January 20, 2015

Yoga Girl….One

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After Christmas…..I was itching to draw again….to draw figures.  I’ve been doing a lot of marker work lately.



I found this yogi on instagram (KrisenPro)…..and I got started.
My goal is:
  • To NOT pull out my colored pencils (until the very end)
  • To ONLY use watercolors and w/c pencils.  Yikes!


I knew I needed to do a background….since that’s the next level.  I thought a mandala would work nicely. But I had one problem, my compass could only draw a 9” circle max.  Ugh!!  After a youtube search, I rigged my own compass.



I just made a bunch of concentric circles of varying widths.

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After I took the compass point padding away, I lost my center for the mandala.  So, I had to re-establish it with the green dot.



This has been very fun to do….I get to combine two of my favorite drawing styles…..photo-realistic Figures and Marker Doodling Smile



I started out coloring in the design with sharpies….but the ink in the sharpies looked dull.  I had to pull out my liquid India Ink and switch to Faber-Castell black markers since they have india ink in them.



Here is a reference for the size of the picture (22 x 30).  I’m kind of surprised I’m going big again, had initially wanted to only do half this size.



Detail work.



More detail work.



I had to complete the background first….now I can continue on with the figure.  That background has a huge influence on the colors used for the girl.

November 5, 2014

Yoga….Dhunurasana

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I enjoy seeing all the inspiring poses of different yogi’s on Instagram.

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Instead of drawing a yogi from real life….I just winged it one day.



Her proportions are a little quirky…but that wasn’t the point.

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The point was….watercolor…..letting the paint flow and not try to make it so exact.  Of course, I’ve got a long way to go.  It’s hard to teach yourself new perspectives to see things differently! Haha.



Only doodled up the pants in a couple ways.  Enjoyed doing the grass though.




I like combining the figure with the doodling aspect as seen here in the background.  Baby steps…baby steps… to figuring out this medium.  Hope you like Smile

September 29, 2014

Yoga….Bow Pose



My latest passion is yoga!  And I am amazed at how hard it is.



I follow a few instagram-yogi’s and this beautiful lady is one of them.



I embellished her a bit, by changing the bracelets and the top!  Pulling out my creative license card.

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I wanted to make this mostly artsy….instead of my usual realistic way.  But the more I tinkered with it….the more I kept adding realistic features.



She’s done mainly in watercolors and w/c pencils with a bit of marker work as guidelines.

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I’m unsure whether or not I should add a yoga mat.  But I don’t want to mess it up.



For now, I opted out of additional props.  But that could change.  I think I like how this turned out Smile

August 31, 2014

Coffee In Hand….

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I’ve been working on some doodles for my doodle directory series.  Since the squares are small, it was a good size to try a stacking coffee cup illustration.



Grabbed my 8 x 8 square watercolor pad….and proceeded to draw the cups on a larger scale.

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Since, I’m not very practiced in drawing inanimate objects…. I had to believe in myself!



Then I tried to bring in a paisley-bandana look to the cups.



For the art journal page, I thought I’d illustrate the journaling on a picture behind the cups.



Buffed up the letters…..

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Then filled the lettering in…..Came across this saying a few years ago and I liked it!!!

August 14, 2014

Block Letters….L and N

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Continuing on with my Block Letter Series…..here’s the L all scanned and stark. 

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Once scanned, I can digitally color the doodle in. 

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Changing the color scheme is easy and a good way to test out color choices. But….

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But,…I am so limited digitally.  The digital letter lacks lots of the smaller details that can be brought in manually.  Could be,…. I ‘m just not using the right tools.

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With hand drawing, I can get into all those nooks and crannies…lay more detail down.  It’s more spontaneous. 

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I’ll give it a thumbs up for vibrancy.  I find my digital doodling a bit inferior to my hand doodling. 

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But it’s nice to have options Smile

August 5, 2014

Yoga….inspire



Since I’m following a few yogi’s on instagram. 



This inspired me to draw a couple.  (@beachyogagirl and @melaniethue)



The fun part was dressing them up!



And decorating their surroundings!



Used markers on the girl in red, and watercolor for the pants on the blue girl, the skin on both girls, and their hair.

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Fun, Fun drawing! 

Namaste Smile
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