Return from Seasonal Hiatus

I don’t know exactly why, but there seems to be certain times of the year when I take a break from blogging. Especially in February – I think it has something to do with enduring the long winter months. I have been staying creative this time though. I’ve been focusing on watercolor lately and have painted a few pieces I’m really happy with. This Bird of Paradise is my favorite!

Even though I haven’t been posting, I’ve still been getting likes on my older work. Thank you all for sticking around! I really appreciate it. <3

Rich the Ostrich

I wish I could say that Rich is an original character of mine, but he is an adaption of a drawing from my new Christopher Hart Cartooning book. I love Christopher Hart’s illustration style so I like to re-draw his characters to get used to the lines and shapes he uses. The original drawing didn’t include the hat but Rich doesn’t go anywhere without his baseball cap. Wouldn’t he make a fun kid’s book character?

Birds in December, Eurasian Hoopoe

I love drawing birds, but I had already committed to 100 digital heads before I found out about the Birds in December Challenge. So I will be drawing a bird here & there when I have the time.

As for this drawing, all I have to say is digital painting is HARD.

INKtober Calendar

All 31 drawings together in one place! I had such a great time doing this challenge. I definitely lost some steam towards the end, but after seeing everything again, I can see why I did. Not every piece was mind-blowing, but there are a few here that I am really proud of.

What this challenge taught me:

  1. Organization is important – I would have been lost had I not chosen a theme and planned out the prompts/birds ahead of time. There were a couple days I ended up not liking what I had originally planned and had to come up with something else on the fly and it was not easy. The bird theme really helped keep things cohesive too.
  2. Dip pens are a power tool for me – I really found my groove with my dip pen. I did do a few of these prompts with microns, but I wasn’t as happy with how they turned out. It’s silly, but I feel like my dip pen makes me a better artist. Hahaha!
  3. Off days are OK – Days 6 & 7 were two big bumps in the road for me. I was not happy with how they turned out. As a matter of fact Day 7 is a 20 minute drawing that I did after I threw out a piece I had worked over an hour on. I was really losing my confidence, but kept at it anyway because I promised myself I would finish this challenge. Day 8 was really fun and Day 9 ended up being one of my favorites of the series and everything turned around. It was a very clear example of how life ebbs & flows. Sometimes we’re just off and missing the mark. But it doesn’t mean we’re stuck there. Things change. We grow. Life goes on.¬†This was the most meaningful lesson I learned.

I loved this challenge and look forward to doing it again next year.