Sketchbook Corner

One of my favorite features here on Keep Your Feet is Sketchbook Corner.  Since I’m participating in Blogging 101, I feel like I should explain the history of these posts.  They began sometime last fall during school.  Unless the class is completely gripping, I usually find myself needing to do something to do with my hands.  I took up doodling in the margins.  Eventually, I was struck by a thought: Why not share these on the blog?

Thus, Sketchbook Corner was born.  Every couple of months, I like to share the art I’ve been working on.  I’m no studio art major… just a self-taught artist who enjoys creating things.  My primary medium has always been pencils–I’ve been drawing for over ten years.  Over the past year, though, I’ve expanded into watercolors!

At least once a week, I put in a movie and settle down with my paints.  It’s a wonderful way to relax after a long day of work.  I enter my own little world and, for a while, time stops.  I’m always completely shocked when an episode of a show ends–did an hour really just pass?

Enough rambling from me… here is the art!

I’ve recently taken up colored pencils again and have been revisiting some old doodles in my sketchbook.  Here are some colored ones below:

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Top left: Ginny Weasley Bottom left: Random mermaid Right: Some of my original characters

I really enjoy painting bookmarks–they’re functional and make for great gifts!  Normally I paint people, but have recently pushed myself into the realm of flowers.  My dad told me that if I can find a way to market them, I could make larger flower paintings and sell them at our family’s apple orchard store in the fall!

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Other paintings… Be sure to click into the gallery to see my comments about them!

Stay tuned for another Sketchbook Corner in a month or so.  Thanks for stopping by!

From doodles to bookmarks

Artistically, I’ve been challenging myself to try new things.  Before this school year, I wasn’t much of a painter.  Pencils were my anchor and sketches my speciality.  I occasionally dabble in digital art, but drawing in Photoshop just isn’t the same.

Then I decided to teach myself watercolors.  Why?  For the challenge.  For the fun.  For the joy of doing something new.

On a different note, I’ve been struggling this semester with a lack of adequate bookmarks.  With three literature classes, I’m usually juggling three or four books at once.  Given the fact that bending pages makes me cringe,  I need lots of paper place holders.

So… why not combine my classroom doodling with watercolors?

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For the past few evenings, I’ve been copying my classroom doodles onto my special painting paper and have brought them to life.  My technique still needs refining.  I’m not fully satisfied with some of these.  With practice, I’ll hopefully find a method and style that works best.

Now, I have plenty of bookmarks to choose from.  Once I have enough of them, I might start giving them to friends as gifts.  Why not share the love?

(For more of my art, check out the link to a collection of related posts in the header!)

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Welcome to another edition of Sketchbook Corner, a feature where I share various doodles and artwork I’ve been creating.

Click the images to enter the galleries for a closer look at the art, as well as descriptions and comments.

Watercolors:

Sketchbook:

 Class Doodles:IMG_3398-0With finals hanging over our heads, my tendency to doodle in class has curbed a bit.  I spend most of class these days scribbling down as many notes as possible to help with final papers and tests.

That’s all for this edition of Sketchbook Corner!  Keep your eyes peeled for next time, which will probably be in a few weeks.

Previous edition:

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(All sketches, doodles, and artwork belong to me.  Do not take and repost without permission.)

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It’s been a few weeks, so time for another edition of Sketchbook Corner!

Class Doodles:

IMG_3299Because I have the tendency to draw pretty girls with pretty hair in the margins of my notebooks when professors are lecturing.

Sketchbook drawings:

I need to do something with my hands when sitting around for extended periods of time, such as while watching movies or sitting around with friends.  I’ve been re-watching The Office, so there’s some Jim & Pam (also known as one of the greatest t.v. romances of all time), as well as more pretty ladies with pretty hair.  (Can you sense a theme?)

Watercolors:

This past week, I was given a new set of paintbrushes!  I haven’t had the chance to use them yet, but I’m looking forward to giving them a shot.  As you can see, I’ve been experimenting with landscapes and hope to be expanding my horizons in that area in the future.

That concludes this edition of Sketchbook Corner!  I post one of these features every few weeks.  As soon as I have enough doodles and sketches to make a post, I do so.  The feature is still a work in progress, so bear with me as I find a style that fits.

Do check out the other installations:

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Sketchbook Corner 2

(All art posted in this feature belongs to me, DO NOT USE ON OTHER SITES WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.)

 

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I’ve decided to make a weekly project of putting up art once a week.  Mainly, they’ll be photos from class doodles, my sketchbook, and (if I’m feeling especially creative) a painting (digital or watercolor).  I’ll try to put up one every week or so, and call them Sketchbook Corner!

Here’s this week’s collection!  Enjoy!