In February I had fun participating in weekly character prompts, including a sharp-dressed man, a garden girl, a girl and her lil pig, and two fellas who love butter, using photo prompts provided by @housecatillustrations.
I illustrated this girl rockin her green jumpsuit with her poodle rockin a matching green bow, using a photo reference from @sarahvandongenillustrations Patreon.
I’m close to filling up a sketchbook, working on finishing a few spreads. I illustrated these sharp-dressed guys in three-piece suits, which I don’t see too often in real life anymore.
And I had fun illustrating this page of portraits of famous people from history.
I have been practicing mixing paints for a variety of skin tones so I prepped a few pages in my sketchbooks to practice drawing more faces and fun portraits.
In January I had fun participating in weekly character prompts, including a neon girl, a boy with his bread basket, a colorful woman at a cafe, and playing dress-up to read a children’s book, using photo prompts provided by @housecatillustrations.
I illustrated a few more characters using photo references from @sarahvandongenillustrations Patreon.
I’m close to filling up a sketchbook, working on finishing a few spreads I started last fall. I’ve been drawing people so much lately so this spread of animals from water to woods was fun to do, using a variety of media from gouache to watercolor and colored pencils.
I went through my photo library from 2022 to find the good moments, and there were a lot considering it was a weird year.
I filled up a lot of sketchbooks and made a lot of art. Looking back through my sketchbook art, I always wish I made more art but I am excited to finally be drawing people! Here’s my top nine according to Instagram:
Here’s some of my own personal favorites, some duplicates with my Instagram friends:
I am so grateful I got to travel to Naples, Florida early in the year for some rest and relaxation and one of my favorite things – beach time. I also got to spend time at the lake house on Lake Michigan in Door County and go on a few adventures close to home. If I had to pick some of my favorite adventures from this past year, I would choose these top nine, and some fun nature photos below that:
My dad unexpectedly passed away this year which was tough so I’m happy to have found some good moments that made me happy. Cheers to 2023!
In November I had fun participating in weekly character prompts, including a Girl in the hollow, Croissant girl, old guy reading in cafe, folktale girl, using photo prompts provided by @housecatillustrations.
I challenged myself to practice drawing more critters and people including, semi-blind contour continuous line drawings which was more fun than I thought it would be.
Art Challenge from November was #Folktale2022 week.
I didn’t read folktales or fairy tales as a kid – my mom thought they were too scary. Since I’ve been focusing on practicing drawing people, I decided to interpret each prompt word through a character:
I tried to limit myself to a small color palette with henna, peach, taupe, brown and midnight.
11/14 Fool – He dances with a head fully of silly wishes.
11/15 Tree – The enchanted forest can be a magical but ominous place.
11/16 Star – Make a wish upon a star!
11/17 Rebel – She is adventurous and fierce
11/18 Costume – Don’t let her beauty deceive you.
11/19 Potion – This apothecary has a flair for making magical potions.
11/20 Victory – Let the trumpets sound!
Art Challenge for December: #Advent_Challenge2022
12/1: Christmas dinner
12/7: Surprise visit
12/24: Snow globe
I had a lot of fun with last year’s Advent Challenge so I’m excited to participate again this year.
Plans for December:
I want to continue to do weekly character illustrations but I want to improve my compositions and keep putting them in scenes.
I still haven’t found time to try figure drawing so I’m keeping that on my to-do list. And I want to draw people in motion more than in static poses where they’re just standing or sitting on my pages.
And I also want to find some local sketch friends, people who like to draw who are interested in meeting every week or every other week to sketch together.
In October I had fun participating in weekly character prompts, including a Rainy day walk, A girl and her rooster, Gal pals, and Halloween cat in a hat using photo prompts from @housecatillustrations
For the month of October, I challenged myself to fill a sketchbook page with scary/scared faces with just a dark wash graphite pencil, which was quite fun. I love how this turned out!
I also managed to fill a few more sketchbook pages with my constant practicing of faces and critters.
New Tips and Techniques:
I learned from Greenleaf Blueberry to mix phthalo blue with brown ochre paints to make a variety of robin’s egg-themed colors. It’s always fun to mix colors and I adore these new combinations so I need to find the right character or story to use these.
We went on a couple local hiking adventures.
We had a autumn soiree, a backyard party with hot apple cider, stew and pie in a cup around a cozy bonfire.
Plans for November:
#Folktale2022 Week Challenge:
I didn’t read folktales or fairy tales as a kid – my mom thought they were too scary. I won’t be ready or have enough time to participate in this year’s #Folktale2022 challenge to illustrate a story with the word prompts: 11/14 Fool, 11/15 Tree, 11/16 Star, 11/17 Rebel, 11/18. Instead, I’m going to make time to learn more about folktales and figure out how to approach the challenge with a few story ideas I have brewing for my illustration style.
I want to continue to do the weekly character illustrations but I want to improve my compositions and start putting them in a scene.
I also want to finally try live figure drawing.
We will be hosting a small dinner party with family on Thanksgiving and we’re planning to go hiking once or twice. We will also be celebrating my birthday later this month.
Cheers to a productive and creative October and here’s to a happy and grateful November!
As part of my efforts of drawing people and illustrating characters, I’ve been practicing drawing faces in a few different ways. I’m not going for portraits or realistic renderings, just fun characters.
I adore how this page turned out! I used a photo reference of faces from Ukraine and gave each person a little frame.
This page started out as watercolor blobs and I added facial features with colored pencils. It feels silly which is fun because some of the faces are based on photos of people in my day-job office. Shhh! I also started a page of color swatches for skin, hair, highlights and accents for reference.
You know my motto, practice, practice, practice! Keep checking back for more progress and experimentation.
I’m having fun continuing to practice, practice, practice drawing people and illustrating characters. Lately, I’ve been adding a little buddy to each of my characters, which just adds that little extra sparkle to a character’s personality and the sketchbook page.
I am also really loving working with colored pencils these days. Most of my illustrations over the years have been graphite, ink and watercolor, so it feels like trying this medium is really expanding my illustration skills.