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Character in Acrylic Inks

Hello Friends!

This is my second assignment for my Bootcamp Character Play class. We had to come up with an idea for making our character, Coco Moloko, into a plushie toy.

So! Since I love ballerinas, I decided to create a unisex Coco Moloko Ballerina toy. They come with poseable arms and legs, a skirt, leotards, wrist scarves, a wooden ballet bar, and four different shapes that can be attached and detached for their hands and feet. Plus, a bag for storing their accessories!

I never realized how hard it can be to come up with a new toy idea! I was thinking that more ballet outfits could be created in different colors and patterns and sold separately!

I feel a little discouraged about how I am creating these assignments. I am feeling like I really want to get an iPad at some point and learn how to use Procreate to do digital art. I just don’t seem to be able to get the depth and colors that I want for my illustrations.

On another note I have been having trouble with my left shoulder lately, so I have to begin going to physical therapy on Tuesday. Hopefully I won’t have to go for very long, though.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Character in Watercolor

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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˜€

Dessert Characters in Watercolor

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This is a watercolor I did for my new class that starts today! It is for the class Bootcamp: Character Play with Make Art That Sells as part of all the classes I signed up for this year.

We were given this free prep assignment to do before class starts. We were to draw desserts with faces. Some people did many desserts and some did one. I only had time for one.

So I decided to do a Banana Split Sundae in a banana boat. The blueberry and strawberry scoops are trying to save the chocolate from melting away!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Betye Saar in Mixed Media

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This is my last piece for my class Redrawing Black History. I have enjoyed this class so much! I am bummed that it is over already!

This week we learned about the assemblage artist, Betye Saar. In the 1970’s she was a part of the Black Arts Movement. This movement dealt with stereotypes and myths regarding femininity and race.

Her most famous piece was called “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima. She said, “I had this Aunt Jemima, and I wanted to put a rifle and a grenade under her skirts. I wanted to empower her. I wanted to make her a warrior. I wanted people to know that Black people wouldn’t be enslaved by that,” meaning the stereotypical mammy.

Betye Saar is a very interesting woman and artist. She is 94 now! You can find interviews of her on YouTube. I enjoyed learning about her.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Gwendolyn Bennett in Colored Pencil

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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˜€

Alice Coltrane in Watercolor

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This is the second person from my “Redrawing Black History” class whom we learned about. She was a singer, piano player, and harpist. She was also married to John Coltrane!

Her music is beautiful. I enjoyed painting this one! It was pretty fun.

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! 😊

Slug & Snail Surprise!

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Hello Friends!

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˜€

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˜€

Kitty on a Pumpkin

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I decided to use watercolors to paint this. Then I used my Micro pens to outline everything and draw all the fur on our cat, Wampus.

I had a great morning just creating and listening to music. The weather has been nice and cool this week, so I had the windows open, too.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

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