Portrait Draw In Your Style

In April I tried to follow through with an Instragam “draw in your style” type drawing. Draw in your style is where an artist shares a drawing and others follow along by either drawing it in their style or try to draw it the way the artist drew (which is how I did it). I managed to sketch the drawing but it wasn’t until late May that I was able to color it. Originally, I was going to paint in Photoshop but I’m really stiff with digital painting so I decided to just watecolor. Maybe another time.

Here’s mine next to the original piece by the original artist.

Sketch:

Close-up:

I used mainly the Daniel Smith watercolors I added to the Schmincke set.

I hope to do more of these. They really help me practice my drawing and painting.

 

 

 

WIP In Mixed Media Art Journal

I’ve been following Jane Davenport and trying a few things her way.  Here’s a WIP.

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Flower Girl Watercolor

I’m taking a free class through Jane Davenport.  I believe these are sample classes to get a feel for her products and her art style.  I’m liking it and find it fun and inspirational to practice my drawings using different techniques.  I have a few items of Jane’s but didn’t purchase any facial stamps or inks.  I have quite a few brands of inks around the study, plus, I bought a really nice set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors a few months back with a 60% discount coupon at Michael’s that I really should start using.  Also, instead of using Jane’s calligraphy pen, which I do have, I decided to use the Tombow Calligraphy thick liner pen.  I tested the two and Jane’s pen smears under water while Tombow’s didn’t.  I think I was supposed to go with the smeared look but I just didn’t want that look for now.

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Copic Markers and Watercolor

I used a gift card my sister got me for my birthday + points on Amazon and got some Copic markers.  This was my first time trying out Copics so I’m excited to continue using them.  The portrait was pencil sketched a couple of days ago while waiting for my daughters at the dance studio.  Yesterday, I felt really sick from a cold I must have caught from my youngest daughter so I laid in bed and took it slow while my husband helped with the girls (he was off work).  Today, I colored with the Copics and watercolor by Jane Davenport.  I also used a calligraphy pen to trace and the white Paint Over Marker to highlight.  Both also by Jane Davenport.  Also, I used a reference by kazanstevalexey on Instagram.  My portrait doesn’t look anything like his photo but I just wanted to point it out that I didn’t freehand the portrait.
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Quick Sketch and Mixed Media Art Journal

Sometimes I like to sketch starting with the nose.  This was one of them.  Most the time I start with the eyes but for some reason I was itching to get the nose right first.

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Two birthday’s ago my husband surprised me with a beautiful leather covered unlined journal.  It was so beautiful that I was afraid to mark in it, but last week, I made the plunge and created my first mixed-media art journal page!  I used gesso, matte medium, gauche, acrylics, hard pastels, and ink pens.

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August Random

RANDOM082014LSKETCH0004_800At the desk sketching.

RANDOMTEDDY080920140017_800Teddy

RANDOMKYFirstDay2Gr081120140023bw_600Kylie’s first day of school.

RANDOMASPENS082420140019_600Aspen damaged by the hail storms.

SWAPSENTME082520140002_800Crafting supplies from a swap.

RANDOMLB3BK082820140003_800The 3rd book of the Lightbringer series!!!!  Now I just need the author’s autograph.

Year of the Horse

HORSE02012014_0002_600Horses are so beautiful.  I drew the one above yesterday in honor of the Chinese New Year.  My oldest daughter was born in the year of the horse.  Those who are born in the horse year are known to be energetic, intelligent, and thrifty.  They are well-liked and funny. (Got that from Panda Express). 🙂

Both the girls love horses but the youngest daughter is in love with them.  She plans to own her own horses and a horse stable someday.  She rode her first horse when she was three and I guess that did it.  She wanted horse lessons but that won’t be happening for a couple of reason.

Here are photos of horses I took awhile back.  The first one was taken circa 1997 in Estes Park when my siblings and I went lodging there and rode horses.  The rest were taken on a farm of husband’s co-worker four years ago.

ESTESTPARKHORSE97_BW800H052010_7395_BW800H052010_7492_BW800H052010_7496_BW800052010_7517_BW800052010_7524_BW800Have a great year of the horse.