2017 Chinese New Year Rooster Sketch

I wanted to draw a sketch to celebrate Chinese New Year for a while now, but I never had the opportunity until this year. I drew the sketch late for Chinese New Year, but I’m very pleased with the way it turned out so I decided to write a post about it!

2017 is the year of the rooster, so I naturally had to draw a rooster. I never drew a rooster before and nearly all my other attempts at drawing or sketching birds never worked well, so I didn’t know how my sketch would turn out.

Fortunately, I really like the way it turned out!

year-of-the-rooster-sketch

I drew the rooster on printer/copy paper with a .7 mechanical pencil. I used a google search for reference photos of a rooster to help me in my drawing. I over exaggerated the length of some of the feathers, but it looks pretty good to me. Especially since I have a poor track record with drawing birds. 🙂

I’m not sure if I’ll try sketching more bids in the future, but this sketch does give me a boost in bird drawing confidence.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

#Inktober 2016 Last Sketches

It’s the last full week of November and I realized I didn’t make a post about the last sketches I did for Inktober! (In my defense, I was very busy this past month) For the previous posts about my Inktober sketches, you can find week one here and week two here.

I mentioned in my previous Inkober posts that I caught a cold and didn’t feel like keeping up drawing every day. Near the end of October, I became tired of drawing everyday and stopped drawing all the Inktober sketches. I did draw a few more sketches before I quit, but I don’t have 31 sketches drawn in October.

Here are the last remaining drawings I did for Inktober 2016….

Yes, BB8 is one of my sketches. I debated if I should draw him, but I was running out of ideas at that time so I did. Plus, I have a coin bank of BB8 so sketching a still life was easier than I thought. XD

That’s all I have for my 2016 Inktober sketches! I wish I did a sketch each day of the 31 days of October, but life happens. Thank you for reading!

#Inktober 2016 Sketches- Week 2

Last week I realized I have a lot of posts I need to write, so this week I’m posting two posts this week instead of one!

During week 2 of Inktober, I started the week feeling not so great because of my cold. I ended up taking a few days to rest and, after I felt better, I began drawing again. I never drew a life drawing with a ball point pen before, so I spent most of the week drawing sketches of stuff around my house, including my dog Brownie.

Although I’m not pleased with almost half the sketches I did during week 2, the most disappointing drawing I did during this week was of Brownie. She was sitting on her leg weird, so it threw off the scale of my drawing of her. It was times like that when I wish I had drawn her in pencil instead of pen. Oh well. At least I gave it a try.

Here are the seven sketches from week 2…

That’s all for now and thank you for reading!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and A New Sketch

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Yule everyone!

I was planning on making a post to talk about all the things I drew and made this year, but after looking at the unimpressive list of things I made this year I decided not to. I did sew and draw a lot this year, but there are so many other failed projects and drawings that I never mentioned online that it makes me depressed to go through everything. I hope next year things will be better and I can make or finish a lot of projects I started this year, but that’s for another post. 🙂

In order to celebrate Christmas, I decided to draw a new drawing!

christmas holly sketch

I’m so happy I decided to get off my lazy butt and draw something to celebrate Christmas. I wanted to do this for years but I didn’t have an idea I liked, the drawing didn’t turn out right, or I didn’t have the time. Fortunately, this year I was able to make the drawing happen!

I want to color it, but right now I’m too busy to sit down and work on it. Knowing me I’ll probably end up like it in it’s black and white state and leave it be. 🙂

That’s all for now and thank you for reading!

 

Daily Sketches- September 2015

Lately I’ve had trouble sewing my projects, mostly because I wasn’t able to finish any of them! Everything I’m working on right now is very time consuming and requires a lot of hand sewing. Since I don’t have sewing progress to blog about, I decided to talk about my attempt to draw a sketch a day.

