• Sketchbook page with drawings of bright green branches of leaves and stylized eyes. Piles of markers and pens are laid on either side of the sketchbook.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Sketchbook Eye Interlude

    Today felt like a busy day but also a very draining day. Here in the Midwest it’s one of those cold, icy, end-of-winter days, when we just had a little taste of spring weather only a week ago, but now there’s snow on the ground again. And the tension of the weather change has been putting me on the edge of a migraine for the past two days (that fortunately hasn’t seemed to hit full force, yay?). Thus, tonight is a “gentle as possible” art practice: opening my sketchbook and drawing simple, easy doodles.

  • Three sheets of drawings of boxes. Ontop rest a pencil, pen, markers, a craft knife, and a three dimensional paper box.
    Drawing

    Drawing Drills Arts and Crafts

    After yesterday’s harried drawing drills, tonight I decided to make time for a different approach, to see how they would turn out. This was much more relaxed. I crafted a little paper box to study as I drew boxes rotated in space. Though after a while I switched to just drawing imagined boxes.

  • A close up of box drawings, with a pen and marker next to the drawing.
    Drawing

    Begrudging Box Drawing Drills

    Grrr. Tonight was a night where being responsible took time away from making any art. I didn’t sit down to sketch these until 10:20pm. So that was….um…25 minutes between drawing, snapping a photo, and creating this post. But you know what, it counts! Perfection isn’t what I’m looking for, it’s consistency. So there, universe.

  • A digital painting of four skirts, with an emphasis on the light and shadow of the folds. Two are long pleated skirts, one an a-line skirt, and one a mini skirt
    Digital Painting

    Cloth Fold Studies: Skirts

    It’s been 9 days since I last opened Photoshop to practice digital art. In the days of yore (i.e. before this January) that wouldn’t have felt very long at all, but with my *fingers cross* increased drawing habit, I longed to get back into digital after over a week of traditional mediums. Listening to my instincts about what I should focus on each day as been a big part of keeping up this practice, so here we go: more digital painting practice!

  • A watercolor painting of a black woman in a chemise, standing on a red carpet and in front of a patterned green wallper. There are water color palette next to the painting
    Figure Drawing,  Life Musings,  Sketchbooks,  Traditional Painting

    Finished Painting: Chemise Study

    I was thinking I’d title this painting “A Soft Chemise” or something, but it was meant to be a study of cloth folds, so maybe just keeping “study” in the title works. I don’t want to have to title every sketch and drawing in my sketchbook. That would be rough, giving things titles is just ugh. Yesterday’s experiments were useful, though I ended up using a lot less of the iridescent paint – just on the gold slippers.

  • Digital painting of a yellow shed in a backyard, with snow covering the roof and ground and snow falling.
    Digital Painting,  Travel and Adventure

    Digital Painting: Study of my Shed

    I’m filing this under “Travel and Adventure” because why not? It doesn’t feel safe to travel all that much, so a new home and a new yard (new…ish… we’ve been here four months now, gasp!) counts as “travel”. And by travel, I mean I took a photo of my backyard with my phone, while looking through a window and standing at the kitchen sink.