Come draw with us – November

November already…and time for another drawing prompt.

You may have noticed how quiet this blog is – I’ve had a lot going on coupled with my usual ongoing health issues. My brain is full of ideas but sadly all I’ve been able to do with them is occasionally manage to remember to make a note of them. Maybe one day I’ll be able to build this site into the resource that I’d love it to be. Until then, keep an eagle eye on the pinboards and the monthly drawing prompt.

November draw logo Drawing: Flowers

  1. First, do a google image search for flowers. Choose three different kinds of flowers and draw them. If you have three different kinds of flowers in your home or garden, feel free to draw from real life and not a photo.
  2. Choose an art movement or artist who has a distinctive style. (For example; Cubism, Picasso, Van Gogh…) and choose one of your flower drawings to draw in that style.

That’s it. Practice your observational drawing by drawing three types of flower, then remind yourself of the style of a favourite artist or art movement and copy their/that style. 

Feel free to only draw flowers, or only draw a flower in an artistic style rather than doing both parts. Also: Please try to enjoy the process rather than getting hung up on the end result. We all need to try to cultivate a more playful attitude to creativity, and life in general where possible.

Google image search examples;

 Let me know how you get on with this in the comments, I’d love to know. Also, if you dont want to share your results thats fine, if you do the either,

  • Post your drawing on your blog/Flickr etc and leave a link in the comments
  • Upload your work to our group Pinterest board. Heres the link, contact me if you want to be added. (This board is just for responses to the monthly drawing prompt.)

The eCourse site ‘Craftsy’ have a Facebook group for drawing imspiration and I spotted this recently,Craftsy facebook screenshot

How about creating an abstract piece using flower motifs? Here’s mine, drawn after lots of flower sketching.

Flower burst

I caught a bit of a program on television about how art students are trained in Japan (at least I think it was Japan, feel free to correct me.) They painstakingly copy the work of master painters until they are experts in the techniques and methods used. This way they find their way to their own artistic voice.


Come draw with us #2 – October

Hello October – guess what? It’s ‘Big Draw‘ month! Here’s what the site says today;

“The 2013 Big Draw runs from 1 October to 3 November in fifteen countries, with more than 200,000 people expected to take part. Hundreds of new and enjoyable drawing activities connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists – and each other. These events are for those who love to draw, and those who think they can’t.”

There are local events, an online community, Facebook weekly prompts…visit the main site for more information. I’ve just joined the Access Art community and will let you know what I think of it after I’ve spent some more time investigating it. Here are some of their ideas to help us to draw more.

The theme for 2013 is ‘Draw tomorrow’ and one of the prompts is to draw your future. What dreams do you have? What are your goals? You may be familiar with the idea of creating a dream or vision board to help you to focus on what things are really important to you right now. Do you want…

  • Your own art studio?
  • To start a blog?
  • To start an online shop?
  • To write a book?

Being pretty much welded to my iPad or iPhone I tend to start these kinds of projects by doing a Google image search and collecting images that appeal/speak to me. Then I create a rough montage. Of course the more able-bodied of you can do this with magazines and glue. There are lots of places online that can help you to narrow down your goals if you’re not sure where to begin. Try these;

To illustrate one dream or goal, we’ll use this prompt that I just stumbled upon at Access Art as a starting point. It is finger drawing with charcoal. You start out by;

“making charcoal palettes – we rubbed charcoal onto a spare sheet of paper until it was dense and black. This was our “palette”, and our tools were our hands (fingers, sides of hands, palms etc). Participants were asked to pair up, face each other, and to draw each other using only their hands. They “re-inked” their palette by rubbing more charcoal onto the paper. Participants were encouraged to really experiment both with their mark-making and tonal values.”

Come draw with us October

Here comes this month’s prompt…

  1. Choose three colours of pastel, the chalky kind and not oil pastels. Make a ‘palette’ using the method above.
  2. Use your created palette and your fingers/sides of hands to draw your goal/dream.
  3. Use a sharpie, (or other permanent marker), or an oil pastel to write your mantra/goal, over/under your drawing.

If you don’t have pastels handy, use charcoal. No charcoal either? Use paint…adapt whatever you have to be applied with your fingers and hands and not a brush.

The idea/goal behind these kinds of activities is to help to remove our fear of a drawing ‘not being good enough’. There are no mistakes in art, often the process of creating is far more important than any end result. Having a method that is far from precise loosens us up and helps us to be more intuitive.

I hope that something in this post inspires you to draw something with just your fingers as the mark making tools. If you dont want to share a dream board related image, that’s fine, draw something else with just fingers and pigment. Perhaps illustrate a quote that you love?

Please leave a link your art in the comments and/or share it on our group pinboard.

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Book review : Water Paper Paint

Water Paper Paint

I took watercolor class once in high school and once in college. I tried other kinds of paints like acrylic and gouache too and I think watercolor painting is the most difficult for me. The paint seems too hard to control and fix when I ruin something. Still, I love looking at watercolor paintings. They usually give out the feeling of sweet, lively happiness.
I found this book accidentally and was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover and inside layout. There are so many watercolor painting books in the market but most of them look like textbooks with busy layout design and I feel heavy looking at them.
This Water Paper Paint looks different. The book has such light and airy layout design with beautiful colored photos laid out carefully and cleverly throughout the book. The content is readable and practical too. The writer gradually walks you through each step from basic knowledge of the paint, its equipment, how to take care of them and all the different techniques. The main fun is all the projects the writer explains in step-by-step which seem so easy to follow along.
Although I’m more a digital painter, the book is so beautiful and inviting that I want to try some lessons in the book 🙂 This will be a valuable reference and good for inspiration for years to come too!
I have taken some shots of the lovely pages here. Enjoy!

Water Paper Paint

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