Playing around with some new repeat pattern ideas. I've got to put my daily doodles to some kind of use!
One of my FAVORITE FAVORITE things EVER is learning about all the mysterious life forms planet earth supports. It brings me joy to observe every critter's (plant or animal-- plants, in my mind, are very critter-ish) unique personality and way of moving about the world. We become so accustomed to our daily environments that sometimes we forget how magically fascinating and detailed everything around us actually is. Drawing helps me be in touch with life, and honor the love that I feel for creatures of all kinds.
Daily Drawing Theme for March = Invertebrates!
Invertebrates make up the vast majority of
all animal species: an estimated 97%.
I can't wait to draw a new spineless creature every day this month!
Already completed in day 1 & 2 is the apple snail and water bear.
Because I grew up drooling over Pokemon and their stats/abilities,
I'm sharing some quick facts I've learned about these guys.
I can totally hear the Pokedex voice reading all this info...it makes the experience that much better!
Next up...I'm thinking maybe a wood louse?
I mean, how cute is this rolly polly?
There are a few things that make me happy on a daily basis:
1) Eating chocolate
2) Eating crazy massive amounts of vegetables
(sometimes I seriously wonder how my stomach is able to obliterate that much roughage at one time...)
3) Drinking cup after cup after cup of tea (and peeing? A lot? I once had someone very astutely say to me, "is there a time when you're not either drinking or peeing?" Aaaand the answer is...no...not really.)
4) Being a mad-scientist cook, concocting unrecreatable dishes of all kinds
5) Drinking wine (while concoting the dishes, of course. I swear this is NOT the reason why I can never make them again. REALLY!)
6) ...I guess I like consuming things?
7) Lifting mad weights (prepping my body for heavy consumption)
8) Going grocery shopping!!!!
9) Seeing little animals and plants doing their thang <3 <3 <3
10) Making art! Compulsively.
So yeah. There you have it! My brilliant recipe for daily happiness: make lots and eat lots. I guess that makes sense.
I try really hard to draw, or at least do something creative every day, but it's tough to squeeze it in sometimes. I truly believe that the more you make, the more ideas you get for future projects. It all feeds off of itself. As Dr. Pizza once said, "the more you pump, the more it flows" (likening the creative process to breastfeeding.) Yes indeed. That's why I'm beginning a "daily doodle" project, where I make and post something new each day-- even if it is quick, small, and a really terrible drawing. I've got to post it, that's the rule!
In my mind, a "doodle" can be anything: a drawing, a digital illustration, an animation, a collage, a photo, a cake...you get the idea. I'm just calling it a "doodle" because it's an easy name, and it captures the idea of a creative little happening, whatever it may be!
You can check out my progress (and keep me accountable!) on my Daily Doodle page :) I'm very excited to see this gallery grow!
I was pretty excited to discover what drawing instructions I had to offer back then, but alas, Adrienne Beacham Age 9 didn't deliver as much as I hoped she would! She must've got bored after 15 minutes or so and wondered off to some other project. Ha. Only the first two pages are filled in. The rest are blank!
Though I wish there were more, I did learn to draw a couple things from this book: a devile and a two heded monster. Definitely vital characters for any monster enthusiast to know how to illustrate. And, not only does this guide provide step-by-step instructions to sketch these terrifying creatures, but it also lets you in on "how to color it."
Since I've been thinking of posting some mini how-to-draw tutorials on my blog, I thought it would be appropriate to make this my first one.
I gave these instructions a test run myself,
and I have to say, they aren't terrible...
Are you ready? Here we go!
Two Heded Monster
Thanks, Adrienne Age 9. My skills are off the charts now!
Hurray! I'm excited to announce that I've set up a page on the site specifically dedicated to my coloring book designs. Download whichever page strikes your fancy, print it out, and start scribbling away. Each critter has its own attitude and viewpoint on life, so I hope that no matter how you're feeling on a given day, you'll find a friend to vibe with :)
This little mouse monster made his way to Illustration Friday as a submission for this week's topic, "Swirl." It's all in the spiral eyes, clearly.
This illustration excites me because I love the idea of blending digital and traditional media. It's a seed of something to investigate, in my own projects. Nothing can replace the beauty of hand-created marks, in my opinion. Although there are a lot of mind-blowing images created entirely on the computer, with no evidence of the artist's actual hand, sometimes I feel like these images lack a certain charm or grit. This definitely isn't always the case, but I think when you go entirely digital, it takes real skill to make a piece that can evoke a rich array of emotions. A hand-made mark on a page is such an interesting concept to me. It's photographic in that it captures and isolates the fleeting circumstances of a specific moment: the moment of its creation. Within that tiny moment, a collection of things were rallying together to influence the mark's physical appearance. The artists' emotions and intentions, the intermingling of materials, and the qualities produced by various tools all interact in that single instant. Of course, this idea is multiplied insanely when it comes to a finished work of art. Thinking about the accumulation of single marks (moments) on a given piece, and each one's history, is a fascinating thing. Children, I think, can feel the power that lies behind our ability to make marks. They love to scribble.
On the flip side, there is also appeal in the refinement and elevation that a digital image can have. Pieces can get super specific, clean, and professional. Arranging elements within a digital drawing is such an awesome experience, with an unfathomable amount of possibilities. Things can be dropped in or cut out in the blink of an eye, leaving behind no scars. It's like some strange mutation of traditional collage-- one with crazy super powers.
I guess this is why I love the idea of uniting hand-created marks with digital tools. I am deeply committed to the power of handmade objects, and yet I also appreciate the things working digitally has to offer. Actually, I recently came across this illustration duo, The Bubble Process and found their work to be inspiring in this way. And their color choices are really neat, too!
On another note, I've begun working on some pages for the new coloring book. I won't say too much, but I've been enjoying hand-making some repeat patterns to include...
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