Creative Week #12

I didn't forget, just a little late. :) A new week and a new sketchbook. I've had to get used to this new size. I went from a 5"x5" to 5.5"x8.5" so it's a little different. I'm also working on each page, back and front, and not stressing about it showing through, just to trying to use up each page.

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Creative Week #11

Well, after weeks of taking care of alternating sick kids...now I'm not feeling good. Boo! I did manage to stay creative and I hope I'll find the strength to draw something tonight. I also managed to FINISH a sketchbook! That was exciting. I think I've only ever filled three sketchbooks but usually it takes years, not months. Have a good weekend!

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Creative Week #10

It's been a long week of sickness here. :( I still managed to get creative but it was a miracle! On a happy notes, the weather is beautiful here in Michigan! I've never been so happy to see temps in the 50s.

64/365 - gouache on black paper

64/365 - gouache on black paper

65/365 - gouache on black paper

65/365 - gouache on black paper

66/365 - watercolor and pen - red panda

66/365 - watercolor and pen - red panda

67/365 - watercolor and pen

67/365 - watercolor and pen

68/365 - watercolor and pencil

68/365 - watercolor and pencil

69/365 - watercolor, pencil, gouache

69/365 - watercolor, pencil, gouache

Watercolor and pen

Watercolor and pen

Creative Week #9

Well, portrait month (February) is done. I don't think I'm going to have a theme for March. This has been a week of experimentation, as well. I've drawn, painted, used crayons, pens, gouache, acrylic and collage! Whew! If you'd like to see what I do everyday, feel free to follow me on Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Pencil and watercolor

Pencil and watercolor

58/365 – pencil, pen and crayon

58/365 – pencil, pen and crayon

59/365 – Self-portrait, pencil and watercolor

59/365 – Self-portrait, pencil and watercolor

60/365 - Collage, acrylic on cut up paper

60/365 - Collage, acrylic on cut up paper

61/365 – Collage, acrylic on cut up paper, watercolor and pen background

61/365 – Collage, acrylic on cut up paper, watercolor and pen background

62/365 - landscape, gouache in sketchbook

62/365 - landscape, gouache in sketchbook

63/365 – acrylic background, white gel pen

63/365 – acrylic background, white gel pen

Bootcamp Gallery for February

I forgot to post that the gallery for the MATS Bootcamp Assignment is open! Go take a look. I'm on page 6 this time so not as far at the end as in January. There are some really beautiful and interesting takes on the assignment. Talk about a creative group of artists! There is no assignment for March and I can't wait for April!

MATS February Assignment - Wall Art

I was pretty excited about the February assignment for the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp. We were still going to be doing a scene based on our research and it was still going to be round, but it was going to be wall art. And it was to be painted on a piece of wood! That was exciting to me because I am way more comfortable with traditional medium (like paint) than digital. Even though I want to become more comfortable making art digitally, this assignment was a welcome distraction! 

I was able to find slices of wood from Michael's. I got two different sizes in case I messed up and also because I had a couple ideas. 

This is the first idea I painted and mocked up.

This is the first idea I painted and mocked up.

The scene I ended up submitting to the MATS gallery was an idea I got from my grandmother's swan dive photograph. 

The final piece submitted to the gallery.

The final piece submitted to the gallery.

I am happy with it but, of course, there are things I wish I could change. I do kind of wish I had let more wood show through in the sky. Like maybe instead of solid blue, just have a blue wash. I think that would've made the bunny pop a little more. I'm thinking of turning this into a series and having other scenes of bunny's friends doing fancy dives, too. :)

Creative Week #8

Another day, another drawing...no, wait, is that how the saying goes? Two months of putting pencil/pen/paintbrush to paper and I've learned a lot! It's so much easier for me to get started even when I don't feel like it. I've even learned to tell the scary blank page to "shut it!" a time or two and just keep moving forward.

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Drawing of my great grandmother. What a cute flapper she was!

Drawing of my great grandmother. What a cute flapper she was!

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My cutie 2nd cousin, Collin.

My cutie 2nd cousin, Collin.

My mom in the late 70s. What a babe! Still working on this one.

My mom in the late 70s. What a babe! Still working on this one.

Someone on Instagram asked me if she had a name. I think Annabel fits her nicely. My husband should like that. It's the name he wanted for a girl when we had our son. ;) 

Someone on Instagram asked me if she had a name. I think Annabel fits her nicely. My husband should like that. It's the name he wanted for a girl when we had our son. ;) 

Playing with my new Uni-ball Signo white pen on black paper.

Playing with my new Uni-ball Signo white pen on black paper.

