Happy New Year! This year I am challenging myself to create a sketchbook journal with drawings of birds that I am seeing in my area. I have enjoyed bird watching for forty years and look forward to having birds as my sketching and drawing inspiration. Here are a couple of images that I have created to get started. The collage above has an Eastern Screech-Owl and the two birds below are the White-Breasted Nuthatch and the Greater Pewee.
This past weekend I was inspired to do a quick color illustration with three pears came home from the grocery store. Love that the size, color, and value are all different. Since this is the first time that I rendered pears using Copic Markers, the results are not quite as successful as I like my work to be. On the other hand, it is always good for me to work with a new subject so I can be expanding my rendering skills.
It was exciting for me to teach an introductory Copic marker class at Reddi-Arts this past Saturday morning. I really enjoyed learning from the students as they create their own images. Everyone was provided a pear which was used as our inspiration and visual reference for a drawing. To assist with the proportions of drawing the pear, we started with the box shape. I demonstrated marker rendering with the two images above. Below are two amazing images that were done by the students. The first image was done by a student who had watercolor experience and created a very expressive image. The second image was done by a gentleman who had experience blending the colors together successfully. Looking forward to the next class for sure!
Playing around with adding color to my drawings with copic markers. I am more comfortable using a subject that I am very familiar when learning to work with a new art medium. Flowers captivate my interest, keep me visually inspired and they seem to speak to me. I could not resist buying these beautiful tulips at the grocery store. They stayed on my drawing table for inspiration and provided an opportunity for me to learn more about using makers. How about you? What are you inspired to draw or use as your art subjects? How do you get a comfort level with your art work when using a new medium?
Interior designer Connie Riik , from Jacksonville Beach Florida, has graciously offered her design work for me to use as inspirations for my drawings. I admire her designs and use of finishes and textures. In this extra bedroom, she has designed a built in cabinet which successfully provides a decorative architectural feature that also functions for storage space.
For this image, when rendering the texture and pattern, my goal was to have a variety of each with contrasting values. Notice the bedspread pattern was drawn with lightly dashed lines and the dust ruffle with thin parallel lines. The top pillow was drawn with a suggested floral pattern and the two back pillows along with the headboard has parallel lines in different values. The open book shelf accessories are highlighted with pattern and a suggested shadow was drawn with parallel lines on the inside.
Interested in seeing more of her work? Check out her portfolio at the website CSR Interiors.
What a great idea to use the alphabet as a way to practice small thumbnail sketches. I would think that these small images can also be used to generate ideas for more finished pieces. These are from Catherine Carey’s studio blog ” Here is a quote from her blog ” I am an artist living, teaching, and painting in a beautiful, small, resort town on Little Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan. My creative passion is watercolor sketchbook journaling. On this blog I will post things that I am working on and things I am teaching in my classes.”
Practicing your drawing is an important aspect of improving your skills. I like to practice drawing subjects that I know well. I do find the most challenging part of practicing is that my images don’t look as good as I want them too. It is discouraging to finish a sketch and find it is discombobulated. This summer I have been learning about adding color and value to images using markers. Here is a quick sketch assisting me in learning about maker rendering techniques.
How do you find color inspiration for your work? When creating visual effects with color, do you consider the color harmony or using a color scheme? Using a complimentary color scheme in your work will create visual contrast, visual drama and excitement. Here is an image from the Design Seeds blog. This blog is full of color inspiration images that show the color palette.
The landscape image above uses a complementary color scheme. This scheme is made up of two hues which are opposite on the color wheel, blue and orange. Notice the visual drama is emphasized with the focal point having a low percentage of orange hue used against a high percentage of the blue hue.
This interior space was also created using a complimentary color scheme in hues of turquoise and red-orange with white as a neutral. I discovered this image on Exciting Windows by Kriss Hook blog.
Kriss Hook notes: “These colors are said to complement one another. When placed next to each other, a phenomenon known as simultaneous contrast occurs, wherein each color makes the other look more vibrant.” Here again, the color design uses has a low percentage of one hue, red-orange in the accessories against a large percentage of the the other hue, turquoise used in the walls and furniture. This combination of working with two hues across the color wheel with one have a low percentage of use and the other with a high percentage of use will successfully create images and interior spaces that is visual interesting and exciting.