Ep 58 Creative Ways to Cope with Isolation During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Today’s episode is all about how to find creative ways to cope with isolation following the coronavirus outbreak. As well as the podcast we put together this bumper blog post with links to free creative courses, resources and ideas for things to do during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Podcast Ep 58 Creative Ways to Cope with Isolation

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Since the news right now is overwhelmed with negativity, which is bringing all of us down, we want to suggest ways to help those people cope during that time… and possibly even make that isolation period change their lives for the better.

What if, instead of focussing on the negative aspect of having to isolate, although it’s difficult we try looking at the positive side to keep our spirits up? What if we all use that time to do something we have always wanted to, but never had the time because of work or other commitments? That could be anything from learning a new language to learning to paint and draw.

It is widely known that having some kind of creative outlet is good for our mental health, unlike isolation, which has the opposite effect altogether. So, creativity could be just the thing to counterbalance that negative effect.

Some of the things we discuss

  • Some places to find free creative courses
  • Ideas for starting online creative groups
  • Ways to get many creative courses cheaper than they are advertised
  • Creative Challenges you could take part in
  • Preparing your art to sell for when things improves
  • Making cards for people you love
  • Taking part in an art postcard swap – start your own with friends or join our Facebook Group Postcard Swap
  • Online portrait drawing with friends, one of our group members has been doing this
  • Visiting a virtual gallery on your own or with a friend via the wonders of Skype and similar platforms
  • Creative Collaboration ideas
  • Podcast suggestions

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This week’s creative question

What creative things will you be doing during isolation?

art question

The best answers will be read out on a future podcast.

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Virtual Urban Sketching with Google Maps and Street View During Coronavirus Lockdown

With a lot of the world currently in Coronavirus lockdown, we can’t travel to visit places we’ve always wanted to see or revisit places we love. So how about a bit of virtual urban sketching instead using Google Maps and Street View.

Search for a Place you Want to Draw on Google Maps Street View

A place I love is Chamberet, which is in Limousin France. So I put that in the Google Maps search.

map chamberet

Then I need to zoom in a bit so I can see the streets in Chamberet a bit clearer. Then I click on one of the roads and a circular icon appears. Below it there is an image I can click. Here you can see the main street of the town and the two stone buildings are the school and the Marie. And on the left here is the bakery where we buy bread and croissants.

Finding an Interesting Building to Draw on Google Street View

If we go down the road a bit and turn left I’ll have a look around and see if there is anything I would like to draw. I like this stone building which is next to the post office and has a war memorial in front of it so I think I will move it around to get a good view and draw that.

streetview building to draw in Chamberet France

Using a Permanent Fineliner to Draw After Creating A Pencil Outline

After my pencil sketch, I use a Unipin permanent fineliner pen to draw the scene. I’m working on a small A5 piece of paper as I don’t want to fuss with any detail, just as if I was actually sitting there.

pen drawing from street view

Using Travel Watercolours to be More Authentic

As I am virtually urban sketching I figured I should use my travel watercolour set and pop up water pot, just to make it more authentic. Although I have to say that my office chair is a lot more comfortable than a sketching stool.

travel watercolour set

Then I add a bit of watercolour to the sketch, but again trying to keep it fairly simple.

virtual urban watercolour sketch building Chamberet

Why don’t you try a virtual trip to somewhere you love and create a drawing there

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Draw Without Fancy Art Materials – Use a Simple Biro Pen

You really don’t need fancy art materials to start to draw. An everyday pen and scrap of paper or card will do.

In this video Sandra draws a woman drinking a coffee with a basic biro pen, that just happens to be purple. So if you are stuck inside isolating, give drawing a go.

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Free Creative, Art, Craft and Writing Activities and Courses To Enjoy During Corona Virus Isolation

We have put together a big list of free creative, art and craft ideas, courses and activities for you to enjoy during the Corona Virus isolation. If you know of any more we should add please let us know. We will continue to update this post as we hear of more. Thank you to our Facebook Group Members for their suggestions.

Sketchbook Revival Workshop 2020

Sketchbook Revival Free-Workshop for Artists

https://www.karenabend.com/sketchbook-revival–2020/

This free workshop begins March 23rd and and runs through April 3rd. The artists leading the sessions will share their passions for creating with everything from ink and graphite, to watercolor and acrylics, and collage and mixed media. You’ll also get ideas of how sketchbooks can be tools for observing your world, stretching your imagination, playing with color, emotional healing and wellbeing, and so much more.

**All sessions will be available until April 26th so there is plenty of time.

Journal Through it

Journaling videos, suggestions and prompts delivered as Facebook Lives
from March 16, 2020 by Ardith Goodwin
https://www.ardithgoodwin.com/blog/2020/3/15/journal-through-it

Virtual Art Summit

1st – 30th April (Free or optional donation)
https://kelleewynnestudios.simplero.com/purchase/103656-Virtual-Art-Summit-2020

Isolation Art School + Artist Support Pledge (Instagram)

A range of tutorials and demonstrations from painters, sculptors and illustrators
https://www.instagram.com/isolationartschool/

Free Daily Drawing Party from Sketchbook Skool

Danny Gregory Drawing Party

In the Sketchbook Skool Facebook Group, Youtube Channel and Instagram 8AM EDT on Instagram
Join Koosje Koene for a live drawing session, making the most out of supplies and subject matter in your home. Watch within 24 hours or catch the next one.
Follow @SketchbookSkool

12PM EDT on YouTube & Facebook
Join Danny Gregory for a live drawing lesson from our library of courses. Connect with members of the global creative community and learn something new. If you miss it live, you can ​watch all episodes on YouTube.
Subscribe on YouTube or like on Facebook to get notified

Better Together – Online Co-Working Studio

Join a weekly online live stream session and feel connected, motivated and accountable.
https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Better-Together-Online-Studio/

Creative Mornings Goes Online

Tina Roth Eisenberg’s CreativeMornings is going digital.
https://creativemornings.com/talks/upcoming

Boredom Buster Art School

Free access to daily art activities for a whole month for kids (and adults accessing their inner kids) grades 5-12.
https://coursecraft.net/c/BB-art-school/splash

Digital Portrait Painting – 1 Week Free Class

Starts 6th April 2020
https://paintable.cc/one-week-portrait/

Lockdown Academy on Channel 4

Grayson Perry is on a mission to help bring the nation together through art – and unleash the great British public’s creativity. Broadcast time TBC

https://www.channel4.com/press/news/channel-4-sets-out-creative-plan-help-nation-navigate-through-coronavirus-crisis-support

Live Streaming Art Lessons

• Draw Together class for Kids and Adults

Wendy Macnaughton Draw Together class will continue every school day for the rest of the school year!! M-F from 10-10.30 pst on instagram live (in her stories)

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BIG NEWS! Draw Together class will continue every school day for the rest of the school year!! M-F from 10-10.30 pst on instagram live (in my stories) and then they stay in my stories for 24 hours. We’re working out how to host all the classes somewhere permanently – stay tuned!! Meanwhile, today we did the Friday dance (cause it’s Friday, that still means something, right?), and drew a cabinet of shapes and made a birthday card for a friend/family member whose bday parties got quarantined. In future classes we will have special guest teachers and maybe even a field trip to the…. back yard? Art assistant Caroline, Suso the Dog and I cant wait to draw every school day with you. ***Everything is better when we DRAW TOGETHER.*** See you in class on Monday!! Ps. For everyone saying they want more Suso The Dog in the class, yes yes, we hear you!! #drawtogether

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• Artist Network – Drawing Together Live Streams

https://www.artistsnetwork.com/drawing-together-live-video-streams/

• LIVE Colouring and Drawing Sessions with Johanna Basford

Live on Facebook or Instagram for the foreseeable future doing daily colouring or drawing sessions.
Colouring pages available to download.

