Here’s a fun thing about having a stroke, I don’t know what I can’t do. That seems like an odd statement but as a growing artist it’s been rather freeing. I thought I might like painting. Turns out I do. I don’t know how good I am but I enjoy it. I thought Zentangle might be fun. It is. It also turns out I can draw abstract type things quite well.
I was originally prompted to look into Zentangle following discussion with other folks who wished they could draw. One theme I saw repeated in that discussion was the folks who could draw encouraging those who claimed they couldn’t to just try. Well we know where that brought us. Our daughter Jolene has quite the skill for freehand drawing. I was saying again how I wished I could draw. Cue the light bulb moment…Jolene introduced me to what are essentially step outs for drawing…well…anything. I never even thought to look.
The other day when I was organizing my Pinterest board I kept having idea after idea for ATCs from the random sayings and quotes I have collected. Every time I would get an idea I was back to the problem of needing to find an image or sticker or…something. If only I could draw!
Well, now that I have managed to draw a decent representation of a puppy. I’m ready to start. First step. What style do I want to draw? I thought about the images that I’ve enjoyed. The common factor is nearly always that they are not realistic drawings. I’m not sure what that style is at this point so I’m calling it cartoon style. At least that’s what I got the most hits on for the style I was searching.
Way back in the day, when I had Knit By Tigs (I guess I still do, I just don’t knit commissions very often) I became friends with a gal named Jett Atwood. At the time I knew she did some cool doodles for her sister but I had no idea she was a For Real Legit Illustrator. I was honored to have her create my design for KBT.
I’ve always liked her style and I remember talking to her about her illustrations. She, like most artists I know, was dismissive of her skill and said that anyone could learn to draw. Right. Silly humans. Fast forward several years. I’ve seen Jett work on various projects. Most recently she’s working as a storyboard artist for the Puss in Boots series on Netflix. I’ve been in awe of her ability to do what she loves and get paid for it. Plus being friends with her means I get to see nifty little doodles (as she calls them) that she occasionally posts.
When I started thinking about my style I started thinking about all those images she’s shared over the years. I knew that was the direction I wanted to go. The objects are real but not realistic. So, there we go. Then it was off to do some searching. I came up with a pretty good find on Amazon. [AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B00C7RPT2I”] At the time of this writing it’s free for Prime or Kindle Unlimited otherwise its $8.99. Not a bad price. I think the step outs are pretty decent and the variety of images is quite good. I know it will take a while for me to develop my own style but I think this is a step in the right direction.
And so, with that story I present Love Note Two. An ATC I made for Grandpa. The image is based on the bear in the book. After I drew him I played with my new wax pastels and watercolors. Then I took some paper I had been using to play with pearlescent watercolors that I picked up recently.