30 days

There are no straight lines on your body

This drawing took an hour - and I still didn't get her pupils quite right.  However, I was drinking a glass of wine, so maybe that's how it looked to me.

This drawing took an hour - and I still didn't get her pupils quite right.  However, I was drinking a glass of wine, so maybe that's how it looked to me.

The more I draw people's faces, the more I realize how the slightest change in a small curve can radically change the look.  As I improve the curve on an eye lid, I can see the face pop into focus.  If I draw the curve on a jawline incorrectly, the face no longer resembles the person I'm trying to draw.  It's amazing how each little curve makes up who you are.

It's also amazing that there are no straight lines on the human body.  Try to find one.  (If you do, let me know.)  Hair comes pretty close.  We grow up trying to learn how to draw straight lines.  But they are not very useful when drawing nature.

There are also no straight lines in life.  We can organize and strategize and plan all we want, but you know it's not going to turn out exactly how you envisioned it.  The curves are what make your life your life.  My day has already not gone as I expected.  I had success yesterday with the "Dot Top" and then started on a blush tank which may not work out as well.  We'll see tomorrow when I finish it.  But that's life, isn't it?

Update on 30 Days of Drawing

I am finding this "30 Days of Drawing" less stressful than the last.  I am trying to focus on ideas and pieces of a drawing rather than a completing "perfect drawing".  I am mainly copying photographs and other drawings in order to learn the "vocabulary" of the female face.  But hopefully, I will be able to draw "out of my head" one day.

Drawing of a french girl from a photograph.

Drawing of a french girl from a photograph.

This is a copy of a watercolor by  Emma Leonard , who is an awesome illustrator.  I'm hoping to break out the water colors soon.

This is a copy of a watercolor by Emma Leonard, who is an awesome illustrator.  I'm hoping to break out the water colors soon.

I went on vacation last week and lost my pencil, so I resorted to ball point pen.  It actually made me feel even less stressed, because I had to incorporate every line.  The next one is a drawing of Jennifer Morrison from a photograph.  She's much prettier in real life.

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I didn't look at anything while I drew the one above, so I think it's pretty good for "out of my own head".  However, my husband says that she freaks him out, so I decided to go with that for my next one - 

I didn't look at anything while I drew the one above, so I think it's pretty good for "out of my own head".  However, my husband says that she freaks him out, so I decided to go with that for my next one - 

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And my next...

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The rhythm of drawing every day has made me want to make more "art".  I really think creating breeds creativity and discipline breeds discipline.  So, I am going to make a new shirt or dress each day for the next couple of weeks.  I will hopefully have a new top to show you tomorrow.  Gotta go sew...

Building new habits - Tip #5

Don't compare yourself to people who are farther along than you are.

I can easily become discouraged if I look at people who are a few steps ahead of me in life, in art, in business, in relationships.  Why am I not THERE already?

Compare yourself to who you used to be.  You are taking steps to move forward.  We all move at a different pace and in a different way.

This is a photo of my parents introducing me to my new baby brother.  I was not happy.  I think I have gotten better at meeting new people and at putting together outfits...although the stripes going both ways is pretty awesome.  

This is a photo of my parents introducing me to my new baby brother.  I was not happy.  I think I have gotten better at meeting new people and at putting together outfits...although the stripes going both ways is pretty awesome.  

Building new habits - Tip #4

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Flood your brain with good influences.

It is hard to swim against the tide, so make sure the tide is going in the right direction.  

Read, watch, and listen to things that encourage your new habit.  

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.  Make sure you want to be like them.

Whatever you are reading and watching is what you start believing about the world.  Make sure it's what you really want to believe.  

New habits start in the mind.

Building new habits - Tip #3

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Make it as fun as possible.  

Put on some music.

Pour yourself a nice cup of tea.

Turn it into a contest.

Get other people involved.

Do whatever will draw you back 

tomorrow.

Building new habits - Tip #2

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If you are having trouble figuring out where to start, answer this question - 

What bothers you the most?

What do you think about everyday?

Start there.

 

Building new habits - Tip #1

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Focus on one thing.  Don't try to improve everything in your life at once.  Don't try to clean your whole house, start eating healthier, AND play with your kids every day.  

Pick ONE thing.

And then pick one small part of that one thing.

If you pick - clean your house - then start with 

one corner of one room.

When cleaning that corner only takes 15 minutes and makes such a big improvement, you will be encouraged to do more the next day.

* Small wins *