Drawing still life style

Still life drawing is an absolute must for every artist. I sketched my favorite shoe.

How did I sketch a pretty good shoe in five minutes, with a pen? This morning I set up my shoes and began sketching. I took way to long sketching. I kept trying to replicate my shoes. Sure, many could replicate color and all. I’m not so good at this. It was horrible. In between the erasing my IC grows.

Then it occurred to me, I’ve seen illustrations from detailed realism to mere dots. The more I research types of art and technique, the more I realize that any form of drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting is art. Part of my process doesn’t need to include perfection. So yes, I have an idea for Road Trip. I wanted to push past the mistakes and make it work. I got to use gouache paint. I thought I needed to purchase a fine tip round brush but I already have one. Good practice!

Doodles + Sketches

I like this layout.

I’ll write out the words with my new Sharpie Pen. Yes. I’m hand writing the entire book. That’s it decision is final. Then I’ll sketch a little doodle at the bottom of each page.

I’ve got lots more doodles to go. Pinterest is great for reference material. Tomorrow I’ll paint a Blue Bonnet and an Audrey Hepburn hat. Why not.

Altering Course

Last night I was listeing to an episode of Creative Rebels and there was mention of Picasso. Picasso copied other artists to master techniques. Then he created his masterpieces. And so my goals for Road Trip have changed:

  • all words will be typed in a chosen font.
  • sub divider pages will be hand drawn
  • followed by paintings

Most of my practice has to go into writing and drawing. Simple doodles and a font will help me. I get ideas. I begin thinking I can do it all. Then I crash and burn. It’s best I use this book to learn how to draw and write.

Tomorrow, when it’s nice and quiet, I’ll begin doodling.

lettering with watercolor

Today I needed to practice writing with watercolor. I’m working on my lettering skills. I wrote with tempera too. It would be easier to choose a font. That’s exactly why I will write out every single word of Road Trip.

The reason I work on these books is to work on my skills but as a creative I need these words. I wonder who needs them too. I’m grateful for my growing tribe. I’m grateful for this new course. Adolfo we’re going to learn a lot together.

Lettering with watercolor takes getting use to. You do have to find the brush that feels comfortable.

getting better…

A pirate’s life for me…

I painted this a few days ago and while I know perfectly well that I can paint a better pirate ship THIS ONE IS AWESOME. I painted with crumbled up paper. No sketing here.

Pirates go around doing as they please loving life all the while being hated by townspeople. Yup, a pirate’s life for me, minus the boozing and the stealing and …

My quote for this ship is:

Set your sails of thoughts in hope, love, adventure, bravery. OR not, the choice is yours. Best be aware there be naysayers lurkin’

Ok I miss the Pirates of Caribbean ride and I’ve been reading Think and Grow Rich. Right now the universe is saying,” Yeah I know you’re working on Road Trip. Keep writng. Explore and I’ll help you illustrate. I’m listening!

stamping with yarn

Could this work the second time around?

Still didn’t go according to plan. My handmade stamp needed to be square shaped. I needed more yarn. It’s by no means perfect. That may be why I like it.

I’m having a hard time expressing my ideas. Every art piece has a purpose. Not everything I create is going to be in a book or in my shop. Some art has to be play. These days most of it has been. I’m writing this book because I need these words. I’ll figure it out along the way.

Have a plan

You have to have a plan. You have to map out the best route, book the hotel, calculate cost, time and pack your bags. Here’s the fun part. There’s always a deviation. Deviations are what make life fun, creative, adventurous and sexy. So even if you don’t have a plan make sure you know how to change a flat tire.

Will I use the word sexy in my book? I don’t know.

Feelin’ Flirty

reposting this letter

Last nght I was redoing my online protfolio and site. I’m creating a portfolio folder with my original works. I’m impressed. I’m only saying this because I could see proof, Yes I can paint. Yes I’m wildly creative. I borrowed that phrase from James Victore.

Isn’t it crazy how you one day look back and say oh, when’d that happen. I got skills. I got talent. It’s time to ack like it! I have and I do but sometimes inner critic shows up. You question and fear shows up uninvited.

This week I’ve got 5 more texture ideas and I’ll begin to writing. This fall I’m planning some fun art projects.

artist tape lettering with watercolor

My best work happens when I create from an audience of one, me. Hello I love U is a tribute to all the ideas that we fall in love with instantly. Not that we should embrace everyone but good ideas come to us. The older we get the more we come up with excuses.

Hello I love you is an expression of emotions. It’s living and loving the process. Hello I love U is a tribute to all the ideas from The Wright Brothers to Walt Disney.

Step 1

Tape out your message.

Step 2

Mix-up some watercolor tones and paint

Step 3

splatter a little watercolor. You could do this with any brush… I should have used my E.L.F brush.

Step 4

Use some blue acrylic to paint the heart.

Final

I should include this in Road Trip. I’ll repaint it.

hills of trees is done!

Taking your time makes a huge difference. You have to lett each layer dry before starting the next. Oh and layering from light to dark makes for easy blending.

I used a size 10 brush and lightly blotted the paper with color. These trees made me let go of what should be. I didn’t sketch. I didn’t have any idea how to paint trees. All I did was paint trees.

Probably should have started from the top and ending at the bottom for seamless blending.

But the biggest lesson is that I got to play. YES PLAY. I signed up for this illustration design let the kid play course and it’s amazing. Adolfo Serra talked about this very subject. What a coincidence!

I remember my first sketch book. Come to think of it, that was the beginning of my creative journey. It was the beginning of Belissia too. The bee character that started this whole picture book writing. There’s been many ideas since then.

Back to today, these trees helped me loosen up with a artist tape watercolor idea and…I’ll post about it tomorrow.