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Marian Anderson in Pencil

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This is the third person we learned about in my “Redrawing Black History” class. She had such a beautiful voice. She sang mostly opera and spirituals. She won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the NAACP Image Award, and others.

She was allowed to sing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after she was denied permission to sing for an integrated audience for the Daughters of the American Revolution at their Constitution Hall. That day she sang before an enormous integrated crowd of 75,000 people!

You can find videos of her singing on YouTube! I think she really had a gorgeous and melodic voice.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Betty Davis in Watercolor

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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! πŸ™‚

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! 😊

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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

Rude Awakening

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This is a watercolor I painted yesterday. It is to go along with the third prompt “Awakening” from the Folktaleweek2021 art that artists participated in on Instagram this week. I also did the first prompt, “Moon”, which is this one. It is Brownie and Wampus.Β 

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I just forgot to post it a few days ago, ha ha! Also, I posted a watercolor I did for Halloween last month for the second day’s prompt, “Dream”, which is Wampus on the pumpkins.

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As you can see by the painting I did yesterday, it appears Wampus has gotten a lot heavier! But in reality she hasn’t. I drew it from a photo of her sleeping on a blanket, but the perspective turned out wonky. So she looks different. But in this painting Mr. Sun and the Brownie clock have given her a RUDE AWAKENING! She is not happy!

This one was fun to think through. I liked making Brownie into a clock, and I love drawing smiley suns. I did that a lot when I was little. Anyway, I hope you are all doing well!Β 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Critters in Pencil

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Over the last few days I worked on these little sketches for four more prompts of last month’s art challenge on Instagram called Autumn Woods 2021. I am not sure yet if I am going to do any more of them right now, though.

I hope you are all doing well. It’s hard to believe the holidays are here already! We keep them pretty low-key around here these days, though.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Amphibians in Pencil

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Hello Friends! 

For the last couple of evenings I worked on these two creatures. The top one is an Oriental Fire-bellied Toad which is bright green with a bright red belly red toes, and black spots. I think I may do a watercolor of it, too!

The bottom one is a Fire Salamander. It is black with bright yellow markings. They are both beautiful animals! I found them in my DK e.encyclopedia animal book. I just love the photos in this book, because they are all so colorful. 

I hope you are all doing well. We have had a couple of beautiful days here. Fall is my favorite time of year! Spring is a very close second, though. 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Kim G. Strande

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