Friday, September 30, 2011

Drawing a Face Video

I finally figured it out! It wasn't hard, I just had to find time to work on it. I hope you all enjoy this simple instruction video on how to draw a basic face. Thanks for watching!

Basic instructions from video:
First--draw a basic shape for the head, I chose an oval because that is very common.
Second--draw some guidelines. One down the middle of the face, and one across the middle of the head.
Third--start with drawing the eyes in the middle of the head on your middle line across.
Fourth--about half way between your eyes and the bottom of your face, the chin, is the nose. Draw a nose in this area.
Fifth--about half way between your nose and your chin is your mouth. Draw a mouth in this area.
Sixth--Ears. Start on one side of your face, level with your eyes for the top of the ear, and the bottom will be level with the bottom of the nose. Draw an ear on both sides of the face in these areas.
Seventh--work on the eyes. Draw a lid, then draw the iris of both eyes, shade in. Make a black dot in the middle of each eye for the pupil. You will want to leave a small white spot in the pupil to give it a realistic look. The white spot is the reflection of light.
Eighth--in the video I forgot to tell you to draw some eyebrows over the eyes, so go ahead and do that next.
Ninth--Draw in the hair any style that you like. Draw a neck area, and if you know about shading then go ahead and do that too, to give your face some perspective.

Easy and simple, anyone can do it with a little practice! Enjoy....

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Symphony of Science-Our Place in the Cosmos

This is a cool video. It talks about our place in the universe. Have you ever wondered about that? I used to before I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have learned a great deal about life. If you go to you can find out more about The Church of Jesus Christ and what we believe. You just might find answers to your questions.  Anyway, enjoy the video, it is awesome!

Friday, September 16, 2011

How to Draw a Face-the basics

Sorry, I haven't been able to upload this video yet. So, I guess I am having technical difficulties. I will get it uploaded as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Okay, this is the picture I am going to try to recreate on video on Friday (Sept 16th). It doesn't have much in the way of shading but it is supposed to be simple. Believe me this is a basic portrait and can be done by beginners. The details may take a little time to get down but it is like they say, "practice, practice, practice."

If you have any interest at all, get yourself some kind of pencil that you are comfortable with like a #2 pencil that you would use in school and a piece of paper. White is always good to start with. Colored papers are fun to use every once in a while too. Like I've said before I use the Mead Academie sketchbook 8.5" x 11". So, get yourself these simple tools and follow along with the video and give it a try. Also, have fun!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My girl

I like to draw faces, so I drew this picture. I like making my figures with curly hair, probably because I have curly hair.
I love mountains also, and of course, clouds.

This gal has a big head. The eyes tend to be a little too high on her face. I will be showing you in a video just how to draw a face. It will be my first attempt to make a video so I hope it works out well. I hope you will check back to view it too. I plan on posting my video's on Friday's starting on the 16th.

Just so everyone is clear my artwork is copyrighted. I sign every piece of art that I make. You may not copy or use my work without proper permission. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Heart

I need to say a little bit about this page. I have been going through a rough time for the last four months. There has been a lot of change in our family and it has been hard. Why is change always so hard, even when it is good for you? I was feeling a little down so I have gotten used to journaling my feelings....

I colored this page then added my thoughts and feelings about my heart. This is what it says:
My heart...
A person's heart is a precious thing...
It is a secret place, sometimes strong, sometimes weak,
but always precious.
No one but the owner knows what is deep inside-
even when it is given away.
A heart knows sorrow and pain,
it also knows joy.
This is my heart, no one knows it but me...
I know joy and I know sorrow, and I know love.
Love comes in many different forms, it is child like-
happy, carefree, unconditional; It is tough
and sometimes rejected, but also deep and everlasting, mature, grown-up.
My heart has many scars, and sore spots, but someday
they will be gone and my heart will be whole,
it will be stronger, it will truly understand what real love is.
God's love is charity.
Love is an action and a feeling.
I am truly blessed to know God and to know His love.
I am truly blessed!

September 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jumping for Joy!

I love this drawing! It is full of action and joy! What do you think? Am I right? It makes me smile.

Here is an older boy or young man, in his robe, jumping rope. I love the angle of his head/face, it was a totally different way of drawing a figure. He even has slippers on!

There isn't much in the way of shading but the drawing has dimension because of his robe flying out at the bottom. The hair gives the picture movement, along with the ties for his robe, just bouncing up and down.

This was a fun drawing to do, and I hope you like it. I used a mechanical pencil on white paper. I used my sketchbook from Mead Academie.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Cinderella

I did another few drawings this past month and will be posting them. This is one of the drawings. It is a drawing of Cinderella by the fire. I used a mechanical pencil and white paper. I have a Mead Academie SketchBook that I sketch in. It is Heavyweight Paper, that won't fade or yellow, acid-free, lignin-free. It is ideal for sketches in pencil, pen, marker, pastel, & Charcoal. It is perfect for my drawings. I like this 8.5"x11" size. I also like drawing on bigger pads of paper which will probably come later.

I plan to post some lessons on my blog about how to draw. I also plan to do some video's so you can see how to actually do the drawings. I have a little more planning to do but will hope to have this going by the end of the month.

If you happen to have any requests let me know. I love to teach and I will try to help anyone that has a request.  

Let me know what you think of my drawing. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Self-Portrait Digital Scrapbook page

Hi there! I know it has been awhile, but I have been busy, honest...

This is my newest scrapbook page for the Art Journal Caravan 2011 with Tangie Baxter.
It is my self-portrait for the project. Tangie is going to collect pages from all the people in the 2011 Art Journal Caravan that participate and make them into a book. Now that is exciting, don't you think? I used many digital elements here and I will list them so everybody gets the credit they deserve.
CottageArts: background paper
Tangie Baxter: paper doll elements, butterflies, elephant, flowers, leaf set, "enjoy the journey"
Flergs (Scrapbookgraphics): string
Loriem-(Scrapbookgraphics): bird 
Shabby Miss Jenn designs (Scrapbookgraphics): paint tube

I had a lot of fun putting this page together and again, I had to do some fancy work in Photoshop CS4. I made the shadows for the paper doll and the paint tube in this program. I had to copy the items and color them a shadowy color then warp them. It really is quite easy once you've done it once or twice.

I posted this page on Scrapbookgraphics in the Art Journal Caravan gallery which you can not get to unless you are a member. So, I will post here some of the comments I already received on this page:

sbpoet said: "musical arms!"

tarthur said: A really FUN layout!  Love your text treatament, and the shadow is great! (i agree, birds are nice, too)"

sparklyduck75 said:  "You used the flip-top head!  And put your face on it!  I love it!!!  :D"

Tangie Baxter said: "oh love your "you art doll" and the way you did the rotating jouranling text! (I loved the addition of the tiny little flying elephant too ;)) Wonderful, so glad you participated!"

Cynthia said: "What a cool self-portrait!! Love the way you journaled and the elephant on top is the perfect, quirky touch!"

I hope you all enjoy this post! Thanks for looking. I need to ask a favor of anyone who reads my blog, please refer my blog to others that you think would enjoy reading or looking at it. I need to "get my name out there, in the world," and maybe, just maybe, someone might need my artist skills and offer me MONEY! Yeah, with your help, it might work! I would greatly appreciate any and all efforts on my behalf....THANKS