Inktober 2020 Manifesto and Prep

Do you struggle to come up with ideas for Inktober?

Do you get scared that you might miss a day so you just don’t do it?

Or do you get a little intimidated by the social media part of it?

These are some of the reasons why I haven’t done it in the past. One mistake I was making was thinking that I had to fly by the seat of my pants and not prepare ahead of time. If you have the time and ability to bust out an ink drawing everyday without prep, that’s great. But that won’t work for me.

My Manifesto

I think manifestos are fun to play around with. I was inspired by past artists who wrote manifestos. Mine is really just a declaration of goals instead of the violent and aggressive call to action style.

Pen Practice

I don’t have any experience using the Macron ink pens so I started with a couple of practice pages. This page also serves as a good reference for the size of each pen.

And this page is practice of the different shading techniques.

Day 1 – Fish

My goal is to have a sketched out idea for each day before October. If I can’t do that, I’m going to be sure I have at least have sketches for the first ten days. Then I can add the rest as I go along.

A couple of years ago I was really into drawing Koi, so that’s the type of fish I’ll be drawing for day 1. These are some practice pages I did to get used to my new pens.

And here’s my sketch on scratch paper. I’ll probably make some changes or maybe even change my idea completely, but this sketch gives me a place to start working from.

I plan to draw the pencil sketch for the final Inktober drawing in my sketchbook the day of.

I’d also like to have a Halloween theme, but it’s not required.

Instagram

I’ll be honest. I’m not into social media. It just doesn’t interest me at all. But I know that it’s a good idea for artists to use Instagram. So, I’m gonna be brave and kickoff my Instagram account with Inktober2020. I don’t really understand hashtags and all that, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

I haven’t decided yet if I’ll post my Inktober art on my blog every single day or not. High Speed Internet isn’t available at my house, so I have it at a family member’s house and it isn’t always easy to go there everyday. I will be posting to Instagram everyday.

If you’d like to see my daily progress, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to try to do that for you.

Preparing for Inktober 2020

The popular Inktober is almost here. I’ve always wanted to try but never did because I was just too overwhelmed and I felt pressured about coming up with a good drawing for each prompt. I pretty much just didn’t think I could do it.

I can do it though!

And I’m gonna be smart and prepare for it. YouTube has a ton of videos of artists giving out tips and tricks for completing the challenge successfully. So, I’m checking those out.

I’ve always wanted to get some nice pens but always stuck with my Bic pens. Bic pens are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s always nice to have a variety. My dad got me these pens and sketchbook for my birthday, which I’ll be using for Inktober.

A Few Tips

  1. Gather your supplies – I have to be able to balance my art with everything in my life, so I’m probably going to just focus on Inktober and put my other projects on the back burner. I’ll also be sure I have my pencil, kneaded eraser, all my pens, and my sketches available so that I can just sit down and work.
  2. Get familiar with the prompt list and sketch out ideas – I’ve already written down the list on a large piece of paper and started sketching out some ideas. My goal is to have a sketch for each day before October.
  3. Relax and have fun – This is the most important tip. It’s great to be able to actually complete a challenge, but ultimately, I just want to have fun and I want to draw. I’m hoping this challenge will help me improve and create some interesting art.

Desk Project

In other news😂. . . I was wanting to buy a small and affordable desk but all I was finding were crappy made desks for way more money than they’re worth. My dad came across this old desk that’s the right size and the right price . . . free.

The paint is very old and I’m working on sanding through a few layers. It’s taking a long time because I’m not using a sander, just relying on the ol’ muskles.

That’s the top before I started sanding. I’ve finished the top, the drawers, two of the sides, and I still have two sides to go.

There’s Sunny sniffing the desk. It was stored in this old house for a very long time, so I’m sure there’s a bunch of interesting scents grabbing her attention. I’d like to sand down to the wood and stain it. I think it’ll look better with a stain instead of paint.

Next week I’ll be sure to share my Inktober Prep. progress and any goals I have for the challenge. I plan to post everyday, so if you’re planning to do the same don’t be shy . . . like, comment, and follow my blog. And hopefully we can create some cool artwork together.