The Bootcamp February "Mini"

For the February Make Art That Sells Bootcamp "Mini," the assignment was plate scenics. The examples given to us were basically scenes on a plate or drawing a scene with a round form in mind. The purpose of the "mini" is to give the students a fun warm-up to get us ready for the main assignment that comes the following week. I spent some time pinning a few examples to help me get started on my sketches.

Click on picture to go to my Pinterest board.

Click on picture to go to my Pinterest board.

And below are some of my very initial sketches. 

Little girl in a forest of giant flowers and, on the right, this sketch was actually an older sketch but I thought maybe I'd try to make it work for this assignment.

Little girl in a forest of giant flowers and, on the right, this sketch was actually an older sketch but I thought maybe I'd try to make it work for this assignment.

A bee theme and, on the right, it's hard to tell, but my thought was Rapunzel looking down from her tower and her braided hair swirling around. This was a very quick sketch!

A bee theme and, on the right, it's hard to tell, but my thought was Rapunzel looking down from her tower and her braided hair swirling around. This was a very quick sketch!

And then a swan dive idea. The picture that inspired me was this one of my grandma doing a swan dive in 1940. One of my favorite pictures. :)

And then a swan dive idea. The picture that inspired me was this one of my grandma doing a swan dive in 1940. One of my favorite pictures. :)

I'll post the assignment on Friday. :)

Creative Week #7

It has been a busy week! But I still got my 7 drawings done. :)

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44/365 – Acrylic on wood. This little girl is for the Make Art That Sells bootcamp (post coming eventually).

44/365 – Acrylic on wood. This little girl is for the Make Art That Sells bootcamp (post coming eventually).

45/365 - Inspired by the Instagram of @littledrill (again).

45/365 - Inspired by the Instagram of @littledrill (again).

This little beauty inspired by the Instagram of @blogalacart 

This little beauty inspired by the Instagram of @blogalacart 

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I did end up adding some color to their dresses.

I did end up adding some color to their dresses.

Creative Week #6

Six weeks have come and gone and I feel like I'm getting into a groove. I really look forward to my drawing time every day. I've been trying to do portraits/people everyday this month. So far, so good. My 8-year-old son's portrait has been the biggest challenge. I've discovered it's hard to draw boys! I'll have to try to draw him again...maybe. 

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37/365 - wanted to try something a little different and more illustrated with the hair and I think I love it.

37/365 - wanted to try something a little different and more illustrated with the hair and I think I love it.

38/365 - a friend asked me to draw her picture in this style. I was happy with how it turned out - and so was she!

38/365 - a friend asked me to draw her picture in this style. I was happy with how it turned out - and so was she!

Missed my watercolors and wanted to try a kid again. I think it's ok, but borderline creepy. Ha!

Missed my watercolors and wanted to try a kid again. I think it's ok, but borderline creepy. Ha!

Wanted to try more of a children's book style.

Wanted to try more of a children's book style.

41/365 - Part 1. This drawing was inspired by this picture.

41/365 - Part 1. This drawing was inspired by this picture.

42/365 - The finished piece. 

42/365 - The finished piece. 

We did get our new assignment for MATS bootcamp so I will have to write a post on that soon. See you next Creative Week!

Liebster Award - Getting to Know Other New Blogs

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I was honored to be nominated for a Liebster Award by Jennifer from Made to Nurture. It's a fun way to discover other blogs with less than 200 followers (like myself) and have new people read your blog, too! I was excited to participate. My requirements were to tell 11 random facts about myself, answer Jennifer's 11 questions, and nominate 11 other new (or small-less than 200 followers) blogs to do the same. :)

11 Random Facts About ME

  1. I have a super short attention span for music. Most usually just annoys me.
  2. I memorize and can recall most commercial jingles (even though I don’t like music). I don’t do it on purpose.
  3. I once rode the tram in the Detroit airport with Kevin Bacon. I was too freaked out to say anything to him, though. I was surprised I had that reaction around a celebrity.
  4. I started out in college as a pre-med major (then switched to art in my 2nd year).
  5. I kind of wished I’d trained to be a medical illustrator.
  6. I don’t like any dark colored pop (soda) - coke, pepsi, root beer, etc. = yuck.
  7. My husband and I went to school together from 5th-10th grade. He left to go to a different school and I didn’t see him for 15 years even though we lived in the same small town. Then, we were matched on eHarmony…and the rest is history!
  8. I’m a true introvert in that I need alone time to recharge. Being around people definitely zaps my energy. I also rarely feel the need to leave my house. Ha ha.
  9. I have visited England, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Japan (only in the airport on a layover), Mexico and Canada. I would love to travel to France and Turkey someday!
  10. My favorite color is gray.
  11. I have 3 kids ages 11, 8 and 3.

