December 31, 2010

Word of the Year

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Wow, today is the last day of 2010….where did it go?  I’ve got my act together this year (well… a little together anyway).   Because I have picked a Word for the Year.   I had too many word choices last year, and with that I got overwhelmed.  So, when I get overwhelmed I cope by shutting down…doing nothing…..walking away.   After all, the only person that it mattered to was me….so ignoring the whole idea was a viable option. 

Head over to Christine Kane's blog and you can read up about the whole “Word of the Year” theme which is in lieu of the dated “New Year’s Resolutions”. 



Here’s my little guy holding up my word.  For some reason NOTICE stuck with me.  Probably because I can be in my own little world, thinking my own little thoughts being rather oblivious to things or people.    I think it’s time I started to look for ways that I can be of service instead of thinking of what others can do for me.  Even being nicer, kinder or more thoughtful would be a better way to live.  If I am to be of help I need to see what needs to be done.  Not aiming for perfection here…Not aiming to change the world…..just aiming to improve my own back yard.

Well, this is the plan anyway……at least it’s a Start.    

Have you chosen a word?  Made a new resolution?  Are you ready for a New Year?  Happy New Year regardless :D

December 30, 2010

Doodle Directory INDEX



It’s taken me awhile but I’m finally ready to unveil 4 more directory pages…..WooWho!! 

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These pages don’t have much color because I was just trying to get familiar with a pattern.  The nice thing is, you can always color it in later, anyway you want once the pattern is chosen.

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I’m working on a small project now that I’m pretty excited about if it WORKS and I so appreciate the fact that I’ve made these doodle directory pages for reference.

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Doodling is not hard, just a bunch of squiggles, circles, loops and lines.  I do like the simplicity of repetition. 

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I think it’s best when coloring in an area with a set pattern to use “Complementary Colors (colors opposite on the color wheel)” or “Colors in the same family”.  Harmonious Color schemes are a study in and of themselves.  It’s also fun to experiment with your color choices…..use primary colors in a segment, then try some secondary colors.  Try different tones or hues.  The possibilities are endless.

My other directory Pages can be found at the following links:

Hope these patterns inspire you to pick up your pen and doodle a bit…..it’s Fun!!

December 24, 2010

Christmas and an Interview

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Just a quick post to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 

If you have some time and you’d like to find out a little more about me and blogging….. Eileen at the Artful Crafter has posted a 3 part interview about me HERE, HERE, and HERE.    Three parts, Yikes…..I guess it’s long because I actually had to think about the questions that I answered and I got to write the answers out!! 

Enjoy your day, everyone!!

December 21, 2010

Facing Forward……to meet Santa



Since I had the idea last week to do these kids lined up to see Santa instead of doing the "Dance Line",  I thought I’d give it a try.   After all, my Christmas shopping is all done, my packages are all mailed and I’ve learned that when INSPIRATION strikes, it’s best to grab it and go!!



It was fun giving the kids some new clothes.  I’m not quite sure if the stripes are correct on the first girl and I think I’ve made a “jolly green Santa” here…..because he looks massive!!  But to the kids he probably is, so it works.



Santa hats are really easy to make, the only thing I debated with myself about was, if I should have them all in red hats.  Personally, I prefer the red hats to the other colors that are out now.  But if I were doing a photo shoot, I’d be buying every color hat and having a ball photographing everyone!  Really!



I think the mitten-ed hands worked well with the Santa theme here…..Whew!!!



Watercolor Pencils were used for the hair and everything else was done with my favorite markers.
This is my last page for the SKETCHBOOK Project!  Yippee, I just need to go in and add details to the opposing pages now!!  I had to re-nig on the Senior Sketch drawing that I did a few weeks ago…..I cannot part with that picture for the Sketchbook project.  I’m afraid that if I do, I’ll regret it…..Usually I have no problem giving my stuff away….usually!

That plain background is bugging me…Do you guys have any suggestions for what I could put back there?  If I have time, I’d really like to make that more interesting.

December 17, 2010

Dance Line



I had high expectations when I started this drawing!!  Too high!!  I even went out and purchased “real “ drawing paper, so that I wouldn’t have that stippling effect that appears when I use graphite on watercolor paper. 



At about this point, I realized I was in over my head!  I toned down my drawing and was happy that I got all those little bodies, somewhat proportioned and recognizable.  And wondered why I thought I was ready to sketch any further.



Once I bailed on my original plan, I just outlined the kids with permanent marker. 



I learned a bit about faces here…..not to draw too much.   If I’m keeping it simple than each mark has to speak loudly.  The third child from the left looks like he could be Frankenstein’s son…..Got a little carried away with my pencil for the mouth.