Sessions will be at
4pm GMT / 12 noon EST / 9am PT
Wednesday 25th – Facebook
Thursday 26th – Instagram
Friday 27th – Facebook

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/johanna.basford/posts/?ref=page_internal
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/johannabasford/?hl=en

• Jon Burgerman Kids Story Reading and Drawing Activity

Live children’s book readings, which are followed by drawing activities on Instagram

• Draw Every day with JJK

Daily live art lessons from illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (for kids, but adults might like too)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg9gpgNtuVmFqtseQCKFWZml6dfdLugwt

• DRAW with Chris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8z6unNK-ME&feature=youtu.be

• Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (for Kids)

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

• Elle Luna (Creator of the 100 Day Project)

Free drawing classes via Instagram Live. 8 am PT for daily practice of creating a mandala.
https://www.instagram.com/elleluna/

• Paint with MJ

Painting classes for kids of all ages that are out of school and self isolating
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2882448618445044/

Join a Creative Challenge or Start Your Own

Creative challenges

• April Creative Challenges from Kick in the Creatives

At Kick in the Creatives with have creative challenges running through out the year and all levels are welcome.
https://kickinthecreatives.com/april-creative-challenges/
Join our Facebook Group to Share your work or post it and tag us on Instagram

• May Creative Challenges from Kick in the Creatives

https://kickinthecreatives.com/may-creative-challenges/
Join our Facebook Group to Share your work or post it and tag us on Instagram

• Create to Connect from 64 Million Artists

http://dothinkshare.com/creative-inspiration/create-to-connect/

• 100 Day Project

A Popular Yearly Creative Challenge which starts 7th April
https://www.the100dayproject.org/

• Lockdown 2020 Writing Initiative

A Facebook Group to share your writing
https://www.facebook.com/groups/804309796721150

Free Art, Craft and Creative Courses and Tutorials

• Creative Live – Free On Air Classes

Creative Live sells a range of creative classes, but they Los let you watch classes that they call “on air” free. These are scheduled at set times when you can watch them. Take a look t the schedule and click on RSVP to get a reminder of when the class is streaming
https://www.creativelive.com/onair

Creative Live Free Classes

• Free Classes from Kara Bullock Art

FREE ART TUTORIALS

Kara has also put some of her other paid courses on sale at 50% off

• Free Abstract Collage Course from Laura Horn

https://classes.laurahornart.com/p/abstract-collage-creations

• SVS Learn Illustration Courses

(30 day Free Trial they only usually offer 7days)
https://courses.svslearn.com/bundles/30-days-free
Just remember to set yourself a reminder to cancel if you don’t want to pay after that.

• Proko Drawing Tutorials

Free trial extended to 30 days
Just remember to set yourself a reminder to cancel if you don’t want to pay after that.

The #1 Online Drawing Resource

• 50 Free Art And Craft Classes from Creative Bug

Creative Bug 50 Free Art And Craft Classes

https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/50-free-classes-with-creativebug

• FREE 2 Week Art Journaling class from Balzer Designs

https://balzerdesigns.com/Classroom/register/the-two-week-art-journal

• The Layered Page – a Mini Mixed Media Course by Kellee Wynne

Free Access for a limited time
https://kelleewynnestudios.simplero.com/purchase/101914-The-Layered-Page

• The Virtual Instructor

These tutorials have currently been released for free while Corona Virus is affecting so many people

• Skillshare

There are numerous Skillshare classes that are free all the time
https://www.skillshare.com/classes/free

• Or Get 2 months of premium Skillshare for free (2 month trial)

Get two months of Premium Skillshare for free  (affiliate link)
Just remember to set yourself a reminder on your phone to cancel before the 2 months is up of you don’t want to pay afterwards.

Some classes you might like:

• Comics: Art in Relationship

https://www.kadenze.com/courses/comics-art-in-relationship

• Gesture Drawing – The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

Gesture Drawing – The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

• Free Online Art Lessons for Kids and Adults from Wild Free and Crafty

Free Online Art Lessons for Kids

• Kids Art Week 2019 by Carla Sonheim (also for adults)

https://www.carlasonheim.com/online-classes/kids-art-week–2019/

• Other Free Art Classes from Carla Sonheim

https://www.carlasonheim.com/product-category/classes/free-classes/

• Empty Easel Art Tutorials

https://emptyeasel.com/art-tutorials/

• Digital Painting Tutorials

https://www.ctrlpaint.com/library

• 600+ Free Art Lessons from the Art Sherpa

https://theartsherpa.com/videos

• Edx has numerous free courses available

here are just a few

• Coursera has a some free courses available

Here are just a few

• Domestika – Drawing and Creativity for Big Little Artists

(Spanish with English Subtitles)
https://www.domestika.org/en/courses/582-drawing-and-creativity-for-big-little-artists

