it’s a new month, which means a new artsnacks box and another box breakdown! the ‘box breakdown’ is a monthly video I put together for the folks over at artsnacks. it’s an in-depth look at the supplies & techniques found in the latest monthly box.
I’m particularly fond of this month’s box breakdown video – I think because I jam packed so much stuff into it! you can hop on over to the artsnacks youtube channel to watch it…
happy friday, and I hope you all have a creative weekend!
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+ if you’re new to artsnacks, I’ve got a discount code for ya…use the code BYBUN10 at checkout to get 10% off your first month’s box.
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 🙂
here’s a look at this week’s drawings from the #aprilartchallenge! you might have noticed I’m missing today’s drawing (and that’s mainly because I haven’t done it yet), but I’ve also been super busy working on the new online class…which…COUGH COUGH…the launch date is officially APRIL 28TH! more info on that coming soon…wink!
+ want to join in on the april art challenge? it’s not too late! take a look at the prompt list here and starting creating 🙂
if you follow me on instagram, then you’ve probably seen my daily drawings I’ve been posting this week for the april art challenge! as we move through the month, I’ll be sharing weekly recaps of my drawings here on the blog…
it’s not too late to join in on the drawing fun – learn more about the #aprilartchallenge and start tackling daily prompts here!
see what beer inspired this sketchbook doodle in the second episode of DRINK & A DOODLE! head on over to my youtube channel to watch…
head on over to my youtube channel to watch a tour of my moleskine sketchbook! also to note, I have uploaded one of the illustrations featured in the video to society6 (so you can buy a print, phone case, or carry-all pouch).
I’m hoping that this sketchbook tour will maybe get you a little inspired to do some drawing. especially because I’m doing a 30-day drawing challenge for april, and would love for you to join in! stay tuned for all of the challenge details…
in continuing to share my progress on the altered book for my art methods course, this is a look at the inside back cover. there were really only two elements to this particular page prompt: it had to tie to your theme, and had to include a niche. although my theme is a bit vague at the moment, I knew right away I wanted some sort of organ-shaped niche.
the niche is carved out by clipping down a thick stack of pages, and then slowly carving out a shape with a x-acto knife. the inside edges of the niche are then smoothed out by gluing down your scrap pages (from when you cut your shape). I used gel medium to adhere my scraps and even put a thin coat along the outside edges of the pages.
while I don’t usually create niches in my journals, it definitely got me thinking about exploring it more in the future…
as part of an intro to teaching art course, I had to maintain a handmade sketchbook. there was really no restrictions when it came to the construction or materials we used, but they did have to be made by hand (and not pre-made sketchbooks). so of course, I took a very ‘journaled’ approach to mine.
the outside cover is made from a recycled manila folder, and the inside pages are made from a variety of scrap paper I had lying around in my studio. some of it is watercolor paper, bristol paper, and just plain ol’ sketch paper. once constructed, I then of course immediately doused the thing with paint, found ephemera, and doodles.
the contents of the sketchbook were for ‘art labs’ we did in class – which were essentially small drawing assignments or reflections. one of my earliest assignments in this book was my contour alphabet, which I talked about here.
…the pink post it was a note from my professor. maybe one day I’ll glue it into the cover somewhere, or into another journal.
I want to do my best to post my completed creative assignments throughout the semester. keep in mind, that the majority of the projects I do are usually meant to be taught in a secondary level classroom (i.e. high school or middle school). doing the projects allow us as future art educators to get a feel for basic lesson plans, grading work, and creating projects that fit a long list of requirements.
any creative work I post is generally going to be coming from two of my four classes this semester: art & technology (which is a legit art class), and introduction to teaching art (which is the most intense class ever – as it has both a creative component, art education component, and is the course in which we officially apply into the sscp).
that all being said, this first small assignment came from my intro to teaching art class. each of us maintain a handmade ‘sketchbook’ (I’ll share that at some point too), where each week we have a new assignment or reflection to complete. for our first sketchbook assignment we needed to create a small illustration for each letter of the alphabet. the illustration had to be based on a real life object, and in contour line only. drawing in contour line is generally something you would introduce in a basic drawing or art 1 class – so it was a good way to kick things off…
**see more from my drawing a day challenge here and here.