April 27, 2014

Doodle Collaboration

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As I mentioned in my last post….that there are some really good artists, doodler’s and art journaler’s on instagram.

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One of my IG friends is Tessa. 

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She sent me the above doodles from across the ocean.  I drool over her doodling and ….I like to color in….Tessa, not so much.

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It was so interesting to see how Tessa made all these little daisy flowers amidst the hundreds of little bitty circles.

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Here’s the finished scanned image.  A fun collaboration!  If you’re on instagram you should go over and see all the cool art and photography that Tess posts

Gotta love social media for getting like-minded people together Smile

April 22, 2014

iInstagram

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It just dawned on me I haven’t told you guys I’m on Instagram.  I think this is a really cool app.  It seems to work better for me than facebook and I am finding so many talented and inspiring artists, art-journalers, zentanglers, photographers, “you name it” on instagram. 

If you’d like to follow me there please do.  If you are on instagram too and you’d like some support for your artsy gallery please leave a comment here with your “@instaname”.

April 20, 2014

Sunglass Series Two



Since I have two big drawings pending (dancer & diver) and I seem to be stuck on the hair in both…..



I needed to complete a smaller drawing to boost my confidence.  I thought these sunglass girls might help.

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This sunglass series was the first time I combined my marker-doodle-love with my color sketches.



I wasn’t sure how well they’d play together.  But they seemed to get along just fine.

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I’m not one to sketch a practice piece, because I know I won’t put the focus into it like I should if it “counted”.  And I need hair help.



What I found out by my limited research on drawing hair….is to keep the line directions in the way that the hair should go.  Even though there are many shadows.  Also to use at least 4 different colors…..Highlight….a bunch of mid-tones…then bring in your darkest color to really help things take shape. 



This is drawn from a picture of my daughter taken a few years ago.  I was not pleased with my previous Warhol-style drawing of her so I’m glad I can now replace it.

Happy Easter Everyone Smile

April 16, 2014

Sunglass Series One

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I got inspired to draw girls in sunglasses last week….probably because I went south and knew I’d need mine.

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Drew her in, and did a light watercolor wash.  Then proceeded to color pencil sketch the rest of the face.

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Bringing my two favorite things together (markers and colored pencils) I experimented with using the markers only for the sunglasses. 

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Just doodled the heck out of them.



Then the fun began with my markers.



Kind of a different look.  A Pretty wild look to pull off and not for the timid. Too bad I can’t do this to my own sunglasses, haha!

April 3, 2014

Ring Bling

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Ring Bling…I’d love to have all this bling on my hands as long as it doesn’t catch, snag or bug me…..so the easier thing to do, is just draw some.

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Just drew the contour of my hand, and proceeded to color it in.  No photo reference, but when I was stumped I just held out my hand.

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Another hand with cool nails.



All those different colored pencils were used.  The green ones help to neutralize the skin tones.  Watercolor for the rings and markers for the nail art.

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Just a fun little sketch.
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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