Copic Marker Color Flowers

Sunflower Pair AAlways enjoy working with a series of similar subjects.  Here are a pair of Copic Marker rendered flower  images.  I find that my drawing and rendering work will improve as I play around with the same subject.  I tend to let go of focusing on technique which frees me up to move into the expression of the image.

Sunflower Pair B Dark

Flower Sketches using Conte Crayons

Drawing Zinna Conte 1Super busy time for me so I quickly sketched fresh flowers that I got at the Black Mountain tailgate farmers’ market from the Urban Farm Girl booth.  Elaine and Bryan supply organically grown cut flowers, raised from seed to bloom to the community for community for weddings, special occasions and events.  Check out their website with beautiful images of the flower arrangements, Urban Farm Girl.

For these line drawings I used Conte crayons to add color and then took snap shots of the drawings on my phone.

Sketch with Conte 2

Monarch and Milkweed Copic Marker Illustration

Milkweed Monarch FinishLove my opportunity to create illustrations for the Plough & Pantry magazine, which is a Farm-to-table living in the mountains and the foothills publication.  This illustration was included in “Milkweed:  Critical for monarchs, beautiful for your garden” article.  Fun to explore the monarch cycle and the connection it has to milkweed.  Cheers!

World Watercolor Month with Orange Kitties

Cat & Chair

Celebrating World Watercolor Month with a couple of orange cat images.  Just cleaned out a file box with watercolor images that I did several years ago.  Here is my big orange kitty, Leo, in our wicker chair and an orange kitty at a front door that was inspired from a photograph. Happy Watercolor Painting!

Cat & Door

Learning Philosophies

Check out this information on learning philosophies!  I am appreciating that it is set up perfectly for visual learners! The back ground color groupings, graphic images, symbols and short bits of information are just right for me to understand the information being presented.

The Big Three: Comparing Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia Learning Philosophies

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Copic Marker Interior Rendering

Class Finish AHere is a finished in class demonstration that I did from my summer marker class.  Below are the first two steps that I used in a PowerPoint for the students to follow.  I had a total of five steps and included the list of Copic markers that were used.

FloorClass LampClass Hues B

Practicing Cylinder Line Drawing

3 Mugs in a row sketchPracticing is one of the key aspects of improving your drawing skills.  The core skill for me that needs practice is drawing cylinders.  I like to practice using repetition.  Notice in the sketch above, I started on the left and sketched cylinder shapes multiple times of different objects.  One of the technique that I like to use when drawing cylinders, is to use a pencil line down the middle with horizontal lines placed proportionately down the object for both the width and height of each section.  Below is an illustration from my perspective book on cylinder drawing with a center-line technique.


Found a great article on the Learning to See blog focused on how to practice drawing effectively.  In a blog article Paul identifies the three critical steps for effective practice:

  1. Identify the core skills that you need to practice
  2. Decide on a way to practice those skills in isolation from everything else – focus on each skill separately, one at a time
  3. Make an appointment with yourself and allocate some time for regular practice.

Be sure to check out this blog site:  Learning To See –  Inspiration and practical advice for aspiring realist artists.