Creative, drawing

The secret ingredient

Here’s a little something I drew today for a creative challenge by @patrice_sketches. She’s donating $1 for every participating artist in her #pantryartproject to Lunch Break, a non-profit organization providing food, clothes, and community to people in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

The deadline is this Monday, so I wanted to get in before then. I usually see challenges of this sort, make mental note of them, but never really participate. I wanted to do things differently this time around.

The lines aren’t perfect (I was planning on drawing a second image) but ended up just going along with what I had. I like how I captured the side of the container. The trick is to use gouache; the opacity helps create dimension.

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Ghosts in the fridge

I was out in the kitchen drawing when my mom started putting groceries away. I, without really thinking, took an egg and thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I drew on these? A few moments later, I drew the one thing I love to see: ghosts. They’ve invaded our refrigerator.

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Off to the post

Sharing has been tough. I’m not sure why. My anxiety is creeping up again as I write. But here goes.

My version of a post card. I was pleasantly surprised.

I sent a post card off to a friend today. She offered to send a drawing to anyone who wanted one. I signed myself up to receive and to give. I figured it would be good to swap art since I haven’t been drawing lately.

I designed her post card last week and sat down to draw it last night (which I’ll share once she receives it). Coincidentally, I received her card today: a drawing of a bottle of Cholula hot sauce. Brilliant.

And the best part? The “bonus content” she sent me. There’s something beautiful about insignificant sketches and color swatches; they’re my favorite part of drawing. Never mind the finished result. Show me the doodles of how you got there. My friend knows me well.

Thank you, L.E., for taking the time to draw and send these to me. It pushes me to keep going and to have fun with it—thank you.

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Creative, drawing

“Can it be tomorrow already?”

I didn’t want to go to sleep last night because I was excited for today. What was today? An entire day free for creativity.

I didn’t end up getting much done, but it felt good to feel energized again, to just feel that surge. I can’t remember the last time I felt this good.

I read a little from Show Your Work!, took some notes (“The act of sharing is one of generosity—you’re putting something out there because you think it might be helpful or entertaining to someone on the other side of the screen”), and brewed my cup of coffee.

I had no plan for the day other than to make sure that I played with color and created something. The colors peach and red were on my mind when I awoke, so they became part of today’s palette.

I wanted to deviate from the usual watercolor drawings I do since I’ve been doing them for my live sessions on Instagram. I find myself getting bored with that approach, so I decided to play around a bit.

This was to change things up and remind myself that my sketchbook is just that, a sketchbook—a place that gives creative license to do whatever I feel like doing and the freedom to experiment.

Composure and restrictions are the last things I want coming from my sketchbook. I want my freedom to show. It’s meant to be messy.

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Don’t think, just draw

I didn’t wake up quite on time for Sketchbook Skool’s “Live Drawing Party” on Instagram this morning, but I did make time to draw something. I took a piece of card stock that was lying around in my room and, without thinking too much about it, decided to draw my succulent.

I followed the artist Koosje Koene’s lead in using big bold orange and red colors for my plant’s outline. I later added the patterned blue background for some needed contrast.

@sketchbookskool

I actually stole this idea from one of the Skool’s blog posts which I came across last night. I filled the white space in as I waited for my computer to download Adobe Lightroom.

The big takeaways for me in all of this were (1) to make sure that I draw at least once before my day starts, and (2) to not give it much thought.

Doing so gives me the chance to create whatever comes up, as opposed to thinking too much about it and waiting until the end of the day to create.

It felt good to have something drawn so early in the day, and by early I mean 11:30 a.m. It helped me feel a bit better. I got to make something beautiful, even if it was just for me.

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