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Animal Art Series: July Wildflowers + Pollinators

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’ve been busy working on a new theme of drawings each week. At the end of the week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration. And I’m learning how to draw so many new things this year, which is really exciting!

I finished some fun illustrations in July for my animal art series. My theme was Wildflowers + Pollinators, so I tried a variety of wildflowers, butterflies, bees, ants and birds.

animal art sketchbook wildflowers and pollinatorsOne of my good friends took a few pictures of me while working on some of these pages, which I thought might be fun to share.

painting in my sketchbook

Can’t wait to turn these sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish

Click here to see Weeks 17-20: Backyard Birds, Flamingos, Peacock and Macaws

Click here to see Weeks 21-25: Bugs: Neon Insects, Monarch Butterflies, Butterflies, Neon Spiders, and Moths

Click here to see Week 26: Nature is new every morning.

Click here to see Week 27: Wildflowers and Pollinators: Butterflies

Click here to see Week 28: Roadside Wildflowers and Pollinators

Click here to see Week 29: Wildflowers + Hummingbirds

Click here to see Week 30: Sunflowers + Pollinators

Week 30 Animal Art Series: Sunflowers + Pollinators

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’ve been busy working on a new theme of drawings each week. At the end of the week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration. And I’m learning how to draw so many new things this year, which is really exciting!

My theme for July is wildflowers and pollinators, so week 30 in my animal art series features sunflowers and pollinators.

animal art sketchbook sunflowers and pollinators

I challenged myself again to do the illustrations with just watercolors and my tiny paintbrushes, no Micron black pens. I love doing illustrations this way but I do love and miss working with my black pens.

Can’t wait to turn this playful sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish

Click here to see Weeks 17-20: Backyard Birds, Flamingos, Peacock and Macaws

Click here to see Weeks 21-25: Bugs: Neon Insects, Monarch Butterflies, Butterflies, Neon Spiders, and Moths

Click here to see Week 26: Nature is new every morning.

Click here to see Week 27: Wildflowers and Pollinators: Butterflies

Click here to see Week 28: Roadside Wildflowers and Pollinators

Click here to see Week 29: Wildflowers + Hummingbirds

Animal Art Series: May Recap

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’m working on a new weekly theme to do daily drawings, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration.

I did realize I had a theme going for May with four pages of bird illustrations.

Animal Art Series May birds

Can’t wait to turn this playful sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Week 20 Animal Art Series: Macaws

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’m working on a new weekly theme to do daily drawings, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration.

I finished my sketchbook page for week 20 in my animal art series, which was a small group of Macaws. I continued to do a similar process with this illustration: light pencil sketch, base color, details with my beloved tiny paintbrushes and a watercolor wash for the background.

week 20 animal art macaws

Can’t wait to turn this playful sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish

Click here to see Week 17: Backyard Birds

Click here to see Week 18: Flamingos

Click here to see Week 19: Peacock

Week 18 Animal Art Series: Flamingos

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’m working on a new weekly theme to do daily drawings, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration.

The theme for my week 18 sketchbook page was Flamingos. I’m continuing to do a similar process with this illustration: light pencil sketch, base color, details with my beloved tiny paintbrushes and a watercolor wash for the background.

week 18 sketchbook page flamingos

Can’t wait to turn this playful sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish

Click here to see Week 17: Backyard Birds

Week 17 Animal Art Series: Backyard Birds

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’m working on a new weekly theme to do daily drawings, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration.

The theme for my week 17 sketchbook page is Backyard Birds. I used watercolor for the base layers and all the outlining and details. I’m becoming more obsessed with illustration using my watercolor pans and tiny paintbrushes.

week 17 sketchbook page backyard birds

Can’t wait to turn this playful sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to fish

Shorebirds: Week 14 In My Animal Art Series

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’m working on a new weekly theme to do daily drawings, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration.

