Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Drawing Horses Part 2

I hope you practiced what we learned yesterday because it is time to move on!  Today, we are going to do a little more detail.  Such as creating and forming more of the body shape.  So get your paper and pencil out and let's go at it!  Note: We will be starting where we left off.

We are first going to enhance the body shape.  On the second circle you made, continue the line (which forms the back) and guide it along the back side.

Now, where the bottom neck. line meets the circle, you want to make a very small arc along the edge of the circle.

Next, cut into the second circle with the girth line.

Back where the second circle meets where you just cut in it, make another line which goes down.  Also, the first step you did in this part, continue it down, lining up with the line you just made.  You may now erase the second circle you drew. 

Where the front of the girth line meets the first circle, draw a little along the circle and then leave it continuing down.

A little to the right of halfway through the space on the bottom of the front circle, create a line which goes down with the line you just made.

Make a line which comes from the line you just made and along the first circle a little bit.

Now make two lines; one which goes from the arc you made down, and the other from the line you just made down.  You can now erase the first circle.

In the next part, we will focus on the facial details.  Be sure to practice what you learned today!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Drawing Horses Part 1

Horses have a very unique body shape (much different from humans).  In this part, we are going to focus on getting the basic shape.  They can be very difficult to draw, and take much, much practice.  It took me over a year to master the skills of drawing a horse.  That is why I am splitting this topic into three parts.  Note: We will be drawing with shapes, so if you haven't read the post Using Shapes in Your Art, you will definitely want to read it before moving on.  All you need in this part is a sketchbook (or piece of paper) and a pencil (an HB or No. 2, they are the exact same thing).  You also want to be able to draw lightly, so if you haven't read the post
Shading Techniques, I would suggest you do so now.  If you already know this technique, but haven't read the post, you won't need to.  Let's Begin!

You are going to want to have your paper landscape!

First, you want to draw a circle (lightly) with about a 2 in. diameter (it doesn't have to be perfect) a little to the left of the center of your paper. 


Behind it, make another circle (lightly) around the same size, but a little more oval.


From the front circle, a little up and to the left, you want to make a circle (lightly) about half the size.  This will be the head.

 Next, we are going to draw the curve on the horses' back.  Start at the top of the first circle we drew and end at the top of the second circle we drew (you can make this line as dark as you want).

Now, the belly line, or the girth.  You want to start at the bottom of the first circle you drew.  Cut into it a little and make a little bit of an even line and then curve up a bit.  Even out and connect with the second circle.

Then, we are going to draw the top neck line (or curve).  Begin at the top of the third circle and continue down to the first circle.  Do NOT connect directly to the back line.

Two more things left!  Bottom neck line is next!  Start at the third circle and draw a curve to the bottom circle

Lastly, you will draw the nose.  I don't really know how to explain it in words, so just look at the picture.

Well, that's all for today!  You will have to check my blog tomorrow for the next part.  I would suggest practicing these steps the rest of the day, so tomorrow you can move on no problem!  Good Luck!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Liebster Award

I have been nominated (once again) by Alea Harper at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings for the Liebster Award!  Thank you so much!  Now, I get to share 11 random facts about myself and I will try to put in different things. :)

11 Random Facts About Me
1. I especially enjoy drawing horses.
2. I just finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry (which was fantastic but had the WORST ending).
3. My favorite blog ever has to be Author Jaye L. Knight.
4. I like to listen to  the LOTR soundtrack when I am drawing, writing, and blogging.
5. My favorite song from LOTR is "Edge of Night" sung by Pippin.
6. I have hazel eyes.
7. The last movie I watched was "Left Behind" (2000) with Kirk Cameron.
8. I have an older sister who also likes to write.
9. I also like to cook.
10. My favorite music artist is Jamie Grace.
11. I have never been able to draw people in my life.
11 Questions
1. Do you prefer fantasy or science fiction? Science Fiction

 2. What is your favorite soundtrack listen to while writing/blogging? LOTR

 3. Would you rather watch a movie or read a book? read a book

 4. Are you a plotter or do you tend to wing it when you write? I do a bit of both.

 5. Would you rather have ice cream for dinner or real food? Real food, but I would want ice cream after dinner.

 6. Would you rather have steak, chicken, or something different? I would want to have venison, definitely!

 7. What is your favorite Bible verse? Jeremiah 29:11-13

 8. Who is your favorite author? Jaye L. Knight

 9. What is your favorite movie? Lord of the Rings

 10. If you could tell someone about Jesus, how would you go about it?  I would tell them they are a sinner and they need Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.  I would recite John 3:16 and ask them if they believe what I just told them.  If they answered yes, I would pray with them and tell them to read their Bible.

