Finished Phoenix Wright Drawing

My boyfriend requested that I draw a picture of Phoenix Wright yelling, “Objection!” for him. At his college, he was scolded for taking one that wasn’t even that great, but apparently it belonged to the school or something like that… I heard him talk about it so much, I kinda quit listening…just kidding, I always listen to him….A bunch were drawn by the anime club last year and this one didn’t belong to anybody apparently, but he was playing that game a lot and really wanted the image. He returned the lame one he took and asked me because he’s sweet and thinks I’m a great artist.

It took me longer than I wanted because I made so many mistakes on the first one that I just had to start all over.

P1110398

It’s not THAT bad but it’s too big. It’s not a great shape. I used regular sketchbook paper. It was too flimsy so I decided to glue it to some mat board. I forgot to buy spray glue so I just used Elmers. I tried to be so careful through the whole thing, but with the glue, I just glued it all willy nilly. And you could see the globs of glue underneath.

After all those mistakes I had to redo it, which was good anyway since I really wasn’t that happy with it. For the next one I tried not to repeat those silly mistakes.

P1110384

Here’s the redo before I was completely finished. I was much happier with the size and shape. I think the composition is much better and more impactful. I also used watercolor paper and taped it to my drawing board. I used prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits to blend the colors. And the colors blended so much better on the stronger paper.

P1110392

There it is on the right with the nice clean white border. I thought the border was way too white though, so I decided to paint it black. I thought it would pull everything together nicely. Well…I made another mistake. I really just wanted to get it done since he had been waiting so patiently. So, I decided to use black paint instead of taking forever laying down multiple layers of pencil.

big mistake

What was I thinking? Yes, I have a college degree. I was taught by a talented group of artists who taught us not to do dumb things like that. It looked horrible. I couldn’t give it to him like that. I didn’t even take a picture because I had to get that border off immediately. I carefully sliced the border off using a paper cutter and I actually liked it without any border at all.

P1110395

Thank God I was able to remove the border and not ruin another drawing for him. And he was really happy with how it turned out. Yelling and screaming and being the happy weirdo that he is!

What Else am I Working On?

Besides that I’m working on finishing this Cornhole game for a customer. It took over 9 hrs just to remove the Cowboys stickers and clean up the wood to get it ready to paint.

P1100978

Before

I used a steam cleaner while watching Netflix.

P1110387

After

That’s just a starting background that I sprayed on using some pretty blue spray paint. I’m not quite sure what I’m gonna do from here. One will have a shark and the other one will have an octopus. And I’ll probably add some coral and other cool underwater stuff like that.

I’m also working with a new artist with her artwork, critiquing her and helping her figure out what she wants to do with her art. I LOVE her art so much. She’s self taught, mostly by me and her own hard work and dedication. She has such a unique and creative vision and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with as she continues getting better and more confident.

I’m pretty busy with these projects as well as a lot of other things. So, I’m making writing blog posts less of a priority. I hope to start posting more often very soon, but I just wanted to let you all know why I’m not posting as much.

Are You Ready to Improve Your Art?

rothko cats

If you’re looking for someone to give you constructive feedback, I would love the opportunity to help you take your art to the next level. It can be scary to receive criticism about your art, but it’s a risk worth taking.

When I was in college, I was surrounded by other artists. I would look at their work to be inspired (and give criticism) and they would look at my art and give me criticism. At first, critique was terrifying. But it quickly became one of my favorite parts of making art.

Why? What’s so great about putting yourself on the line and hearing what people have to say about your art?

Improve – Whether you made mistakes or your work is as close to perfect as possible, critique will help you see your artwork better. It will ultimately help you identify your weaknesses and your strengths. You’ll strive to work harder and smarter because improving your art, and understanding how to improve it, is very rewarding.

Fresh Perspective – Sometimes we artists get too close to our work. You might need a fresh pair of eyes to help you see what you cannot see for yourself.

Bond – If a trained artist is giving honest, but kind feedback, you create an opportunity to bond with them. If you ask a friend or family member who isn’t an artist, they might not really know what to say. And they probably don’t want to hurt your feelings. So, they end up just telling you they like it. Or worse, they inadvertently hurt your feelings because they only point out what’s wrong with the piece. Which brings me to my next point:

Thick Skin – Creative people must develop a thick skin. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there creatively. The more practiced you are at receiving criticism, the better you’ll be able to handle it when someone bashes your art.

