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Tipsy Scribbles: Sketches for Fun

Sketches for Fun

 

As some of you may know, if you read Sunday’s writing prompt post, Tuesday was our two year wedding anniversary. We did not do much as far as writing and arting goes. We mostly spent our time together reading, eating, and playing DiceMasters (a new game Justin decided we needed to throw money at). Our weekend was going great until Sunday warmed up and pollen attacked my defenseless husband. While he lay motionless in a Benadryl coma, I sharpened my sketching pencils.

Lately, I have been striving to improve on my animal and human images. I found a useful tutorial on a basic cat shape on YouTube by Art ala Carte. After several attempts of the basic shapes, I tested my skills with a photo of an Egyptian Mau on Wetcanvas. Yes, I used a red colored pencil, but it is a sketch. Plus, colored pencils do not smear as much as lead.

Egyptian Mau Cat Sketch - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Egyptian Mau Cat Sketch

 

I became bored of drawing cats and wanted to draw something more cartoon-ish and cute. And what is cuter than a pudgy hedgehog? Not much! I followed Draw So Cute’s tutorial. This was really fun, although I would not consider it good sketching practice. It would be better to help get the creative juices flowing, or just to mess around in your down time. Keep in mind, this hedgehog design belongs to Draw So Cute, to my knowledge. If you copy anyone’s tutorial or step-by-step drawings, please remember to give them credit.

Blushing Hedgehog with Dandelion - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Blushing Hedgehog with Dandelion

 

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss

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Tipsy Scribbles: Cats and Dogs

Tipsy Scribbles

Cats and Dogs

 

I would like to give a shout out to Discount Printing in Hanceville for supplying my larger scans. I steered away from trying to do large chalk works due to our smaller at-home scanner. After trying Office Max, thinking it was our only option, and their scanner was down, my husband reminded me of some family ties in the printing world. Now I can go big, scan local, and then go home.

This first chalk was my first attempt at a wolf for a commission, and I was not happy with the results. I made a mistake while measuring the border and instead of an 8 inch by 10 inch, I ended up with a 10 inch by 13 inch. I was not thrilled with myself. So I promised I would make a new artwork, with correct dimensions, at no charge. That would be the second picture. I opted out for a background, focusing on the wolf and giving more detail to the face rather than the body and surroundings. I am still not completely thrilled, but I believe it is a step in the right direction.

The next picture is a reference photo I used from Wet Canvas, and yes, it is one chubby kitty! I just want to play with its little belly rolls! Sorry, let’s get back on track. One thing I found while doing this picture is that after a while, you need to step away. Sometimes I get so immersed in a larger picture I forget to look at the entire image, not focus on small spaces within the image. Another thing I found helpful is taking a photo and looking at the image through “another’s eyes.” This will make me sound horrible, but the only other eyes I trust to be truly honest are the ones found in the lens of a cold metal camera, then back through my own eyes. I have trust issues and that is not relevant to this article.

A Howling Winter 8x10 inch chlk pastels on paper- Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
A Howling Winter
Lone Wolf in Autumn 8x10 inch chalk pastels on paper- Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Lone Wolf in Autumn
Window Watching 8x10 inch chalk pastels on paper- Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Window Watching

 

“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”
LeBron James, Shooting Stars

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: The Body

Tipsy Scribbles

The Body

 

If you have noticed from any of my other chalk work or other drawings, it is not usually a person. My preference leans toward landscapes or animals. Most artists will tell you they have practiced and put in hard work to reach their level of skill, but they will also admit there are subjects that come more natural for them. Drawing or even capturing a mental image of the human body does not come natural for me. I do not retain mental images of people, their facial features, or natural body movement and structure. This may be because I have a type B personality, I’m not a people person, or because I look beyond a person for their character, their personality. This could be a negative trait, I would like to say I am empathetic, maybe I am just judgmental. Anyway, back to art.

The people I have drawn are not great (in my opinion) and need improvement (again, my opinion). I scavenged YouTube for a helpful video for sketching the human body and found Leonardo Pereznieto’s video. Ok, I only watched about 3 minutes before I started sketching, but I was ready to draw. I also found an amazing site for art models, please note models are nude in most poses. Do not use this for perverse reasons.

What to Wear pencil sketch - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
What to Wear

 

“As an illustrator you need to understand the human body – but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you’ve seen and what you imagine.” –Quentin Blake

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Tipsy Scribbles: My Heroes

Tipsy Scribbles

My Heroes

 

This past week has been a bit of a mess. My niece and nephew both came down with the flu and had to stay out of school with their Sissy (their nickname for me). Any spare time I managed was dedicated to the commission work I mentioned last week. I did get some material down for another writing project of mine. That makes three books in the making, which is a lot for an artist. But, like a said, a large imagination tends to spill over. I personally think anything people create, if they put their heart and soul into it, is art. The main goal I have set for myself, and my art, is that it touches the hearts of others. If this is achieved through my illustrations, my writing, or my crafts, I will consider it an accomplishment.

