Day #2 – “Drawing Lab Kit” GIVEAWAY – Draw Cats in Bed!

cat Assignment #1 from “Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit” Hi today! The first drawing exercise in this kit is “Draw Cats in Bed.” The idea is that you put yourself in an “un-ideal” drawing situation (bad posture, fluffy surface) and draw, hopefully taking the “shoulds” out of the process and bringing back the joy of just drawing, like you did when you were a kid! Here are some cats drawn in bed this morning: catsinbed

And the colored cat at the top was created based on one of these designs!

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And our cat, Natalie, wanted in on the fun, too.

* * * Leave a comment above (click the “# comments” link on the top right) for your chance to win a copy of the new “Drawing Lab Kit!” International entries welcome. :D  Today’s winner will be picked at 6pm PST Tuesday, 11/18. The winner was #145, Marcie! Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 7.06.05 PM kitbannerblog Here is the blog schedule. Come back each day for a chance to win! (And please tell your friends!) Sunday 11/16 – First Day Giveaway!  Winner picked! (Victoria) Monday 11/17 – Cats in Bed  Winner picked! (Marcie) Tuesday 11/18 – One-Liners Winner picked! (Dawn) Wednesday 11/19 – Gesture Drawings Winner picked! (Lani) Thursday 11/20  – Picasso Dogs Winner picked! (Michaele) Friday 11/21 – Index Card Multiples Winner picked! (Denise) Saturday 11/22 – 100 Faces Project Winner picked! (Anne) Sunday 11/23 – Coffee Shop Drawings Winner picked! (Lynn) Monday 11/24 – Blind Contours Winner picked (Monica) Tuesday 11/25 – Last Giveaway Day! Winner picked! (Merrie Jo)

10 Giveaways in 10 Days! “Drawing Lab Kit” Release Blog Celebration

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Hurray!

Quarry Books has re-packaged some of the content of my book, “Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists,” into a cute little kit!

Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit

includes:

• A resourceful 32-page full-color instructional book packed with ideas
• Fine-line permanent black marker
• Large black chisel-point marker
• Pencil
• Soft charcoal pencil
• Set of 3 colored pencils: yellow, blue, red
• 8 blank sketchbook pages in the back of the book

The good folks at Quarry are donating 10 copies for these giveaways, and you can leave a comment each day for the next 10 days for a chance to win. (They would make really cute holiday gifts, and hopefully Quarry can get them sent out in time!)

Here is the blog schedule. Starting tomorrow I will be featuring some of the drawing exercises found in the kit booklet. Come back each day for a chance to win! (And please tell your friends!)

Sunday 11/16 – First Day Giveaway!  Winner picked! (Victoria)
Monday 11/17 – Cats in Bed  Winner picked! (Marcie)
Tuesday 11/18 – One-Liners Winner picked! (Dawn)
Wednesday 11/19 – Gesture Drawings Winner picked! (Lani)
Thursday 11/20  – Picasso Dogs Winner picked! (Michaele)
Friday 11/21 – Index Card Multiples Winner picked! (Denise)
Saturday 11/22 – 100 Faces Project Winner picked! (Anne)
Sunday 11/23 – Coffee Shop Drawings Winner picked! (Lynn)
Monday 11/24 – Blind Contours Winner picked! (Monica)
Tuesday 11/25 – Last Giveaway Day! Winner picked! (Merrie Jo)

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So leave a comment above (click the # comments link on the top right) for your chance to win a copy of the new “Drawing Lab Kit!” International entries welcome. :D 

Today’s winner will be picked at 6pm PST Monday, 11/17.
The winner was #191, Victoria!

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Productivity : Creativity = Oil : Water

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I did this illustration recently as part of the Fairy Tale class… the fairy tale we illustrated was “The Magic Horse,” part of 1,001 Arabian Nights. (It’s a flying horse… can you tell?)

I’m having one of those weeks where I’m trying to be both productive and creative, and it’s not working.

(I think I read somewhere recently that you can be one or the other, but not both at the same time.)

