Day #8 – Drawing Lab Kit GIVEAWAY – Coffee Shop Drawings

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Assignment #7 from “Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit

Hi!

Today’s Lab is from a British guest artist, Sarah Wilde. Sarah has the most wonderful sketchbooks filled with drawings of people in coffee shops. Reminiscent of blind contour drawings (tomorrow’s lesson!), Sara gives tips on how to do these “Direct-Response Drawings,” which start out as blind contours but are drawn from a distance and focus on the shape and form of the subject (rather than every curve and bump).

She writes, “Direct-response drawings are both process and product for me. Long term, [these drawings] have improved my overall drawing immensely; they have also proved fertile ground for ideas for other things. But the end result also pleases me. I like looking at these drawings.”

The above gentleman was drawn several days ago at a coffee shop!

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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, 11/24.
And today’s winner is Lynn, #8!

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kitbannerblogHere 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)

And for all the news, including new tutorial and class announcements, giveaways and more, sign up for my NEWSLETTER here!

Day #7 – Drawing Lab Kit GIVEAWAY – 100 Faces Project

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Assignment #10 from “Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit

This lab is one of those that can take a few days or weeks to complete, but the idea is that you create 100 faces in as many different ways as possible.

Now, faces can be scary! (I’ve drawn a lot of faces, and they still scare me!) So the best thing I know of to help get you over the scary hump is to just give myself an assignment and do it.

You can draw faces from life, from photos, and from imagination. You can draw them fast, slow, scribbly, neat, with- or without shading, and using one line only.

The above two faces are a modified one-liner using the chisel point pen from the kit and adding water with a brush for the shading… isn’t it cool?

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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 Sunday, 11/23.

The winner is Anne Liddel, #96!

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kitbannerblogHere 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)

And for all the news, including new tutorial and class announcements, giveaways and more, sign up for my NEWSLETTER here!

Day #6 – Drawing Lab Kit GIVEAWAY – Index Card Multiples

bunnypick Assignment #12 from “Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit Hi! Lab #5 involves drawing the same design over and over, trying to get “the one” that we love the most! I drew this bunny design 12 times using the chisel-point pen in the kit. Here they are in order: bunnies bunnies2 And the one I liked the best happened to be the last one! The point of this assignment is to underscore that, when you work loosely and spontaneously, it might take many versions to get to “the one.” Have fun, and we’ll see you tomorrow for another chance to win! * * * 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 Saturday, 11/22. Today’s winner is #59, Denise! Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 10.36.34 PMkitbannerblogHere 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! And for all the news, including new tutorial and class announcements, giveaways and more, sign up for my NEWSLETTER here!

Day #5 – Drawing Lab Kit GIVEAWAY – Picasso Dogs

picassodog Assignment #12 from “Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit Hi! In Lab #12 we try to channel Pablo Picasso with a “Cubist-inspired dog! So get a piece of paper, a pen or a pencil, and follow along the video below (one of the assignments from my “DRAW!” online workshop):

Draw 9.0 from Silly U on Vimeo. Have fun, and we’ll see you tomorrow for another chance to win! * * * 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 Friday, 11/21. Today’s winner was #32, Michaele! Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 7.30.04 PMkitbannerblogHere 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) And for all the news, including new tutorial and class announcements, giveaways and more, sign up for my NEWSLETTER here!

Day #4 – Drawing Lab Kit GIVEAWAY – Gesture Drawings

gesture3 Assignment #3 from “Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit Hi today! In Lab #3 of this kit I have you drawing your pets with a classic drawing exercise, Gesture Drawings. These are even faster drawings than the one-liners from yesterday, and are meant to capture “movement” or “the essence” of your drawing subject. Since you’ve already seen our cat Natalie, I did these gesture drawings while watching a TED Talk by Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion and Creativity (you should watch it, too!). These drawings were all done in 30 seconds or less, and I spent almost all of my time looking at the Mr. Mizrahi (and very little time looking at my paper). gesture1 gesture2 Gesture drawings train your eyes to see and your eyes and hands to work together. But the main point of this exercise, I think, is to underscore that drawing is as much about how something FEELS as it is about how something LOOKS. * * * 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 Thursday, 11/20.  Today’s winner is #100, Lani! Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.48.35 PMkitbannerblogHere 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) And for all the news, including new tutorial and class announcements, giveaways and more, sign up for my NEWSLETTER here!

Day #3 – “Drawing Lab Kit” GIVEAWAY – One-Line Drawings

elephantpuppy Assignment #11 from “Drawing Lab: A Fun and Silly Art Kit” Hi today! Another drawing exercise in this kit is “One-Liners.” This exercise is inspired by the wonderful one-line drawings of Picasso, and consist of creating many fast drawings using ONE line only (once you put pen to paper, you don’t lift your hand from the page). This “limitation” (must be done quickly, and with only one line) forces your subconscious to make your decisions, and will often result in elephants (or bicycles or houses or rabbits or toilets) that you might never have thought to draw the more traditional way: elephants1 elephants2 And you might even come up with a species you like even better! elephantdog * * * 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 Wednesday, 11/19. The winner is Dawn Barnes! Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 6.21.27 PMkitbannerblog 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) And for all the news, including new tutorial and class announcements, giveaways and more, sign up for my NEWSLETTER here!

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.

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