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!
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!
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!
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.
On breaks, I wandered around the greenhouse, admiring all they do, especially the fresh-cut room full of lovelies.
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.
What a fulfilling weekend!
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.
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!
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.
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.
2. Then I do a couple quick, rough doodles with a ball point pen, sort of like an outline.
3. 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.
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.
The last day we were there the winds completely died down and the waters were calm.
We were lucky to go hiking a couple times since the fall colors were spectacular!
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!
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.
“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!