Inspiration Wednesday: From My Sketchbook

This week’s topic for my Make Art That Sells course with Lilla Rogers is home decor, so our first exercise is to draw suzani-inspired motifs, which are embroidered and decorative textiles.

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I’ve been having fun drawing a variety of center floral shapes and medallions with decorative corner motifs in my sketchbook. I do love to draw swirls and flourishes!

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I’m not sure which design is my favorite so it’s nice to have a variety to work with. The next step is to scan these pages and play with them in Illustrator. Then I’m going to turn them into a collection of ceramic plates for this week’s challenge!

Hope you’re on the look-out for things that inspire you and challenge you!

Terri

Notes From the Weekend: At the Greenhouse

I spent a couple days last week helping at the greenhouse where my mom works. They had 20,000 Easter lilies that needed to be planted in 2 days. Yes, 20,000!

planting Easter lilies

Put a handful of soil into the container, place the lily bulb in the container with the tip facing up, fill with soil, place five containers into a flat and move to a palette. Repeat!
planting Easter lilies

There were 10 of us planting non-stop, along with two other people helping replenish our supplies and moving the palettes of lilies into the coolers.

After we finished planting 20,000 Easter lilies, we planted spring tulips and daffodils for a few hours.

planting tulips

On breaks, I wandered around the greenhouse, admiring all they do, especially the fresh-cut room full of lovelies.

greenhouse cut flowers greenhouse bouquetIt was an exhausting couple days, so it took me a day to recover. And then I was ready to plant more bulbs in our own yard, this time daffodils and anemones.

planting daffodil bulbs

We’ve enjoyed some beautiful fall days lately so we’ve been tending to our gardens and soaking up as much sunshine and fresh air as possible.

beautiful fall backyardWhat a fulfilling weekend!

Terri

Hand-Lettered Friday

I’ve been practicing my hand-lettering more lately, traditionally and with my drawing tablet, so I thought it would be fun to share my latest hand-lettered page from my sketchbook this fine Friday.

I mentioned the other day that I’m taking Lilla Rogers’ course Make Art That Sells right now, which is the inspiration for this sketchbook page.

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A common style I’ve noticed with my hand lettering lately is that I like to add serifs and swirls to my letters ;)

Hope you enjoy a great weekend!

Terri

Inspiration Wednesday: From My Sketchbook

I’m immersed in Lilla Rogers’ course Make Art That Sells right now, so it’s great fun to have assignments to work on in my sketchbook.

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The first assignment has to do with root vegetables so I bought a variety for in-person drawing reference. I really wanted vegetables that still had the stalks and leaves on them because some of the leaves are so beautiful.

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One of the many things I’m learning is to pay closer attention to my own process and how I work when doing illustration. That is helping me figure out what I like, what my style is and what I like about other artists I admire.

1. First I do research, learn about the subject matter, make a word list, find photo reference and live examples if possible.

root vegetables reference

2. Then I do a couple quick, rough doodles with a ball point pen, sort of like an outline.

sketchbook root vegetables word list3. Then I do a detailed drawing with pencil and loosely go over it with a Micron pen.

4. Then I might try to do a realistic rendering, which I go over with a Micron pen so I can scan it later for digital work.

5. Then I go back to drawing my own interpretation of the object, sort of realistic, sort of stylized.

Similar to most illustrators and artists, I really want to have my own unique style, so it’s important to me to also understand and develop my own process. I love drawing with pencil and then Micron pens, so I enjoy this process of illustrating. I also like using my travel watercolor paints, but I love the digital process so I’m excited for the next step in this assignment.

Now I’m looking forward to baking roasted root vegetables!

Hope you’re on the look–out for things that inspire you.

Terri

Notes From the Weekend: Big Waves and Fall Color

We took a road trip to spend the weekend at my parent’s cottage on the lake. The first couple days were super windy with cold winds from the North, producing big waves that were 4 to 6 feet.

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The last day we were there the winds completely died down and the waters were calm.Door County - calm waters

Door County - calm waters We were lucky to go hiking a couple times since the fall colors were spectacular!

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Door County - fall color Door County - fall color Door County - Fall ColorWhen you look closely in the woods, you find all sorts of cool things!

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We were also celebrating my mom’s birthday, so it was a treat to get away for the weekend and spent lots of time in the woods!

Terri

 

Hand-Lettered Friday

I’ve been practicing my hand-lettering more lately, traditionally and with my drawing tablet, so I thought it would be fun to share a hand-lettered quote this fine Friday to inspire you.

Hand Lettered If A Mountain

“If a mountain is difficult to climb, you don’t not climb it.” – Jared Leto

I did this hand lettering with my drawing tablet, which I’m getting used to more and more everyday. It’s hard to print all-caps letters that are on the same baseline with even kerning and leading!

I love this quote because it’s such a great reminder that just because something is hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. In fact, you SHOULD do it!

Hope you enjoy a great weekend!

Terri

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