My Daily 10 Minute Sketchbook

My goal is to do a quick 10-min sketch everyday but it's not always possible.  This process is inspired by Kesh over on Youtube.  I've learned that if I write it down on my to-do list, it's more likely to get done.  I have early morning, late night, and 3am sketching sessions.

I'm hoping to breathe more life into the faces I create.  They need more shadows, facial expressions, costumes, jewelry, and some type of job or purpose.

Each day is different, sometimes I can get a sketch done in 10 minutes and other times I struggle for 30 minutes.  I use this sketchbook and a col-erase pencil.


One way I'm doing that is with fan art as well as drawing faces from different age groups and backgrounds.

In the past, I've stayed within a sort of comfort zone.  But now I'm ready to break out of that and push myself into new territory.


One thing I do know is that this direction feels good.  Because I'm looking at the photo I don't have to guess or make up details as I go along.  I hope that is builds up my memory box for when I need to create new faces in the future.

I will have another update at the end of the month!

If you would like to sketch along with me please enjoy this free flower girl drawing lesson!

P.S. All of my online art classes are 20% off this month.  Use code: NEWSTART2018 at check out.


Lessons Learned in 2017 + 2018 Goals

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January 2018 is coming soon so I wanted to take some time and reflect on my creative growth this past year and share what I've learned.

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1.  Paint a lot.

I started 2017 with 100 faces.  I never made it to 100 but it forced me to draw more than I ever have before.  It also made me draw faster and accept my flaws.  

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2.  I can't (choose not to) work on more than 2 paintings at a time.  Planning works as long as it's not too far in advance.

If I try to do too much, I get overwhelmed and everything stops.  When I go back and forth between two paintings I feel like it's easier to manage especially with a busy work schedule.   

The future needs to stay open.  Too much planning doesn't allow for spontaneity or intuitive growth.  I plan to do 100 faces but I give myself permission to change course.

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3.  If I plan out the color story, the painting moves along easier.

I had never done this before but heard about planning a color story prior to painting.  It really helps with the painting process and allows me to explore new color cominations.

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4.  I can trash it if I don't like it (even if it's still in early stages). 

I don't have to force a painting if it's not working.  I will paint over the page if something isn't right.  Often times it acts as a warm-up and the next project goes on smooth like butter!

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A few 2018 goals:

  1. I would like to paint more acrylic paintings.
  2. Incorporate more hair styles.
  3. Do more collage work.
  4. Paint larger.
  5. Offer originals and prints for sale.
  6. Start a (artist) bullet journal.

Topics to explore:

  1. Landscapes
  2. Wildlife
  3. Hands
  4. Mermaids (teaching in Life Book 2018)
  5. Birds

Thank you for your support in 2017!  If you have liked a photo, taken a class or follow me on social I just want to say that I appreciate you!!!!