Unfortunately, I have no artwork of my own to show you today. I would like to share with you the artists I consider my heroes, and heroines. They have inspired me through their art and words of wisdom.

Bob Ross

Of course Bob Ross is on this list. I have mentioned him many times before. I have watched his shows in my younger years with my father, who also has artistic talent. Now I watch them as an artist.

The Bob Ross Channel

 

Jeff Miracola

My husband and I decided to finally take the plunge into Magic: The Gathering for his cousin Tyler, who was very interested in the game. We were hooked from the first game, and I was obsessed with the artwork. There were two artists that stood out for me, one being Jeff Miracola. This man is not only a great artist, but an amazing person. I can only hope that I make an impact on people’s lives in the way he has with his artwork. His wife is a writer, and I am currently reading her second book in her series. This couple has inspired Justin and I to follow our dreams as a writer and an artist to impact the lives of others through our talents.

Jeff Miracola Channel

Silvia Acevedo’s Book 1 and 2

 

Jim Pavelec

This is the second artist of Magic: The Gathering who caught my attention. His artwork outside of the massive card game is nothing short of amazing. The delicate balance between realistic and abstract images combined with vibrant splashes of color is the creations of dreams.

The Artwork of Jim Pavelec

 

Wayne Tully

When my husband needed me to draw monsters for his story, this man gave me the inspiration I needed. His style reminds me of the vintage horror illustrations of books, comics, and movie posters my husband loves. I immediately knew this would be my guidance for my horror illustrations.

Wayne Tully Channel

 

Chloe Rose

Here is my heroine I found when I needed a pick-me-up. Female artists are not common, for me at least, and it was so refreshing to find someone as quirky as myself. Not only is she an amazing artist, she is also very entertaining.

Chloe Rose Art Channel

 

I hope to have more to show you next week. In the meantime, cheers to creativity!

 

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”  — Vincent Van Gogh

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Projects

Tipsy Scribbles

Projects

 

This week I am giving everyone a peek into some art commissions I am working on for my husband’s coworkers. The first is inspired by my 3×4 inches Afternoon Coffee chalk pastel. This picture is 8×10 inches, which allows for more detail.

The second set of drawings are for a client that was already a fan of my other works and asked if I would like to draw a wolf howling. So far, I have not been very confident in my ability to draw dogs. With a little practice and patience, I have completed an ink sketch and a continuous line picture. Because my client was very open with his request, I have decided to give some options. I am also working on a chalk pastel version of this wolf as well.

I am fairly new to commission work. I have done some art on request several years ago, when I first got back into artwork. I was not very confident in my work and I hope to revisit those pieces of art when my skills have improved. Until then, I will continue to practice, practice, practice. I would also like to apologize to anyone I have turned down for commission work. I personally cannot allow myself to sell something I am not 100% pleased with. I may not be a legendary artist with pieces worth an unimaginable amount of money, but I care about how my work makes people feel. Art should reach your heart on a very intimate level.

Afternoon Coffee 8x10 chalk pastel on paper - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Afternoon Coffee
Howling Wolf Continuous Line - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Howling Wolf
Howling Wolf Ink Sketch - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Howling Wolf Ink Sketch

 

“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” — Paul Klee

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Fluffy Clouds

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Fluffy Clouds

 

The artist is back in bizz! I think I’ve finally kicked the sickness to the curb (knock on wood) and it’s time to get back to it. I have so much I want to do at once but I’m going to have to pace myself. Have you ever been unable to work due to sickness or other business and you’re finally able to pick a project to start back up? How do you pick? Well first, I have Tipsy Scribbles. I love my little mini chalks and I hope you do, too. There’s something about large landscapes forced into a small space that makes me happy. There’s very little detail, but if you look close enough your mind begins to create things that aren’t there: leaves, ripples in the water, grass, bushes, twigs. The imagination is a beautiful and wondrous thing.

Fluffy Clouds Chalk Pastel on Paper 3x4 inches - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Fluffy Clouds

 

My next project will have to be a commission work I’ve received, then back to my Magic: The Gathering alter project. I also have a writing project I’ve been working on. The artist is writing? I know, I should stick with what I know. But when you have an extremely active imagination, it seems to leak out. And maybe someday I’ll finish knitting the 5 different projects I’ve started and haven’t finished. Whew! I better get back to it. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this mini mountain view.

