Sketching Emotion

Sketching Emotion

Sketching Emotion, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I began this page spread in my sketchbook last night before bed. I finally took a day for drawing and listening to music today in order to finish it up because lately, I’m finding that if I don’t take the time, there’s no time left in the day for me to practice. This pretty much turned into a collage of faces, expressing various emotions. Anger is a hard one to draw. It turned out looking more like shock or surprise. I drew mostly from photos and artwork that crossed my path online last night and today, and unfortunately, didn’t keep track of who I was drawing from. I may still fill the white space with words or a journal prompt or something like that. Not sure yet, but I want it to be something to keep with the theme of emotion. Feel free to share a critique!


Memory Complete

Memory Complete

Memory Complete, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

The completed version of the drawing I was working on the other day. Special thanks to Mary McAvoy over at Sublime Days for sharing the bumble bee idea. I’m actually quite pleased with this one! 😉 Thank you for the suggestion!

I digitally edited the letters on the banner just to make it look cleaner and also the quote at the top of the photo to make it stand out more. This journal I’m working in has these wonderful quotes printed on the pages that I feel deserve to be a part of the piece. It’s also nice because one page is lined and the other is not which I find very useful for illustration purposes.

Portfolio piece? Yes? No?



Distraction, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

This past June, I went through one of Coursera’s online classes, Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques. It was a refresher course, at best; but it gave me a few new ideas to explore and the chance to experience the direction that online education is taking. Personally, I feel that online education has a ways to go before it reaches the full capacity of what brick and mortar universities offer; however, for people who are highly motivated, I could see the benefits of taking this route. For anyone interested Coursera has many classes offered on a variety of topics.

I began this piece of art for the Fantasy & You assignment, which I think, was week one. The photo below is where I got stuck. I didn’t know what to do for the background. And there it sat for the last 6 months… unfinished. I pulled it out yesterday afternoon and looked at it again. Inspiration hit and the photo above is the result.

The photograph doesn’t do it justice. I normally work much, much smaller. This one is 14″ x 17″ or considerably larger than my flatbed scanner. This, of course, meant photographing it instead to get a digital copy which creates a whole host of issues to contend with – lighting, focus, lining it up perfectly. This was the best I got.


Pentel RSVP Ball-point Pens

Papermate Gel Pens

Colored Pencils

Uni Paint Markers

Style: Zentangle (For anyone not familiar with Zentangle, I suggest researching this art method because it is one of the most relaxing styles of art that I have ever encountered. It’s, simply put, meditative.)

Feel free to interpret this as you will, and share your interpretations or general feedback. I would be curious to hear your thoughts. 😉

Freedom of Mind

Freedom of Mind by pixygiggles
Freedom of Mind, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

The coming year is going to be more about my art (drawing, sketching, watercolors) with a few photos along the way. I’m really needing that portfolio, right about now; but I have a few things to work out in my head first. I figured, combine both.

Some of the best artwork I have ever gazed upon, from the Masters all the way up to current trailblazers, use emotion in very clever ways. I’m still working on my own style (my guess is, I always will. I think that’s just the way it works. Haha!); but I’m also working on technique.

I’ve used ball point ink pens and gel pens to doodle, sketch, and draw for the last 3-5 years; and I have to say, there’s a lot of freedom in that. I’m really hoping to move more towards watercolors and liquid inks. However, I’ll never give up drawing with ink pens because that’s just FUN! 😀

By the way… in this sketch, that link in the chain on the left of the arm drives me crazy, too… being a perfectionist and all….

Sunday Sketch: Insanity

Insanity by pixygiggles
Insanity, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

Feeling playful, I worked on this sketch last night after running across the quote again. No idea who said it first or I would give credit to the source. I had hand-drawn the lettering in my sketch journal, but I hated the way the letters turned out. After scanning it in, I redid the letters. Even with the funny, turned up nose, I like the way the sketch turned out. She looks silly and mischievous. David said she looks like a “Who” (think, Dr. Seuss), LOL. ;P

Ooh, and I ran across this cool song last night while working on this sketch that I wanted to share, too. Enjoy!

Lenka – Roll with the Punches

Mozart and Sketching

While I don’t necessarily feel that this sketch looks like Mozart, I sketched it while listening to Mozart. A few days ago, I ran across the complete version of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626 on YouTube (linked or below). The video featured a slide show of various artworks of Mozart. My sketch began at around 2:38 on the video; so it’s a copy of another person’s sketch by whom, alas, I don’t know the name to give credit.

I have since listened to this piece of music 6 or 7 times, twice just today. This is fairly common for me when I find something I like. It is a powerfully emotional piece, at least to me. The angelic operatic voices give me chills and move me to tears in parts. The full rich sound of the orchestra is impressive and robust at times, gentle and delicate at others. I find myself wishing I knew what they were singing about. A Requiem is a Mass for the dead, obviously; but I wonder about the meaning of the words. In my imagination I picture a struggle between something beautiful, not necessarily happy but beautiful, and a deep sorrow. It’s interesting to me that the music progresses much like the 5 stages of the grieving process.

What music do you listen to that elicits an emotional response?

On a side note, as I was finishing up this post, the power blinked out, just long enough to shut down my computer. Thank you WordPress for automatically saving drafts! 😉

Find Your Light

Life passes by so quickly. There are dark times and there are good times — sometimes, more dark than good. Through all the tears that fall, know that you can find your light if you only choose to look for it and persevere.

For quite some time, I have wanted to try out my skills on a conceptual art piece. Everything seemed to come together last night as I worked on this. I feel it represents exactly what I wanted to say and the emotion behind the words I so often lack.

Emotion Series: Joy

When I think of joy, I think of happiness, laughter, that feeling of contentment that, no matter how rare, makes life bearable. Too often, people spend more time and energy focused on their own suffering or the suffering of others, giving little attention to what actually brings them joy. My challenge to everyone this week is to find what brings you joy, what makes you laugh, those things that give you the strength to get through each and every day. Make a list of these things. Hang it on your fridge or bathroom mirror. Use this list whenever you are feeling down and always try to focus some of your thoughts daily on the things that bring you joy.

My YouTube Video Top 3 Funny Picks

There are soooooo many to choose from, but these three have remained my “go-to” videos for a good laugh if I need one, lol. Feel free to share links to your favorite funny websites, videos, and photos!

Stepcase Lifehack is an excellent online resource for positivity. Top 10 Ways to Lead More Effectively with Humor

Just one more link: The Website is Down

Emotion Series: Love

I chose love as the first emotion of this series because I feel it is the most important emotion that any of us can express. Love is the emotion that allows us to connect to one another inspiring acceptance, compassion, understanding, even empathy. So much can be said on the topic of love. It has been the subject of music, stories, art, and poetry for centuries. Pondered by the great philosophers of all time, even Plato once said, “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”

~ Lao Tzu

This illustration is obviously the expression of romantic love. The intimacy of a kiss like this is certainly an important aspect of love; but I feel that the truest expression of love comes in accepting another person for who that person is regardless of any perceived faults. I’m not really sure how I would represent that in a drawing. I suppose that’s a challenge for another day.

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche