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Cartoon Animals

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share about another great book I bought at the same time that I purchased my Anime drawing books.

This one is called “Learn to Draw Cartoons” by Christopher Hart.

I tweaked his elephant, cat, and dog a little and added my own scenery. I don’t think it is really cohesive, but it was just a fun sketching time!

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

Body Poses: Practice for Drawing Anime Characters

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These pencil drawings are poses I practiced taken from a book called “Draw Amazing MANGA CHARACTERS, A Drawing Exercise Book For Beginners.” It is by Tuttle Publishing.

This book is over 200 pages of facial expressions and just about every body pose you can think of drawing!

I drew these a few weeks ago but haven’t been sketching daily like I used to. But I will be!

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

Chibi Characters in Pencil

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Here is a little girl Chibi and two Chibi “monsters” with their two Chibi animal friends.

I drew them quite a while ago but forgot to post them, ha ha!

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

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

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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


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

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

Donut Characters in Pencil

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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

Marian Anderson in Pencil

Hello Friends!

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™‚

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