Well, this is what I’ve been working on all week. Pencil takes a lot of time, but I sure love doing it! Today I will be sharing this on my Facebook page and tagging my friend, Debra in it. She will be doing the same with me. We are going to be posting something every Friday to keep in the habit of drawing. She’s a wonderful artist herself! She even does woodworking!
So here are a couple of dogs in love! This is in my new art journal. Proportions are a little off. The candle holder isn’t as fat as it should be. I seem to start some things too close to the edge at times! Working on that.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. We have been getting lots of rain finally! I will be watching some new videos I downloaded from an artist online. I will be posting what I learn eventually. I need to watch and practice first.
Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂
Last night I did this in my art journal. I think today I may begin trying to make some animal “characters” by drawing real animals and making them look “animated,” but not digutal.
This is probably going to be an exploritory year for me in art. So I think my mantra for my art journal is going to be EXPLORE!
In the meantime….
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This is a preliminary rough sketch of a painting I want to do of Dumbo learning to fly. It isn’t finished, because his little mouse friend isn’t sitting on his hat. I drew it looking at a picture on my phone. I hadn’t realized my phone’s charge was so low; it died right as I finished. Perfect timing!
I know I said I was planning to do a lot of new turtle drawings, but I got into collecting Blue Rays and/or DVDs of all the old Disney movies we have on VHS tapes. I don’t have this one replaced yet, and the tape we have won’t play anymore. That’s me, though. Unless I have a designated project to work on, I tend to be all over the place!
I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. My son gave me the movie of Napolean (about an adorable dog.) We all loved it when the kids were little.
My husband gave me a print of the original drawing of the Hundred Acre Wood in a nice frame. And my daughter gave me a DVD of “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” which is a compilation of the original classic short shows that were on TV when I was a kid. I have tapes of them that still work, but this is great!
She also gave me the movie we saw in the theater together over the summer called “Christopher Robin” with Ewan McGregor playing him as a grown up. It is a pretty fun movie to watch and is very sweet story. If you loved Pooh, you may like this. The characters from the stories were created from real stuffed animals and then computer animated but not in a cartoon style. It was really well done! And there’s some pretty great extras on the Blue ray disc.
I think Walt Disney was quite a genius at animation and was amazingly creative. It’s too bad he wasn’t around a lot longer.
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Today I want to share with you a snapshot into the lives of children’s book illustrator, E. H. Shepard, and writer, A. A. Milne, from the fascinating book I’ve been reading called, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood,” by Kathryn Aalto.
E. H. Shepard’s mother was Harriet Jessie Lee. She had grown up with an artist father. Therefore, she encouraged her son’s interest in drawing by providing notebooks and pencils for him to carry with him wherever he went. Kathryn Aalto says on page 57, “Through time, he developed a photographic memory for drawing scenes, events, and gestures.”
Shepard experienced a happy childhood with his parents and two older siblings until he was eleven. But Aalto says on page 58, “One day his mother, bedridden for months, bid the children a cheery goodbye for what they perhaps thought was a short trip to visit his aunts. Not much later, she died…Shepard said that he felt his childhood ended then.”
However, in his grief his love of drawing became “an outlet of expression for him.” (Page 58) His suffering aided him in being able to express emotions in the characters he drew. Kathryn observes this underlying grief when she notes, “Consider the way he portrays a contemplative or bewildered Pooh bear or a timid Piglet trying to be brave.” His mediums of choice were pencil, pen and ink, and black crayons. As you can see in his drawings of A. A. Milne’s characters, he “favored cross-hatching, fine line, or crayon,” (Page 61.)
In 1926, Shepard traveled to visit Milne’s stomping grounds and walk with him through Ashdown Forest. Not only did this land inspire Milne’s stories, it also became the inspiration for Shepard’s drawings. Aalto says on page 61, “The bee tree, Wol’s tree, Galleons Lap, and the Enchanted Place were real places Shepard interpreted…”
All of the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh were drawn from Christopher Robin’s real stuffed animals. But that “silly old bear,” as the fictional Christopher Robin called Pooh, was created from Growler. Growler was a stuffed bear that belonged to Shepard’s son, Graham. He studied and sketched how the boys played with their stuffed animals which eventually became his art for the books.
In my humble opinion, the collaboration of A. A. Milne’s writing and E. H. Shepard’s illustrations has been one of the greatest gifts bestowed on our world. These two men were definitely destined to meet, and the world over has forever been blessed by their incredible work.
I know my own childhood was enriched by Winnie-the-Pooh and all of his friends who lived in The Hundred Acre Wood. I am thankful to Kathryn Aalto for writing such a lovely book! I haven’t finished it yet, because I am savoring the beauty of her writing and photography, as well as the photography many others. I highly recommend it for an enjoyable read!
Here is a drawing I did of one of my favorite scenes from “Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day.” Pooh is about to go through Eeyore’s house he just finished building because he (Pooh) is holding onto Piglet’s scarf which has unraveled leaving Piglet in the sky.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂
On Friday as I was doing dishes, I noticed a deer in our backyard. I dried my hands, grabbed a pencil and my art journal and went to the back door which has a big window.
