Category Archives: Colored Pencil

The Eight-Hour Bee

When I was first learning to draw back in 2015, I read an article about a drawing class where the students spent 20 weeks working on a nose. I’m assuming that each class lasted for at least an hour, so

The Eight-Hour Bee

When I was first learning to draw back in 2015, I read an article about a drawing class where the students spent 20 weeks working on a nose. I’m assuming that each class lasted for at least an hour, so

The Birds!

This little fellow is late to the “Draw-a-Bird” party this month, so he’ll be flapping his wings like crazy to catch up with the rest of the flock. I’ll be doing the same — playing catch-up on my Inktober prompts.

The Birds!

This little fellow is late to the “Draw-a-Bird” party this month, so he’ll be flapping his wings like crazy to catch up with the rest of the flock. I’ll be doing the same — playing catch-up on my Inktober prompts.

Sketchbook Memories

Every artist — and every aspiring artist — should have a sketchbook. Although it might seem like an insignificant little thing, it’s one of the most important tools in our art arsenal.

Sketchbook Memories

Every artist — and every aspiring artist — should have a sketchbook. Although it might seem like an insignificant little thing, it’s one of the most important tools in our art arsenal.

A Little Birdie Told Me

Yes…a little birdie told me this morning that folks are now celebrating Draw-a-Bird Day every month. Even though the annual event isn’t an official holiday, it’s a special occasion that I love to celebrate. So now I’m delighted to join in

A Little Birdie Told Me

Yes…a little birdie told me this morning that folks are now celebrating Draw-a-Bird Day every month. Even though the annual event isn’t an official holiday, it’s a special occasion that I love to celebrate. So now I’m delighted to join in

What Exactly IS a Squid?

“Today we’re going to draw a squid…” That was how a recent Sketchbook Nation project began. A squid. Great. Uh, what exactly is a squid? All I knew was that a squid was some sort of sea creature, so I

What Exactly IS a Squid?

“Today we’re going to draw a squid…” That was how a recent Sketchbook Nation project began. A squid. Great. Uh, what exactly is a squid? All I knew was that a squid was some sort of sea creature, so I

You Get What You Pay For

Caveat emptor — let the buyer beware — was probably the first Latin phrase I learned. I was no more than five or six years old, and those words upset me. They spoke of greed and corruption, showing me a grown-up world I didn’t

You Get What You Pay For

Caveat emptor — let the buyer beware — was probably the first Latin phrase I learned. I was no more than five or six years old, and those words upset me. They spoke of greed and corruption, showing me a grown-up world I didn’t

Patience Is a Virtue

I’ve never been a patient person. When I want something, I want it now — a fact that Amazon Prime loves. But this isn’t a post about my shopping habits. It’s not even a post about art supplies, although, goodness

Patience Is a Virtue

I’ve never been a patient person. When I want something, I want it now — a fact that Amazon Prime loves. But this isn’t a post about my shopping habits. It’s not even a post about art supplies, although, goodness

Keep It Simple, Sweetheart

Simplify. That word has been one of my life’s mottos — if a single word can be a motto, that is. I have a natural tendency to over-do things, to make everything more complicated than it needs to be, and

Keep It Simple, Sweetheart

Simplify. That word has been one of my life’s mottos — if a single word can be a motto, that is. I have a natural tendency to over-do things, to make everything more complicated than it needs to be, and

Please Draw a Bird Today

You may not know it, but today is a very special day. It’s Draw-a-Bird Day, and although it’s not an official holiday, it’s a day I’ve celebrated every year since I first heard of it. This year, however, will be

Please Draw a Bird Today

You may not know it, but today is a very special day. It’s Draw-a-Bird Day, and although it’s not an official holiday, it’s a day I’ve celebrated every year since I first heard of it. This year, however, will be

My First Challenge

I’m celebrating another momentous event on my journey toward becoming an artist. I’ve submitted my first work to a contest. No, I don’t expect to win any awards. I know I’m not ready to compete with other artists, even in

My First Challenge

I’m celebrating another momentous event on my journey toward becoming an artist. I’ve submitted my first work to a contest. No, I don’t expect to win any awards. I know I’m not ready to compete with other artists, even in