Sketches 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10…PHEW.

So I have been a little slack-ish on posting these, but except for a couple I have been on time with my sketches. I didn’t like the idea of ever catching up on sketches but that’s what happened a couple times. Hopefully it won’t happen again!

Now to the good stuff. The peeks!

Sketch 6: This sketch was a difficult one in the sense that I couldn’t get much inspiration, so I felt like it turned out mediocre because I didn’t really have a set goal in mind for how it was going to turn out. When I don’t have anything to go off of (a song, words, other inspiration) my sketches don’t really go anywhere. Maybe you’d have a different opinion of it though!

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetSketch 7: This was one I had to catch up on, since my family was down for Christmas I wasn’t really thinking about the project! But I did know what I wanted to do. At church, the theme this Christmas was “All is Bright” and I wanted to draw from that and have fun with it.

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetSketch 8: Happy New Cheerth! My inspiration for the type here was Nathan Yoder, who does some awesome ink illustrations and lettering. I had a lot of fun with this one! I keep questioning if I took it too far with a couple aspects, but overall I’m happy with it. I’ll definitely be exploring this style more.

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Sketch 9: Another catch-up piece. I am getting a tattoo in a week and I wanted to explore the style of the art that will be my tattoo. While I like my version here, I don’t want it to be what’s tattooed on me. It’s odd, but—depending on the situation—I don’t think I would want my own designs as my tattoo.

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Sketch 10: Self portrait. I try to do one as often as possible, to keep my technical skills up and it’s a personal record of myself. I always enjoy doing these, as I did this time. I had a hard time deciding whether or not to use ink over the pencil, but for now it’s staying a graphite drawing. As you’ve seen throughout this project, one of my biggest struggles is knowing when to stop, or when a drawing is complete or when it needs to be taken further.

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetWell I’m going strong. And I’ll keep at it! I am proud of myself for sticking with it for so long. Now I just have to get better at posting here ;)

10 down, 42 to go. #52sketches

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Sketch 5

This sketch was a further exploration of a pattern/geometric design I’ve been drawn to here lately. I’ve done this pattern before, but practice makes perfect, right? I finished it at Kaladi Bros, drinking a vanilla hazelnut latte while listening to All Sons and Daughters. Good stuff, guys ;)

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Sketch 4

Sheesh, gotta keep up with these posts! (I keep up with the sketches though, so that’s all that counts right?) this sketch was definitely my most dynamic so far. I decided to take on a new style, a new technique, that I’ve dabbled in before but not really explored. I absolutely loved it and will be doing more sketches in this style in the future. I think what I liked most was how it came together once I took a step back and looked at it as a whole. Anyway, here’s a peek! Hint: the further away you get from it, the more beautiful it becomes.

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4 down, 48 to go. #52sketches

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Sketch 3

My inspiration for my third sketch was from an Audrey Assad song, Restless. It’s an illustration of my heart at the moment and I couldn’t have been more on-point with this sketch. Here’s a sneak peek:

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I’m realizing how therapeutic this is each week. If I’m feeling something I can simply sketch it out. And I love it.

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3 down, 49 to go.

Sketch 2

I’m proud to say that I did finish my second sketch last week. I think I would title it, “In a Day.”

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I’m excited to get started on my third this weekend! Who knows what will come about…not me ;)

2 down, 50 to go!

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Sketch 1

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It has begun! In Brown Bag Sandwich Co. enjoying a Denali Single Engine Red I can say that week 1 sketch is done and I feel accomplished. I felt like this piece was very transitional…I wasn’t sure what style it was going to inhabit until I finished, and it changed a few times before I completed it. Part of me wanted to keep going with it, but then I told myself not to kill it, and to realize when to stop. One down, 51 to go ;) Here’s the sneak peek!

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52 sketches, 1 year, 0 excuses

Many times I get random ideas in my head that are either never started, or – this is the worst – never finished. So I got an idea for a project a few months ago. AND THIS ONE WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN THE REST. For real, though. And the reason I am confident is because I have set a realistic goal, and this idea has been on my mind for quite a while now, and I only get more excited about it every time I think about it.

I guess I should tell you what I’m talking about.

52 sketches, 1 year, 0 excuses. Once a week every week for the next year I will illustrate one blank page in my (as of now) empty sketchbook using only pen, and pencil if needed. Through this project I aim to accomplish 3 goals:

  • See my idea come to completion
  • Achieve a broader creativity
  • Refine my skills on paper

At the end, I aim to have a show that showcases this project. I’m super excited to get started!

Oh! And one more thing – I am not allowed to reveal any sketches until the end. Although, sneak peeks are acceptable ;)

With my micron in hand and my moleskin in front of my face, I hereby begin my 52 sketches, for 1 year, 0 excuses! #52sketches

Sometimes good things happen when you can’t sleep.

That should be #trending. Because this happens often!

I was browsing the inter webs when I came upon this beautiful video.

While I drooled at Jake Weidmann’s penmanship (he is 1 of 11 Master Penmans in the world) I hung on his words even more.

I believe we bear the image if God…in our desire to create. I believe that the things that God impresses upon us and the things that we find we are passionate about he was first passionate about. So I see this passion in me is the most intimate way that I know God.

I was blown away. This statement is so perfect and spot on. My passion that was put inside me from THE creator of the universe is how I experience God most intimately. I can’t say much more. It’s a beautiful thing.

DIY and Making a House a Home

Nick and I love doing DIY and home projects together. Since it’s summer, we decided to get some flowers for our entryway. They are really soaking in the sun and I’m loving the fresh color! I am loving summer.

Photo Jun 22, 2 15 42 PM Photo Jun 22, 3 57 14 PMWe also recently make a light for our bedroom. With some copper pipes, a vintage lightbulb, and some tools, we made a rustic, vintage light. Much cheaper than buying a similar one and more personable, I think! It also goes well with our shelf we put up a few weeks ago. Now we just need a splash of color in there! :)

Photo Jun 22, 2 52 33 PM Photo Jun 22, 3 32 57 PMWe got us a big leather chair from a garage sale and an antique coffee table came with it for free. It was a classy shape, but a little dated. So we decided to paint it for some more color in the living room. It goes great , and it was free–can’t beat that!

Photo Jul 03, 7 30 54 PM Photo Jul 03, 7 31 07 PM Photo Jul 29, 4 13 52 PMYay for DIY!