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.

sketchbook painting root vegetables

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.

sketchbook root vegetables - carrots

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sketchbook root vegetables - sweet potato and turnip

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

Notes From the Weekend: Fall At the Botanical Gardens

I went to the local botanical gardens on Friday afternoon to soak up some fresh air and see what’s new for fall.

mountain ash at botanical gardens

leaves at botanical gardens IMG_4685The sugar maple tree is always the one of the first to turn colors around here, and it offers quite a show with its vibrant yellows and oranges.
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sugar maple leaves at botanical gardens

tipped leaves at botanical gardens

red grasses at botanical gardens

There’s such a wonderful variety of colors and textures in the planters throughout the botanical gardens.

fall planter at botanical gardens

fall container at botanical gardens

fall planter at botanical gardens

fall planter at botanical gardens

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I love this hanging basket that lives in a shady spot throughout the growing seasons. Definitely want to try this in spring on our front porch, which faces north and doesn’t get any direct sunlight.

hanging moss planter at botanical gardensI was happy to spot my first wooly bear caterpillar of the season!wooly bear caterpillar at botanical gardensI was also surprised to see a few butterflies still hanging around, like this red admiral. I saw a couple monarch butterflies and a variegated frittilary butterfly too.
red admiral butterfly at botanical gardensIt was such a treat to visit the botanical gardens in fall. My next visit probably won’t be until December to check out what their gardeners have done to the grounds for the holiday season.

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.

Do what you fear

“Do what you fear and the fear disappears.” – David Schwartz

There are many things I don’t do as an artist because of fear, such as more hand-lettering, using my drawing tablet, showing my work, putting myself out there in the marketplace, and marketing myself and my work. So this print has a little bit of all that!

I experimented with a few fonts, which I actually liked better, but the point of this exercise was to try more hand-lettering, get used to and learn to like my hand-lettering. The background print is a sneak-peak at something else I’m working on these days ;)

Hope you enjoy a great weekend!

Terri

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