When I got there, I saw THREE deer foraging in the leaves under our huge redwood tree. So I tried to sketch them very quickly as they moved around and laid down. It was fun!
Before I began doing the dishes, I had been reading my biography about Beatrix Potter and looking at sketches she did of her pets. This inspired me. I want to do more sketching from life, but the wildlife here has keen hearing, so I have a hard time getting close enough to see without making too much noise.
Here is a drawing I did in pen in my art journal that I copied from a book called “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood” by Kathryn Aalto. This drawing is on page 165 in the book. But I didn’t do an exact replica. The trees are different in mine and I obviously need to practice drawing these sweet chracters from my childhood memories! This is Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger, in the story from “In Which Kanga and Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath” (Winnie-the-Pooh)
I love the original drawings of E. H. Shepard. He created all of the characters after observing Christopher Robin’s real stuffed animals. It also amazes me that A. A. Milne used his son’s real name in his stories. Also, apparently, Milne’s wife, Dorothy, nicknamed Daphne, “was the first person to give voices and personalities to the characters who would call the Hundred Acre Wood home.” (pg. 41 of this book)
The photos in this book of the real places that Milne used as inspiration for his stories are beautiful! What a gorgeous place he had to live and write!
The last part of her book is “A Visitor’s Guide-The Flora and Fauna of Ashdown Forest.” The photos are awesome!
If you loved Winnie-the-Pooh as much as I did as a child (and STILL DO,) then I highly recommend this book! I still have all of the VHS tapes of the various Pooh cartoons that were on t.v. when I was a kid. Our kids watched them and I have the more modern stories made in the early 2000’s.
Strangely, though, we never got around to reading the original books to the kids. I didn’t read them growing up either! Not sure how that happened. But I did have record albums of some of the stories that I used to listen to over and over. I wish I still had those!
So that’s all for now. I need to work out and clean some before the kids come over this weekend.
What are some of your favorite stories from childhood? I am curious!
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I decided that my first art journal goal is going to be to study some of the best children’s book illustrators from the past. Beatrix Potter is my first choice.
She trained her eye well through constant observation of real plants and animals. She and her brother caught and trained wild mice and rabbits!
I have been reading about her for the last couple of weeks. The biography I bought called “Beatrix Potter, A Life in Nature” by Linda Lear, is actually easy and enjoyable reading, not daunting like I thought it might be when I saw it at the library. So now I am glad I bought it! Her watercolors are so soft and beautiful!
So here is my first attempt at copying, not tracing, one of her illustrations for the book “The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.” Apparently, in addition to drawing from life, she also copied famous illustrators from her day for practice.
I am planning on doing a few more turtles before the end of the year, too. I hope everyone is having a nice Decemberrrr. It is finally cold here! I’m glad.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 😀
The other day I stumbled onto a notice on Instagram for a few free videos of how to make an art journal and use it to set and reach goals for the year. It is almost 2019 already which I can barely comprehend.
Miriam Schuman teaches classes at her website called The Inspiration Place. The first four videos are free which are each only a few minutes long. But this is all I am doing for now. I think these four videos are a free introduction to her class called “Painting with Words.” So you can google her and find it if you are interested. I am taking a break from classes for the rest of the year.
Here is the cover of my journal.
I attempted to make it look like a sea floor. Using Washi tape was fun. My daughter let me use hers because she is sweet. 😉 She is eventually planning to do one as well.
Here is the first page.
My paper curled up some, but I was layering some gouache over watercolor…just playing…as my friend Janet suggested. Thanks, Janet. I want to try it on bigger 300 lb. watercolor paper which can take more water without curling the paper.
What I enjoy about playing is that I always learn something new!! My gouache paints are the cheapest brand I could find to experiment with when I took the illustration class. But they are fine. Now I want to experiment painting with just the gouche paints. I also have a book to finish and review.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 😁
This is my other recent doodle. I started out drawing just the mouse, but the way his hands were positioned, I thought he needed something to hang onto. So now this cat is seeing a HUGE mouse on a windy day.
We are having a nice rainy day here. I am hoping we have a really wet winter this year. Our part of California needs it, that’s for sure!
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 😁
Here is a doodle of a dog, a worm, and a butterfly sitting in their serene backyard.
I started another pencil doodle last night that I still need to finish.
Today I went to the library and found some books about children’s book illustrators; also a book about Beatrix Potter. I have a couple of books about her art ordered from Amazon that should come this week. But this is a biography called “Beatrix Potter – Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman” by Judy Taylor published in 1986. It is a good readable length that will not feel daunting.
I really love her art, because she drew so much from life which shows in her style.
I draw from pictures or out of my imagination mostly because the fish hatchery where I live doesn’t have a huge variety of plants, trees and animals. Deer and turkeys are what we see most. Although a couple of months ago I got a picture of a jack rabbit. We have been here since 2001, and that is the first one I had ever seen right at the end of our driveway and happened to have my phone on me. I haven’t drawn it yet, though.
I hope all of my American friends had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. Ours was fun. Both of our kids were here as well as our daughter’s boyfriend. Our son played a few songs on his new ukulele which was fun to listen to. He plays well!
Have a good day, and give someone you love a big hug! 😀