• Udemy

Udemy has some free and paid courses. Search for a topic you are interested in and then filter by “free”

Recommended Youtube Art Channels

Recommended by ourselves or our Facebook Group Members

• Proko TV Drawing Tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV

• Draw with Jazza

https://www.youtube.com/user/DrawWithJazza

• Karen Campbell, Artist

Draw Whimsical Faces – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKbi70C11aQRKzeLcbl3oVA

• Watercolor Misfit

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO1i2JmrYr2rgLa8vYRrnFg

• Minnie Small – Artist

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLcxo0ysMP27XTiRKqrdASg

• Painthog

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbm6dYmMvv09iNa729KDhfg

• Painting with Jane

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW4Afe-CtYM5kp6FJEUPTFA

Windsor and Newton Masterclasses

 

Free Art History Books

• Books from the Met Museum

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online?&searchtype=F&&rpp=12&pg=4

• Books from Guggenheim

https://archive.org/details/guggenheimmuseum&tab=collection

• Getty Books

http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/index.html

Free Books to Read

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.
https://www.gutenberg.org/

Free Colouring/Activity Pages

Online Art Galleries

• Google Art and Culture

https://artsandculture.google.com/

• Virtual Art Gallery Tours

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

• Online Art Exhibitions from The Umbrella Studio

https://umbrella.org.au/event/jac-hawthorn-translation/?fbclid=IwAR0jI9xoXt_EfapAMwTZb_qBIZFenTdTKbmgjbNwHiAejQge_zMJNR6X1HY

• Interactive Frida Kahlo exhibition

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/frida-kahlo

• Paris Museums Put 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use

https://kottke.org/20/01/paris-museums-put–100000-images-online-for-unrestricted-public-use?fbclid=IwAR3evsT8sMsoPIt3Q_k1nRiuMGN9Cq_-umeHHXaSEaJ_EM3g6mSlJ2UieUA

Life Drawing Reference

• New Master Academy

Youtube channel with a range of life drawing model poses and tutorials

• Croquis Cafe: Art Models for Drawing

Youtube channel with a range of life drawing model poses and tutorials

Urban Sketching

urban sketching indoors

• The Thirty Day Indoor Sketching Challenge – Urban Sketchers London

https://urbansketchers-london.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-thirty-day-indoor-sketching.html

• Using Google Street Maps

Is there a place you have always wanted to visit, or a place you love? Why not visit it and draw it via Google Street Maps. The perspective might not be perfect, but it could be fun.
https://www.google.com/maps

Creative Podcasts

• Your Creative Push

Interviews with creatives from around the world from including artists and writers
https://yourcreativepush.com/

• Kick in the Creatives

Art and Creative Chat and Interviews
https://kickinthecreatives.com/kick-creatives-podcast/

• Creative Pep Talk

Andy J Pizza talking about creativity. He is a great story teller and has some good guests
https://www.creativepeptalk.com/

• Stitchery Stories

Textile art and embroidery podcast
https://www.stitcherystories.com/

• 3 Point Perspective

An illustration Podcast
https://www.svslearn.com/3pointperspective

Interesting Creative Talks

• Ted Talks

• 99u Talks

Talks on Creativity and other Topics – https://99u.adobe.com/videos

• Talks at Google

Download and Learn Free Art and Creative Software

Online Drawing Games

• Lets Draw It

Various online drawing games
https://letsdraw.it

• Drawize

Pictionary Like Game to play online with friends (Desktop and Mobile Versions)
https://www.drawize.com

Collaborate with Others on a Creative Project

• Write a kid’s story with a friend

Use free Google Docs. Share the document with your friend. One of you write 250 or 500 words and then your friend continues with their 250 words. See where the story goes. Sandra and I did this during our February Fables Challenge last year

• Poetry and Illustration collaboration

One person writes a poem and the other illustrates it

• Child’s story and Illustrations

One person writes the story and the other illustrates it.

• Art Postcard Swap

Create and post a postcard sized piece of art to a friend and they send one to you. We have a monthly postcard swap in our Facebook Group where we pair people up and they create art for each other.