 11. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl, I could stay up all night long...
I Nominate
Katie and Anna - Cousins in Christ
Jaye L. Knight - Author Jaye L. Knight
Samantha DellaCruse - Life of a Drama Queen
11 Questions for those I Nominated
1. In your spare time, would you rather: read, write, draw, or cook?
2. Are you currently working on writing a novel?
3. If you said yes to the last question, what genre?
4. Have you ever gotten a book published?
5. When did you start blogging?
6. Do you like going to bed with wet hair?
7. What is your favorite Bible verse?
8. How often do you post on your blog?
9. Have you ever been nominated for a different blogger award?
10. What is your favorite thing to draw (if you draw)?
11. How do you make tough decisions?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Abstract Art

Abstract Art can be a really fun way to get your creativity on paper.  You also don't have to have the best art skills either.  Using any kind, size, and color of paper cut it into any odd shape.  It can look really neat when you are finished.  Punching wholes, cutting neat shapes can make your abstract art look even more interesting!  Good luck!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Scribble Art

Scribble art is a really fun way to train your artist eyes.  It is super simple and don't have to know and specific skills (except scribbling, if that even counts).  Simply scribble on a piece of paper making of curves, circles, and shapes.  Scribble until the entire page is full.  Now, stare at this until you find different objects.  You could find almost anything and everything!  Once you find something, just keep going!  I would also suggest you highlight what you find with a marker of some kind.  Have fun with Scribble Art!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Foreshortening is a very useful effect used in art.  It makes your picture appear more real and 3-D.  When an object such as a pencil is pointing towards you, it appears shorter.  The part of the object which is closer to you looks much larger, while the portion of the object which is farther away from is much smaller.  Below, I placed an example...

Now you can see that the pencil looks much shorter!  The eraser also looks much bigger than the tip of the pencil.  Good luck with foreshortening!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Drawing with a Graph

Hi guys!  Drawing with a graph can be very helpful when trying to draw in proportion.  It can also enable you to draw easier and to use more details.  Using a graph is also a fantastic way to practice drawing certain things and drawing them in correct proportion.

First, you want to pick out a picture of the thing you want to draw and place a graph over it.  Then, you also want to put the same graph over a blank piece of paper.

Now, start on the far left upper box and work your way to the right.  Then, go to the next row, and work your way just like you do when you are reading.  You can draw in color or black and white.  It doesn't really matter.  I enjoy drawing this way because it gives me practice at things I am not as good at.  You can use any image you want and create anything!  Soon, I might have a graph drawing up on the My Artwork page!

Good luck, everyone :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Artist Inspiration

Do you ever feel like you are in the mood to draw a masterpiece but you don't know what to draw?  Well, in this post I will give you a few ideas and some exercises which will help your artistic mind explode with drawings.

First thing, if you like drawing scenery and you are on vacation in a beautiful place, you might enjoy taking a few minutes to draw what you see. 

If you are just at home, you might be out of ideas.  Well, think of things or places you have seen that day or another day.  Use those things to get an idea.  Or express a feeling you have through your drawings.

Another idea is to take a book you have read recently and illustrate an image you had in your head from reading it.  You could do the same thing with a book you are writing!  Have fun and good luck!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Sunflower Blogger Award

Hi everyone!  I know I already posted today, but Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings by Alea Harper just tagged me for the Sunflower Blogger Award!  Jaye L. Knight started the award and now I have been tagged.

