whew – this video has been in the works for a while now, and I’m so stoked that it’s ready to be shared with all of you…my 2017 SKETCHBOOK TOUR!! I always enjoy watching sketchbook tours on youtube and listening to artist commentary. not only is it inspiring, but there’s something kind of relaxing about them.
as I mention in the video, I want to note that my sketchbooks are different from my art journals. my art journals are mixed media stuff that is more like completed works of art. my sketchbooks on the other hand, is where I’m working out all of the kinks: testing new supplies or colors, drawing, mindless illustrations, notes, etc.
I tend to work on a few at a time (and this year I’ve been bouncing between three of them), so that explains why it takes me so long to fully complete one. this particular sketchbook was started in December of 2016, and completed this August.
so grab a cup of tea, pull up a chair, and hop on over here to watch the full video tour (and it’s a nice a long one for ya!). I hope you guys dig it…
here’s a look at this week’s drawings from the #aprilartchallenge! I think my favorite prompt from the week was ‘obsession’, which gave me an excuse to draw a coffin. you know, because I love all that spooky stuff…
be sure check out the week one and week two recaps, and do you want to join the challenge? just jump in and get drawing! take a look at the prompt list here 🙂
head on over to my youtube channel for a sketchbook tour featuring the drawings from the april art challenge!
also, I’ve already gotten a number of you asking if I’ll be posting a video featuring my make it artsy experience – and the answer is yes! I had my gopro with me the entire time, and will be putting together a behind the scenes video for all of you. it’s going to take me a bit to edit it all together, but expect that to be up in the next week or two. be sure you’re subscribed to my youtube channel to never miss an update!
although I started this beetlejuice alphabet series a while back, it fell off my to do list with everything I had going on. it is however, important that I keep up on my various non-mixed media projects and drawings as a means of building my portfolio and maintaining some skills.
I’ll admit it is one illustration idea of mine that I’m just dying (pun intended) to finish. so I figure, what better way to hold myself accountable than sharing the first three letters I’ve gotten done.
these are all completed in a sketchbook using pencil and a variety of pitt pens.
well folks, it’s october. my absolute favorite month of the entire fucking year. fall, pumpkins, my birthday, and most importantly – HALLOWEEN. you all know halloween is pretty much my christmas and the only holiday of the year I truly live for. not sure if I’ll be whipping up a costume this year, with the majority of my free time going to grad school or preparing for our murder mystery party…
but of course, october also comes with another beloved tradition: inktober! while I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with a drawing a day like I did last year, I’m certainly going to try. keeping with the theme from last year, I might continue with halloween portraits.
so, what better way to kick off the month and inktober with a little flashback to some of last year’s illustrations.
be sure to follow along this year on instagram…xo
not sure why it’s taken me so long to share this illustration – I did this back in december! this little family portrait was commissioned by my blogger friend cortney from be cool, mom (as a holiday gift for her newlywed friends).
cortney sent me a few photos to reference, and mentioned that they live on a beach. I clung onto that beach theme, I decided to included tiny ocean and sea life details into the ‘frame’ of their portrait. little seashells, bubbles, seaweed…you get the idea.
I don’t want to be a weirdo and share photos of this fam on my blog – but their cartoon versions are pretty damn cute if I must say…
+ in other news, be cool, mom has been nominated for an apartment therapy homie award! give her a little vote love for me will ya? xo
**see more from my drawing a day challenge here and here.
hate to admit – it’s been tough keeping up with my drawing a day challenge. but at least this time I can say it’s because I’ve been slowly cranking out our wedding invitations (versus my usual ‘been too lazy‘ sort of excuse).
my drawing a day project seems to be going well. I’ve actually managed to somewhat keep up and do something everyday. I carry my journal and pens with me everywhere, and with less pressure on a daily task like this – I’m able to doodle up some pretty ‘free flowing’ sort of drawings.
let me also remind you, I’m on a break from my MFA program. with art school comes a massive list of materials and mediums in which you become proficient in (charcoal, oil paint, gouache…yadda yadda). as an aspiring artist, it can be difficult in these early stages of your creative foundation to maintain a common thread of who you are and what you create.
what I find interesting in doing this project, is the fact that this is the style and mode I defaulted to. even being out of my studio and fine art courses for a few months now, this is was what naturally poured out of me. I cannot even begin to describe how exciting it feels. with these small inked drawings I feel as though I’m finally falling into a style of my own…
reminder to self: keep drawing rox.
just. keep. drawing.
**see a couple more here, here, and here.
*preliminary sketch from my lone wolf mag illustration.
I find that my illustration inspiration board grows more and more each day. along side my current reading material, I find that I’ve become increasingly inspired by small & simple illustrations.
it got me thinking – that I really need to draw more. even just simple & mindless doodles. I need something to keep my skills up & my creative mind moving. with everything going on lately – it has been difficult to finish my studio space in the new house, let alone carve out a big enough block of time to work on something.
so I’ve decided I’m going to attempt to do one small drawing or doodle everyday. lord knows I’ve got plenty of empty journals and sketchbooks just itching to be filled…
we shall see how this goes.