If I was really smart creative…..I would’ve made it so that these children were lined up to see Santa Claus.  Now, that would’ve been fun. 

However, I would’ve had to adjust each of their little arms……”no touching please”  WHICH …reminds me of the  ”she’s touching me” car commercial, where the family is taking a road trip and one of the kids barely touches the older sister, who totally freaks out about it….Ahhhh, the good ‘ole days!



Had to ad-lib the left side of the blue girl, since her whole body isn’t in the original picture.

 

One of these days, I’ll figure out how to draw a simple quick hand, decided I could get away with a mitten-ed version.



The clothes definitely needed some pattern. 

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Here’s the Inspiration picture from foreversouls on flickrAren’t those kids adorable????  I love how they are doing exactly what they are told, but you can tell that a few of them have decided to do a little daydreaming!  Just precious!



My version of DANCE LINE!!

December 7, 2010

Santa Bird in a Sketchbook


                    Background Quilt made in 2005, click here for full view.
Well, he’s not in the SKETCHBOOK yet, but he’s on his way!!  He’s been a little preoccupied with helping me decorate my house, do a little lot of shopping, some organizing and various other holiday activities.  This is the month where blogging will be decided for me…….Do I blog or do I help my family?  Do I blog or do I shop for loved ones?  Do I blog or do I visit?  So, if you don’t see me around here much, it’s because of those other duties.  Plus, my well is a little dry….I have no new ideas….none… zilch….zippo!!  Ugh!  But Hey, don’t you just love those holiday colors????   All those reds and greens….. my all-time favorite colors!!



My Santa started out like this….really quite ordinary….and yes, a little boring!

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Oops!  Actually, here is the bare-bones Santa…..this is how he really started.  If you’d like to color him in, you can download the drawing HERE.   I’d love to see your finished version, please come back and leave your link below.

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It was fun to add some patterns to his clothes!!  A little ‘tangle here and a little tangle there!!  I miss my markers when I’m sketching, what can I say?



Sam the Singing Santa…..He plays this role every single year…..Wouldn’t miss it, even if you paid him to stay away.  He is the jolliest one in his family, that’s why he gets to wear the outfit.  His younger cousins absolutely couldn’t believe their sleepy little eyes when they saw him that first Christmas morning.  They were completely shocked when he’d pull out the very toy they had written on their list which was mailed to the North Pole….There was just one older cousin that thought he sounded awfully familiar. 

My next big challenge is to get this house decorated in time for Christmas.   Click HERE to see how I did it last year.  May change things up a bit, which makes it more interesting!

I have a confession:  I’m finding that I don’t enjoy decorating the tree like I used to…. I’m a little bored with it….but I love pulling out and decorating with all the other Holiday knick-knacks!!  Now, those are FUN!!  How about you?

December 1, 2010

Facing Forward….Senior Sketch



I ran out of Patience……why?  Well, it has to do with the H.A.I.R !! 

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I think the next “Drawing” Book I purchase should be “Drawing Hair for Dummies”  or something like that!  I could not for the life of me, replicate the curly hair on the original picture!!  I think too linear!!!  Yep, straight lines et al!



I don’t know if others do this, but I have taken to the habit of outlining my sketches with my finest Micron Pen (.005).  I like the pop it gives and I think with time, it may help keep the graphite in place…don’t know if it will actually work, though.

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Because I learn by trial and error (yep, just like 99% of the rest of the human race). These are the fault points in this sketch:

  1. I seem to have trouble making the head tilt……I only seem to be able to draw a North-South head.
  2. The chin area should be a bit thicker.
  3. The nose is too long.
  4. The Hair…..well, that’s an OBVIOUS one!
  5. ________ fill in the blank!


Since this is for my Sketchbook Project, it’ll be gone in 6 weeks.  Good thing we have digital cameras, and I can keep my own copy of the sketch for sentimental reasons.  I only have room for one or two more drawings in the sketchbook.  Wow!!  I just may have this thing done before Christmas. 

Thanks for your comments and if ANYONE has any hair drawing suggestions or references, I’d love to hear them.

November 29, 2010

Senior Pictures



I thought I’d be further along with this by now, but my “drawing time” was interrupted by some much needed psycho cleaning!  After being gone for almost a week and spending time in some really clean houses, I felt a little bad for my pad.   Hours later, chores done, I’m feeling much inspired.  So, I thought I’d share my latest drawing with you.  Plus, I’ve missed you guys!!  Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!