“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”  –Voltaire

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Birthday Presents

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Birthday Presents

 

Last week we celebrated my niece and sister’s birthdays. My niece, (my sister-in-law’s daughter) turned 4 years old and my little sister turned 26 years old. So maybe I should say my little niece and my big sister. Although I was still battling this godforsaken head cold, I managed to wrangle up enough spirit to make some gifts. Because when you’re artistic and crafty, you do not settle for store bought cards and gifts, unless they’re really cute and on sale.  Since I was already stuck inside with hot tea and a box of tissues, I figured I would make myself useful.

For my niece, I asked what her favorite animal was (giraffe) and hit up Pinterest. Artwork and children that young don’t mix well. Kids want something they can touch and handle, not necessarily with care, so I scratched all drawings off the list. Then I found an easy and simple pattern for a plush giraffe toy. This was my first attempt at a toy so it obviously did not look exactly like the suggested images on the web site. But considering the fact I used material scraps and hand-sewn everything except the mane, I’d say it’s not too shabby. I hand drew the pattern but I will include the one I followed if you would like to give this a try. and I will also include the tutorial I used for the mane, as it was not included in the original pattern.

Pattern link here

Mane tutorial here

Giraffe Plush - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.

 

For my sister, I decided to draw her something last minute, the day of her birthday. Sorry Meg, but I promise thought and care went into every bit. I know her favorite color is a teal blue color, and for someone who doesn’t like the ocean or sand or swimming and burns in the sun like a vampire, she goes to beach a lot. So I decided to make her a small chalk picture of the ocean. Funny thing, I had tried to chalk this same image a while back and couldn’t get it to work and gave up on it. But the day I made her picture, it took me an hour and it turned out better than the first attempt.

Rocky Shores Chalk Pastel on Paper 3x4 inches - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Rocky Shores

 

Several lessons I would like to share with you on this week’s Tipsy Scribbles. One: any kind of gift, hand made, store bought, cheap, or expensive, is best if given whole heartedly and without hopes of being compensated in anyway. Two: don’t wait until the last second to do something. And three: if someone says you should go to the doctor, listen.

 

“You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.” — Brad Garrett

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Tipsy Scribbles: Chalk Mountain

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Chalk Mountain

 

The artist is a bit under the weather… again. Between the MtG land alter project, flash fiction proofing, a writing project of my own, and politely yelling at the dog while he also yells at other dogs, this is the only Tipsy Scribble I have for this week. I tried to follow one of Bob Ross’s videos for this, but quickly ran out of room toward the bottom. His finished painting includes a stream. But his work was also done on an 18×24 inch canvas with oil paints, rather than a 3×4 inch piece of paper with chalk pastels. Instead of Fall Stream, I have Mountain View, and I will try to have more art and less sickness next week.

Mountain View Chalk Pastel on Paper 3x4 inches - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Mountain View

Happy Birthday to my niece, Amber, yesterday. Happy Birthday to my little sister, Megan, tomorrow.

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Tipsy Scribbles: For Elizabeth and Bob

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For Elizabeth and Bob

 

In last week’s Tipsy Scribbles I explained a project I had planned to work on for the next several months. This project is currently in motion and the Bob Ross Magic the Gathering land alters are underway.

Like all projects, sometimes a break is needed, so I grabbed some sangria and started scribbling. I would like to dedicate the first picture to my friend, Elizabeth, who has two pet turkeys. The male is named Pilgrim, and the female, Mildred. The second picture is dedicated to the amazing soul of Bob Ross and his love of small critters. Pea Pod the Pocket Squirrel is still my favorite. And the last picture is dedicated to myself and women in general, because home should mean comfort. Bras are not, and will never be, comfortable.

Turkey Walk - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue
Turkey Walk
Squirrel Sitting - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue
Squirrel Sitting
Home is Where the Bra Isn't - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue
Home is Where the Bra Isn’t

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  Anatole France

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Tipsy Scribbles: Doodle Day

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Doodle Day

After making the big leap into my Magic the Gathering/Bob Ross project, now I am forced to wait for materials to arrive. In the meantime my creative itch must be scratched, or scribbled in this case. Here are some doodles I have whipped up. The first is from a drawing book for children (and children at heart) titled Let’s Draw. It is a good drawing journal for all ages and all talents. The second picture is something I would like to have made into a sticker, car decal, or mug someday. Cat hair and fashion go together like, well in all honesty, like metal to magnets. Anyone who has a cat (or multiple cats) will tell you there is no way to own and wear clothes without cat hair clinging to every thread. And because we love our cats dearly, we wear their velvet fuzz with pride. As the saying goes “if you got it, flaunt it”.

I'm Fine - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue
I’m Fine from the book Let’s Draw
Cat Hair and Flair - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue
Cat Hair and Flair

“Women and cats will do as they please…”   Robert A. Heinlein

Prior-Reeves, Frances, and Carol Seatory. Let’s Draw. Parragon Books. 2012.

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