Jennifer's Questions for Me

1) What is your passion in life?

Other than faith and family, it's definitely art. I read about art, think about art and do art as often as I can!

2) How did you choose your blog name?

I knew I wanted to create an art blog, but I also thought about it as "drawing myself out" so it became drawingsarah.

3) Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to make art on a more consistent basis and I figured a blog would help keep me accountable.

4) How do you organize your blogging schedule?

My goal has always been to draw and paint everyday but I try to blog once a week. So I really don't have a schedule even though I know I should.

5) If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?

This feels shallow and I'll probably think of someone more meaningful after I publish this post, but I'd love to meet the actress, Kate Winslet.

6) What do you hope to accomplish in 2015?

I really hope to open an etsy shop and make a sale!

7) Name three characteristics that best describe yourself.

Creative, Loyal, Sassy (to close friends)

8) What is your dream job?

Illustrator!

9) Who do you admire the most?

Rather than choosing one person, I'm going to say I admire those most who have integrity, who are the same behind closed doors as they are in public.

10) Favourite song of all time

*See Random Things about Me #1 - ha ha. Anyway, probably Yesterday by The Beatles.

11) Favourite quote

"I hope you live a life you're proud of." – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Blogs I Nominate (Go check them out!)

Beatriz Acevedo

Sarah Clare

Emily Cromwell

Inga Foltz

Tasha Goddard

Dawn Gonzales

Julie Harrison

Allyn Howard

Melissa M Iwai

Nancie Rowe-Janitz

Tessa Rath

11 Questions for My Nominees to Answer

  1. When did you first know you had a talent for art?
  2. What is your favorite medium?
  3. Do you ever fear the blank page? How do you overcome that fear?
  4. What is a goal for 2015?
  5. What is the most challenging thing about the art you make?
  6. Describe a typical day. Do you keep a schedule?
  7. What inspires you most?
  8. Coffee or tea? What is your favorite drink?
  9. What is the best art advice/tip you've ever received?
  10. Are you a self-taught artist or did you go to art school? Where? For self-taught, did you read books, take online classes, etc?
  11. What is your favorite social media? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Any others?

Ladies, I can't wait to read your answers to these questions! I checked out all the blogs and there is so much beautiful work to drool over!

Thanks again, Jennifer, for nominating me. This was fun!

Creative Week #5

I can't believe another week has come and gone. For the month of February, I'm thinking of doing all portraits. I'll probably mix it up with different styles and medium and there might be a reason I picked the shortest month of the year. Ha ha! And now that January is over, I'll have to always look at the drawing the day before to figure out the #/365. :)

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My daughter, Emma.

My daughter, Emma.

My son, Aiden. His face is a little wonky (in the drawing, not in real life!). This one made me remember that boys are hard to draw!

My son, Aiden. His face is a little wonky (in the drawing, not in real life!). This one made me remember that boys are hard to draw!

My son, Eli.

My son, Eli.

This one was inspired by a picture on the Instagram account of @littledrill. This was created with black acrylic paint and a white paint pen.

This one was inspired by a picture on the Instagram account of @littledrill. This was created with black acrylic paint and a white paint pen.

Art Manifesto

A couple weeks ago, people participating in the Make Art That Sells bootcamp, were emailed a sort-of bonus project – a manifesto competition. Create an art manifesto based on what you've learned from the Make Art That Sells courses. Having only taken one course, and only in the first month of that, I immediately thought I didn't have time for it. I was busy with work and finishing up January's assignment, too. But once work calmed down and the assignment was turned in, I started to think about it. I got inspired and, of course, it turned out exactly the opposite of what I had originally pictured in my head. Isn't that always how it goes?

My manifesto...

It's different for me with the dark background and hand lettering but I think I love it. What do you think? Do you have a manifesto, mantra or just a word that you are trying to live by this year?

We also got our February mini assignment today so I'll be back with a post on that soon!

The Bootcamp Gallery is Open!

It's open! I was so excited to see what all the other artists had submitted and there is some gorgeous work! Take a look here.

I ended up on page 10! They're not in alphabetical order so I think they are probably in the order they were submitted. Guess it pays to get done and submitted early. That's a goal of mine for next month.

There I am, in the middle on page 10!

There I am, in the middle on page 10!

