I haven't been very active on the blog lately, but did complete some Inktober (but, of course not the whole challenge because, well, life.)

I'm not sure why these never made it to the blog.  Here is my Inktober roundup.

Inktober 2016 Day 2
Day 2, just doodling about the Occupational Therapy exercises that I'm doing with my young man.
Inktober 2016 Day 3
Day 3, not following themes at this point, just doodling some girls
Inktober 2016 Day 4
Day 4 - A flowy floral wreath
Inktober 2016 Day 8
Day 8 - Trying out a dip pen
Inktober 2016 Day 9
Day 9 - A's with a dip pen
Inktober 2016 Day 13
Day 13 - All sorts of ladies
Inktober 2016 Day 14
Day 14 - More ladies
Inktober 2016 Day 16
Day 16 - Went on theme for this one. Wet. (Not sure why I said it was Day 4?)
Inktober 2016 Day 17
Day 17 - Battle. This is my son's 'Team' at school, called The Catastrophe Crew.
Inktober 2016 Day 18
Day 18 - Escape. Luckily neither of my kids have done this one!
Inktober 2016 Day 19
Day 19 - Escape. Luckily neither of my kids have done this either...yet!
Inktober 2016 Day 20
Day 20 - Squeeze. Clara's hugs always come with an extra special squeeze
Inktober 2016 Day 21-22-23
Days 21, 22, and 23 - A few days wrapped into one (a cheat, yes, I know!) Big, Little, and Slow respectively
Inktober 2016 Day 24
Day 24 - Getting Hallowe'en-y now. One Dozen eyes
Inktober 2016 Day 25
Day 25 - My last one before life got in the way. Tired. Dead Tired

 

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Doodles of a perfect late summer day at the cottage.

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A joint project by Clara and I. Somehow her finishing touches totally complement the feel of the drawing.

 

Simple Watercolour drawing of  childen on a rollercoaster

I came across this little drawing while I was sorting through some old pictures.  I had made it for my nephew's 3rd birthday.   He was enthralled with "Lollicoasters" at the time.  Now that little 3 year old is a big kid and likes Minecraft and Soccer.

 

 

 

 

Baby drawing on a box

Hand lettering! I've always admired hand lettering, but I thought it was difficult to do. Over the weekend, I fell into the rabbit hole of modern calligraphy tutorials on YouTube and it wasn't long before I was hooked. Clara's name above is written in 'fake calligraphy', and I've tried brush calligraphy with my watercolours as well. It's not as hard as it looks, and if you are decent at handwriting, you'll be able to accomplish a similar look, I promise!

If you want to learn how to do hand lettering or watercolour calligraphy, you might want to check out this video by Dawn Nicole, or this video by Beauty and Lifestyle vlogger Carter Sams.

Young rock star birthday card
Rock Star Birthday Card by me

I finished the drawing for Avalon's birthday. Avalon is a talented singer, and she's currently one of the lead singers with her local School of Rock House Band. She's only 12 but has presence beyond her years. She's a pretty good kid, I like her a lot 😉 Happy belated birthday sweet girl, Rock On 💕

I'm working on a little birthday drawing for my not-so-little niece on her 12th birthday.

Baby girl ballerina sketch
Prima Ballerina - Tori Walker

 

Today is World Ballet Day!  The things you find out on Instagram.  I get a lot of my reference for gesture sketching from ballet blogs, instagrams, and pins.  So, I thought I'd do a quick sketch of my little ballerina to honour the day.

Rough sketch of Mama feeding Baby

 

I've had a difficult time adjusting to drawing directly on to my tablet.  The feel is different from paper, and there is a slight offset and lag between the stylus and the cursor.  Last week I got the It3 Anti Glare screen protector and that has helped immensely to provide a more papery feel.   Now I'm working on doing an illustration from start to finish on my tablet.  The final inked version will be posted this week!

Note: The "Good Job" in the top left is a note of encouragement from my Dear Husband.  Sweet guy that he is 🙂

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gesture sketches
Models courtesy of The Croquis Cafe on YouTube, as well as SenshiStock and Faestock from Deviant Art.

Currently, Motherhood is getting in the way of the Mommy blog.  I've gotten in a small amount of gesture sketching, but it's not much folks.  Luckily I didn't plan to start working on this in earnest until William started JK.  So, I'm not at all discouraged.  And, Labour day starts tomorrow, with plans of camping in the backyard and baking zucchini bread, and then school is just around the corner!    I will either be a blubbering mess, or I'll be dancing the freedom dance.  Or both.  Likely both.  Either way, I will soon get to start drawing more, and that is something I'm looking forward to.