I upgraded my First Thanksgiving design to add “menus” and then submitted it for posting to They Draw and Cook. I haven’t posted there in a long time and I originally intended to do a map but it segued into a Feast. I am still wanting to do the map.
Researching foods for the first Thanksgiving feast got me to thinking how grateful I am in this shell shocking year. We moved to Florida a year ago. We were getting settled after our first holiday season in Florida when whispers of a virus started coming from China. We Americans used to scratch our heads about the visitors from other countries who were wearing masks. Now we are thinking that wasn’t such a bad idea.
Life with masks are an inconvenience but if it means a little more freedom, I’m in. Things aren’t as we planned, but we’re making the best of it.
Here is one of this morning’s sketches. I loved her hat. The reference photo is from the SKTCHY app. When I posted the sketch, I told Linda I loved the hat. She said she liked it too but wound up buying a different one. I liked that I could be part of her shopping trip.
I have had a busy day today. It was a gorgeous day here by Jensen Beach. It’s been windy all day and the wind brought in cooler weather. We opened all the windows. It won’t last long. In a couple of days it will probably be around 80 again but we’ll take what we can get.
Here are my morning sketches, if you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll see how I filled the first daily box from yesterday. I was outside when I did the daily box and my uniball spit some ink. It does that once in a while. I also did my Sktchy portraits, one is a timed 5 minute and the other is a Cheater Blind Contour. Those are my warm up sketches for the day and I don’t worry if they are perfect. I used to worry about perfectionism until I realized that from an illustrator point of view, my best character potential came from the imperfect and spontaneous sketches.
Also today, I started a little holiday project. I pulled out my scented Daniel Smith holiday colors. The red is peppermint. The yellow is mulled cider and they smell good. However, the green is pine or Christmas tree, but it smells like Pine Sol. Oh well, two outta three isn’t bad.
Last but not least is my sample spread below for a story that John and I are putting together. I signed up for a Children’s book writing course this time last year but it actually didn’t start until October 12, 2020. There are lots of good tips and John and I came up with a story together while were taking our morning walk. More to come on that.
None of the prompts inspired me today but I did take a photo of tbe beach peeps the other evening. There were sanderlings and ruddy turnstones all over and they didn’t seem to mind the humans. The ruddy turnstones would plunk themselves down in the sand next to us. They were adorable. The sanderlings crack me up with their running back and forth to the water. A few had attitudes where they would ruffle up their back feathers and angrily argue over a patch of sand. My husband was like “there’s a whole beach!” I guess a few were just “angry birds?”😂
I have a daily practice of drawing people. If no one is handy, I use the SKTCHY app for reference. I do two types of sketches. A five minute timed sketch and a Cheater Blind Contour sketch. I use brush fountain pens for the the timed 5 minute sketch. This helps with my brush skills. The other sketch, I use the big fat chunky Higgins Indian Ink Chisel marker that I received in my Artsnacks box back in May. I love that marker. I use the Uniball vision for the fine line.
Here are some examples of those people. Four of these were assignments from Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp. You’ll see more of these over the next couple of days….
Occasionally I like to go out sketching with a group. Since I moved to Florida this past autumn, I haven’t had the chance to get out out to sketch with any local groups. Then the corona virus hit so I guess it will be a while before I do that again. However, all is not lost. My friends at the NYC Urban Sketchers have found a way to sketch virtually so I joined them today on Facebook.
The theme was to pick your dream vacation spot so I chose the French Riviera. Here is my two page spread.
Next, I have two of my morning routine sketches and also, my daily doodles for this week.
My head has been all over the place. The “Virus Roulette” has me terrified. My past experiences with “upper respiratory” infections usually wind up with me pretty sick and on a course of antibiotics for secondary infections. I have been exercising daily, eating better and cutting sugar from my diet trying to make myself as inhabitable as possible. I pray it passes me by.
In the meantime, creativity is always my friend. I create every day. Here are some samples of how my days have been going…
Here are the last three doggies of the book. It was a wonderful project and I truly enjoyed it so much that I am looking for another tiny project. Though I am looking to get or make books where the pages don’t chop my image in half. The PAGE size was 2.33 x 1.66 and that’s small.
A reminder that the book is at the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn. You will be able to check this one and last year’s out similar to a library. I also have regular sized ones there as well but I think the two tiny ones were my best. You can go to http://www.sketchbookproject.com for more information.
Chloe is the finale image. We got Chloe several months after Troy, our beloved Min Pin passed away at 16. Troy was a good and loyal dog. Chloe picked us. I wasn’t looking for Chihuahua. We were looking for a Papillon. I picked up Chloe and she snuggled up under my chin and let this sigh of “please don’t leave me” and she came home with us. She is 9 and still snuggles into my chin when she needs comforting.
Mack is Chloe’s long haired half brother. He came to us knocking over things like doggie gates and earned his name because he was a tiny, tough, furry truck. Hence Mack. Mack is a badass until we start cooking things in a frying pan. He’ll disappear and bark from the back yard. We laugh and say he’s yelling “Fire! Fire! Fire!” Idiot would be out there in a snow storm and we’d have to go get him. Not the brightest bulb in the box but his loyalty is without question.
We love both and they are our dog children. I am glad many of you enjoyed this sketchbook.