Honestly, I can't recommend Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing Lab' highly enough! It's just brilliant for getting you painting or drawing without that highly invasive 'inner critic' sitting on your shoulder whispering into your ear! It's also full of short arty exercises for when time is limited, perfect for me at the minute.
Yesterday was mostly spent doing school prep so just before going to bed I did some one-liners, drawing animals using one continuous line. Carla has a short video here on the Sketchbook Challenge blog if you'd like more info.
I started with pigs, then a couple of flowers followed by an owl who looks like a penguin!
I've been avoiding drawing cats as I'm not that keen on them picture wise, but finally gave in and love these manic kitties!
Then I gave some birds a bit of a go. For the last one I wondered what it would look like with 'walking legs'. Normally my brain wouldn't even let me have a go at drawing something like that as 'I can't do it', but with one liners they're not going to look like the animal anyway!
It was my first day back teaching today after having bronchitis. I was still feeling a bit wiped out so after a day with three different infant classes in a special school I came home and fell asleep! Woke up feeling the need to do something relaxing so flicked through 'Drawing Lab' and..
...decided to finally give Lab 8: Imaginary Creatures a go....and created a moustached penguin lying back in shock at..what?!! Hmm, that's in your imagination ;) I love how fun he is, yet I never would have drawn a moustached penguin lol!
It started off with layers of random marks made with watercolour paints. These yummy koh-i-noor ones were supposed to go in my eldest son's Christmas stocking - oops! They are such handy, stackable palettes and rather nice paints too. I bought mine whilst out in Wales somewhere, although checking online they're cheap enough to get George another set!