Thursday, February 20, 2014

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to observe. Raindrops plunking, leaves crunching beneath my feet, flowers emerging, people moving, interacting . . . I love to look at the world through artist/writer eyes, and then I find great satisfaction recreating what I see and feel onto paper. The more I draw, the more I love it and think this is what I want to do!

These days, I sketch 15-20 minutes every weekday. To keep myself rounded, I follow this schedule:

Monday - children
Tuesday - animals
Wednesday - hands
Thursday - adults
Friday - landscapes/random objects

Today I chose the adult above to sketch.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Today I'm researching and drawing cactus flowers.

I have to say that I love landscapes, but I'm not a fan of illustrating them! To me, they are tedious with little room for expression (unless I want to turn it into impressionistic or abstract art - which I don't). And so I ask myself why I've chosen to write and illustrate a story I've thought about for years . . .

But really, I'm truly happy to be working on this because it's a dream I've had for such a long time and I love how it's turning out. Every time I push myself, I'm pleased with the results. Still, I frequently have to take a deep breath and turn on the ol' brain to crank out every part that's not as much fun for me to draw (although I think it will be a lot of fun to paint later on). I so prefer drawing kids and animals with a lot of personality, but they will have to wait for another day . . .