Birthday Dessert Drawings

My boyfriend’s birthday was yesterday and my birthday is tomorrow so I wanted to share some dessert drawings. I love how our birthdays are close together. It makes it feel even more special.

dessert sketches

This is a sketch I did on trash printer paper. Just getting a feel for the shapes and warming up.

graphite cupcake

The main reason I chose to draw desserts is because I think cupcakes are so cute. This one is drawn using graphite pencil and sketchbook paper.

graphite macaroons

This is a drawing of an image of macarons I found on google. I’ve never tried this dessert. I’ve heard they’re not very good. I just think of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, eating them in the bath tub while she pouts about her many problems.

graphite three layer cake

I initially just wanted to draw cupcakes but then I wanted to draw cakes, doughnuts, and other desserts too. They look so delicious. I wont be having any of these desserts for my b-day though. I’ll be having Pizza Pie from Pizza Hut 😂.

inktense practice desserts

These sketches are done on hot pressed watercolor paper. It was my first time using this kind of paper, and I love how it felt. It was also my first time using Inktense pencils. So, I was just playing around with mixing and determining how much pigment to use. Very little pigment goes a very long way with Inktense.

Polychromos cupcake

This cupcake was drawn on tan paper using Polychromos colored pencils. I put more effort into this drawing than the others. I used a photo of a cupcake as reference (link at the end of the post) but I made a few changes to make it my own and not outright copy the image.

I blended everywhere except the background and the surface the cupcake is sitting on. I love the way colored pencils look. Also, I accidentally used Inktense on the cake part where it’s really dark.

I’ve been wanting to draw cupcakes for a long time, and I finally did it. It was fun and maybe I’ll draw some more again soon. Any other September babies out there . . . Happy Birthday to you too!

Reference Images

Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons (To Celebrate My 25th Birthday!)

Up-close-picture-of-a-slice-of-iced-vampire-cake-sitting-on-a-white-cake-stand-700x1050

https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/layered-bloody-vampire-cake-recipe/

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https://whereismyspoon.co/my-best-base-for-fondant-cakes/

https://www.123rf.com/photo_6570035_pink-cupcake.html

B&W Shadow Photography

b&w shadow trees -1

For these Photos I was Focusing on 3 Things:

  1. Trees
  2. Black and White
  3. Shadow and Light

b&w shadow trees -5The sky in this photo is overexposed (too bright) but I was ok with that. One thing I am allowing in my photos right now is little imperfections like that.

b&w shadow trees -2

For this image, I prefer the landscape orientation, but I also really wanted to include the portrait orientation. I’ve also allowed the shadows to be underexposed (too dark) and the sky to be overexposed.

b&w shadow trees -3

This photo reminds me of a photo taken with a pinhole camera. 

b&w shadow trees -4

The roots looked interesting but the sun wasn’t casting a captivating shadow, so I included my shadow. Occasionally, I like to include the photographer in the image.

And make sure you look at these photos on the browser because they look good against my black background. 

Drawing and Painting Page

Next week I’ll share some dessert drawings.

Sketchbook Drawings – Honey, Rose, Goku . . .

I’ve got a few sketchbook drawings I’ve been working on the past few days. Mostly I’ve been outside getting some yard work done since the temperatures have dropped into the low 90’s. It’s amazing how much cooler that feels compared to 98 degrees. (I love that band!)

its comin right for us

I’ve also been preparing for Hurricane Laura. Just making sure we’ve got everything we need because it’s comin’ right for us . . .

Kind Words are Like Honey

honey sketches-1

I’ve always liked the style of tattoo artwork, especially the old school tattoo style. I’m not interested in drawing them on skin though.

Set Of Old School Tattoo Designs

Vector Set Of Old School Tattoo Designs – I do not own these

I just love the look and the colors. I need to practice and find my style and that’s what I was trying to do with these honey inspired images.

honey sketches-3

I was thinking about the verse in Proverbs 16:24 – “Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” And I thought some images like these would look good combined with that verse.

Tattoo Style Rose

I followed the tutorial on the left to practice a tattoo style rose. I also watched this video while drawing for inspiration, if you wanna check it out.

Weapon and Coffee Cup

quick weapon sketch

I drew this back in May. I love weapons and there’s so many I wanna buy, but really, I don’t need to be buying them. So, I thought I’d sketch them instead. I struggled to get the proportions right on this one. The picture was deceiving my eyes.

coffee cup graphite sketch

And I sketched a coffee cup from life. I’m sketching too much from pictures, so I’m trying to be sure I also draw from life.

Goku . . . SON GOKU!

quick goku sketches

And some quick sketches of Goku. My weeabu boyfriend has talked my ear off about Dragon Ball and Akira Toriyama’s art style literally since the first conversation we had. (Two whole years of hearing about it!) I’ve come to appreciate the art style though, so I’ve been studying up on the artist and I’ll keep trying to draw Goku.

Moon Scene

nupastel moon scene

And the last sketch for today is this moonlit scene in Prismacolor Nupastel art sticks. I drew one that I shared in my last post but I knew I could do much better, and I also enjoyed using the nupastels, so I’m trying again and taking it more seriously. I’m liking how those clouds are looking. It’s not done yet though.

I appreciate you for taking a look at my sketches and if you are needing some critique on your own artwork, I’d love to take a look and help you out.

My Drawing Goals Update

No matter how much experience or education you have, the pressure can build up and make the artwork suffer. If you’ve been reading my blog then you know the pressure was pushing down on me. I’m happy to announce that the pressure is finally being released some.

Just gotta’ remember to draw for yourself, and don’t let the pressure take away the fun. I’m still working to improve my drawing skills so in my next post I’ll be sharing some more sketches. Hopefully, I’ll be brave enough to share some hand or figure poses with you.

Drawing and Painting Page

Sketchbook Drawings – Owl, Ballet Shoes, and a Moon

For the past month I have come across so many bird feathers in my yard, while walking on trails, and at my dad’s house. I found 10, but I lost seven of them.

I tried sketching them but I wasn’t really feelin’ it.

5. (14) owl:end table

So I decided to sketch an owl since most of the feathers I found were owl feathers. I got bored pretty quickly but it’s a decent sketch.

Ballet shoes

I’m a big Gilmore Girls fan and the creator made a show called Bunheads which is about ballerinas. I finally decided to watch it and it got me wanting to draw ballet shoes and ballerina dance poses. I think I’ll do some more of these.

nupastels moon and clouds

Someone suggested I draw a moonlit scene. I used gray toned paper for this one and Prismascolor Nupastel art sticks.

Moon and Clouds scan

I don’t have much experience using these art sticks but they’re pretty fun. I found a moon picture I like that I think I’m gonna try drawing using these art sticks again.

 

Following Disney Drawing Tutorials

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Image by Disney

 

I needed a break from drawing figures and these Disney tutorials have been popping up so I decided to go ahead and give them a try. The Disney animators are after all, a group of very talented and perseverant artists, considering they have to draw 1,000s and 1,000’s of drawings to create their cartoons.

I’ve been to Disneyland two times and DisneyWorld one time. The first time I went was when I was four or five. There I am on the left trying to pull the sword out of the stone. I really believed I could do it. And on the right I’m posing with Minnie Mouse. On that visit we were watching a parade and Mickey Mouse picked me up and carried me. That was my first time to be in a Disney parade.

Posed Ariel Pic

The Little Mermaid was always my favorite Disney movie so I had to get a posed pic. I loved Ariel and I would sing along with her and act out her parts with her. Here I am on my second visit when I was 12 years old. I lost that hat I’m wearing. It had a picture of Goofy in silver thread but I stupidly wore it forwards on a ride and the wind picked it up and I lost it forever.

Splash Mountain I survived

On my last trip I was 15 or 16. In high school, I went on a band trip to Disney World to march in the parade and enjoy the park for a week. (My second parade lol) That was so much fun. I’m happy to say that I survived Splash Mountain 😂.

Splash Mountain Close Up

My friend, Kim, is on the left and I’m on the right in the blue shirt.

do it well

Start with a Circle

Every tutorial starts with the artist saying, “Start with a circle.” So I decided to go ahead and warm up by drawing geometric shapes. Actually, no matter what you draw, you’re going to start with simple shapes that you build on. Pull up some images on google and just draw your heart out.

2Dand3Dshapes

  • Circles – practice these until it becomes second nature to create a perfect one free hand (or at least as close to visually perfect as you can)
  • Squares – practice a variety of squares and rectangles until you can create perfect straight lines free hand
  • Triangles – practice these at different angles like you’re in geometry class (right angle, obtuse, acute)
  • Spheres –  when you feel more confident making circles, start having fun making spheres and shading them
  • Cubes – these are good for practicing depth, perspective, and shading
  • Cylinders – try drawing cylinder items around your house like candles and shampoo bottles
  • Cones – draw ice cream cones or traffic cones

Warm Up Sketches

It’s actually a good idea practice drawing shapes and lines regularly. Just like a musician warms up by playing scales.

