Friday, April 22, 2011

Studies, tiles, and the Sketchbook Project 2012

 After weeks of doing nearly nothing creative (I've sewn a few things for Maddy, but no drawing or ceramics), I decided to unwrap the leather hard ceramic tiles I made the week before Maddy was born and decorate them. Since I couldn't decide what to put on them, I've been doing some studies and sketches the last few days to limber up my drawing skills.

One of the tiles is a gift for someone, who I know loves birds, but I didn't just want to put a bird on a tile. I've been doing a lot of things about little girls lately, so I decided that illustrating Thumbelina on a set of 5 tiles would allow me to draw a girl and a swallow, along with some other animals. I started the swallow tile last night.
All this drawing has gotten me in the mood to do more sketching, which is perfect timing, because I just got an e-mail about the 2012 Sketchbook Project. If you'd forgotten, I actually signed up for the 2011 project, and then did not come even close to filling my moleskin sketchbook. I did 3 pages, I think. I never bothered to mail it in, and I was kind of sad about it. I was completely stumped on what to draw, and I signed up very late in the year and didn't give myself much time. This time, I have 8 months to finish, and I have a theme that I'm really excited about: "Fill me with stories". So I went ahead and signed up. I plan to share my sketches for that, as well as studies and whatever from my regular sketchbook... as often as possible. I'm kidding myself and you if I promise to do it daily or even regularly. But I will definitely share what I do from time to time. Wish me luck!


Trisharella said...

I love your bird drawings, the cardinal is my fav:)

Hobby Potter - Tammy Jo Schoppet said...

Oh my goodness, you are incredibly talented! Love your sketches and your ceramic work: ) Glad you are back in the groove!

Allison Kruskamp said...

You deserve a huge pat on the back (ok, a massage) for getting any work done while taking care of a baby. Congratulations on both of those creative achievements! I'm so excited to have found your blog.

15 Painted Cups said...

Thank you guys! Can't say I've found time for this every day, but it definitely feels good to do a little art when I can. I'm lucky to have a very sleepy baby and some very supportive family:D

Aga said...

As everyone else I admire your drawings skills - the kids are great, and your ceramics. Your works have a nice energy about them.

I am a ceramics student myself I will be very grateful if you could find some time and have a look at my blog and gave me your opinion about my work. It would mean a lot to me to get your opinion. Please be honest - I do appreciate constructive criticism.

Best wishes,