11 Random Facts About Me
1. I love Walt Disney World!
2. I showed a horse this year and won 2nd place!
3. I am obsessed with LOTR and The Hobbit!
4. I am currently writing a Sci-Fi novel!
5. I organized my own art show last summer and raised money for a charity through an auction and raffle!
6. I have always wanted to live in Australia or New Zealand!
7. I am homeschooled!
8. I like making music videos!
9. I love zip lining!
10. I used to own chickens!
11. I cannot stand when people lick the icing of their cupcakes and then eat the cake part.
11 Answers to 11 Questions
1. What is your favorite thing to do when you have time to spare? Draw or spend time with animals
2. Do you prefer movies or books? Movies...probably
3. Favorite Bible verse? Jeremiah 29:11-13
4. What is the last sentence you wrote in a story? I don't know that I have been more happy to arrive at school in my entire life.
5.  Who is your favorite author? Margaret Peterson Haddix
6.  What is your biggest pet peeve? When I cannot go horseback riding.
7. What is your favorite dessert? peanut butter fudge
8.  If you could live in any time period (past, present, future), which would you choose? The Future
9. What is your favorite book re-read (besides the Bible)? Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
10. What genre do you read most? Sci-Fi
11. What is the best movie you have ever watched? "Lord of the Rings"

I now tag Samantha DellaCruse and the blog The Life Of A Drama Queen

Drawing Trees

A lot of people think, well, two lines with a little bit of a curve on the end and scribbles to make leaves, right?  Now, I am not saying it is the wrong way, but don't you kind of wish you could do more?  Well, this post is for you!  I will show you how to enhance your trees to make them look even more real!

Now, in the last post, I discussed how to use shapes to draw the body of things.  In this post you will be doing the same.  You will be using two circles and two lines to create a tube.  You will use a series of tubes to draw your tree.
Now, make a firm line to outline the tubes and erase any part of the tube you don't want the viewer to see.

Alright, perfect, well almost.  We still need our leaves.  You can make your leaves in a variety of different ways.  You can use scribbles, but make some lighter and some darker.  You can use a series of lines which do not blend, but also make some darker and some lighter.  It is your choice.  In this example, I will use a series of lines.

Well, now you can enhance your trees to make a better scenery piece of art.  Don't forget to use your creativity!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Shading Techniques

In my opinion, shading is one of the most important techniques when it comes to drawing and sketching.  It gives your artwork perspective and "life".  When using shading, artists use different tones.  These tones are based on the pressure of your pencil.  The lighter you press with your pencil, the lighter the tone is.  The harder you press your pencil, the darker the tone is.  There are five main types of shading: smooth shading, hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and scribbling.

Smooth shading is one of the more difficult types of shading.  It requires a very smooth (obviously) and almost perfect looking shade (I am definitely a perfectionist, so I use this type a lot). The trick to the smooth shading is to hold your pencil differently.  Here is how you should hold it:

In this position, you want to be loose and relaxed.  If you are tense, it will press the pencil harder against the paper making a very dark shade.  It may feel a little awkward at first, but you will get used to it after practice.  Another thing with smooth shading is that you want to try and blend the lines.  A trick I use is to take finger and rub it back and forth against the shading (just, please, make sure to wash you hands before you continue drawing or the lead will go all over your artwork and mess it up).

Hatching is where you shade diagonally and you don't want the lines to blend together.  You also might want to use the hand position I requested earlier, also.

Cross-Hatching is the same thing as hatching except you want to cross the hatching.

Stippling is more of a dotted form of shading.  To make a lighter shade, you want to use less pressure on your pencil and make your dots farther apart.  To make a lighter shade, you want to use more pressure and make your dots closer together.  You probably would prefer using a normal hand position when holding a pencil for this type of shading.

Scribbling is well, scribbling.  For lighter shading, use less pressure and for darker shading use more pressure.

Using Shapes In Your Art

Using shapes on your art can be very helpful in the process of drawing things like horses, dogs, cats, apples, etc.  Shapes make the body form of your art to make it more realistic.  In this post, I will use an apple as an example. 

First, you want to draw circles for the different bulges in an apple.

Make sure and draw your circles lightly so they are easy to erase.  Don't forget to shade your apple when you are finished!

Another way you can use shapes are to actually make something more complicated from simple shapes.  For example, you could draw a flower plant holder by using four lines and three circles.

Of course, you can do other things by "building" with shapes.  You can make clothes, furniture, and many other things.  Just use your artist imagination to create anything with shapes!  Good Luck :)!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Welcome to My Blog!

Hi all you artists!  I just started this blog and am looking forward to giving everyone some tips and advice.  Keep checking for new posts... Thanks for stopping by!