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Donut Characters in Pencil

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I sketched these donuts for my class called Bootcamp: Character Play. We are going to be working on this character for a month and even being taught how to make our character into a toy!

I am already having fun with this class. It will be going until the end of May!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜ƒ

Elizabeth Catlett Drawn with Inktense Pencils

Hello Friends!

This past week for my Week 3 assignment in my “Redrawing Black History” class we learned about Elizabeth Catlett. She was a painter, a screen printer and a sculptor.

I wanted to show her age progression, because she began doing art when she was young, and evolved over her lifetime into an amazing artist!

She lived from 1915 to 2012! After she graduated high school in 1931, “she enrolled on a scholarship at the Carnegie Institute of Technology only to have her admission rescinded when the school learned she was Black. Instead, she enrolled at Howard University, her tuition paid with scholarships and the savings of her mother, a teacher. In 1935, she graduated cum laude with a degree in art.” (‘Triumph Against All Odds: Black Artist Elizabeth Catlett’ by Sandy Lewis, wednesdayswomen.com. I encourage you to look up this article! Elizabeth had to overcome many obstacles in her lifetime to get her art out into the world!

I have been enjoying this class so much especially because of the great black art history I am learning from Tamisha Anthony! I have always loved the richness of the African American culture. Their art, music, and traditions are really beautiful!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Gwendolyn Bennett in Colored Pencil

Hello Friends!

This week in my class I have been learning about Gwendolyn Bennett. She lived from 1902 to 1981. She was a writer of poetry, short stories, editorials, cultural and social articles, reviews, essays, an unfinished novel, and her own diaries. She was also a painter, but unfortunately, nearly all of her artwork was destroyed in a fire. However, her magazine covers are online, and there is one oil painting, Untitled (River Landscape) that she painted in 1931 which was located by Belinda Wheeler in 2012. Art historians hope to someday recover more of her art that may not have been destroyed in the fire.

As I was reading about this amazing woman online, I found a book about her that I purchased. It is called Heroine of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Gwendolyn Bennett’s Selected Writings. It was just published in 2018 and was edited by Belinda Wheeler and Louis J. Parascandola. I have just started it, but it’s inspiring to see discover that she accomplished so much in her lifetime! I recommend this book if you are interested in learning about her.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

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