Have ever noticed that there is a connection between your artwork and the way you feel about yourself?
Tell me if you can relate: Continue reading
Tell me if you can relate: Continue reading
When I heard the news two days ago of the passing of Anthony Bourdain ( travel writer, celebrity chef), I was shocked and saddened.
I used to watch No Reservations on the Travel channel quite often and really enjoyed it. Anthony was a most beautifully gifted writer, being able to put things into words in a way that enriched the experiences he was speaking of so much. He loved to dine with the rich and the poor alike. I know that he will be so very missed by many people who knew him, including his wife and daughter.
It’s so saddening to know that he was feeling so lost that he resorted to suicide as a way out. So many people would have reached out and been a support system had they known. I wish he hadn’t felt this was the only way.
I decided to draw a portrait of Anthony Bourdain in his memory:
And I have a tribute video of the process of this drawing at the link below. Continue reading
I have been meaning to post a drawing tutorial for the last week but have just not had the time that I would like to devote to it. I plan to have another one out soon.
In the meantime, I was able to create a time lapsed video of a picture I drew of Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) a few days ago. Kim Wexler is another character from AMC’s Better Call Saul and is a fantastic character in the show.
Some things that you might notice that differ from the last time-lapsed video I did of drawing Walter White (from Breaking Bad):
As I find the time, I plan to eventually make several tutorials on how to accomplish these things.
It took me about 2 hours to complete this drawing. The video below is about 2 minutes in length.
After watching the video, I would like to know your thoughts:
Any questions and comments will be very helpful in giving me information that will help me decide what to teach about next!
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As a freelancer, I get all types of reference photos to draw; some good, some bad.
The reason for this is that when I’m drawing, I am gathering information about the subject of the picture from the photograph and translate that information on to paper.
Here is an example of an image that I was given last year of a beautiful couple I know. It’s a nice photo to look at, but when it comes to drawing, it does not have a lot of clarity since it was a snapshot taken without good lighting. And that makes it very difficult to work with. Continue reading
I am a big fan of AMC’s television show, Better Call Saul. I actually am impatiently waiting for the next season to finally come out.
I first started watching Breaking Bad when it came out in 2008, because of the fact that I was intrigued by the fact that Hal from Malcolm in the Middle was going to be playing such a dark character. It was so hard for me to imagine him in that role!
It turned out that the show was very good, very intense, very interesting. And of course, when Better Call Saul came out afterward, I had to watch it too!
In the last week, I decided to draw some celebrities from the shows Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad and to create a time-lapsed video of me drawing Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) so others could see the progress of creation. Let me know what you think.
I spent the majority of the last week working on changes to my website, including a move to a different host… because of this some of you may not have received notifications of the last two post that I made.
The two posts you may have missed are:
I hope you enjoy!
Have you ever wanted to draw hair but get frustrated because every time you try, it looks like this?
But you want to draw hair like this:
How can you go from drawing hair as demonstrated in the first two examples, to drawing as demonstrated by next two? Continue reading
A little over a week ago, I posted a tutorial with over 100 pictures showing how I draw a rose. Then a few days later, I posted a video where I drew another rose in 20 minutes.
In these tutorials, I wanted to be sure that there was enough visual content to make it as easy as possible to follow along.
Yesterday, I got a message from a man named Andy S., who followed my tutorial and drew a rose of his own, using my tutorials for guidance. Here’s his message:
“First, I can’t think you enough for putting these together. I’m watching for more :-). I’m going to practice with flowers this week and see how it goes. Would love your feedback on my first attempt. I’m brand new to this, so getting used to the kneading eraser was a bit of a challenge. I didn’t use Bristol paper so that may have made it more difficult. I’ve purchased Bristol for my next attempt.”
His drawing blew me away. This was his first attempt at drawing a rose, and he did a phenomenal job: Continue reading
“I just don’t have time to draw!”
If the above title is something you’ve found yourself saying, believe me: as a mother to 8 children, I understand!
I recently wrote about the value of drawing something every day.
It’s not always easy to find time for drawing. Sometimes it feels impossible in this busy world.
But it’s worth it if we really want to see lasting results.
And if we are honest with ourselves, we really do make time for the things that are important to us, don’t we?
For example, how many hours do we spend on Facebook some days? Or maybe catching up on a tv series? Or pursuing other activities we find enjoyable?
If we really, really want to, we can find time to improve our drawing skills.
I frequently draw while watching tv (well, I don’t do much “watching”)…Or while listening to a podcast or YouTube video…Or while letting hyper children jump on my back. 😜
When I was a child, I used to create my own unique stories and pictures using my imagination. I didn’t really worry about what others thought of my drawings- I just drew them because I enjoyed the process so much.
As I got older, I started to care more about what people thought about my drawings, so I started trying harder and being critical of my own work and trying to impress them.
I spent hours per day trying to learn how to improve my drawings, but I think I must have stopped using my imagination somewhere along the way, for the most part.
I did not visualize a concept and try to put it on paper. I just copied what I saw and drew that alone.
I learned to see what I was looking at and how to copy it on paper, but many of my drawings lacked a certain spark of creativity and individuality. Continue reading