Let’s Draw Cats!

I’ve let summer and work get in the way of art and this blog. In between bike rides, I’ve squeezed in a little art time but certainly not enough. One idea that has been bouncing around in my head is sharing with others how easy it is to have fun and make art.

I’ve had several people ask me to have a class on how to make the little animals that I draw and paint, so I’ve put together some fun techniques for creating cute and crazy cats.

You definitely don’t need to be an artist or have any experience!! The goal of these exercises is to open your mind and see drawing from a new perspective. We aren’t going for hyper realistic drawings or paintings, if you want that you could just take a picture.

To get things started I planned some fun art techniques around cats. We are getting together this Thursday Oct. 12 and next Thursday Oct. 19.  I hope you can join, I think it will be lots of fun!

There are so many fun and unique drawing opportunities I couldn’t fit them in to one session, so there will be other classes utilizing different techniques and animals. (I am thinking dogs, rabbits, horses, and a few other surprises)

Let's Draw Cats

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Doodles

I haven’t been very productive with creating art lately. I blame it on my mountain bike and watching too many videos of other people making art.

I made this purple heart the other day while I was watching a movie. I had no idea what I was going to make. The first step was to just make some purple marks. I started doodling with the black marker and eventually I had this heart shape.IMG_20160821_203107

 

Here are a few new doodles on deli paper (that was printed with a gelli plate).

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Blue Dogs

I’ve been experimenting with layers and mixed media lately, it’s messy and I am not sure I like the look. I had some fun over lunch the other day, getting back to basics making some blue and green dogs with Daler Rowney inks and water. I’ve included some before and after shots below, so you can see how they develop. I have so much fun making them!

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I usually fill the page with dogs and then wait for them to dry so I can outline with a Uni Posca or dip pen, and of course while I am waiting for them to dry I do a whole other page in another color.

Here’s a before and after. I like the crooked bumpy dogs best, they have a lot more character when it is time to outline.

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I did a whole page of light green too. Here is one little guy.

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A whole page of goofy puppies! I especially like the one in the lower right.

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New Art Supplies

New art supplies are fun and offer the promise of better art work, right? Just like buying new running shoes makes you run faster!

I’ve been experimenting trying to use more color and layers in my art.  I’ve been doing this because one of our class assignments is to try and find our own style. I feel like I mostly copy the look of Carla Sonhiem so I’ve been trying to do other things and find out what I prefer.

I like the look of all the colors and layers but when I draw something I tend to stick with simple lines and colors. Is it because I don’t know how to do the layers? am I too lazy to do all that work? or is my style more pen and ink? I guess I am still working on figuring that out.

Here are some attempts at using more color in my animals.

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I did this guy with my left hand and an eye dropper. I really liked him when he was just on the white background. Not sure I like him as much now.

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Using the fancy crayons and a little gesso. I thought the eyes turned out okay.

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Glad I got a picture of this guy. I tried to put a matte gel over top and the whole thing smeared. 

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Tried out a new pencil (Stabilo pencil) with my left hand on this guy. I like the pencil, it’s similar to a grease pencil but it can be activated by water. It goes on smooth and activates easily with water or gel. But see how boring the background is?

Gelli Plate

I skipped doing my “homework” from my art class this week (I didn’t like the assignment LOL), feeling guilty for not doing some artsy stuff, I decided to get out my Gelli Plate. It was much more fun to make these prints than do my homework!

I had stumbled across a tutorial page with stencils and mixed media journal pages and knew that using the Gelli Plate was an alternative to quickly fill a page with a colorful background.

A Gelli Plate is a printing plate that is a lot of fun and comes in different sizes and shapes. It does feels a little bit like jello (although much sturdier) and is advertised as a method of creating monoprints without a press.

You can print on any type of paper or with the proper type of paint you can print on cloth.IMG_20160623_205457

Here is a link demonstrating how to do it.  You can find lots of people creating beautiful pages on YouTube too. My problem is what to do with all these papers!?

I received a little notebook a few months ago and I had been trying to decide what to use it for. Lately I’ve come across some images of people creating tiny little journals, like only 1 inch by 1 inch and while I find them very intriguing I am not sure I am ready to start making those too! But it gave me an idea for what to do with this notebook.IMG_20160623_205516

My plan is to fill the pages of the notebook with prints and then use it for doodling. It’s small size will make it easy to carry and use when waiting at the doctor’s office or sitting on a plane.IMG_20160623_205709 (1)

And just in time this blog post came out describing how to use vegetables with your Gelli Plate. I only have a few stencils so these ideas will help add variety.  I also need to take the time to create some simple stencils and printing tools.

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This is done on deli paper.

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Ink Dropper Cats

Here are several ink dropper cats I made this evening with transparent burnt umber ink and water color paper. I love using the ink dropper to draw. I can get thick and thin lines, along with dark and light color. It’s fun seeing what happens on the paper. The ink was still wet, so I decided to wait and maybe add whiskers later.

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I used the dip pen to add a few lines here and there. Not sure I like the effect.

 

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I used tissue paper to pick up some of the extra ink and make some of the marks lighter. 

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I like the left ear and eyes on this guy.

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The ink isn’t dry on this one yet you can see the ink making a shadow on the paper in the tail. I like this guy a lot and wanted to add more details but was afraid to mess it up.

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I like his eyes….but no his body.