How long have you been drawing?
What are your favorite materials to use?
What advice do you have for aspiring artist students?
How can I get better at drawing?
How important is art history knowledge to be an artist?
What inspires you to create art?
What do you do in your spare time?
Are you a full-time artist?
I have been saving my drawings since I was 11 1/2 years old....and that's a LONG time ago! I had found my mother's sketchbooks and I remember going into my mother's desk and finding a Christmas card with a cute puppy sitting in a shaving mug on the front. I decided to try drawing the puppy and I was hooked!
I love drawing with regular graphite pencils. I haven't found one particular brand that I prefer, but I do prefer to draw with an 8H or 9H pencil. The hardness of the pencil renders a lighter line and I tend to be heavy handed so it helps me to keep my values in check. When I'm outside my studio space I carry a Paper Mate "ComfortMate ULTRA" mechanical pencil and my Mole sketchbook with me at all times so that I can sit and draw anywhere! Go to the SHOP and you can order directly from Amazon. By using my affiliate link, you will help support animal rescue groups in NH and TN.
Draw every day.
This is not rocket science.
If you are an athlete, you train every day. If you are a musician, you practice every day. If you are an artist you DRAW every day.
If you are still in middle or high school, then take every possible art class that is available to you. Listen to your art teachers. Train classically (learning the fundamentals of creating strong drawings). Click HERE to learn about my online drawing course that will teach you the fundamentals with feedback incorporated into your lessons.
If you want to get better at something you research it and then apply what you have learned. The same thing applies to drawing.
I recommend joining Pinterest and creating Boards for your favorite artists. Pinterest is wonderful because it provides you with concrete examples of images that will inspire you to create. Art history incorporates art that was created years ago alongside art that was created this year.
I also highly recommend the following book: The Annotated Mona Lisa, 3rd edition: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to the Present (click on book title to order a copy through my Shop: Art Supplies!) It's a fun and easy way to learn all about Art History! Trust me, I SLEPT through my VERY boring college art history class...this book is awesome!
I am inspired by SO much! So here's a very brief list:
1. Dogs. E-V-E-R-Y single dog out there! I love them all!
2. The beauty of the world: flowers, animals, sunsets, snowfalls, just to name a few.
3. The way the sun hits the floor, the glow of a full moon on wispy clouds, the arrangement of items in a still life setting.
4. A child's smile, an older person's weathered face and wrinkled hands, expressive, deep gazing eyes.
I love to spend time with Joe, my husband and my adult children: Wyeth and Evy. Joe and I workout in the gym on a daily basis and we took up kickboxing as a fun way to punch things and not get arrested for assault! (We actually don't hit people, but we pound on a HUGE punching bag and I LOVE my gel filled gloves, I pack a seriously powerful punch! LOL)
During the summer months I love spending time in my garden and photographing the flowers. My favorite place to be is at the beach. There is something about the fresh salt air and rolling waves that makes all the stress of life to simply drain away.
Saving the best for last...I love snuggling with my puppies! If you can't tell already, I simply LOVE dogs! I call all dogs "puppies", even if they are 14 years old!
As an artist I am blessed to be able to incorporate many responsibilities within my main role as an artist.
I teach high school art; I teach online drawing courses with 1:1 guidance to help you improve your art skills; I create K9 memorial portraits for K9 handlers; I write and illustrate articles about drawing; I write and illustrate picture books; I create whimsical illustrations that bring a smile to your face!
As you can see, there are lots of hats I wear as a full-time artist!
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