Free Will – Ultimately, it’s your artwork. It’s your vision. You can take it or leave it. Critique gives you the opportunity to practice free will and stand up for your artwork.

These definitely are not the only reasons why critique is so valuable to artists, but they’re some of my favorites. Art Critique is a new service I am offering. If you are ready to improve your art, go ahead and start today.

I’m offering 2 Critique choices:

  • A Quick Critique – I’ll take a quick look and give quick feedback. This is perfect if you just have a little bit for me to look at.
  • In – Depth Critique – I’ll spend more time and give more thorough feedback. This is perfect if you have a lot for me to look at.

You can find more details about my Critique service at the top of my blog, under Art Critique. Here’s the link: Go Here.

I can’t wait to look at your art, and join you in your risk taking adventure as an artist.

Some Pics and a Project for a Customer

flowers on ground

I took this picture the other day while taking a walk through one of the trails on the college campus. I loved how the petals on the ground looked in the sunlight.

P1100984

Right next to those fallen petals was this dead looking plant. I liked how it glowed brightly in the sunshine.

Cornhole Toss Game

Someone recently asked me to paint her Cornhole Toss Game. She wants it to match her Luau theme, so she wants me to paint an underwater scene for her that includes an octopus on one and a shark on the other.

The first step is to remove those Dallas Cowboys stickers. Just pealing it off isn’t gonna happen, so I’m planning to use steam to get the majority of it off, and whatever is left I think I’ll use some olive oil. That should nourish the wood some.

Once the wood is exposed, I can check it out for impurities and then get started preparing it for paint. I love the ocean, so I’m pretty excited to see what kind of images I can come up with.

Who likes playing this game? I remember playing it in my hometown when I was 8 years old. It was a tiny town, so there was always some kind of town/church/school/Brownies function going on. And this game seemed to always be there.

me playing corn hole

There I am at Vacation Bible School tossing bean bags at some square holes.

Finished Pumpkin Drawing

20191013_131218-scaled-2560.jpg

My god daughter drew this picture of some creepy stuff. I love how she draws. She’s very observant and creative. I like how she drew the expressions on the ghost’s faces. And below is my finished pumpkin drawing.

P1100701

I got so tired of drawing pumpkins! But I think it turned out pretty good. I don’t think I’ll be looking at another pumpkin for a while though. I used graphite pencils, black charcoal for the background, and white charcoal for the spider webs. Now, I’m gonna try to go find a scary movie that will hopefully give me nightmares! Happy Halloween.

A Few Pumpkin Sketches

pumpkins-1-2

I just wanna share a few more pumpkin sketches. My Jackabee, Sunny, got right between me and the drawing while I was trying to snap a pic. She always does that. She lays down on my paper, gets between me and the video game I’m trying to play. She’s so cute.

 

 

I worked a little bit more on the large sketch of the pumpkin that I showed in the previous post. I’ll probably do some more work on it this week.

pumpkins-2

This pumpkin I drew with some Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set. It was my first time using them. They’re very smooth. Very different from my Prismacolor Pencils that I’m used to using. I still gotta do more on this one too.

pumpkins-3

This last one is some quick sketches of the decorative gourd. It looks so cool and it’s fairly easy to draw, but it’s also kinda complicated. It looks like some kind of alien octopus with it’s tentacles wrapped around a planet or something.

I’m still in the sketching stage. But I need to come up with some ideas soon for the final art pieces that I’ll be drawing. There’s just so many options. If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

Pumpkin Drawing for October

pumpkins-2

Fall is my favorite time of year. The air starts feeling cool and fresh. The leaves start changing colors. And the best part – I start getting the heebie jeebies to the extreme. I love it.

Heebie Jeebies – By Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

While I was grocery shopping the other day, a giant display of pumpkins grabbed my attention. They had so many interesting looking varieties that I thought could be a lot of fun to draw. I got a bag of small orange pumpkins, and the other two kinds in the picture above.

Apparently there are at least 50 types of pumpkins. I used to think there was just one type – the big orange ones you see at Halloween and on Cinderella. Some of them have the coolest names too, like Hooligan and White Ghost.

