December Art Challenge is here

December Art Challenge is here

For the December Art Challenge I wanted to challenge you all to choose a different way to recreate a coloring page in the ways I have outlined in Coloring Lounge!!

I think we can find ourselves in a rut sometimes and get bored with using the same process over and over again. So I am launching this art challenge to expand our creativity. I have listed quite a few ways on different coloring ideas inside the Coloring Lounge where you will get access to the page as well.

I can’t wait and see what you will use for your coloring page and what you will create with the December Art Challenge.

We are going to have a few guidelines (rebels don’t like rules but we can handle guidelines) that I would like for you to read and know.

  • One Entry of Art Per Person is allowed and the winner will be announced on January 4th – so be sure to get your submissions in before then.
  • You will submit your art via the Facebook Group and I will feature in on the blog post along with other submissions!
  • We’ll be using the hashtag #coloringartchallenge if you want to share the challenge and your work on your social media platforms
  • Petra Monaco (The Rebels Den LLC) reserves the right to use the photos of your art submission on Social Media/Email platforms and will always give credit to the Artists whose work is shown.
  • When you submit your creation for the Art Challenge, your name is automatically added to the list of names in the Raffle. A name will be selected at random on the 1st of the month and the Winner will receive a Coloring Creatives Bundle. Winner will be notified via email.
December Art Challenge is here

WELCOME TO THE NOVEMBER ART CHALLENGE!!!

For the November Art Challenge I wanted to challenge you all to choose a different way to finish a page in the ways I have outlined in Coloring Lounge!!

I think we can find ourselves in a rut sometimes and get bored with using the same process over and over again. So I am launching this art challenge to expand our creativity. I have listed quite a few ways on different coloring ideas inside the Coloring Lounge where you will get access to the page as well.

Done in Colored Pencil

I can’t wait and see what you will use for your coloring page and what you will create with the November Art Challenge.

We are going to have a few guidelines (rebels don’t like rules but we can handle guidelines) that I would like for you to read and know.

  • One Entry of Art Per Person is allowed and the winner will be announced on December 7th – so be sure to get your submissions in before then.
  • You will submit your art via the Facebook Group and I will feature in on the blog post along with other submissions!
  • We’ll be using the hashtag #coloringartchallenge if you want to share the challenge and your work on your social media platforms
  • Petra Monaco (The Rebels Den LLC) reserves the right to use the photos of your art submission on Social Media/Email platforms and will always give credit to the Artists whose work is shown.
  • When you submit your creation for the Art Challenge, your name is automatically added to the list of names in the Raffle. A name will be selected at random on the 1st of the month and the Winner will receive a Coloring Creatives Bundle. Winner will be notified via email.
Shapes n things after taking a bit of a break

Shapes n things after taking a bit of a break

Drawing shapes

I fell off the drawing wagon because I have been dealing with a serious case of poison ivy – and who knew that I was so sensitive that I almost had to go to the doctors for it – but I didn’t go and just slathered myself in calamine lotion and a gazillion showers a day.

And then I’ve been working on an order that came through as well as wood-burning every day.

Anyway, the recent lessons are all about shapes and light and shadow and things and absolutely boring and yet absolutely necessary to learn. It’s one of the things that I understand the concept of where the light hits and where the shadow is hanging out. Putting it into practice is a little different and even if the lessons didn’t really engage me I made it through.

Turning shapes into a character

Turning shapes into a character

Today, I am turning shapes into a character. It was simple enough but I know that perspective may be a but of a struggle.

As many books that I have about drawing, I realize that seeing how it’s done on video is helping me a lot more but that once I get the hang of it the books will come in handy because I am drawn to a very specific style of it. But learning the basics is definitely going to help me a lot more moving forward.

But I am slightly impressed with myself here – I mean check her out. Not too shabby for my first shapes into a person drawing.

Turning shapes into a character

But yeah I can definitely see where getting the hang of perspective will help me – that’s in a future lesson. For now I am just happy that I managed to get her on paper.

Interestingly, I am already inspired because for the longest time I wanted to illustrate a story I had written a while back. I think that my commitment to learn how to draw will help me do just that.

That’s a wrap for the self-imposed drawing challenge.

Seeing shapes for drawings

Seeing shapes for drawings

Seeing shapes for drawings isn’t something I paid attention to when I started wood-burning. Why?

Well because there are plenty of patterns to purchase in order to get started and the biggest focus is shading. So now that I am challenging myself to draw and don’t let me investments go to waste, it’s really like going back to basics – like when we first learned to draw as kids.

Training myself to see shapes may be a bit more challenging for me – not sure yet. But that’s what today’s lesson was all about. Seeing the shapes in geometric form and then bringing them into an organic shape.

Seeing shapes for drawings

Drawing the landscape in geometric shapes first and then giving them a bit more of a natural feel wasn’t as complicated. I hope that I can do the same as I venture into drawing characters from geometric shapes.

My goal is to turn the pictures I have taken over the years of landscapes for wood-burnings into drawings. I know I easily could do that with Photoshop and have done several wood-burnings that way, but I also like the idea of composing new images when I am able to combine different elements.

Draw a Shoe

Draw a Shoe

I just finished my personal Drawing Challenge and who knew I could semi draw a shoe. It’s interesting that after wood-burning for a lot of years and not outlining when I burn that drawing requires to have those lines. Today was spend on noticing the lines and shapes of an object as well as contouring lines to add dimension to the drawn object.

I don’t think I did too terrible at this drawing and keep spewing the mantra “just do it – it doesn’t have to be perfect” in my head as I draw a line, erase a line, and draw another line.

Draw a shoe

Shading on a wood-burning definitely comes a lot easier to me than using a pencil – which is why I resisted to actually learning how to draw for a long time but if I want to take my art to another level, well it’s time to move through the resistance.

Clearly I need tp send a little bit more time on contouring and going with the line of a shape when shading. My hope is that practice does make perfect. I am almost excited to see where I am at with my drawing skills in 30 days.

And since it’s just barely noon around here, time for me to find something else to get into.