Inspiration From my Fellow Bloggers

Ever since I have started updating my blog regularly, I’ve become a little more immersed into the blog-o-sphere. This includes checking out stuff from around the web, and always being surprised when my blog is followed by a stranger (Thanks by the way, strangers!). On one of the first blogs I encountered, when browsed her work, mostly projects made of felt, I came across these beautiful and colorful felt flowers. (Check it out, seriously) I immediately knew I needed to do a doodle using these little gems as inspiration.

One thing I have especially enjoyed about searching for blogs for inspiration is seeing all of the talent and creativity displayed on the interwebs. There are all sorts of craftswomen especially, who are continuing in the proud tradition of generations of women who have gone before to make beautiful hand-made objects and art. Of course, there are some dudes too, and their work has just as much heart and soul, but in a less girly way 😛 .

Without further ado, here is one of my felt-flower doodles!

I told the original maker of these little flowers that they looked like jewels. I tried to duplicate that.

I told the original maker of these little flowers that they looked like jewels. I tried to duplicate that.

Of course, I also have some cute kitten pictures to share, I wish I could keep all of the kittens, and that they would stay kittens. I’ll have to do with my grown kitties instead and little foster fur babies.

Why would you wake us up?! You fool!

Why would you wake us up?! You fool!

Just guarding the front room from suspicious characters. And string.

Just guarding the front room from suspicious characters. And string.

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Playing Catch-Up…Ketchup?

I have finally caught up with my unfinished doodles! However, this victory is temporary, and so it is somewhat hollow since I have at least four drawings that are in some pre-stage of completion. The good news is when I hand someone my sketchbook so they can behold my awesomeness in person, I don’t have to make excuses anymore like, “Oh…Don’t mind that page. It may LOOK like it is incomplete and badly drawn, but it is actually…yeah. You got me. It’s not finished.”

The last of the bad drawings (see here for a peak at stage one), is finally complete! It’s not my best composition, a problem I ran into with another previous drawings, but I love the colors. I might even come back to it if I can think of a way to fix it. Maybe.

This is the color of summer...punching you in the teeth!

This is the color of summer…punching you in the teeth!

Tools of the Trade

I think I would like to add another aspect to this blog. I want to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, and would love to hear from other artists about the kinds of tools they have come to rely on.

MrE is a drafter by trade and is the master of making perfectly precise drawings. Maybe I will get him to submit some handwriting for your perusal in  so you see how precise his line-work is. Since I use so many sweeping curves and curlicues in my work, he is always suggesting I try using a french curve. This is a devices made entirely of curves so any line you draw can be consistent. Mike has a little over one million french curves and other templates, so for this next drawing I used varying circle templates as well as this German curve:

Using new tools is kind of like shopping for new school supplies, if you know what that's like.

Using new tools is kind of like shopping for new school supplies, if you know what that’s like.

The drawing is in the preliminary stages, so don’t worry if it looks totally incomplete; it is! My inspiration for this was another blogger, and when I’m finished with the doodle I will link the original concept since it’s super awesome.

In just the short time I’ve experimented with these tools (like an hour) I’ve discovered that I don’t really know what I’m doing, and I’m somewhat impatient when it comes to using them. But I think, if I stick it out, I’ll get better.

Markers!

For all of my doodles I have been using ink. There have only been one or two drawings in my sketchbook that I have pre-drawn using pencil; all the rest are freehand compositions. Within the past several months I’ve expanded my collection of drawing utensils, and I’ve even asked MrE for a set of super expensive Prismacolor brush marker set (but only with a 50 percent off coupon, cause let’s face it, they’re just markers) for Christmas.  My current collection is the following:

Sharpies reign supreme!

Sharpies reign supreme!

I’d love to hear what my fellow artists use in their drawings or what they wish they had.

You can never see too much of my cute fur babies? Right? Well here is a picture  from the early days of getting our very own Percy.

There is just enough room for both kitty cats to fit snugly.

There is just enough room for both kitty cats to fit snugly.