Art Tutorial: Gouache Ghosts

This weekend we had a Halloween bash at the local gallery, where we all gathered for some pumpkin painting, trick or treating, a story of where the Jack ‘o Lantern originates, and I gave a small class on creating gouache ghosts.

I’ve been painting gouache ghosts for over a year now, since I first discovered the wispy, smoky quality of white gouache on a damp black background. In fact, one of my first paintings entered in a show was called The Guide, and was a result of that initial discovery. Continue reading “Art Tutorial: Gouache Ghosts”

Mini Books!

I watched a zine tutorial recently and learned how to fold a single sheet of paper into a book. Since then, I’ve been hooked on folding up hot press paper into mini books and painting in them! They are a great way to experiment throughout the day, and I end up with a cute collection once the book is complete. Continue reading “Mini Books!”

#Limitless Project Week One

A little over a week ago, I wrote about my New Year’s Resolution of not limiting myself in 2019. This “freedom” mentality led to my newest 365 project, #limitless.

Every day I have decided to just go with my flow. Whether I wanted to paint with watercolors, or even just sketch all day with a pencil, I wouldn’t hold myself back with nagging, existential questions. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to start giving myself monthly themes, as I’m not sure if it’s counter-intuitive to the whole idea. But I’m definitely open to giving it a try at least once.

Now that the first week of this project is complete, I think I can safely say that I’m going to learn a ton this year. Not necessarily in skill–though I do plan to learn some new skills!–but in letting myself go, and just being the artist my heart wants me to be. Continue reading “#Limitless Project Week One”

The First Week of Inktober is Done!

And I’m happy to say I’ve kept up this whole time. I’m a bit surprised, as I’m also working on a Project 365, personal projects, and prepping for upcoming shows. But it’s been fun! And I plan on making it the whole 31 days.

So far I’ve been keeping my Hallow-bunnies in with the original Inktober 2018 prompts, except for day 5 when I really couldn’t find a way to incorporate chickens into a drawing of a Bunny Vampire.

What have I learned?

I think the only thing that’s improved in seven days is the broadness of my horizons. Drawing little things seems to give way to drawing more things, which gives way to bigger pieces I never would have thought up before. I’ve also gotten into doodling again, but this time with different colored Micron pens. It’s pretty exciting.

I will probably only make one final post about Inktober, once it’s all over, so if you’d like to keep up with my entries you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram, or you can head over to the growing collection on my website.

Have your own growing collection of Inktober drawings? Feel free to share links to your work in the comments below!

Inktober is Here!

I don’t know if I’m more excited that it’s Halloween Month, or that it’s Inktober! For those of you who don’t know, Inktober is a challenge thought up by Jake Parker. The goal is simple: draw something every day for the 31 days of October. Click this link for more info.

Not sure what to draw? Here is the official prompt list to help you get started!

The rules don’t say we have to stick to the list, so I’m going to do my own theme (like many artists). My theme will be: Bunnies in Halloween Costumes. I think my biggest hurdle will be different poses and facial expressions. I want to force myself to stray from the typical portrait, maybe even try a few “action” poses. I may also incorporate things from the official prompt list just to have a little extra fun.

I will be posting my Inktober drawings on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Happy drawing!