Near the end of September I decided to try to draw a sketch a day in a new sketch book. Unfortunately, it only lasted five days. In my defense, everything was going well with my sketches until a huge storm have the second week of October. There was hail, flooding, and winds so bad it broke branches off trees and stripped leaves off plants. It was awful and I was more concerned about what needed to be cleaned up and if anything was damaged than drawing another sketch. Fortunately, very little was damaged but there was a lot of clean up, and that clean up continues to this day. (I’m got sick somewhere in there so it delayed clean up a few days)

Anyway, here are the sketches I was able to do in the five days before I had to stop sketching! Please excuse the poor quality of the photos of the drawings. I tried to adjust them in Photoshop but it didn’t help very much. :'(

Day one was dedicated drawing a dog that just won a pageant while wearing a princess dress…

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Black Paper Sketch- Candle

Today, I’m going to make a really short post. Well, compared to my other posts (Such as my sewing posts) this one is short. XD

After I made a post about my black paper sketches, I made a new one this time of a candle!

black paper sketch candle

It’s a simple sketch but I’m very happy I was able to draw it. I had the idea for a while but didn’t have the time to do it. Once I got the time, I was able to draw it in less than 15 minutes.

That’s all for now!

Black Paper Sketches

A few weeks ago, I bought a book of black drawing paper on sale. I’ve seen artist online draw on colored paper before, but I never thought about trying to draw on colored paper myself. Since I wanted to expand my drawing skills, I decided to try to draw on it!

When I brought the paper home, I didn’t know how I’d like drawing on it or if any of my drawings turned out well. Fortunately, I really like drawing on it and my drawings turned out better than I thought they would. I don’t want to sell prints of the drawings, but it was a good practice!

Since I drew several drawings, I decided to clump them into one big post instead of spread them out over many posts. (It also encourages me to draw more original art and not depend on my old art for blog posts!)

For the first few drawings I used only about five (Or six? I don’t remember the exact number.) colored pencils. I didn’t do it on peruse, I misplaced the rest of my colored pencils and couldn’t find them until days latter. I thought about delaying drawing on the black paper until I found the pencils, but I thought it might be interesting to see how many drawings I could make with only five (Or six.) colors. I ended up drawing four drawings before I had to stop due to distractions.

The first one was a flower…

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Photoshop Painting Practice

Last month I got a new computer. It’s the first computer I’ve had in over seven years so it was hard to get used to a new computer with a new operating system, but I’ve been able to adapt. 🙂 Anyway, since I got a new computer I thought it was about time to buy and learn how to use Photoshop. I’ve always used Gimp and, although it does everything I want it to, I’m a completely self taught artist and it’s up to me to lean how to work with different artistic mediums. After a lot of research and debating if I should get Photoshop, I ended up buying Photoshop and installing it on my new computer. It’s been an experience to learn how to use it, but a good one. I’ve been able to figure out where things are located and how to work with them. In fact, I’m more fond of Photoshop than the version of Gimp I used to work with. I still have a lot of things to learn, but I’m optimistic about learning them.

When I began to work with the program for the first time, I found many brushed already installed and I was anxious to work with them. So, I began to paint.

The first painting I did was an abstract painting….

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Sketchbook Saturday- Pondering Elf

Another Saturday, another post in my Sketchbook Saturday series! Today’s sketch is of an Elf…

Pondering Elf

The drawing was inspired by the elves and their costumes from The Hobbit movies. I don’t remember much about this drawing, mostly because it’s been a while since I drew it. I do remember when The Lord of the Rings movies were in theaters, I drew elves. A lot. Since then I stopped drawing elves until The Hobbit movies came along. I still don’t draw elves like I did years ago, but I do see a difference in drawing style since then. Just part of me getting older and becoming a better artist!

Sketchbook Saturday- Victorian Striped Lady

Today’s sketch was done when I got some books of historical clothing for research. The book are of clothing in the Albert and Victoria Museum and ranged from the 1600’s though late 1890’s. While looking though the books, I found a dress that reminded me of a candy cane. It was a white dress with pink stripes on it. It’s a very pretty dress, but it’s not something I’d like to wear, even though my favorite color is pink!

I still liked it, so I drew a woman wearing the dress…

Victorian Striped Lady

This drawing is more of a cartoon character than anything else. My art seems to be more like cartoon characters, but it makes sense since I originally wanted to become an animator for Disney. That influenced me and still does to this day. Even though I don’t always want to admit it. XD

The drawing has parts I never finished (Her hands) but I’m leaving it as it. Although there are parts I never finished, I’m calling it finished. I like it as-is. 🙂