as i'm drawing a lot lately, i feel like i'm getting more and more the results i love. so yes, your drawing muscle does exist! i always thought i couldn't draw. when i saw other girls draw, i was convinced they just HAD it and i was kinda a loser. but since i've followed multiple classes from Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts, i feel so confident & happy with my own work. yes i can totally say that i'm happy with my own work. if you can't handle that, than pulease move on to another blog & save me your emails :)
i start out with sketching the sweet little face. i've practiced A LOT on all different sizes and sorts of eyes. i'm happy with how they turn out now. kinda happy/sad combination.
than Sanne asked if i could draw her a girl. OH YES BABY. and of course her bunnies, or at least one of them, had to be in there! why not on her head. that's the fun part of creating: EVERYTHING and ANYTHING goes. NO FREAKING RULES. i don't do well with rules. i like to make up stuff and go where that takes me. so bunny on her head it is. carrot 'dress'.
do you follow me on Revlie on Instagram yet? i'm updating my stories as much as i can, so you can see my process, and some fun video's there too. and sometimes, sometimes i just realize my kids are not from here.... it was crazy hot (as it is now, serious, a heatwave in the half of september? DUDE), and this little crazy one decided to dress up like darth vader. freaking me out in my cute little tiny studio. nasty little bastard. but he better prepare, but i will get payback. for every joke he pulled on me. ohhhh the revanche :)
using acrylic paint (Americana/Decoart, Amsterdam), watercolors (Winsor & Newton), Gelato's (Faber Castell) and just pencil.
creating the fur look on the little bunny was kinda hard and tricky. i was not too happy about the small piece of hair on the left. when Sanne saw it she told me it had to go. haha. okay dear, you ask, i deliver :)
added some grey to the paw first, than slowly making some cute little strikes with white paint. yes. the whole bunny had to be painted like this. it relaxes me to know i can be creating this painting for a long time, taking my sweet time. there's no rush, it's all about the process, not about the finished painting. although that also gives a feeling of satisfaction, big time!
same slow process for her hair. stroke by stroke, piece by piece the hair is looking more and more like hair. be it green :)
it's hard to see on a photo that the fur really looks like real fur.
maybe this will do. and his droopy eyes. oh my cuteness.
and i use lots of different colors and mediums to create the eyes. just play with it and see where it takes you.
not to happy about the carrot dress. but it is what it is. i'll manage. don't be to hard on yourself, judging yourself. it's all a process. you learn with every paint or pencil stroke you take. give yourself that time to evolve.
i love the combination of the thick acrylic paint and the soft and translucent watercolors so so so much. don't be afraid to mix things up sweeties, just try and see what happens. yes, you can always always always coverup and there's always new paper!
i add shadow with my pencil. love the 'rough' look of it. not too dark, not too soft either. just imagine where the sun is, and how the shadow will be. and seriously, i don't give a bit if my shadows are off or not humanly possible. i just create them where i think they should be.
it still has to be fun remember! i'm inspired by other artists who share drawings of when they were younger / when they started out and how they draw now! i go look for some of those drawing for you and show you the difference. you can see what practice and persistence can bring you. just keep marching sweetheart, just keep going in the forwarding motion :)
life is good. i need to find a rock to sleep under, because it's bloody hot in the Netherlands right about now. crazy stuff.