Challenge Me. . .

What should I draw?

If you are reading my blog (here's hoping someone is), give me a challenge.

Tell me what you would like to see me draw.

Post it in the comments section. Give me a short story to illustrate. An image or character you would like to see created.
The more the better. You can even post a handful of times. I need some motivation and direction. I challenge myself to draw everything on the list.

When I finish a piece I will post your comment and my creation. Should be fun :)

Ready, set, post. I'll draw!


Today is Pastels...

I have been digging through art work. Posting it on Deviant Art and in my Flickr. My charcoals are in there. I started thinking about how much I really liked using charcoal, but I start to miss color. Pastels are the obvious choice, but I have never really used them for a piece of art that I liked.

Today, I started chanting in my head: charcoal, charcoal, charcoal. Brought out the pastels, and kept the charcoal mindset. Didn't get distracted by the color.

And guess what? I like it :)

Happy Thursday!


Still Playing...

I have been playing again. Paints. Which do I like.
Hmmm. Not sure. Both have their good side and bad side. I just need to keep playing I guess. Ahem. I mean practicing :)

I did this one, and a student really wanted it. So, my plan is to paint her again. Maybe a few more times. Once with acrylic. Once with watercolor. Until I'm happy. Then I will move on to another...

Creativity. Makes me happy!


My Sunday Creation...

I played with acrylic paint today. Not sure I like it, but I stuck it out and finished the picture.
At one point, I was going to just let Kyla paint on it. The I realized I had already spent a good hour and a half on it. No point wasting that time and being growly about it.

I finished it instead. Used a little colored pencil to give it some detail. I'm not as irritated with it now. I might even try again :)

Really wish I had a little bit more education with acrylics. I know their potential, I just don't know how to get them there...guess it's time to go find a good book and teach myself. Again. :)


Family Drawing Time

The kids and I each had a sketch book while we watched T.V. last night.

Actually, I don't think we really even watched T.V. We plugged in "Open Season", and just listened while we doodled in our sketchbooks.

Hayden asked if I would take a picture of his. I told him we would scan it and I would post it on my blog. Kyla chimed in that she wanted to share hers as well. So. Today you get 3 artists for the price of 1 :)

My dancing moose. Not sure where it came from. I was thinking about showing movement with arms and legs, and it just evolved into a Moose Party :)

Hayden started out adding details to another moose in my sketchbook. When I stole my book back, he asked for a moose head and body (just the head, no antlers). I drew the outline, he added all the details and then colored it this morning.

And Kyla drew a wolf. She found an online tutorial and followed it to the end (even though a few times in the middle she was starting to growl at it).

I'm hoping that just by practicing and having fun with it, they will both develop skills far greater than mine!!

Here's to many more family draw nights. Even if I have to put them on the calendar!! :)

Happy Sunday,

Art with the Kids...

We started working on "How to Draw" lessons today. They are more complex than the Mark Kistler lessons.

Less steps.

They really have to pay attention to proportion and details.

There was some grumbling.

Once they settled down, I drew with them (under the document camera so they could see how I worked it, and how I fixed my own mistakes).

It makes it harder for them to say the lesson is "impossible", if I do the assignment with them.

Here are my finished doodles:

Happy Art Day :) I'm off to play some more!