It’s been great fun been trying to draw all sorts of animals, so my latest theme was Shorebirds. I used watercolor, and tried hard not to use my black Micron pens for any outlining or details. I feel like I’m really learning to work with my paints and getting to know my paintbrushes better.

shorebirds sketchbook page

Can’t wait to turn this sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Week 1 drawings: Arctic Wildlife

Click here to see my Week 2 drawings: Horns and Hoofs

Click here to see my Week 3 drawings: African Safari

Click here to see my Week 4 drawings: Wool and Fiber

Click here to see my Week 5 drawings: Whales

Click here to see my Week 6 drawings: Bears

Click here to see Week 7 drawings: Owls

Click here to see Week 8 drawings: Wild Animals

Click here to see Week 9 drawings: Waterfowl

Click here to see Week 10 drawings: Waterbirds

Click here to see Week 11 drawings: Octopus

Click here to see Week 12 drawings: Sea Life

Click here to see Week 13 drawings: Coral Reef

Week 10 Sketchbook Page: Water Birds

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’m working on a new weekly theme to do daily drawings, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration.

It’s been great fun been trying to draw all sorts of animals, so last week’s theme was a variety of Water Birds, with a sunset splash of color in the background and more hand lettering practice.

Sketchbook page week 10 water birds

Can’t wait to turn this sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Week 1 drawings: Arctic Wildlife

Click here to see my Week 2 drawings: Horns and Hoofs

Click here to see my Week 3 drawings: African Safari

Click here to see my Week 4 drawings: Wool and Fiber

Click here to see my Week 5 drawings: Whales

Click here to see my Week 6 drawings: Bears

Click here to see Week 7 drawings: Owls

Click here to see Week 8 drawings: Wild Animals

Click here to see Week 9 drawings: Waterfowl

From My Sketchbook Pages: Bird Watching

I have been noticing a lot of birds hanging out in our crabapple tree over the past wintery month.

robin close-up

I recently borrowed a telephoto lens from a friend, so I’ve been practicing taking close-up pictures during my birdwatching pastime.cedar waxwings

The crabapples must be just the right ripeness because I’ve seen a lot of robins (robins here in winter?), cedar waxwings, and chickadees, the latter of which are usually around here in winter. Surprisingly, I haven’t seen many cardinals in awhile.

chickadee

It’s fun to observe things going on in nature, especially when it’s too cold to be outside exploring, so I like to capture those moments in my sketchbook while practicing my illustration style.

sketchbook page bird drawings

sketchbook page birdwatching

I started out with a pencil sketch and then added color. For this illustration, I broke out my set of Inktense watercolor pencils, which I haven’t used in a couple years. I love how you can control the vibrancy of the color with these pencils, different other watercolor mediums, by drawing in color with the pencil first and then going over those areas with a wet brush. You can make things really pop or you can get a more washed–out look. I really love using the Niji Waterbrushes because they are portable, in that they hold water in the handle. I also like the fine-tipped brush, which works well for me on more detailed illustrations like this.

inktense watercolor pencils

This is definitely one of my more favorite sketchbook pages, which is great motivation to do more illustrations like this!

Terri

Art Cards 2011 – Week 12

Last week, Michelle and I swapped cards to celebrate the first day of Spring.

She received my package so I’m excited to be able to share what I made for her. I was inspired by a photo she shared recently of a ribbon of daffodils growing across a field. Daffodils are such a cheerful flower, usually the first to bloom in my part of the world. Since I was mailing this little card to Michelle, I really wanted to created a postcard image. I found a piece of paper in my craft stash that had stamps all over it, and I saved one of those air mail stickers from another package I received from her.

I also found inspiration from one of my favorite spring flowers that will be blooming soon, crocuses, along with some lyrics from a Bob Dylan song that I know hold a special place in her heart.

The entire lyrics say “just to dance beneath the diamond sky, with one hand waving free, silhouetted by the sea, let me forget about today until tomorrow.”

I have to admit I was happy with how these turned out, so I made a duplicate set to have in my own journal.

I also made a couple more cards for the new week.

I have been inspired by all the spring bulbs trying so hard to come back to life here even though our temperatures continue to be cold (30 degrees F). I drew an illustration of the first tulip leaves to come up, cut them out and pasted them on a bright blue background for a 3-dimensional effect. I found a Chinese proverb that was a fitting sentiment to use for my journaling.

More and more birds have been returning to our part of the world, especially the common grackles, who act like bullies of the birdfeeders in our yard. They are fun to watch, but they are noisy and eat everything. I loved illustrating one of them clucking away because of the beautiful irridescent blue and purple and black colors of the feathers.

I haven’t added a journal sentiment to this card yet. I want to add this saying “Birds return every spring like clockwork, but where is the clock” but I’m not sure how to make all that fit on this little card. You know me, I’ll figure it out!

Be sure to stop by our Flickr group to see what Michelle and Sandra have been doing on their fun art cards.