How to Draw: Eyes

“Eyes are the window to the soul.”  I’ve always heard that quote, but it wasn’t till recently that I realized just how true it is. We can hide anything by acting, dressing, or talking differently yet our eyes will tell the truth. Eyes are the most fun and beautiful thing to draw of a human face. They’re not really all that complicated, yet they add such depth and meaning to the portrait. Eyes communicate so much! This is not to scare you out of drawing eyes because you think you’ll flub it up. You are a human, and naturally carry the intuition necessary to subconsciously pick up on the little things that make the eyes their own personality and draw it. As you continue to grow in your drawing, the “drawing it” part will become easier. Continue reading “How to Draw: Eyes”

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How to Draw: Sketching and Shading

In the first episode of this How to Draw Series, we learned what tools we need to draw with. Now I’m going to share my top secrets to sketching and shading. Secrets?? Oh yeah, there’s lots of secrets! Ones that I wish I’d known a long time ago, and I’m going to reveal them to you so that drawing no longer has to be such a mystery.

The next best thing to having the things to draw with, is knowing how to use them in a way that really puts a picture together (pun intended).

Using a Grid:

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How to Draw: The Drawing Tools

This is the first post of a series about how to draw. In the series, we will be covering anything from noses to ears to hair. By the time we get through them all, I am confident that you will be quite prepared to draw a beautiful face! But first things first, we’ve got to start with some tools in hand. A portrait can be drawn with just a regular pencil/eraser/paper, but the results will not be half as pleasing. I see most of the following items as the artist’s most essential items.

The great thing about graphite (pencil) drawing, is that the prices are way lower than painting. Good news for the beginner!

The very most important thing in an aspiring artist, is not the tools, but passion. A love for drawing, not particularly a very developed love yet, but one that doesn’t give up easily. Continue reading “How to Draw: The Drawing Tools”

The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist

Every artist has a story of how they got where they are. Some are natural prodigies who paint beautiful pictures from age eight. For many of us though, our pasts are marked with more failures than successes. I was convinced that I would never become an artist. I wanted to, but I didn’t “have what it takes” or so I thought. And indeed, I am certainly no prodigy!

I thought it would be fun to share with ya’ll where I come from. Starting when I was about six, I’ll lead you through the years right up to the present. 🙂 Continue reading “The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist”

The One Word of Kindness Challenge

I’m not the person to go around chewing on people. When I hurt other people, I feel it. But sometimes what stings more that a harsh word is silence. People begin to wonder if you think that they or what they do is boring, not good enough, or silly. I’ve certainly been in that spot. That feeling that no matter what I did, it went unnoticed. We’ve all been there at some point. And all we wanted was a word of encouragement, affirmation, or just a kind word that told us that we were thought of.

The One Word of Kindness Challenge

Okay, so since we all understand the feeling of being alone, hurt, or mistrusted, let’s turn that around. We can’t really change what other people say to us, but we can change what we say to others. Each word we speak is our own choice. Continue reading “The One Word of Kindness Challenge”

In Which I Step Out of My Little Box

I love encouraging people to step out of their normal little boxes and try something new; expand horizons and discover skills they never knew they had. I myself haven’t tried something new for a little while in art.

So in the last several days, I tried out two things. Not new to me in particular, but things that I was always terrible at when I was younger. I can’t say they turned out stellar, but I was pleased with the outcome and definitely plan to work at them more in the future as time allows.

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Christmas Traditions

I enjoy fun Christmas traditions. They’re not only sweet, but can be a great help with interacting with family and friends. So maybe you generally spend Christmas by yourself? That’s fine too! There’s plenty of things you can do as a single.

Don’t have too many traditions, though!

The holidays can quickly become overwhelming if we aren’t careful. So… rather than having a gazillion traditions, select the ones that you feel would be the most meaningful and draw you closer to Christ and the reason of his birth. Also, some traditions may take a lot of time while others only take five minutes.

Here’s a few Ideas:

  1. Host a simple (or elaborate if you wish) Christmas Party.
  2. Find simple ways to share some kindness into someone else’s life which could include:
    1. Caroling with family, friends, or your church
    2. Taking cookie plates to the neighbors
    3. Something simple as saying a cheerful “Merry Christmas” in the store rather than the normal and mundane “happy holidays”.
    4. Simply sharing an extra dose of kindness in everything (see more on this here).
  3. Make Christmas cookies, candy, or some other special Christmas food.
  4. Use candy canes in decorations, food, and beverages as a quiet reminder of who Jesus is (see the post about, The symbolism of the Candy Cane).
  5. Make handmade cards to send to elderly/lonely acquaintances.
  6. Don’t end the Christmas celebration on December 26! Leave your decorations up ’til the new year arrives.

So there are a few ideas. Got your brain going? It’s okay not to feel inspired at first. The most important thing is the silent worship and adoration of the King that takes place within your heart. It is from this place of complete adoration that we can truly celebrate Christmas in a way that Jesus enjoys. Imagine him being right there with you; joining in the festivities (or the lack thereof). Do you think that he feels your heart in it, or are you a couch potato friend to him that would rather watch a movie and drink your coffee alone? However you choose to commemorate Christmas, remember to have a very merry Christmas.

A Cheery Christmas Thought

I love this quote… so true, and I hope it for each one of you!

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

And I almost laughed at this quote when I found it.

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown

Hmm, a little too painfully true, though! I think we should reference back to the quote above; none of those things should be solely because of money, but because of Jesus coming to earth on that Christmas so long ago and living in our hearts today!