• HitRecord Creative Collaboration Platform

Collaborate with people around the world on creative projects
https://hitrecord.org/how_it_works

Other Ideas and Events

• Window Art Festival – idea from Dundonald Art Corridor

Weekly themes, create art, stick it in your window
https://www.facebook.com/groups/dundonaldartcorridor

• Songs of Comfort

Yo-Yo Ma on encouraging ‘Songs of Comfort’ amid global crisis
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/yo-yo-ma-on-encouraging-songs-of-comfort-amid-global-crisis

• Nightly Met Opera Streams

Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m.
https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/

• Quilting Circle App

https://wearequilt.com

• Articles About Other Online Culture Events

Livestreaming schedule: music, art, literature and events from Australia and beyond
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/20/livestreaming-schedule-music-art-literature-and-events-from-australia-and-beyond

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!

A list which includes all sorts of resources not just creative eg. languages, geography, prayer
https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home

More ideas

  • Online video chat with built in games – https://houseparty.com/
  • Change your furniture around
  • Upcycle something you don’t like anymore – https://www.personalcreations.com/blog/50-new-uses-for-old-things
  • Make a list of all the things that have been bugging you for ages… That dripping tap… That crack in the wall that needs filling… That tumble-weed under the bed… NOW is the time to work on those little things and cross them off the to-do list!
  • Put some time in to the garden
  • Get fit… Imagine that ‘tada’ moment after 3 months of isolation! There are lots of free videos to help you do this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY&list=PLui6Eyny-UzwxbWCWDbTzEwsZnnROBTIL&index=2
  • Get the board games out! Instead of simply immersing yourself in ‘Netflix’, how about trying out some real interaction? When was the last time you played scrabble with your partner? Try it! You might find you really enjoy it… plus, you will talk a lot more together than you would staring at the TV!
  • If you have a kindle, sign up for a free trial of ‘Kindle Unlimited’. There are just 1000’s of unlimited and fantastic free books to read!
  • Amazon have loads of free kindle books available to read – Go to Kindle Best Sellers and then “Top 100 Free” to check out the popular ones
  • Have ‘skype’ coffee dates with your friends… Or prosecco!!
  • Create an imaginary diary/journal… If you are bored, why not write and illustrate your day as you would like it to be, rather than what you are actually doing…. Maybe today, you were climbing a mountain… Tomorrow, you will be on a lovely holiday in the sun… Use your imagination and have fun with it!

Ep 57 How to Start Drawing Again After a Long Break

In podcast episode 46, we spoke about how sometimes, taking a short break from our art can be beneficial and help to re-fill our creative well. But what if you haven’t drawn for months, or even years? You pick up that pencil again and somehow it just feels so alien, that you just put it down again.Today we are going to talk about that.

Ep 57 How to Start Drawing Again

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So you want to start drawing again and you would think that the answer would be to just start. But of course, our minds like to mess with us and instead of picking up the pencil, we find every reason we can to put it off. What we’re really doing is procrastinating and doubting ourselves.

“What if`I’m rubbish?”

“What if I don’t enjoy it?”

So we have some ideas to help get you started

Some of the things we discuss

  • How Tara started drawing by hand again after years of working digitally and how alien it felt at first
  • How the way you want to draw now might be completely different from how you drew years ago
  • That your taste for subject matter and mediums can completely change over time
  • Why you have to prepared for your art tosuck for a while
  • That copying can be a great way to learn (as long as you credit the original creator if you share your art) We all copied art as kids, so why not as adults.
  • Why a cheap sketchbook may be better than a beautiful more expensive one
  • Why experimenting is a great way to discover the art you love to make
  • How a challenge can help motivate you to practice

When you’ve finished listening to this podcast, we challenge you to grab a piece of paper. It doesn’t need to be fancy – in fact, the less precious the better.. Find a pen and draw something you can see from where you are sitting. No messing about deciding what to draw.

We give you 30 seconds to decide.

This first will NOT be a masterpiece, but you have done the hardest thing and started. When you have finished, keep your drawing it will be fun to look back on to see how you improve.

