Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Recent Adventures

Time really does escape me lately. I can't believe that in just a few days it's going to be my 40th birthday! I'm pretty excited. I'm a no fuss kinda gal, so I'm not doing anything extravagant. My days of going over the top are well and truly over! Anyway, in the lead up to this life event, I have been a little bit busy but I thought I would quickly post my recent adventures in art.

I love writing lists. My mind has been racing with ideas lately so I thought I would write them down. But I don't just write lists like regular people! I decided to create an entire cover page for my list of ideas and I've already doodled (not written) some ideas within. I figured it would be fun to make an art journal of ideas!

This is a doodle based on a pattern I saw on a skirt outside a thrift shop recently. I'd like to buy the skirt so I can repurpose it, but I have no idea how to use a sewing machine. Isn't that awful?

And lastly, my little owl doodle. We recently went on an overnight camping trip. Well, let's say a 'glamping' trip as accommodations were rather glamorous! I took my doodle book and pencil case and squeezed in a little art time when we weren't hiking through bush land. 

So, these are my adventures of late. I'm hoping to get a lot of creating done after my birthday celebrations so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Trip Down Memory Lane

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I would dig out my old journal with my old sketches in it. So yesterday, I went hunting through the book shelf and found it. After flicking through it's pages, I was actually quite surprised at some of the detail in the rough drafts within. It had always been a book for ideas. I'd scribble and doodle on scrap bits of paper while I was at work, or sitting around watching tv. I'd then stick them in my journal to go back to later, and draw a final copy. Many of the pictures never resulted in final copies, however, but some did. One day, I'll hunt those down for you too. In the meantime, here are just a few of the many, many doodles and sketches I did while I was in my 20's.

Messing around with the human form.

I've always loved dragons and would sketch them all the time. This one ended up being called Dragon Chook because it reminded me of a cross between a dragon and a chicken.

A face. I had focused on shadow play rather than sketching the outlines of the facial features.

Teddy on the floor.

One of my favourite movies is The Dark Crystal, and this is a picture of Aughra who was one of my favourite characters. When I worked in the video store, I would often draw the characters of movies using the video cover as a reference. This one got scrawled out in blue biro. (I've altered all the images to be in black and white for this post). 

Another blue biro sketch (yet altered to be in B&W). I loved to draw eyes too. I have a great drawing of a frogs eye somewhere.

So, there you go! As I looked through my old journal, I wondered if I would ever be able to draw like I used to. I find that I never have the time to sit down and immerse myself in a drawing like I used to, so I take pleasure in the art that I can do quickly and get instant satisfaction from. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Doodle Mania!

Recently I purchased copies of Craft-A-Doodle, by Jenny Doh and Art Doodle Love, by Dawn DeVries Sokol, and I've also borrowed myself a copy of Creative Doodling and Beyond, by Stephanie Corfee, from the local library. Since then, I have been in Doodle Mania mode! These have been incredibly inspiring books and I urge any of you, who love to draw, doodle and/or art journal, to go out and find yourselves copies of these books!

What I enjoy most about doodling is the freedom of not sketching things out with a pencil first, and just getting in there with the pen and going for it. Nice, raw lines and curves. I've said this before, and I'll say it again. I used to be very critical of my own work. Everything had to be perfect. A drawing HAD to look exactly the way I had wanted it to look, otherwise it would end up in the bin. Sadly, A LOT of my artwork ended up in the bin. On the rare occasion I would ever let anyone see my work, I would often be told that it was great. However, it wasn't perfect, it wasn't how I wanted it to look, so it would go in the bin. Had I known then what I know now, I would probably have several journals and folders full of artwork. I do have one that I've kept all these years. I'll drag it out and maybe post some stuff for you guys. So now, I'm not afraid to let go and just go crazy in an art journal, or doodle something crazy. I'm also not afraid to show people my work, which is a HUGE hurdle for me. I am always happy with the great stuff I can turn out, but I'm also grateful for the crappy pieces and the mistakes, as they are always something to learn from. And the best part is that the entire process is always great fun, no matter what the end result looks like.

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