Saturday, November 24, 2012

some more journal pages

Here is a charcoal drawing on top of my mixed media background I had created earlier.

The collaged background made an interesting texture when I drew over it with charcoal.

For this, I used fabric to create the ladies' dresses and pencil to outline the rest.

Practicing skin tones with acrylics, watercolors...

...and oils.

I love ferns :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

art inspirations: cory godbey

Cory Godbey is one of my favorite artists. He uses mostly digitally manipulated pencil and watercolors. Here are some of my favorite artworks of his:

I get happy whenever I look at these beautiful pictures. Check out Cory's blog to see more:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

more art journal entries

For this journal entry, I tried to draw how I imagine my "inner motivator." This motivator is made up of all of the positive, happy feelings as I create art. I depicted these inner inspirations as an angel of golden light, her arms outstretched to share her happiness and confidence in my abilities. I used mixed media for this journal page and used newspaper clippings of uplifting words to show the positive feelings in my heart when I create.

On the opposite page, I painted a person to represent my "inner critic." This depicts those thoughts in the back of my head that criticize myself as I draw. The light from the Motivator is spreading across the page, blocking out the face of the critic. This represents my optimistic side striving to cover the negative thoughts I have when I criticize myself.
I really enjoyed creating this journal entry. It helped me to realize that when you focus on the positive, your weaknesses will eventually become your strengths.

This is a combination of acrylics and collage from a photo cut out of a National Geographic magazine. It was a photo of a child in an elaborate costume with a tear running down her face. It was very beautiful; I decided to center a journal page around it. I painted the face and the blossoms surrounding the child. For the rest, I used the photo in a collage.

I was having fun creating mixed media backgrounds for journal entries. This one includes lined paper, tissue paper, photocopies of an old page from a book, and some pressed daisies. I photographed the backgound with a pressed fern laid across the page.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

a few portraits

Some Hunger Games portraits I did on commission last year...

More commissioned Harry Potter portraits from last year...

 Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year's self-portrait

More to come later! :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

my art journal

In my art class at school, we made our own art journals to use as sketchbooks and to use with the weekly prompt. I love having an art journal. I want to record my daily thoughts, memories, emotions and ideas, but I find this difficult to do in a traditional journal. Writing has never been really my thing. But with an art journal, I can express myself without being limited to words. I love having this freedom of exploring new mediums and creating works of art in my sketchbook. 

I decorated the front cover with a collage of various pictures, ribbon, feathers, etc.


Inside front cover... more collage and mixed media.

One of my recent journal entries- done with charcoal over mixed media.


Another journal entry... white charcoal and acrylic over mixed media.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

some doodles...

Some random little pen-and-ink drawings from last year's sketchbooks...

A little angel man
A fairy rising on the back of a fish, and an elf walking his pet hedgehog. Inspired by James Christensen.

Fishie :)

Experimenting with hand-drawn lettering

More fish...

An angel blowing a kiss