“Scribbly Elephant,” pencil, oil pastel, pastel, pen, ink.
“Giraffes,” pencil and marker.
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This has been an experimental month for me. Lots of quick drawings, trying different media… mostly giraffes, but every once in awhile a bird or an elephant sneaks in.
I found this quote by Alan Alda last night and wanted to share it with you!
Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: Yourself.
“Picasso Giraffe,” colored pencil on handmade paper.
We just did the “Picasso Dogs” exercise in the Draw! workshop and I thought it would be interesting to apply the exercise to giraffes (because of the Year of the Giraffe!). Weird, but I like it, especially because it works both ways:
I’m having so much fun with both classes!
Hope you all are great.
I do have a very busy two weeks ahead of me, though. Besides my “job,” I have a goal to fill up a sketchbook with giraffes by the end of the month.
Did you know that giraffes only sleep five minutes at a time? Or that the average lifespan in the wild is 25 years? Or that they are strong enough to kill a lion, its only predator?
More to come, more to come.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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I’ve been working hard developing TWO new online classes!
The first one, “Draw! 21 Days Towards Freeing Your Creative Self” is a three-week, video-based class for everyone — all levels encouraged and welcome. Click HERE for all the details for “Draw!”
The second one is called “Year of the Giraffe” and is a long-term, group project exploring a single subject matter and culminating in a ‘zine.
Take this class if you:
- Want to practice your drawing, painting, and observation skills.
- Paper maché is something you’d like to make time for again.
- Think giraffes are one of the coolest creatures ever.
- Don’t necessarily care about giraffes at all, but want to learn to think more creatively in general.
- Want to participate in a year-long group project.
“Red Bunny 2,” watercolor and pencil on paper.
Phew! We (Steve and I) made a big deadline last night, and today I’ve been able to paint a bit. I also wanted to let you know that there is a review of “The Art of Silliness” over at the ‘Jumpin Beans blog…
… and also a review and giveaway opportunity over at the Crazed Minds blog:
I was recently interviewed for the brand new Russian publication, “Beamused,” published electronically in both Russian and English! See my interview here (you will need to page through to about page 20).
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The past few weeks I’ve been working on things that have pretty much kept me away from drawing. So when Steve needed to go to the zoo last week for a photo assignment, I gladly went with him!
I didn’t bring much; just a stack of white card stock and a black Sharpie pen. We were only there an hour, dashing from one exhibit to the next, so I focused on doing quick, mostly blind, one-liners.
I went through a lot of paper. Here are the five drawings I liked the best, out of at least 100 small drawings:
Not really very much “usable,”… but it was so fun anyway. And check out this beautiful shot by Steve!