4.29.2016

Challenge #265 - Stripes

I been doing lots of drawings with an organic feel of late so it was fun to do something with straight lines for the diva challenge "Stripes".

I've dubbed this one "Organ Pipes".


One of my favourites from a previous incarnation of the Stripes challenge was my drawing "Pick up Sticks" this was back in 2012 - wow, time flies, right?

You can check out my previous challenge drawings here (all 76 of them!)

Have a great weekend!
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4.18.2016

Water Lily Swirl

A quick(ish) drawing from this weekend - the flowers are water lilies (though one of them wants to be an artichoke when it grows up :), and the leaves are nothing like water lily leaves. The best thing about drawing - you can do whatever you want :)


I've found of late that I don't have a lot of patience to invest in serious shading, so I've been keeping it pretty simple with minimal layers. This one has a bit of pen shading and then a quick go over with a 3b pencil and tortillon. 

John decided this morning to come out and surprise me with some picture taking whilst I was milking. Here's me and Miss Jersey having a "thank you for the milk" kiss.


Don't you love my "roll out of bed and do the milking" hair? hahaha :)

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4.12.2016

Compass Daisies - Step Out & Quick Draw Video

Here's a step out for the Compass Daisies that I drew last week. 


Pattern Notes:
* The first two steps are done in pencil so that you can erase the lines at the end.
* Add more circles/layers for more complex daisies.
* Click on the pattern above to enlarge it.

This week I've spent some time grappling with my newly downloaded video editing program - it's great and I can do more precision edits, but it's been a pretty steep learning curve.

And, of course, whilst looking into online courses on this program I got diverted by another one on a related animation program. I was so into it I spent about 4 days watching tutorials and making notes and ended up straining my neck and shoulder muscles from the way I was sitting. I had to take a break for a few days as it got to the point where I could barely move without triggering muscle spasms and I was walking around like a robot. My husband thinks that it is hysterical that I injured myself studying. So, now, a replacement desk chair and quite a bit of magphos later I was able to finish up editing this video today.

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This is a (very fast) quick draw video showing how I draw a single Compass Daisy using the same process  shown above and shared in this post last week. Because of the speed, the paper does move around a bit as I'm constantly rotating it.

I know that some of you much prefer the slower paced videos, but I like to change it up a bit and every once in a while show a start-to-finish drawing with the shading.

I'm back at school Thursday this week. Hopefully I'll only need to go to the one class to officially finish out the term, then next term starts in two more weeks.

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4.08.2016

Challenge #262 - Fassett

When I saw that this week's Diva UMT challenge was Fassett..........yay! I've been wanting to play with this tangle for a while - so this was my big chance.

If you've been following along for a while, you'll know that I love, love string and though I haven't drawn with it so much lately my love has remained constant and so it found it's way into my design.

My idea was for the pattern to look a little like a clinging spider web. It has very basic, single layer shading with my favourite 3B pencil to finish off.


Last week after posting my compass daisies, I recorded some footage for a quick-draw video, then rather than use my trusty old iMovie app, I decided to teach myself how to use a new program that I'd just downloaded - well, since then I've clocked in about 20 hours of online training learning the software, because, you know, just having the basics isn't enough for me - I have to learn it ALL!!!! I'm almost through, then I'll finally, finally be ready to finish the video!! I know, I know, I'm a fruit-cake! I'm supposed to be on school holidays and taking a break from staring at computer screens all day!! I just can't help myself :)

Just in case you want to check out some string resources: my e-book Flips Folds Ribbon & String has a whole chapter devoted to it, check out  The String Thing video, or see all posts on the blog tagged string.

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4.02.2016

Compass Daisies

I'm on term break. Yay! My assignments are up to date and I've got another (almost) 2 weeks left till I'm due back in class.

And, if you think you can handle it, there's more exciting news........I'm back in my upstairs studio! I've missed it so much and it's wonderful to be back in my own space instead of sharing our little study with John. This room has wonderful light and I can finally get out my video gear again :)

So, last week. Since I had all this amazing free school holiday time on my hands I cleaned my desk, sharpened my pencils, got out my drawing journal ............ and............ nothing. No amazing drawings (or ideas) appeared spontaneously like they're supposed to. So, I had to do it the hard way and spent a few days doing some average warm up drawings until I came up with something I wanted to see through.

Here it is, my Compass Daisies:


Basic in concept, consuming in time, but fun nonetheless and I love how they turned out.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
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3.18.2016

Paisley Bouquet

I was playing around with some paisley designs recently for a project and it reminded me that I hadn't done anything "paisley" for quite some time. They are such a fun design element to draw.

I had a look over my sketches and found the inspiration for this paisley bouquet.


It is finally raining here (55mm so far when I checked a few hours ago). Rain is still desperately needed whilst the weather is warm enough to grow some grass - but the timing could have been better for us as we have a permaculture group coming to do a site visit on our property tomorrow. Ah well, I'll still take the rain anytime we can get it right now.

Have an amazing weekend!

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3.11.2016

Leaf swirl

Getting any drawing done at the moment is difficult - school and travel to and from consumes a lot of time. I have also been on a very steep learning curve trying to get up to speed with Illustrator - a program I've never used before this year. Being the obsessive compulsive that I am, and because I hate not knowing how to do stuff, I've been cramming - doing lots of tutorials and practice, practice, practice - I'm pretty happy with how I'm progressing and I absolutely love, love working with it! Between you and me, I may be an Illustrator stalker. Just sayin'.

This drawing "Leaf Swirl" has been sitting, almost finished, on my desk for about 2 weeks. I finally got around to getting the shading and finishing touches done over the last couple of days.


It started as a quick doodle of the central leaves all "spinning out" from the circle in the middle and built from there. Happy with it :)

Have an amazing weekend!

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