The books we mention

Making comics by Lynda Barry
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Danny Gregory, Art before Breakfast – Non-perfect drawings are more fun 

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This week’s creative question

What is the biggest thing that gets in the way of getting to your art?

art question

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Get Art Inspiration from Children’s Book Illustrations

You don’t always have to look at art books to get inspiration for your drawings. Tara and Sandra look at some fantastic children’s books that you can use as creative inspiration.

The Two Children’s Books Mentioned

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse – https://fave.co/2IWglCG

Charlie and Lola: We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog – https://fave.co/3d8ZRVS

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Find Your Art Style Experiment Day 45 – Drawing over a Previous Abstract Face

It’s day 45 of the Find Your Art Style Experiment. At the weekend I was digitally experimenting in Procreate with the drawing I did on Friday and really liked the effect.

Experimenting Digitally in Procreate with the Abstract Face

experimenting on the ipad

So instead of doing the mindmap drawing intended doing today, I decided to see what it would look like if I tried to do something similar with real art materials.

I sharpened my black Neocolor with a scalpel, drew the character around the eye and created some very loose faces and marks around the original face with Neocolor and the Stabilo All Pencil.

Drawing on Characters and Faces with Neocolor and Stabilo All

I put a couple of black areas like I had done on the digital version and was hoping I would be able to scratch back the black to reveal the yellow and colours below but that didn’t really work. I should have perhaps tried a masking pen or clear wax and worked over it with a marker.

drawing in the character and faces in black

I think I prefer the one I have drawn over. I know I want to get that grungy feel that I like so much in other artist’s work and I feel like this is getting there and more layered and interesting. But you may disagree.

final face with black characters drawn on

I will see you tomorrow.

Tools Used

Neocolor ii – https://fave.co/2TBF5VZ

Stabilo All Watercolour Effect Pencil – Black – https://fave.co/2wBusKH

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Sketch the People You Love

Do you ever sketch the people you love? Sandra sometimes finds them easier to draw as she already knows them really well.

In this video Sandra draws her husband and Grandson with fountain pens, a Pentel brush pen and a water brush.

Starting the Drawing with a Fountain Pen

starting the drawing

Adding Thicker Lines with The Pentel Brush Pen

pentel brush pen

Adding water makes the watersoluble ink produce mid tones

adding water to the drawing

The Finished Sketch

the finished sketch

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Find Your Art Style Experiment Day 43/44 – Weekly Review

Sandra and I have a weekly review about how I am getting on with the Find Your Art Style Experiment.

The Find your Art Style Experiment is a 60 day challenge that Tara has set herself to try and work out an art style that she likes creating in. She will be using suggestions she finds in books, videos and courses as well as her own and Sandra’s ideas. Each week Tara and Sandra will sit down to discuss how the experiment is going and work out what Tara should try the following week.

Next Week

I will be trying out a mindmap collaged drawing and doing more drawing over coloured backgrounds. Plus I may include an animal or two.

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Find Your Art Style Experiment Day 42 – Abstract Face on Yellow Pastel Paper

It’s day 42 of the Find Your Art Style Experiment. Today I decided to draw on the yellow pastel paper that I showed in my Day 40 video. I was curious to see whether it would work better or worse than the blue I had tried before.

Drawing the Abstract Face Outline

I chose the smoother side of the paper this time, but it still had quite a bit of texture and drew out a rough outline.

drawing the abstract face outline

Applying the Neocolor ii to the Drawing

Next, I started applying Neocolor 2. I wasn’t sure whether to use my Yellow Neocolor or just let the paper show through, but decided to use it in the end so I could blend colours.

Using Neocolor ii

I felt quite pleased with how things were going and almost didn’t add water, but then decided I could do with smoothing a few things out, so went ahead.

Adding Black Lines to the Drawing

adding lines to the face

Once I was happy with the colour I used my Black Stabilo All Surface Pencil to draw over the Neocolor, mainly on the yellow side

I am quite pleased with how this turned out. I might try using yellow acrylic ink to stain some mixed media paper next time and see how that works in comparison.

Final Abstract Woman's Face

I will see you soon.

Tools Used

Neocolor ii – https://fave.co/2TBF5VZ

Stabilo All Watercolour Effect Pencil – Black – https://fave.co/2wBusKH

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