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Gone Fishing

Sketchbook Project 2013                    Graphite 

Fishing for…information, gossip, compliments, sustenance, trouble…             Ideas?

Past

The Sketchbook Project 2013             Graphite

From family photos, a collage of images brought together through sketch.  The past rearranged.

In The Woods

  Sketchbook Project 2013    Graphite, Liquid Pencil & White Gouache on Stipple Paper

There’s just something about the dappled light and density of the forest.  The contrasts in the scale of life.  I want to stay. It feels like home.

New “Practical” Inspiration Page

I’ve just added a new page on my Portrait of a Girl and Her Art Blog, which supports my soon to be available book, of the same name.  I’ve included printable guides for your sketchbook and portrait work, along with some general basics about making art.  If you’ve never tried working in a sketchbook or drawing a portrait, now’s  the perfect time to start.  Just click here.

Sketchbook Page

Tissue, Sharpie and white acrylic.

Sketchy Sketchbook

Sketchy guy..

This one is very sketchy too. Meaning, just a scratchy pen on the unaltered sketchbook page.

A Page From My Sketchbook

*Update: A fellow artist mentioned that she would like to see the original sketchbook entry without the influence of Photoshop.  Great idea, so..here it is.  Oh, I should probably say that the deep blue is acrylic paint smudged onto a blue watercolor wash with an old (worn out 😉 credit card).  The “drawing” is simply herding shapes into figurative images with a black sharpie and a white Prismacolor pencil.

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I don’t sketch enough.  I draw just about every day, but it’s always with a project in mind.  So, I decided to stretch the creative muscles and sign myself up for The Sketchbook Project.  I didn’t let myself think about the theme, but picked a theme on impulse.  I chose “in ten minutes”, figuring that this theme was about as open to interpretation as I could hope for.

The sketchbook has arrived but I haven’t actually started yet.  It looks a little scary.  It’s absolutely  pristine.  Kind of funny that I picked up my old sketchbook to plan the new one.  I enjoyed looking back on some of the old pages so I’ll be posting many of them.  This one I played with just a tiny bit in good old Photoshop.

YOung aRT/sKetCh BoOks

Looking for some artsy inspiration on a grey cold afternoon?  Here is inspiration for literally EVERYONE.

Meet Taylor.  An artist I’ve admired since she was a small individual.   That’s the way of think of Taylor.  Sure, she was a once a child, but always so much her own person, even as a small person.  Today, Taylor is a brilliant, beautiful young individual, who will be forever, an artist.

You don’t have to take my word for it.  The proof is in her sketchbooks.  Taylor began housing her wonderings, ponderings, drawings, and writings in a kind of living journal as a very young teen.  She works in her self created sketch books to plan larger works.  She explores her experiences with and in the world, in her books.  Each page is an elegant small work of  Taylor art.

Unfortunately, my photos do not do justice to her books. Taylor employs pop outs, little kinetic pieces,  three dimensional incorporations, and folded surprises.  Some pages are simply artfully designed pencil drawings, tatoo designs or poems. But each page is created with materials you would find in most households.  No fancy art supplies.

So how about you?  Inspired yet?  If you need a little bit more of a push to get a sketchbook of your own going, look for “Portrait of a Girl”, my new book, coming in a few months. It features Taylor and many other young female artists who just might give you the affectionate kick in the pants you need to bring a personally artful dimension to your life.

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