Monday, January 19, 2009

Drawing Lesson 3 Whoopsie-Daisy

I know; you can already draw flowers. Just draw those little petals around a circle, and you have it. Or, maybe you wonder about how to make it look real.

Here's a start on making your own bouquet.

Start with a structure of a simple circle and a plus sign at the top of your paper.

Add an oval with a plus sign that has shorter verticals.

This oval will be slanted and to the left of center, as pictured.

Now go back to your circular plus sign and make each line a petal.

Add an X of lines, and make those petals, too. Then, add petals in between the + and the X.

Yes, flowers have lots of petals, so add some loops to create more layers.

Now, add shading to the beginning center of some of the petals to create depth. Artists know color shading and tinting as "value". So, we're adding values, which imply light and dark.

Now, to give the center some body, add some vertical hatch marks to imply the side of the "clump", to be technical, ahem. Add some random dots n dashes to imply texture. Then, go to the second flower, which is not looking straight at you, but it tilted. Add petals and shading, but let the vertical petals be shorter. The in-between petals will gradually lengthen to meet the horizontal petals. This creates the illusion of the flower being tilted.

Perhaps you can see this better in a close-up shot...

After drawing those realistic flowers, add some stems and leaves. Don't forget your values on these, so they look real, too.
Create more varieties of flowers by looking in garden catalogs, on the internet, or in your own backyard, when weather permits. Use them in your journals or paintings. These are lovely in fine-tip marker colors!
Create Mother's Day or birthday gifts by painting them on wooden trinket or jewelry boxes purchased at your fave craft store. Just mix several shades of a color, and follow these sketches for lights n darks. Don't forget some lovely greens for the foliage. Add a vine that travels around your box. Add tiny buds along the sides. And you can add some hearts for Valentine's Day, of course. Mistakes? Wipe off what you don't like, and paint again.
What will you do with your new flower drawing skills?
Please comment below, and let me know how your beautiful bouquet is progressing.
Love & Laughter,

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Swaps & Journals & Julia Cameron

Here are some journals & sketchbooks I've been playing in during 2008. A couple of moleskines, a couple of Strathmore Windpower sketchbooks that conserve natural resources, an altered book with green ribbon, and a little brown hardcover book I made in a workshop.
Notice Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" beneath the moleskines. At my fave artist community, Coach Creative Space, there is a group discussing Cameron's "Vein of Gold". Please join us; we'd love to have you. Check it out here...

This is a sketch that I want to revisit this year, perhaps with a gift of color. Sincere apologies for the blurred photo; haven't viewed it since I uploaded it months ago. May try to edit later. :-)

An ATC I created for The CCS Cozy Christmas ATC Swap. I enjoyed drawing this in ink, then using colored pencils to add softness to the scene. Portraying "whimsy" is not always a strongpoint of mine, so when anything close to it happens, I enjoy it!
I have a shiny new moleskine for 2009, so I'll be sharing fresh work as it appears on the pages.
More drawing lessons to come, so check back, and please leave a comment, so I can return the favor.
Love & Laughter,