My new plan is to break my day into hour-long increments, and toggle between the two.

I will keep you posted.

Reminder: “Table Top: Drawing & Painting” begins Tomorrow!

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Diane Culhane is repeating her wonderful “Table Top: Drawing & Painting,” a contemporary still life online class. Two weeks long, she has you sketching with friends, working with colored pencils on black paper and vellum, and working with acrylics on paper and wood.

Diane is available and ready to cheer you on and offer feedback. Join her!

$85 for two-week class
Details: http://www.carlasonheim.com/a-brand-new-class-by-diane-culhane/

Illustrations for “The Jungle Book”

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“Augrh!” said Father Wolf. “It is time to hunt again.” He was going to spring down hill when a little shadow with a bushy tail crossed the threshold and whined: “Good luck go with you, O Chief of the Wolves. And good luck and strong white teeth go with noble children that they may never forget the hungry in this world.”

It was the jackal—Tabaqui, the Dish-licker—and the wolves of India despise Tabaqui because he runs about making mischief, and telling tales, and eating rags and pieces of leather from the village rubbish-heaps.

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Directly in front of him, holding on by a low branch, stood a naked brown baby who could just walk—as soft and as dimpled a little atom as ever came to a wolf’s cave at night. He looked up into Father Wolf’s face, and laughed.

“Is that a man’s cub?” said Mother Wolf. “I have never seen one. Bring it here.”

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Bagheera, who had eyes and ears everywhere, knew something of this, and once or twice he told Mowgli in so many words that Shere Khan would kill him some day. Mowgli would laugh and answer: “I have the Pack and I have thee; and Baloo, though he is so lazy, might strike a blow or two for my sake. Why should I be afraid?”

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Then Shere Khan roared: “Bah! What have we to do with this toothless fool? He is doomed to die! It is the man-cub who has lived too long. Free People, he was my meat from the first. Give him to me. I am weary of this man-wolf folly. He has troubled the jungle for ten seasons. Give me the man-cub, or I will hunt here always, and not give you one bone. He is a man, a man’s child, and from the marrow of my bones I hate him!”

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“Now the business is in thy hands,” said Bagheera to Mowgli. “We can do no more except fight.”

Mowgli stood upright—the fire pot in his hands.

He flung the fire pot on the ground, and some of the red coals lit a tuft of dried moss that flared up, as all the Council drew back in terror before the leaping flames.

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A few years ago I was commissioned to do some illustrations of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” The illustrations were never printed, and they recently were released back to me and now I can show them!

If you would like to read the story, it is the first chapter HERE.

Illustrations by Carla Sonheim

Table Top Stuff

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Isn’t this adorable?

I bought the little white face-vase (it was part of a larger set) in May while in China, and the flowers are from a Fairy Tale set on Wednesday… photo by our studio assistant, Matisse!

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Pears by Diane Culhane

“Table Top: Drawing & Painting” Online Class with Diane Culhane
Drawing & Painting Two-Week Onlin Class – $85
Repeat Session: November 3 – 14, 2014

Diane Culhane is working this fall on a new class for us, but in the meantime she agreed to re-run her wonderful two-week class: “Table Top: Drawing & Painting.”

Diane writes in her class description:

“Table Top” is a term I have created to explore the traditional “Still Lifes” within our contemporary lives. Joining the definition of still life: a visual fine art term, representational painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruits, flowers, etc. ”Table Tops” will echo the same type of inanimate objects.

Inside of this class, the foundation will be set based on fabulous old master’s still life paintings, such as; cubist painter Paul Cezanne, Pierre Bonnard, and Matisse.

Students – you – will transform your experience with the tradition of still life, practiced by many throughout the ages, into something uniquely all your own, changed by imaginative approaches via various innovative approaches in this class.

Starting with drawing, during a dining experience, ending up with acrylic painting. Line will be deeply explored and color of prismacolor pencils too on to various surfaces.

I hope you will join Diane this time around… and perfect timing with the holidays upon us. For details: http://www.carlasonheim.com/a-brand-new-class-by-diane-culhane/

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