Behind the Scenes: Hogwarts

This piece has been a long time coming!

My thoughts behind that is two-fold: first, I’ve wanted to draw the Hogwarts castle for a really, really long time. And second, this drawing has been on my shelf as a commission for a YEAR.

Now I HATE making anyone wait for anything, especially an entire year. But this one was delayed for a lot of reasons: finding the right reference image and then having it sent to me the day before my phone decided to lose EVERYTHING on it, not being able to find the perfect reference image again, me selling and buying a house, and then still not being able to find the right image again. But, it was found and I had the drawing in hand ready for delivery less than a week later.

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Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 24

Happy 2nd to last day of the challenge!!!!

I decided to just finish out the Hogwarts House series; half of the series was already done, and I know I had some people very anxious to have the series in print, so it made sense to finish it now. Continue reading “Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 24”

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 23

Today’s drawing did not go the way I wanted it to by any means…but that’s completely and utterly my fault.

I asked on Facebook if I should finish up the Hogwarts House series that I started yesterday or if I should continue to choose the subjects randomly. That question completely backfired when my results were tied! I decided to choose one subject at random and then throw that suggestion and one of the house mascots into a bowl and draw that way. Well, that ALSO backfired when I drew randomly and it was a house mascot….and it just happened to be the one I’m terrified of:

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Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 21

Happy last week of the challenge!!!

Crazy days like today make me anxious for it to be over. Between babysitting all day, trying to draw, doing work for my other business (I sell Monat hair products), and everyday life, one less thing on my plate is going to be a welcome thing!

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Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 18

Guess what I started working on today!???!??

PRINTS!!!!

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So far I have the Giraffe in 5×7 and 8×10, Starry Sky in 8×10, and I’m working on the Sloth right now. Every one of the drawings should be available soon in 5×7 AND 8×10, so if there are any you are interested, let me know and I’ll get those images done first. I’ll be listing what I have available on Etsy within the next couple of days!

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Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day #17

I am having a serious issue with the challenge this year.

Okay, so maybe serious is a little too strong of a word to use, but I’m having a problem and I blame all of you: my list of things to draw keeps getting longer and longer as I keep adding amazing suggestions from you guys, but there is no way I can do them all in the time frame I have set aside for the challenge.

Now I could always add another week (or probably two or three if I were to do everything on my list) and get everything done, but I really can’t do that as I have a book that is just begging to be illustrated. Maybe I’ll do a challenge in the fall, but that’s my busy season with festivals so that doesn’t really work either. I might just have to save the rest of the list for next year or just randomly work on the drawings during the year here and there as my schedule allows. Whatever option I end up doing, you guys have really outdone yourselves with fantastic suggestions this year and it’s making it hard for me to choose what to do every day and wish that I could keep up this crazy challenge indefinitely! Kudos to you all!

But back to today’s drawing…

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Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 16

Happy Monday!

This wasn’t the original drawing I had picked out for today. I woke up thinking about otters (random, I know!), and although an otter isn’t on my list, I wanted to draw one. However, when I got on Facebook this morning, the first thing I saw was a friend’s post about it being National Agriculture Week. What better way to celebrate than with this girl! Continue reading “Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 16”

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 15

Week 3 is finished! Woo hoo!

I really hate to admit this, but I’m pretty tired of drawing animals. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing them, but sometimes switching it up is nice!

I didn’t really have anything on my list that wasn’t an animal; the items that weren’t animals were a little too complex for me to work on today, so I had to figure something out.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m tired of winter. It snowed again last night and I had to scrape my van off this morning. My mind was drifting off to the summer sun, our annual vacations to the Outer Banks…and then it hit me: I’m working on a specific series of pieces, and I hadn’t added the next piece yet….until today:

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Title: Currituck Lighthouse

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white gel pen ink on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: Me being cranky in the snow! And my friend, Vanessa, in a way. The first year my family went to the Outer Banks, she suggested I should go visit the five main lighthouses of the Outer Banks and then turn them into drawings or paintings. We only made it to three of them that year, and it wasn’t until our visit last year (our third year) that I made it our fourth: Currituck! My husband, his brother, and my littlest guy visited it and even climbed to the top! I drew the other three previously visited lighthouses during last year’s Drawing a Day Challenge: Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke.

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Favorite parts: The trees and landscape! The hints of brick on the lighthouse! Ok, who am I kidding, it’s an Outer Banks lighthouse, I love all of it.

Challenging parts: There are so many layers of landscape and the buildings and trees, trying to get it all to play out well was challenging. That seems to be a recurring issue this year, but I’m also focusing on improving that, so I’m being stretched.

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Product availability: The original drawing is available in my Etsy store here and prints will be coming soon! I’m also planning on doing an OBX lighthouse note card set.

 

What’s your favorite lighthouse?

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 13

Helllooooo halfway point!

I feel like I started this challenge yesterday, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been doing it forever. I remember feeling that way last year, too. While I’m looking forward to not having to take up so much time every working on the entire process (drawing, photographing, blogging, scanning, etc), I am really enjoying working again and hope to keep up the momentum  when it’s over.

To celebrate the halfway point, I thought I’d do a fun little creature today:

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Title: Clown Fish

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

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Inspired/nominated by: My youngest kiddo, who has a nickname that is appropriately Fish! I asked him this morning what kind of fish he wanted, and without missing a beat, he said a Nemo fish, of course!

Favorite parts: I was terrified of doing fish eyes! They are so different than any other eye I’ve drawn, but they ended up being a lot easier and I really like how they turned out. The entire drawing was actually easier than I anticipated!

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Challenging parts: Getting Mr. Fishy to look round, making shadows on him while keeping the white sections and what would be the orange sections different shades of gray, aaaaand getting the anemones to be visible, flowy, yet subtle in the background.

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Product availability: The original is available here in my Etsy store, and prints will be available later.

 

What is your favorite kind of fish?

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 12

Today, in a nutshell, was rough.

It started out great: the kiddos left for school, I had breakfast, and I started working on applications for festivals for the year! I loooove working on these as it brings me hope that summer will be here (which, at the moment, feels unlikely as there’s a snow storm rolling in tonight/tomorrow….again…).

At 10, I switched gears and got to work on the drawing.

But nothing on my list was inspiring me, begging to get off of the list and onto my drawing paper. I looked up images for a few, but nothing felt right.  I couldn’t not draw today, so I had lunch, took a breather, and got back to choosing a drawing.

At 11:50, I finally had a subject and acceptable reference image ready, and I got to work….on this gentle giant!

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Title: Moose

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white ink gel pen on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: My friend Jessica B.!

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Favorite parts: I really like how his back turned out, as well as how the grass/flowers in front turned out! I wasn’t sure how the foreground plants would turn out, but they were much easier than I had anticipated 🙂

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Complicated parts: Surprisingly, the antlers! The reference image has them mostly in shadows, but while drawing them, it made them look flat. Getting them to look rounded while keeping them true to the moose took a long time to get right!

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Product availability: The original is available in my Etsy store here. Prints will be available soon.

*** This drawing has sold! ***

 

How was your day today?