Illustration Friday topic “sprout”

I have been drawing baby hummingbirds – these sprout to adulthood in about 24 to 26 days. From an egg the size of pea to an amazing beautiful and fast flying little creature in about a month! What a wonderful example of God’s creation!

These were drawn on muslin fabric to use in making quilts and other crafts. And I also made some little tote bags featuring the hummingbird drawings.

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Hedgehogs and English Robins

Peter Caldwell in his work, “Pen and Ink Sketching“, states, “learning to leave out as much detail as possible, without depriving the picture too much, is to be applauded. Rather than draw every little detail which would decidedly overdo rather than enhance the drawing. It is better to suggest the appropriate gesture: a few bricks in a wall, a mere indication of slates on a roof and only the minimum amount of leaves on the tree or foliage. The imagination is far more capable of filling in the remaining spaces and indeed needs to exercise itself in this way, thereby giving the artist and the viewer far greater satisfaction. The “golden rule” then, is simply to indicate in the white spaces in the drawing what these spaces represent or contain overall.  Where then does this ‘suggestion’ go in order to gain the maximum effect? Concentrate the suggested textures around the edges of the object. This helps focus the eye more on the shape of the object rather than the centre of it – the shape is more interesting than the middle.”

I am attempting to practice this “suggestion” drawing with the hedgehog quills.

 

Quilt squares avaliable in shop

 

Adult coloring pages

Coloring is not just for kids any more. Adult coloring is a popular way to have a little “art therapy” at home. Not officially therapy, but just a way to possible reduce anxiety and help bring focus to the mind. And it’ s fun!

There are many pages available to download – I have added a few of my own creation –

 

Illustration Topic “shoes”

I illustrated for an author a while back who needed a graphic of a pair of shoes. After the first rough draft she wanted to change the shoes to look used and worn out. She also wanted the buckles to be replaced with ties. This is a good example of the illustration process I use when working with an author on their book project to reach the graphic they are envisioning.

Dott’s shoes rough draft #1

Dott’s shoes rough draft #2

Dot’s shoes Final drawing in pen and ink

Spring flowers and birds pen and ink drawings

Going for a walk in the spring here in Pennsylvania is such a treat for the eyes, flowering trees, bushes and perennials abound. And the birds are very busy with mate finding and nest building.

 

Original pen and ink illustration on fabric quilt squares. Available in shop.

Quiet Book with Bible Theme

Now available in my Etsy store, a hand made busy book to use with young children when quiet play is desired. The theme is God is the creator of all we see around us – using flowers, birds, insects in different activities to increase logic and fine motor skills. Fabric, felt, zipper, buttons, beads and sequins along with hand and machine stitching make a colorful and attractive soft toy book.

 

Illustration Friday topic “spiral”

The prompt ‘spiral’ of course makes one think of a snail or the golden ratio or Fibonacci’s Spiral, of which by the way, I have some amazing pins:

https://www.pinterest.com/monicaminto/golden-ratio/

But I thought the candy cane also has a spiral as its trademark and is in keeping with the season: