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.

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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

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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

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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.