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!)

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Before

I used a steam cleaner while watching Netflix.

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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?

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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.