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Monkey in Pencil

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Hello Friends!

So… here’s a monkey for your Tuesday!Β 

On Sunday I decided to do a little sketching. I wanted to get a feel for monkeys which I don’t believe I have ever sketched. I like the way it looks like it has a hat on!Β 

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

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Bookwarm Baby

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I painted this baby who just can’t get enough of his books! I loved creating this!

First I drew my design onto a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper. Then I glued a few small pieces of paper down in the background and painted it with a mix of Quinacridone Magenta and white acrylic inks. Once I chose that color, I decided to go with shades of red-violets, blue-greens and yellow-oranges which is a triad color scheme. This was challenging and a lot of fun! I also knew i wanted him to be African American, so the skin tones were a challenge as well!

What was fun, too, was putting the book he’s holding upside down, ha ha! And my little bookworm is surrounded by some of his favorite books including: “Goodnight Moon,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “Hop on Pop,” and a few others in his little basket of books.

Lastly, I added some washi tape, stamped some circles and wrote in some letters and numbers.

I am really enjoying doing these “Bookworm” mixed media pieces. I am planning to do at least two more!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Insects in Pencil

Hello Friends!

A couple of mornings ago I decided to sketch these bees, butterflies, a grasshopper, and a ladybug. I checked out some books about bees from the library which also had great pictures of the other insects.

So it was fun to just sketch again. I have mostly been reading a lot and playing the piano again. Everything is harder with the cataracts in my eyes. But in a few weeks I will be getting the one in my left eye removed! And then it will take time to adjust to the artificial lens, but hopefully, I will be able to do my art more comfortably.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Iberian Lynx in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I finished drawing this Iberian Lynx. This was a fun “big cat” to draw!

I find that drawing animal fur is actually relaxing. I used to think it felt frustrating and monotonous years ago when I first began drawing, though. But I enjoy drawing furry animals so much that now I just find it a soothing challenge.

I hope you are all doing well. I also hope today is the first day of healing for the United States of America!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Cheetah in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I began drawing this Cheetah! I finished it just now after working on it for a few hours this afternoon. Lots of spots!

I think he is a bit too tall, but with those legs he may be able to run even faster, ha ha!

So this is my third drawing in my series of wild cats. So far I have drawn a lion head and a tiger (but no bear), oh my!

I will probably be working on my class lessons tomorrow or this weekend. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Eyes in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

This is for the second class this week in Paint Your Heart & Soul. Our instructor was Saskia van Drunen.

She showed us how to use Strathmore Toned Tan paper. The tan paper is for showing the midtones. We only used a mechanical pencil which I don’t normally draw with. To add the shading we used a blending stump which I never seem to think of when I am drawing either. But I will now! Lastly, we used a white charcoal pencil for the lightest areas. Unfortunately, my whitest areas look bluish in the photo, because it is a foggy day outside which affects the light.

The things I liked about this lesson were:

1) She showed us that eyes are all different shapes depending on the person’s expression.

2) She pointed out that eyelashes look more realistic when they are drawn in clumps, not all the way around the eye.

I enjoyed learning how to draw expressive eyes with Saskia. She explained things very well.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Tiger in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Here is the tiger I drew the other day! This is one of the most challenging animals I have ever tried to draw! I think I probably ought to have drawn it in a bigger sketch book. But the reference photo does show it sitting on some kind of concrete slab I think. And it doesn’t show the whole tail either. But I am not sure its proportions are correct. It looks kind of funny to me, ha ha!!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Lion in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I drew this lion in pencil. I was thinking that I have never drawn any BIG cats like lions, leopards, tigers or panthers. So I decided to give it a go.

The other night I also drew a tiger which I will post tomorrow.

My online classes began yesterday for Let’sfaceit2021. The teacher is a new one for me. But for some reason I just couldn’t seem to draw a face intuitively yesterday! I haven’t been doing portraits much during the break. So I will try again today.

Tomorrow my class for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 starts. I am excited about that one since I have never done it before.

I hope you are all having a great week so far.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Rabbits in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Here are the rabbits I drew and mentioned in my last post. I have missed drawing animals as I said yesterday. I have heard that the class of Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 which I signed up for does include drawing and painting animals as well as other things besides people, so I am excited for that class!

I also signed up for Let’s Face It again for 2021. I don’t plan on trying to do everything in both classes, because that would be way too much for me. Also, I plan to spend much more time exercising than I did this year! I did way too much sitting in 2020! I am proud of all of the things I learned and the art I did, but I did not do it around an exercise routine like I needed to! So that has to change! I may also try to post more regularly but only a couple of times a week this coming year.

I hope you are all doing well and staying physically and emotionally healthy!

Have a wonderful dsy! πŸ˜€

 

 

Mice and Rats in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

I have been taking a break from doing art since my classes ended a couple of weeks ago. It has actually been nice to just spend more time exercising, reading, and watching movies. Plus today I broke down boxes that were piling up and put them in the recycling.

I did, however, do a little sketching. I decided to do a few mice and a couple of rats. I also sketched a couple of rabbits that I will post tomorrow. One is kind of goofy in its elongated size, but it is one that had been unfinished in my sketch book for a long time. I have missed drawing animals!

I hope everyone’s holidays have been nice and relaxing; ours was this year! I only bought a couple of things online for gifts, because I don’t get out to go Christmas shopping anymore anyway. I don’t need the stress!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

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