The good thing about stepping back and posting these here is…I can see I don’t have the face shape correct on the interior (left) side.   Will try to fix that, ASAP!



Little FYI for you:   Did you know that an artist (A really good artist) cannot display their painting/drawing if it was drawn from a Studio picture because of the copyright???   I did not know this…. it’s a good thing I’m not that good!!



I sharpened my graphite pencil a few times as I attempted the teeth here…..But will need to go in and tone some of those edges down…..Geez!!  A little tombstone-y here, I think!



Don’t look too closely at the hair off the forehead, because it really doesn’t match the picture, but I must say it was fun to draw!!

Oh, I’ve got to show you this book I just picked up. 

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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks

The book was written by this lady who has done Composite Drawings for the FBI since ‘81.  She thought it best to teach a class on composite drawing to Police Officers so that more bad guys can be caught.   The book is an extension of her class.   A very well written book, with face “rules” which helped me to break down the dimensions of the photograph.

All for now!!

November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving



I don’t know what it is that I like so much about drawing these birds but they sure are fun!  I was a little unsure how I’d portray this Thanksgiving Bird.  I was given some ideas of the bird talking to the turkey and saying “Bill, is that you?”, but that’s in poor taste….Funny….but in poor taste.  Then I was told that female Indians aren’t allowed to wear Chief Headdresses….but this is a Helen Reddy bird  (you may be too young to remember the song “I am Woman”) and she pretty much wears what’s she wants, when she wants.  After all, it’s her party!



I could draw and color Headdresses all day!! Really!




I brought the kiddo-birds in because I wanted to show some excitement at finally being able to eat the turkey.  After many hours of smelling it’s sweet aroma!



Just another shot of the unfinished Bird and friends.



Helen the Thanksgiving Host…….She takes hosting the Family Thanksgiving meal to a whole new level…..Yes, she really does dress up for the occasion, and yes she even puts her kids in costume.  No one complains and her family & friends have gotten used to her little quirks.   She is the Number One BEST COOK you’d ever want to meet.  She thoroughly enjoys everything about this day.  She gets up early to dress the 3 turkeys she cooks (baked, fried and smoked), the Honey Baked Ham will be prepared a little later….but what really sets eating at Helen’s house apart is the 9 pies she makes the week of Thanksgiving!  Yep, NINE!!

You can still download the Uncolored Drawing of this Bird from HERE……(might be a good way to keep all those Pilgrims and Indians occupied while awaiting the feast).  I'm just saying.

Well guys!!  I hope you all have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!  My sympathies go out to all of you that plan to venture out on Black Friday too!

November 21, 2010

This month’s….. Artsy Blogger Round-Up

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As we go into the Holiday Craziness I thought this might be a good time to post another Round-up before things get away from me…..or you!
  1. Cindi at Beading Arts is hosting TWO fabulous giveaways:  Acculon beading wire and Murano glass pendant!!
  2. Cherie at  Cherie Blogs has made a Craft paper Turkey Card that uses up your leftover craft paper.  It’s quick and easy.
  3. June at Creative Dreamer has a Part 1 tutorial for a repurposed journal book.
  4. Eileen at The Artful Crafter has a cute tote idea incorporating a sticker embellishment made of cardboard and coated with epoxy.
  5. Linette at  Kids Fun Review has a Christmas Pinecone Peacock craft you can make with the kids, then hang on the tree as a keepsake ornament.
If you’re looking for some neat ideas, you’ve got to check these links out.

November 20, 2010

Facing Forward…...Mural Drawing



I looked and looked on Flickr for a person painting a mural.  I wanted to see the entire person, actually I wanted to find a girl painting a mural from about this distance away……No luck, none!! Ugh!!  So, off I went to draw an imaginary person and I’m not very happy with her.   She’s too simple and in my mind I had her more realistic.  But she works.  Enough.



Decided that I'd do the block background in the Rainbow colors.  You remember how I like those colors?



This is a total take on my Sketchbook Project’s Welcome Page.   I enjoyed doing that page so much, I thought I’d do a repeat.



This little Zen bird appears sad, must be the slant of the eyes……But really he’s not.



Just plain fun to fill in the Bird with all different random doodles and patterns….



I really would’ve spent more time on the girl IF I had something to mirror!  I may have to try this again, assuming I can find the right picture.   The neat thing about this mural drawing is once I get the person drawn I can put any drawing I want in the background, anything.  Ahhh, the possibilities!



I was contemplating putting some grass sprouts and weeds along the bottom of the mural….you know to look like the setting is outdoors…..But I didn’t think I could pull it off, because I drew and filled in the drawing first.  Maybe next time.
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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden