I’ve been following Jane Davenport and trying a few things her way. Here’s a WIP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horses 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.
To view the steps I took to accomplish this layout, go here.