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Black Woman in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

This is a portrait I worked on for a few days. I found the picture of this beautiful black woman on Unsplash.com a few months ago, but I put it aside with some others I found back then. Her skin and features just struck me as exotic.

I may try to do this one in another medium, too, at some point. Doing pencil work makes my neck sore more than painting. I think I lean to one side without realizing it, because I am usually watching t.v. in the evenings when I am sketching. But the good news is that the shoulder I had fixed last November doesn’t hurt at all. That still amazes me!

I hope everyone is doing well! Take time out to be creative! My daughter has gotten into making earrings to eventually sell online. She gave me a pair, and they are beautiful! It’s fun to see her excited about something. She starts back to college online next week and is taking five classes! We are very proud of her.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Profile in Pencil

 

Hello Friends! 

This week our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Juna Biagioni again. She used a pastel pencil on smooth Bristol paper, but I just wanted some practice drawing a profile

I am currently working on another profile portrait in pencil of a beautiful African American woman whose picture I found on Unsplash.com. It’s a great website to find copyright-free pictures that people can use for art. Most of the art instructors who teach these classes also get their reference photos from Unsplash.com.

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

 

 

Fae Rhapsody

 

Hello Friends!

This scene started out with my drawing new characters in the fae world out of my own imagination! It is so much fun to do! I did not intend for it to be a finished drawing. But creatures in the fae world are tricky with us humans sometimes! So I ended up listening to them tell me what they wanted happening.

I hope you take a few minutes to look closely at what all is going on here! Most likely you will have to zoom in and look around. They were a fun bunch to spend creating over the last few days.

However, notice that none of them have wings. But many creatures in the fae world are not fairies, and not all fairies have wings. (Besides, there wasn’t any room for wings!)

I plan to put some of these characters into other drawings and paintings soon. The hardest part for me is always putting characters in a setting to tell a story without words. I am very interested to hear what YOU see happening here. Please leave a comment! Thank you.

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

 

 

Young Girl in Thought

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I sketched this girl in pencil whose photo was provided this week by our teacher, Lucy Cooke, in Let’sfaceit2020. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing clothes and tennis shoes, especially at this angle!

However, this is not the photo she chose to paint in acrylics for our class. That one is even harder! I began it yesterday and hope to finish today.

She painted in the style of Henri Matisse, who was a French artist in the early 1900s. I know very little about him except that he painted with very bright and bold colors! And he drew very simple faces. So I hope mine comes out okay!

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

 

Giant and Friends in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Over the last couple of evenings this giant came along and is looking rather mischeviously at the bird, butterfly, bee and fairy. He probably sees the little guy trying to hide behind the hill, too. But I think they are all safe. He’s probably just taking a walk to show off his cool necklace and earring.

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

 

Fairy Child Unaware

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to draw a little boy fairy in almost the same pose as my last post. He is caught unaware of the mischevious tree and teardrop fairy behind him, though. What are they going to do, I wonder! What do you think? Let me know in the comments. This could be fun!

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

 

Fantasy Characters in Pencil

 

Captain Hook

 

Rumplestiltskin

Hello Friends!

I can’t believe it is the 4th of July already! I hope if you are celebrating, you stay safe and healthy!

I have been watching the show “Once Upon a Time” through Netflix the last couple of months. And my two favorite characters are Captain Hook and Rumplestiltskin. One might think they are both villains, but only Rumplestiltskin is. Captain Hook has his moments, but I think he becomes a lovable and complex character in the show.

What I love about watching this is that I never know what to expect, and I never know what character from fairytales is going to show up. I also never know right away whether a character is going to be a hero or a villian! I love the surprising twists and turns in the storytelling!

We can’t do any streaming on Netflix where we are out in the boonies. So mailing and waiting for discs makes watching any series take quite a while! But that’s okay. I’m not in a hurry!

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

Woman in Brush Pens

Hello Friends!

I went crazy with this portrait. The instructor in my Let’sfaceit#2020 class was Jennifer Bonneteau for Week #25. She is the same instructor that I did my Frida Kahlo portrait in acrylics with.

However, I haven’t watched her videos for this one yet. She gave us the photo in black and white and a picture of her finished painting in acrylics. But I decided to draw mine in pencil on Bristol paper and use my Arteza Brush Pens to go a little crazy with the colors! It was a lot of fun, but drawing this pose was really challenging! I do plan to do this again on canvas in acrylics at some point. I think I may have signed up for too many free classes right now! But as I have said before, I just work at my own pace anyway!

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

 

 

Swirling Mermaids in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Recently I purchased a book called “Mermaid Wisdom” by Brenda Rosen. It is a used book, and because of the condition it arrived in, my complaint to the company made it become a FREE book. It absolutely reeked of such a strong mildew smell that I couldn’t read it until now! I received it weeks ago. Strangely, though, the book’s pages have no sign of mold anywhere.

Anyway, the reason I bought it is because I wanted to learn about the history of mermaid legends. Katrina Koltes is going to be working on a new workshop at some point focusing on mermaids which everyone in the fairy workshop class is really excited about! So I thought I would start learning about them now. And of course, that inspired me to try to draw them. They are not easy to draw by any means either!

I hope everyone had a good and healthy week in your part of the world! We are doing well here in California.

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

 

Fairies in Pencil

Hello Friends!

This is a pencil drawing I did in my sketchbook the other night. I love drawing simple scenes. I especially liked adding the butterflies and hummingbirds, too!

I have some other watercolors I want to start from a couple of mini workshops by Katrina Koltes. Her spirit has awakened my imagination and helped me enjoy just drawing for fun in my leisure. You can find her classes here. https://katrinakoltes.com/

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

 

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