How It’s Made: Creating My Illustrations from Start to Finish

 

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Left: work in progress color layer demo /  Right: final “Sound of Music” poster by Adriana Vawdrey

I have been wanting to show you my design/drawing/coloring process for a while, and this week I finally documented it in photos! After attending this show at the beautiful Eccles Theater two weeks ago, I got excited to make a poster inspired by one of my favorite musicals, The Sound of Music. Continue reading “How It’s Made: Creating My Illustrations from Start to Finish”

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Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids

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School Bus Print by Blanca Gomez. Check out all the lovely prints she has for sale in her shop

Imagine you are an art-loving parent volunteering to teach an art lesson in an elementary school teacher’s classroom. You want the kids to have fun, learn a new skill and complete artwork they feel super proud of.

But maybe you’re a little stressed by the thought of teaching 30 kids at once, and possibly trashing the room in the process? Here are a few things I do to make my lessons run as smoothly as possible and motivate better listening. Continue reading “Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids”

DIY: How to Draw & Color a Tree with Personality

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Trunk of an Old Yew Tree (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

All trees grow in unique directions, so if you want to draw a certain tree accurately, it is helpful to look closely at the way branches split, where the leaves or needles grow, the shape and movement of the branches, etc. Today I’m going to teach you how to draw an oak tree like the one you see below. This lesson is basic but definitely not age specific. The project can be simplified or made more complex to match any skill level.

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DIY: (Part 1) How to Draw the Face of Michelangelo’s David

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This is my first ever tutorial video! I am so excited to share this drawing lesson, which I created and have taught to students of several ages. If you don’t think you could possibly learn to draw a human face and make it look really good, I challenge you to follow along with this video and give yourself a chance.

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DIY: 5 Ways to Compose a Sketchbook that Rocks

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Creativity is something we all possess, and when we invest in it, it grows bigger and we become more capable. Working in a sketchbook is amazing because you can explore topics no one else in the world would capture in the same way. Your ideas and perspective are important!

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My Mom the Art Teacher

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I am still a young mom with so much to learn, but there are three solid things I know about self-esteem, mental health, and happy parent-child relationships:

  1. Kids blossom when they have creative outlets.
  2. Adults need stress relief and moments to help them feel like kids again.
  3. Parents and children both need quality time together.

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What is it like to take a life drawing class?

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Above photo source: Tarrant County College NE, Heritage Room

If you love to draw, but feel nervous about studying a live model, this one is for you!

Many people have questions about life drawing classes. The two biggest insecurities I’ve noticed that students tend to have are these:

  1. “What if I am terrible at drawing people? I’m afraid to look silly next to other students.”
  2. “Isn’t it embarrassing and uncomfortable to stare at a naked person posing in the middle of the room?”

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