Fun

Work has been sucking the fun out of life lately so I haven’t made any art for a few days.

For this post I’ve included two pieces I did awhile back during my cat phase, each image has 20 animals all on the same sheet! It required a little planning and measuring (and starting over again about 3 times) but it was a lot of fun. I think I will do one of these layouts for dogs and bunnies too.

For these little blob animals, I do the watercolor first and after it dries I outline the animal and it acquires its personality.

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Lots o Puppies

Scanned in a bunch of the dog drawings and cleaned them up a little in Gimp. Trying to decide which to make into prints.

Some of them make me laugh, they have such a personality. Here they are all in my DropBox. (It was the only way I could see them all in one place.) My favorite is 24 and 18. I may need to delete 23 and 14 they look a little angry.

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Reminds me of a happy puppy!

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I usually have an image in my head but can’t seem to get it out on paper. I’ve learned that I can draw it over and over again tweaking this or that and eventually I am happy with comes out of my hand. It just comes down to having enough time in the day to keep drawing vs. going to work and sleeping and all the other chores of life.

What most people don’t see is the 100 rabbits or 2oo cats I drew before I started liking them. That is why I thought I would include some of the many dogs I’ve been working on lately…..make sure to scroll to the bottom to see the 1% of success!

Right now I am trying to replicate a certain dog. I’ve made some cute dogs, but out of the 100 I’ve drawn maybe 3 look like the picture. But once I got a few that I liked I started realizing the features that I needed to include in the drawing to make it be successful.

Here are just a few of the many dogs I’ve been drawing the last few days.

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Wrong hand drawing with watercolor added. I have a ton of these, because they are so fun to do! Some actually look just like the little guy below, I just didn’t scan all of them. On these I was working on the ears and shading.

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Inspiration.

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These are on 5×7 watercolor paper. I have tons of these, just trying to make different kinds of dogs. This was before I started the project below.

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This is a 14×11 piece of card stock from the craft store, there are more dogs on the top of the page but they didn’t all get scanned in.

So here is what I was trying to make.

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And I think I finally got somewhere! Here is my 1%.

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Watercolor maker and waterbrush, once it dries I draw the outline with my wrong hand.

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Pastel pencil and then smudged with my finger and then drawn wrong handed.

 

GIMP

I’ve been wanting to learn how to improve my scanned images and I’ve finally taken the time to start watching the tutorial. (Only after wasting hours trying to figure it out on my own.)

I really don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for Adobe software so I downloaded GIMP, but didn’t really know how to use it besides a few simple functions. Mostly I use Picasa to do all my photo editing and even then, I just crop or lighten, nothing too fancy. I needed something with a little a more flexibility.

What is GIMP? Here is a blurb from their website “GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. ” It is similar to Adobe Photoshop.

I’ve been working my way through a Lynda tutorial the last few days. So helpful! The purpose behind all this is to be able to scan in my artwork and then clean it up so I can create prints to post in my Etsy shop.

I now know how to remove the bumpy watercolor paper from the background!

Below is an example. The darker image is directly from my scanner and if you look closely you can see the bumps in the watercolor paper, this won’t look so great if you want to make this into a print. I’ve already made a few prints that had a paper texterure in the background.

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I’ve only made it about a third of the way through tutorial but I did learn to use the Color Select tool. This allowed me to select the cat (since it is all black) and then invert the selection (to select all of the ugly white and then simply hit the delete key!

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Used GIMP to remove the dark background.

I am not sure if there is anything else I should do to this cat, (I’ll learn more as I continue the tutorial) but it looks much nicer and would make a much better print.

 

 

 

 

 

Steps for drawing a Mandala

Here is the progression of a simple mandala done on mixed media paper and a .5 marker. This is just a simple drawing, it took a bit longer to document the whole thing. Maybe I’ll try a more complex one again, when I have daylight so I can get better pictures.

I often draw these without the pencil lines but of course I kept getting all messed up since I was trying to document the process. The compass lines help keep everything together.

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It can be messy in the beginning and you can fix things as you go.

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I add tic marks before drawing the petals.

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I added some shading to the first row of petals.

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Adding details like dots and accent lines.

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Erased the pencil lines and darkened lines and added accents.