Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I wanted to write about a new book that has inspired me even though I have not read it.  It isDrawing and Painting Imaginary Animals, by Carla Sonheim.  If you go to her blog (which is now on my sidebar within my blog list) you will find tutorials from the book as well as chances to win a copy. I have Ms. Sonheim's first book, Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists..., and did a few exercises from it and like most other books about making art, shelved it. But since I am not making any unnecessary purchases at this time (to replenish the savings account due to a few large unexpected expenses) I decided to give it another look through.

There are a few projects in it that are similar to those in the new book, and I am having a lot of fun. I may be a little addicted to making "imaginary creatures." It is such a free way of creating/drawing something that is a true surprise at the end. It encompasses all of my favorite things: drawing and coloring without too much pressure for it to turn out good in the end. (I think we all care about the end result no matter what we are told when playing around.) It also reminds me that the outcome is better when I use a loose shaky line rather than the hard smooth line that I usually make.

Here is what I have done so far, including the ones that did not come out as I had hoped. (Just to show that I can post unhappy endings...)

First and second tries: green cat (Black actually sits this way on TOMA's lap) and orange cat

Third try: too much media! The markers and colored pencils were overwhelming--yuck!

Fourth try: I liked it until I messed it up with the spots

Fifth try: I like this one

Sixth try: I like this one too, except that in my sketchbook it is sideways

Seventh try: I like this one too! The dog is a "one-liner." Also from Sonheim's Mixed Media book and blog

I already have another paint blob waiting for me tonight after dinner. Try one of these, they are so much fun.

Baci e abbracci