After tons of practice you’ll find that drawing more complicated subjects will be easier and they’ll take on a more realistic and 3D appearance.

Now on to the Tutorials – Mickey

All of the tutorials I followed were from the How To Draw Series on the Disney Parks channel.

Sorcerer's Hat Mickey

Of course I started with a Mickey Mouse tutorial. My circles aren’t perfect but just so you know, his ears are two perfect circles that could fit perfectly in his circular head.

Sorcerer's Hat Mickey 2

I thought I could’ve done better so I drew him again. His ears are better circles the second time.

Goofy

Goofy

I drew Goofy next because he’s one of my top favorite characters. I love how goofy he is. I watched The Goofy Movie soooo many times. I never actually got into the sequel though. Since he’s so goofy you can have a lot of fun giving him crazy eyes. The animators also give some interesting facts about their characters. Watch it to find out how they were inspired to create his hat.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse

I drew Minnie next because she’s so cute and lovable. I love her big bow. She’s drawn straight on so she’s an easier tutorial to follow. She was also drawn by my favorite animator to follow, Heather Worley. She had that perky Disney energy that got me excited to draw. She also spoke clearly and gave good tips and went at an easy to follow pace.

Oswald, Chip, and Grumpy

Oswald, Chip, Grumpy

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was a very easy tutorial. He was Walt Disney’s first character before Mickey. I recommend drawing him a bunch. Why not? He’s simple and it’s very rewarding. You could even search for some tutorials that include his whole body.

Chip from Beauty and the Beast was a bit tougher but still very doable. The animator went kind of fast and I had to rewind a few times.

Now Grumpy was a little tougher. I struggled to make his frown and cheeks look like him. If you plan to follow his tutorial, pay extra attention to his frown. Also, just pause the tutorial so that you can take your time. If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s also a Dopey tutorial. He’s one of my favorite of the seven dwarves.

Scrooge McDuck

Scrooge McDuck 1

I love the whole duck family. I love how flustered Donald Duck gets, especially when his nephews are playing pranks on him. I chose Scrooge McDuck because he’s drawn by Heather Worley.

Daisy

Daisy Duck

Daisy was kind of tough. I struggled to get her pretty girly features. I think I made her face look too round. I was a little happier with the second tiny drawing I attempted.

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell had those girly features I kind of struggled with. I didn’t get her face shape quite right but it provides a good challenge that worth it to tackle. Another tutorial by Heather Worley.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

I never really liked Nightmare on Elm Street. But Jack Skellington is very easy to draw.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

I drew Winnie the Pooh when I really should have taken a break. Don’t forget to take breaks.

Those are all the Disney tutorials I followed. They were relaxing and a lot of fun to do. I hope you try out a few. You could even challenge yourself to follow every tutorial they have. They have Simba, Buzz Lightyear, the Frozen characters, and so many more.

Walt-DIsney-inspiring-quotes

A little Disney Memory of mine: As a kid, the movie Fantasia scared me. To this day, I still haven’t seen the entire movie. I should watch it though because it’s got great music and great animation.

I’d love to hear about your favorite Disney memories or favorite characters and movies. Let me know in the comments. And remember to imagine, to dream, to be inspired and to be motivated by Disney.

 

 

Banal Photos – A Grill, A Bike, and A Ceiling Fan

“It quickly came to be that I grew interested in photographing whatever was there wherever I happened to be. For any reason.” – William Eggelston

That’s pretty much how I feel. No matter where I’m at or what I’m doing, a photograph will present itself to me. In today’s post, I’d like to share three of my photos that are similar to the three William Eggleston photos I talked about in last week’s post.

Food on a Grill

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Just hanging out with my dad grillin’ a bunch of meat.

An Electric Scooter Bike

Bike Banal-1

A girl in my neighborhood would ride this little electric scooter all over the place. In this picture, it’s parked directly behind my car. She’s lucky I looked before I left.

A Friend’s Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Banal-2

In my last post, there’s a quote from Eggleston about his Red Ceiling photo. He shares his memory of the moment he took that photo, which is very similar to my memory of the moment I took my photo.

