20 October 2013

What do you do when you can't draw?

I injured my shoulder some time ago. Like me I tried just ignoring it. And like usual it has just got worse. Right now I am at the point where I really can't enjoy drawing. And that is so frustrating. End of year assignments to get done, lots of things happening, I just want to draw and relax and have fun.

I found this blog the other day. I have heard about NaNoWriMo, where people write a novel in the month of November. Well I'm not into writing novels, these days. But what about PiBoIdMo! These is something I can get in to. Picture Book Idea Month! A lot of my ideas for illustrations evolve around children's books. I have come up with a couple of ideas for books myself to illustrate. So this will fit in very nicely. And gives me a break from drawing if I'm not up for it.

The idea is to come up with at least 30 ideas for picture books during November. I can do that... I think. Well worth a try. Thank you so much to Tara Lazar for the idea and promoting it.

Here it the official logo. Click on the logo to check out the official blog site. Lets all join in and have some fun.



I'll let you know how I go. And hopefully I'll be sketching those ideas soon.

10 October 2013

Life drawing - Pirate style

We had a special life drawing class today. Instead of a nude model she was dressed up as a pirate with assorted props. I must say the addition of clothes actually created a whole new set of challenges. It was a fun morning. It was great to get back into life drawing. I really should look for a local class or group that offers it. It really helps my drawing overall.

Here are some of my sketches. All done in A3 sketchbook using Lamy Safari fountain pen. I really like using this pen as it glides smoothly and helps me stay loose.

10 min sketches



20 min sketch


and some action shots, each pose 4 mins


I am thinking of using one or more of these sketches and developing them further into paintings. What do you think?

03 October 2013

A busy art morning

Been having a super busy and productive art morning. While waiting for the paint to dry on my assignment I have been drawing and painting up a storm in mini sketches.

There are some watercolours in my handmade sketchbook. Like usual a real mix of topics.






Did a couple of portraits in pen. Yes even tried another self portrait. I am constantly amazed at how different they turn out each time. Is this really me? Which one is me? Guess all part of how I feel each day. I tried to keep them loose. Loose is my word for the day.




And a couple of other sketches in my all purpose book.




I feel good to have achieved so much. They might not be the best standard but it is all part of keeping the flow going. I am happier with some more than others but that always happens anyway.