Inktober and Other Stuff

I’m just sittin’ here jammin’ to Soul to Squeeze and not feeling excited about today’s #inktoberprompt . . . Outpost. I think I’ve finally settled on an idea that I’ll do later.

I’ve actually been dealing with a pretty bad injury.

Despite doing yoga since I was 15, I managed to hurt my Piriformis muscle doing Triangle Pose. I lost my balance and then I didn’t even think I was hurt that bad so I did some deadlifts and other exercises until I was in so much pain my muscles locked up. Now I’m just trying to let it heal and not get too mad for being a dum dum.

Organizing My Photos

I’ve been working for a while on the very daunting task of organizing my digital photos that go back to 2004. I always just threw them onto my computer and moved them to hard drives and never spent time getting them organized, other than by the year. (2000-2004 are on cd which is soooo annoyingly slow.)

I didn’t even know how I wanted to organize them, but now my organizational system is extremely obvious. The method that seems to work best for me is to keep every photo in my Pictures folder categorized by subject and then I’ll import them to Lightroom from there.

I discovered Lightroom in college and fell in love immediately. This site has good info on Lightroom, organizing, and other photo stuff.

I haven’t even started working on my boxes of non digital photos. I have my work cut out for me, but I make sure to put time into it weekly, and I’m making a big dent.

Inktober – Throw, Hope, Dune, and Armor

Throw – It’s supposed to be a witch or some kind of powerful person doing target practice with her energy blasts. Trying to hit those spike star things.

Hope – My bf is amazing at calling when he says he will. I’ve never dated a guy like that. So, I never actually sit around “hoping” the guy calls me. But, I do have that feeling of “hope” in my heart that my phone will ring when it’s supposed to.

Dune – I first heard The Presidents of the United States of America when Peaches was very popular. Then I heard Kitty. Then I just liked all their music. So, I drew a little blind spider in a little blue dune buggy. I was trying to not fill in blocks of color and go for a simpler pen style, which is kind of hard for me.

Armor – This Deathstalker scorpion is so scary. He’s poisonous and hides under rocks stalking his prey. I think an image of a Deathstalker vs. Centipede would make a cool drawing to try. In this one, I was inspired by the 1970’s blacklight posters. I was also just trying to practice pen techniques that I’m not so practiced with.

That’s all for now . . . I’m gonna take my gimp self and go do stuff . . .

Inktober2020 – Days 3, 5, and 7

Eight days into Inktober2020 and I haven’t missed a day. Overall, the challenge is going good. I’m developing a daily habit of drawing and I’m creating some really great sketches that I can work from.

I struggled a tiny bit coming up with a composition for Rodent. I knew what I wanted to do, but a day was just not enough time for me to make it happen. I posted my unfinished drawing on Instagram. I like the image I drew for Wisp, but I didn’t get the background bold enough. And day 4 Radio, could have been better, but I did what I could.

Day Three – Bulky

I almost skipped day 3. I couldn’t think of an idea I was happy with and I didn’t think I’d have time anyway, so I decided I just wouldn’t pressure myself to do it. Thankfully, that night I got the idea to draw a big bulky coffin and a tree squished into a locket.

I was also able to try out pen techniques that I’m not that familiar with.

Bulky Sketches

My first idea was to draw a muscular arm against a black background. I didn’t like the idea but when I typed “Bulky” into google, bulky muscles were the only images showing up.

Then I considered a scarecrow but I wasn’t coming up with anything interesting.

Day Five – Blade

I like how this one turned out. I knew I wanted to draw a skull bowl with blood dripping from a blade. I was pretty much inspired by the tv show Supernatural. This method is used to call on Lucifer or whichever evil lad or lass that needs to be called upon. (Oh hey, Supernatural airs tonight . . . YaY! The last season has been delayed due to our lil’ nuisance, covid😷😒)

I wanted to rely more on pen techniques, but I’m just not quite confident enough. I used pens and Inktense for this one.

Blade Sketches

Day Seven – Fancy

I like this one too. I used bic pens on the unicorn and crystals and Inktense on the background.

Fancy Sketches

I knew right away I wanted to try drawing a unicorn. And I love when this happens . . . the image just came together easily with no struggle. I drew one sketch trying to place the unicorn in a water pool surrounded by crystals. But I didn’t like it. Then I drew the image I ended up using.

Don’t forget to check out my new Instagram account. I’ll be sharing my Inktober drawings everyday there.

Day 1 Inktober2020 – Fish

A Grand Transformation

Finally got Instagram. I decided to start my account with Inktober.

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. And I’ll also be using liquid ink and Inktense pencils. (Forgot that on my manifesto)

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!)

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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

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Cornhole Game Paintings

Did you know there’s an American Cornhole Association? I sure didn’t. I can see how it could be fun, but I’ve only played a handful of times . . . a beanbag handful of times 😂.

me playing corn hole

Me playing a cornhole game

Even though these two paintings are the first acrylic paintings I’ve ever done, I felt confident that I’d be able to create something good for my customer. She requested an underwater scene that would include a shark on one and an octopus on the other. The only other instruction she had for me was to just be creative.

