Tag Archives: Drawing

Creative Juice #198

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Creative Juice #198

This week’s offering is heavy on reading lists. You’re welcome.

Index-Card-a-Day, Week 3

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Index-Card-a-Day, Week 3

I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, making a daily artwork on a 3″ x 5″ card.

On Day 12 I decided to create an illustration for a fairy tale I’m writing. This is my first try at drawing Fenton, who is a fairy prince.

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Day 13’s prompt was kite. Stabilo pens on watercolor background.

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Day 14’s prompt was chamomile. I drew it with Stabilo pens. This is my favorite card this week. (It was also my most liked card on Instagram this week.) It was fun to do. Because of the repetitiveness of it, I entered a mindful state; I’m counting this as a Zentangle pattern.

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Day 15’s prompt was dandelion. Stabilo pens and white gelly roll pen on watercolor background.

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Day 16 was a busy day for me; no card.

One of the themes for week 3 is collage, so I that’s what I did for Days 17 and 18. The College of New Jersey, where I did my Masters degree, has the most beautiful alumni magazine; I cut up the latest issue to make these:

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Index-Card-a-Day, Week 2

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Index-Card-a-Day, Week 2

I’m participating in Daisy Yellow’s Index-Card-a-Day challenge, in which we make a piece of art every day on a 3″ x 5″ card. This week I ignored the prompt most days.

I love the creative work of illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, including her found object art, so on Day 5 I tried one myself.

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My most popular card on Instagram this week was my Day 6 card, prompt: dreamcatcher.

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Toward my ongoing goal of drawing people, on Day 7 I made some emojis, trying to figure out how to change the facial features to portray the different emotions.

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One of the benefits of participating in challenges is sometimes you have to learn something new. The prompt for Day 8 was suzani pattern. I didn’t know what that was.

It turns out suzani is a colorful embroidered textile from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. I looked at pictures of some, and drew a pattern based on them. I used Stabilo pens on a watercolor background. This is my personal favorite this week.

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Day 9 I found a reference drawing on my art inspiration board, and I copied it, except I changed the hands and feet.

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On Day 10 I watched a video about drawing children’s faces.

This is my try:

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For Day 11 I attempted to draw the same boy again, but with four different expressions. But they ended up being four different boys. I suspect I’ll have to draw this boy a few hundred times before I can draw him consistently. I like the surprised boy best.

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Index-Card-a-Day, Week 1

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Every June and July I participate in the #dyicad (Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day) challenge. I commit to making a piece of art on an index card for every day for two months. The idea is that a 2″ x 3″ artwork is absolutely achievable on a daily basis.

I missed Day 1 of the challenge. Although I had ideas for the prompt (hopscotch), my sketches were unsuccessful, and I knew that Monday was just not my day.

Day 2’s prompt was marigold:

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I chose not to use Day 3’s prompt (which is only a suggestion). Instead I drew a self-portrait, because I want to get better at drawing people.

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On Day 4 I drew another person, not based on anyone in particular.

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Each Saturday for the next two months, I will show you my icads up through Thursday.

By the way, July is World Watercolor Month, when I make a watercolor on an index card (or maybe on an “illegal” watercolor post card) so that I can qualify for two challenges with one entry.

Creative Juice #189

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Creative Juice #189

Good ideas, along with silly stuff and nerdy stuff.

Creative Juice #182

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Creative Juice #182

 

Covid-19 got you down? Take your mind off it with these amazing things:

  1. The tapestry maker who took art one step further.
  2. Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s thoughts on aging.
  3. A crochet version of the coronavirus.
  4. Some beautiful quilts!
  5. What would happen if you drew every day?
  6. I have often fantasized about working on a cruise ship. Here’s the lowdown.
  7. Acquire these habits to increase your writing productivity.
  8. Underwater photography.
  9. Things to do while self-quarantined.
  10. Squirrels like you’ve never seen them before.
  11. Entomology in stitches.
  12. Steampunk sculptures.

Creative Juice #181

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Creative Juice #181

Yeah, lots of art.

Creative Juice #177

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Creative Juice #177

The Valentine’s Day edition of CJ. Wishing you lots of love.

Valentangles

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A few years ago I started a tradition of posting a bunch of Zentangle® valentines in February. Last year I thought I coined a new term: Valentangle. This year I discovered there has been a Valentangle challenge for several years already, so I didn’t invent the word.

I tried to join the Valentangle2020 Facebook group (in fact, I tried several times), but I never got approved. I don’t know if it was a glitch, or I missed a secret deadline, or they really don’t want me.

Anyway, I’m still calling these Valentangles.

This one uses the pattern Ixorus:

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This one combines Snail and Florz:

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This design is called Pepper. Doesn’t it look like a zebra?

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This one uses the design Mistrel:

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This one is filled with Double S:

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This might be my personal favorite of the group. Drupe:

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I am calling this one “Heart Attack”:

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This one uses Puffle, Onamato, and Luv-A. Puffle reminds me of ribbon candy.

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Which one do you like best? Vote in the comments.

If you want to see my previous Valentine posts, click on the years: 2019, 2018, 2017.

Creative Juice #176

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Creative Juice #176

Beautiful stuff and also sad news.