This is the ceiling fan at my friend’s house in his room. (He’s Speedy.) We went to high school together and we were pretty close for a long time, until the last couple of years when we drifted away. We were just chillin’, watching something on tv, talking about whatever and I looked up and thought, “That’d be a good picture.”

You can see the pink trim on the walls and window. I would always make fun of his pink paint job that he claims he just didn’t feel like painting over after he took the room from his sister. He’s never fooled me though. I think he just likes it. (Nothin’ wrong with likin’ pink.)

Beauty in the Banal

Those are just three of my banal photos. I have 1,000’s. All the little moments of my life are so precious to me and I just love photographing as much as I can. My goal is to post my banal photography on the first Thursday of each month. I might shake things up a bit and share other type’s of my photos too.

Next week I’ll post some more sketchbook work. I haven’t decided what yet . . . maybe some figure drawing. And if you have a favorite photographer who shoots the banal, let me know in the comments.

 

William Eggleston – The Peculiar Photographer

“Life, today.” – William Eggleston

That’s the answer William Eggleston has been able to come up with when people ask him what he’s photographing. I’ve also been asked that same question many times because I take the same kind of pictures he does. Sounds like a pretty good answer to me.

The oven photo on the left is Eggleston’s, and my oven photo is on the right. I took that picture in my very first photo class in college. I wasn’t even aware of him yet. 

His photos are all of the banal everyday ordinary subjects that most people look at as boring. He can point his camera at some trash in the road and come out with something interesting.

eggleston trash

William Eggleston

As a Southern aristocrat from Memphis Tennessee, many of his photos were taken in the South, in and around Memphis, and they serve as an authentic documentation of his time. I just love that and I also do that with my photography.

The image on the left is Eggleston’s, and the one on the right is mine. I took that in a small town called, Looneyville in my area. It’s down the road from Loco Valley 😂.

It may have taken a long time for people to appreciate his unique view of such “boring and ugly” subjects but eventually he became one of the best and most influential modern photographers. He was a pioneer in elevating both color photography and banal photography in the world of photographic art, and he has a giant collection of compelling images worth looking at. 

Let’s take a look at three of my favorites: The Grill, The Tricycle, and The Red Ceiling.

The Grill

Grill

William Eggleston Memphis c. 1972

From the first time I saw this photo I liked it and I was reminded of so many times when I was standing around a grill with family and friends.

“You must not take anything for granted when you’re looking at a picture. Every single little tiny space on that page works and counts.” – his wife Rosa Eggleston

Every single part of this image works and counts. The lighting, the composition, the fire in the grill, the car, and the bike seem like a boring scene, but it’s full of so many interesting parts of humanity and everyday life. This is a great example of how he elevates the banal to fine art.

The Tricycle

tricycle

William Eggleston Memphis c. 1969

William Eggleston rarely names his photos. Most of them are untitled as far as I’m aware. However, his photos have sparked so much conversation and interest that people have just made names for them.

It can be hard to capture a bike in an interesting way but that wasn’t a problem for Eggleston. He positioned the camera at a low angle so that it makes the bike fill the frame, which makes it bigger and more important than you might originally think. To the kid who rode that bike, I’m sure it was very important.

The Red Ceiling

Red ceiling

William Eggleston, Untitled, c. 1973

I found an interesting article called Perfectly Boring, written by Will Stephenson, that’s worth the read. The section below is directly from the article and it’s from William Eggleston about The Red Ceiling.

“Brenda and T.C. and I were the three people who were lying in bed when I took that picture,” he said. So he did remember that day? “Of course,” he said. “Yes. We were just having a nice time, talking about this and that, talking about nonsense. The three of us lying there in bed—it was a big bed. And I remember one split second I looked up. I thought, that’s a great picture. And then I took the picture. After that, I don’t know what happened.” He closed the book and gave it back to me. “I don’t think anything much happened.”

That’s exactly what happens to me. I’m just hanging out doing normal, “boring” things, and then I see something and think, “That’s a great picture.”

The quotes from Eggleston and his wife were from a five part documentary I watched that you might also enjoy. It showed his large collection of photos as well as a very interesting look at the photographer. William Eggleston – Imagine Documentary Part 1.

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William Eggleston – Now

In my next post I’ll share some banal photos I took of a grill, a bike, and a ceiling.

