Welcome to Art Swirls 2. ! I am excited to do this one today because I hunted for a few drawings on Google and came up with two drawings to try freehand. I didn’t measure anything at all…just used the good ole’ eyeballs. 😉
Image 1: Chip (beauty and the beast)
Image 2: Cala Lilly
Image 3: Silhouettes (taken from one of Walter T. Foster’s art books.)
This one had more room for creativity. I sorta’ just chose a bunch of random objects to draw, and some from memory. This is what I came out with.
I did the drawing of Chip as a ‘promo’ art for the live action Beauty and the Beast. Anyone else hoping to ‘be their guest’ this March?
I promised anew series, right? Well…here’s another one. Basically- there will be three contributors to this series: Emma, (me) Emily (from guest post), and Ellie. The three E’s, the three musketeers 😛 . Today’s post is by Ellie and I (we’ll mostly focus on my drawing as Ellie was behind me in steps). Here’s the inspiration/prompt photo for this project.
Step One: choose your colors.
Step Two: start with the yellow in the background.
Step Three: add water to your brush along with a drop more of white paint. The, dab the brush around the lighter area- lightening it further.
Tip: Notice the shape of the lighter area looks sort of like a heart. You can also remove any hair from off the painting with anything sharp- just don’t dig a hole through your painting!
Step Four: now darken the ‘dark’ spots with the normal yellow. Then, dry it with a hairdryer.
Step Five: Now choose a circular object in the size that you want the center of your flower to be, and trace around it with a pencil.
Step Six: Now freehand two wider circles around the original circle.
Tip: if you want to be more precise, you can find two more objects about the size that you want them to be. Be as creative as you like- just try to stay somewhat with the reference photo.
Step Seven: Freehand in the five petals.
Step Eight: and now you may freehand the shape/outline of the ladybug.
Tip: try drawing three dots for the circular shape of the ladybug. And also notice that the dots aren’t right on top of each other. Rather, the bottom two are a little to the right of the top two.
Step Nine: the next step is to add your lighter blue with a medium angled brush. And also the normal red of the ladybug. Also add more circles around your original ones, according to what you think of the reference photo.
Step Ten: Now you can begin blending in and adding some of your dark color all over the petals.
Tip: Look at the way the reference photo looks. Especially focus on the blending of the petals.
Step Eleven: the petals should look similar to what you see in my below photo. The next step is to add your dark color the the very first circle around the middle. Then add red to the circle directly below it.
Step Twelve: Now for the fun! Experiment with colors and blending in the middle of the flower. Just make sure whatever you do is well blended.
Step Thirteen: Paint in the ladybug and it’s details. Make sure that you dry it and everything else before adding the white highlight to it. Then TA-DA! You’re done.
Hope you guys enjoyed this!
Special thanks: To Ellie, for helping me hold things for the shot, and for painting with me.
Another quick post (taking a break from taking a break from blogging for one more post) to show you a drawing that Nathanael (my little brother) did about a month ago now.
I think he’s a lot better than the last time when I posted one of his drawings. He’s really improved at grasping the actual shape of whatever he’s drawing. This is actually only like the second drawing I’ve done with him. I thought I would post this in honor of the fact that I won’t be attending art classes anymore–which was the main reason this blog was founded. But don’t worry, I won’t stop drawing. It’s the kind of thing where no matter how much you may want to be done–you never will. Mostly because I like it too much 🙂 .
Here’s his first drawing of a panda bear that he drew with me (for your comparison).
I think the area that he needs the most work on right now is blending. Particularly background blending. But I am also certain he gets better every time.
What do you think?
Do you ever hold mini ‘art classes’ with your siblings?
Yesterday afternoon I was given the (scary) fun task of ‘babysitting’ my three younger siblings. Mom and my older sister were off to Nashville for H’s piano lesson. And dad was sick, so I was in charge. A few moments before they left- Mom asked me if I would do a ‘fall’ craft with the kids. I had been wanting to try out a few Pinterest style crafts and so…I did. And I am happy we did.
The Hand Trees…
Sorry about the blurriness… for some reason my siblings didn’t enjoy standing still for long! 🙂
The Fall Leaves Wreath
Then we went and gathered fall leaves, emphasis on color.
Have y’all done any fall-inspired crafts lately?
What is your #1 favorite thing about fall?
Do you use pinterest? (I’m a pinterest crazy person!)
What do YOU think of our crafts? Any ideas for another craft? 🙂
I’m a week late for this particular post (I said I’d be done last week…but apparently I wasn’t 🙂 ) but–‘better late than never’, right? So here is my tiger…
I am thinking of touching him up some more (especially in the eye and snout areas) but then I’m gonna’ call it a day with him. This drawing took longer than I expected, although I suspect I could’ve gotten him done quicker at home. Though he might not have turned out quite as well? 🙂 For some reason I’m finding myself slowly addicted to ‘big cats’. I seem to draw them the most out of everything. But don’t worry…based upon blogger requests– I’m going to take a crack at drawing Cinderella from the movie that came out recently and I will be mostly focusing on her face. I am a leetle tinsy bit nervous here…as this will be my first time actually tackling skin color. Sure, I’ve cheated. But this is (hopefully) the real thing. So there you go!
What would you like to see me draw more of?
What have y’all been drawing lately?
Anyone getting ambitious and taking on any drawing challenges?
I haven’t done this in a while. Shared a personal update…I’ve shared drawing updates and book reviews though 🙂 . I’m never too busy to draw or read, right? I mean…that simply isn’t possible! 🙂 *right*…
High School is keeping me busy. I am SO close to being done– except I’m not done. 😦 I am taking Geometry, The Creative Writer, Exploring Creation with Biology & Biology 101, and a big history/humanities course called Gileskirk. I have already taken Antiquity, Modernity, and American Culture. I am taking Christendom this year (just started!) which I am so far enjoying.
2. Competitions. As several of you already know…I have been involved in several competitions. I already mentioned the Tennessee Magazine Artist’s Palette…but the Putnam County Fair took more time by far. I literally prepare for that year round. I am so relieved that it’s over! *AHEM* Until next year, of course. Even now I am thinking of new crafts and projects/drawings to enter next year. I was able (Soli Deo Gloria 🙂 ) to bring in a good bit of money from that. I am very thankful for that because except birthdays…I don’t really get/make money. 😦
3. Writing, & Amateur Graphic Designing… In my free time I LOVE doing these! Oh yes. Writing is a part of me. I am so thankful that God gave me the gift of appreciating writing and reading. And in loving to write. Even if I don’t ever get published or show anyone…there’s something so right about me writing. It’s like putting my heart on paper. I know, it sounds cheesy. But I can’t really explain it any better. (click here to check out my writing blog!) Graphic designing…hmm. How did I get into that? Well…many of you are aware that I used to change blogs an awful L O T. That’s because I got bored of the design and theme of the blogs I used. So I switched to another one. But, that said–I got to practice designing headers, backgrounds, etc. That got me into quote graphics…and cover designing. My books always looked sad to me without covers. 😦 Here’s a sampling of my designing fun:
Well…I hope that was informative. What have y’all been up to?