Cornhole Progress-1

The first step was to remove the Dallas Cowboys stickers which was harder than I thought. Silly me, I thought I’d just peel them off, but the company did a good job of making sure they would stick for a long time.

steambuggy

Steam Buggy Owners Manual

I figured steam would be my best option, and I have a Steam Buggy so I got to work. It took over 9 hours to remove every bit of sticker. So, I turned on Netflix and got to steaming. Once the stickers were removed:

– I sanded the wood. It didn’t need a lot of sanding, just enough to smooth the texture.

– I also used wood filler to fill in some cracks and holes.

Once the wood was ready, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, all I knew was I’d have a shark and an octopus. So, I grabbed three cans of spray paint to get a background down for me to work on top of. I tried to consider the scene so I made sure to lay down the appropriate shades and added some wavy movement.

Cornhole Progress-2

I was a little nervous about just jumping into the deep end with the paint, so I drew the shark and the octopus on scratch paper, cut that out, taped it to the wood and traced it. Then I outlined the pencil marks with light blue acrylic.

I decided to change the top two tentacles into a more interesting pose, like he’s gonna grab the beanbag as it goes through the hole.

I struggled so much with the shark and ended up painting him 3 times. It turned out the first shark attempt on the left was actually better than my final shark. But in the moment, I thought it was bad.

It’s usually best to paint your background first and move your way to the foreground, but I didn’t do that. Acrylic paint is actually very easy to work with so it ended up being ok. Here they are halfway through the process.

Cornhole Progress-11

And here’s the border. I didn’t protect it with tape, and in many cases you’ll want to consider protecting your borders. It worked out ok for me though. Once I was finished with the paintings, I covered the surface and carefully sprayed on some Navajo Tan spray paint.

It was way too light, so I mixed the color on the right side, and used a brush and a sponge to apply it on top of the lighter color. It ended up having an aged sandy appearance that I was happy with, and it works well to ground the bright colorful colors.

Cornhole Progress-15

I also used spray paint to create the sunshine.

Cornhole Progress-16

And you can’t forget to sign your artwork. I signed my first name on the bottom of both paintings.

Cornhole Progress-17

Cornhole Progress-18

And here’s the finished product.

How Long It Took Me

– Removing the stickers : Just over 9 hours

– Drawing the Shark and Octopus: Just under an hour

– Total time painting: A little more than 2 Full months

– Finally being finished: Priceless . . . or should I say, Timeless?

Do you remember those old MasterCard commercials? They were pretty popular for a while.

shark-1

So, that’s it. If you’d like a run down on my drawing goals and painting experience, check out this page. And come back next Thursday to see some more sketchbook drawings.

octopus and dog-1

There’s my dog, Sunny. She got a little jealous while I was painting so much. She’d go lay down in the laundry room and pout. Why the laundry room? I dunno 😂.

Sketchbook Goal

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Photo By MTV

Now that I have a brand SPANKIN’ NEW drawing desk to work at, I’ve decided that I need to fill up every sketchbook I have. There are a lot of blank pages, partially used pages, and probably a lot of sketches I’m going to cringe at when I see them. I’ve been bad about not drawing in my sketchbooks lately which has resulted in my drawing skills getting rusty. It’s important for artists to draw in sketchbooks regularly to develop ideas, to work on technique, and to just be creative.

sketchbooks-1

This box is full of sketchbooks I got from when I was 13 all the way up to now. The pink one is a new watercolor one I just got.

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These sketchbooks are all leftover from college and they’re a bigger size, 11×14 I think. And the water stained box they’re sitting on is jam packed with scratch paper.

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The paper is damaged but that’s ok. I’m sure I can use them up.

Interior Design Furniture Sketchbook

This notebook is from an assignment I had in an Interior Design class I took my freshman year. I had an interest in architecture and my advisor didn’t think I was cut out for their department. She was right, but I’m glad I took them anyway, because I learned so much. She signed me up for 3 classes, one was a sophomore level class that I was not ready for.

They had us constantly observing our surroundings, everywhere we went we were told to study the interiors, the furniture, the light fixtures, the space between tables . . .everything. (I had no idea how many little details I didn’t notice before then.)

We also had to turn in over a 100 sketches of furniture.

Filling up the Furniture Notebook Pages

I decided I’ll flip each sketch over and start sketching on the blank side. I also want to try to do something with the furniture side, because my sketches are very plain. I had very little drawing experience at the time and I was overwhelmed by the assignment.

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Some aren’t so bad, like these two. They could be better but they’re not as bad as some of the others I shamelessly turned into my professor.

Chair Before

1. (11) Chair:Cupcake

This chair is the 11th sketch. (I chose it in no particular order.) It’s not too bad for a contour sketch. Everything makes sense and it’s clearly a chair.

Chair After

 

1. (11) Chair2:Cupcake

It reminded me of a chair you’d see in a 1970’s den so I added a wooden wall, a sunburst mirror, and attempted a shag carpet. A bookshelf, some lamps, and maybe a house plant would also be good additions.

Cupcake on the Back

1. (11) Cupcake:Chair

I’ve been talking about drawing cupcakes so my mom suggested I go ahead and draw one on the blank side. My boyfriend makes fun of me for always adding bursts in my background, saying it’s my signature holy Jesus background. He’s silly.

I used graphite pencils and it was really good practice. Most importantly, it was low pressure and fun, my current goal for drawing.

If you have any suggestions for something you’d like to see drawn just let me know in the comments. And if you have any empty sketchbooks go fill them up. In my next post I’ll talk about the Cornhole game paintings I just finished.