After not looking at it for a couple days, am I in love with my design? Not so much. I like it but it's very clean and looks very digital to me, if that makes sense. I prefer art that looks more hand drawn or maybe it just needed better execution on the computer. Or maybe it was the colors. I didn't have time to deviate much from my original idea so I probably would've tried other things. That's ok, though. Thankful for the learning experience and motivation to keep creating.

MATS Bootcamp Journal Design Assignment

I wrote about joining Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Bootcamp here. Well, I completed and submitted the first assignment yesterday – an Edwardian theme journal cover. The private facebook group has about 700 members and it is an amazing artistic community where people shared their art and got feedback. A public gallery will be open tomorrow and I can't wait to see everyone's finished work.

I thought I'd share some more sketches and then my final design. 

drawingsarah.com | MATS sketches
drawingsarah.com | MATS sketches
drawingsarah.com | MATS sketches
drawingsarah.com | MATS sketches

And the final design...

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I'm excited for next month's project and also glad to take a week off! :)

Books I Read Last Year

Last year, I probably read more books than I had in the previous ten years combined! I always thought I wasn't much of a reader, was too slow or just didn't have the time. Well, last year I didn't have more time but I decided to try to read more and to also try fiction. I had usually read non-fiction and most of the time just couldn't finish. I would feel bad if I couldn't get into a book and gave up reading it. Then I felt like I shouldn't start a new book until I finished the boring one. 

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I discovered I needed stories that sucked me in pretty quickly...and then I couldn't put it down. I even tried some YA.

Here's what I read: (Disclaimer: some I'd recommend and some I wouldn't.)

On my hopeful list for this year is the next two books in the Divergent Series (Insurgent and Allegiant), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, The Vacationers by Emma Straub, It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell and to finish reading How to Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon and Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon. We shall see how I do this year.

What books do you like to read? What is your favorite genre? Do you have any must read suggestions?

Creative Week #2

I made it through another week of doing a daily painting or drawing. There were a couple days that I had to finish up a drawing on the following day but I did DRAW EVERY DAY! And that is the goal. Woo hoo!

A boy and his pug. This reminds me of my son and our dog, Pudgy.

A boy and his pug. This reminds me of my son and our dog, Pudgy.

Edwardian locket, inspired by the mini assignment I'm working on.

Edwardian locket, inspired by the mini assignment I'm working on.

Another Edwardian inspiration.

Another Edwardian inspiration.

Edwardian inspiration – gems!

Edwardian inspiration – gems!

It's really COLD here and snowy and I needed something green!

It's really COLD here and snowy and I needed something green!

I guess I was hungry for cookies!

I guess I was hungry for cookies!

Monochromatic with Edwardian inspiration.

Monochromatic with Edwardian inspiration.

I Love Learning – Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp

Yep, I'm a nerd. ;) I love learning and I especially love learning about art and how to improve my art. That's why I take classes as often as I can. My husband jokes that we need a line in the budget called "Sarah's Classes." Oops. I really try not to spend too much and find classes that give the most bang for the buck. On black Friday, I decided to buy the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp class (since it was on sale) by Lilla Rogers. You can read a little more about Lilla Rogers here but, in short, she is this amazingly successful art agent that I've only heard good things about! 

The 6-month class consists of a "mini" that you get on the first Monday of each month. This assignment is designed to be fun and get you warmed up and the creativity flowing. On the 2nd Monday of the month we get our final assignment that turns our initial sketches into a finished piece (perhaps ready to sell!) due by the 3rd week of the month. Then we also get a special piece of advice on life, art, or business, too. 

What I'm finding the most valuable about this class so far (and I'm only a week in) is the community! We have a private facebook group full of artists both new and returning to do another round of bootcamp. These artists are so inspiring and encouraging, like nothing I've experienced since art school!

Now for the mini: this month was "Edwardian Brooches." I had no idea what that meant. Ha ha. Guess I slept through class the day that period was covered in art history. Did some quick wiki searching and it's the time period from about 1900-1914. If I remember correctly, you can see a lot of Edwardian eye candy in the movie Titantic. It coincides with and is influenced by the belle époque and art nouveau periods, as well. It was marked by designs that were delicate and feminine with lots of diamonds and symmetry.

Edwardian brooches can all be found with a quick search on Pinterest.

Edwardian brooches can all be found with a quick search on Pinterest.

Here are some of my very initial sketches. A little embarrassing posting these in their super early stage but here I go anyway. I have more time today and this weekend to sketch so guess what I'll be doing?!

drawingsarah.com | initial Edwardian brooch sketches

I can't wait to get into these even more. You know what I'll be doing this weekend. What will you be doing? :)