References and Articles Worth Reading

Banality and Cliché in Photography

https://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/1442-perfectly-boring

William Eggleston – Imagine Documentary

 

Sketchbook Drawings – Icicles, Dreamcatcher, and Teddy Bear

Hello everyone, I’ve been drawing quite a bit at my new drawing desk. I should have gotten it sooner, I don’t know what took me so long. These drawings are all done on the blank side of my Interior Design sketchbook assignment. Let’s just jump right in . . . I’ll show the furniture side first and then the blank side.

Table

2. (4) Table:Icicles

This was sketch #4 of a table. It’s ok. The perspective is correct. My lines are a bit wobbly. No shading, no life, just a plain table.

Space Table

2. (4) Space Table:Icicles

The perspective made me think it belonged in outer space. So, I made it into some kind of space ship. I used graphite pencils and charcoal. Any Friends fans out there? I used to be a major fan, I over watched every season ’till I couldn’t stand them anymore. I have this scene running through my head right now:

friends space doody

It’s not just a table, it’s a space table.

Icicles

2. (4) Icicles:Table

My wacky boyfriend has a brain full of random stuff, so I got him to suggest some things for me to draw. He came up with so many great ideas, but then he said, “Icicles.”

Normally, I’d just say, “No, that’s too hard.”

But since I’m just drawing for fun with no pressure, I decided to just do it. They weren’t that hard, and I didn’t work to get them perfect. But they look pretty great for some fun sketching. I used graphite pencils.

Chair

3. (6) Chair:Dreamcatcher

Sketch #6. I didn’t do anything to it, I decided to share my professor’s notes. If anyone is trying to draw chairs and you’re struggling, then I hope this page can be helpful to you. They’re probably pretty common mistakes beginners make.

Dreamcatcher

3. (6) Dreamcatcher:Chair

Another one suggested by my boyfriend. He’s part Indian and his aunt has a dreamcatcher that this one is inspired by. I decided to use Polychromos colored pencils and let me tell you why that was a bad idea.

It’s a slow medium that requires a lot of layers. And since these are just sketches, I’m not willing to put in the work or waste the pencils.

So, I should have done graphite or chosen a different way to color it. That’s one thing sketchbook work is for, to help me make fewer mistakes.

dreamcatcher pencil

It definitely would have looked better if I did the whole thing in graphite.

Arm Chair

4. (17) Chair

Sketch #17. Another one that’s not too bad . . . some messy lines, but overall it’s a good chair sketch.

Zebra Print Arm Chair

4. (17) Chair zebra:Teddy Bear

Ew, it looks kind of gross here 😝. It’s because I drew the zebra stripes with 6B and 8B pencils and the graphite smeared. Also, the green I added sorta looks like a sickly covid 19 – green.

I wanted to use my Crayola crayons in the neat the little case. I figured they’d be faster and I really like the colors. And Omg, the crayon box is at the very bottom of the Leaning Tower of Pisa boxes. See that box on the bottom left with the blue lid . . . sigh.

zebra chair-1

Here’s the sketch before I added crayons. I probably should’ve just used graphite pencils, cuz that looks pretty good.

Ok, my drawing isn’t anywhere near as scary and complete as Francis Bacon’s on the right, but mine reminded me of this painting. I might go ahead and work some more on it . . . but the question is, who should I put to sit in the chair? If you have any ideas, just let me know in the comments.

Honey Joe Bear

4. (17) Teddy Bear:Chair zebra

I have an idea for a drawing I’d like to do that has a teddy bear in it, so I’ll need lot’s of practice drawing them. As you can see, I stuck with graphite on this one. His eyes look a bit sinister but it’s a pretty good sketch. I get a little impatient with things like fur, so that’s definitely an area I need to learn to be more patient with.

teddy bear-1

I got this bear when I was 1. We were living in California and my grandparents came all the way from Texas to see me and give me this bear, and another bear that’s identical. I guess they’re twins. We even have a cool home video recorded on VHS 😊.

That’s All the Sketches for Today

I hope you enjoyed them and maybe even got some inspiration for your own work. Just remember that sketchbooks are the perfect place to experiment with different supplies and it’s ok to make some mistakes, like smearing the graphite or using sickly covid 19 – green. Just have fun and draw.

Next Thursday, I’ll be talking about one of my favorite artists who is a  big inspiration for my photography.

I was looking for a little motivation for the teddy bear so I watched this video by Yong Chen. If you’re in the mood to see someone draw a teddy bear in graphite, go check it out.