Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This week's Illustration Friday word is Rescue. So I was trying to think of when I last felt "rescued." And I think I feel rescued when ever I am in my own little world, drawing, crocheting, reading, and doing all the little things I enjoy doing. And I got to pay homage to Danny Gregory and his book An Illustrated Life, which rescued me from the lack of inspiration. I really don't think I'd still feel so inspired to draw so consistently if I hadn't come across this book. Plus... it lead me to Illustration Friday!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
My Illustration Friday drawing for this week's word: Brave. I can remember the first time I jumped off the high dive like it was yesterday. I have no idea how old I was. Maybe eight? I stood up there for awhile. Too scared to jump, too proud to climb back down that ladder. When I finally jumped and came to the surface, I remember swimming toward my mom who was waiting for me by the side of the pool. I was laughing. I did it! When I climbed out, she hugged me and I burst out crying. It wasn't because it hurt when I hit the water, or because it scared the crap out of me. It was just so emotional!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This is my second Illustration Friday entry! The word of the week is Propagate. These are three plants I have on a shelf in our house. The first was from a cutting from my sister's plant and the next one is from a farm fair. The one in the vase is currently growing its roots and is from another plant in my house - which was originally taken from a plant that lived at the copy center I worked at on campus in college!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I drew this one night while enjoying a cup of Earl Grey tea. I usually draw in pen, and don't sketch in pencil first, so that I have to deal with any mistakes (finding that they usually work themselves out.... usually). Anyway, I totally screwed up the ellipses so I went with it and made the rest of the drawing look a little "off." I think I like it that way.
I have drawn my whole life. But after graduating from college, I rarely made time to be creative.
Last summer I decided to start keeping a small sketch book. Within a few days of my Decision, I came across Danny Gregory's book, An Illustrated Life. I love when the Universe gives you what you need when you need it! (I highly recommend this book, and others that he's written, by the way.) Since then, I have more sketches in my little sketch book than I think I've done, total, in the past 10 years!
My drawings aren't much, but I think that's the awesome thing about them! Looking back, I think I avoided creating "artwork" because I felt I had to spend HOURS creating something perfect. And then... what would I do with it? Stick it in my closet?
That's what I love about my sketch book. It's easily accessible, as are pens, pencils, magazines, glue, etc. I can spend one minute or one hour on something. There is no pressure to create something "perfect." And everything is contained in a cute little book. Plus, there is this record of the time I spend doing something for ME!
So this is my new Blog. I am going to SHARE my sketchbook with... the world? Well... if the world happens to find me, I guess. I'm a little nervous about this. But I found the website Illustration Friday (also very cool, and something I came across while looking up artists in Danny Gregory's book)! And I've decided to join the fun, when I have time. But in order to do that, I had to have somewhere to store my drawings. So, here they are: my blog... my sketches...