Which Ones Did I Buy?

The similarities made it a little difficult to know for sure . . .

Pumpkemon – The white one with the orange and green stripes. Sounds like a cross between a pumpkin and a Pokemon. Maybe I can create a Pokemon character from this little pumpkemon.

Ornamental Gourd – I was going pumpkin crazy trying to figure out what kind the weird looking one on the left of my picture is. I’m pretty sure it’s a gourd used for decorating. Regardless, it looks like fun for making some art.

I started out sketching the orange pumpkin. Below are some quick sketches I did on yellow paper. I held the pumpkin in my hand and looked at it for a long time, trying to get familiar with it. This helps to be able to draw your subject better and faster.

Pumpkin1

Side, bottom, and top views

Pumpkin2

2nd page of sketches

Pumpkin3

Nupastel and pastel crayons

The next sketch I did using graphite and white charcoal on my gray paper sketchbook. I was still going for speed with this one.

Pumpkin4

This last one I decided I wanted to work on a larger piece of drawing paper and take my time. I like working large. It helps to focus on the details of your subject. I still have work to do on it.

pumpkins-1

I’m having a lot of fun drawing these pumpkins. My plan is to post my progress throughout the month of October and we’ll see what kind of art I can create with these cool looking pumpkins.

Are you working on any Fall/Halloween inspired art? If not, then run to the store and grab some pumpkins and get started!

How to be a Fearless Artist

I love the feeling I get when I’m ready to make some art. I gather all my colorful supplies and make sure I’ve got plenty of light. Then, I look down at my clean, stark white canvas and suddenly I go blank. Blanker than the empty canvas. Fear suddenly enters into my heart. Like a lil’ wimp, I let that fear take me away from the art to go snack, rake the leaves, or (seriously?) clean the toilet.

the-scream

The Scream, Edvard Munch

Creative Courage

 

Writers do it too. Staring at the blinking cursor against the bright white background of the empty document, has the power to traumatize more effectively than a terrorist in war. Before you know it you’ll be laying in a fetal position hugging your stuffed animal and wondering how you ever thought you could be an artist.

lucas scott i suck

Lucas Scott, from One Tree Hill, experiencing writer’s block and typing, “I Suck.”

How to Develop Artistic Bravery

Artists like Bob Ross make it look easy. He fearlessly slops some paint down and creates a beautiful work of art. Below are some helpful tips to overcome fear:

1. Sketch -Before you start the finished piece, grab some cheap scratch paper, do some sketches and work out your ideas. It’d be awesome to create the masterpiece on your first try but that’s also a lot of pressure, and not always realistic. (It’s not impossible though.)

Constantly sketching and drawing will help you improve, which will build your confidence and you’ll be saying, “Goodbye Fear.”

2. It’s NOT permanent – Some art supplies can’t be erased like graphite pencil. So it feels like your marks will be permanent and if you make a mistake, what do you do? First, relax. Start out with a lighter touch and build gradually. Oil takes forever to dry so if you make a mark you’re not happy with just wipe the paint away and cover it up with more paint. Remember that many art mediums are forgiving and workable.

Or, like Bob Ross, you might get a “happy accident.”

3. Act Brave – Being an artist requires bravery because you’re doing something that cost you. Your art comes from inside of you. And what if people don’t like it? What if they put it down? Just be brave. And if you don’t feel brave, then PRETEND.

Do the opinions of other people strike terror in your heart? If so, be inspired by the war hero. Look fear in the eye, be strong and stand up for your artwork. Allow the reactions from people to be constructive criticism to help you improve.

vincent_van_gogh_-_sp ear

Hide the Knives! Van Gogh Self Portrait with bandaged ear

The Tortured Artist

Artists are sensitive and have to develop a thick skin. It may seem like I’m being a drama queen but I think fear is a common problem for everyone . . . not just the creative souls. Remember . . . feeling these raw emotions is a big part of art. And for me, overcoming fear makes me feel like a BOSS, and gives me the power to overcome whatever obstacles I might face.

bob-ross

Bob Ross!

Being Your Own “Worst” Critic

Do you like your art? Are you conveying your message? Are you giving it your all? Maybe bravery in art, is really in facing yourself.