daily drawings from summer 2016 vacation at a cabin in northern CA

Daily drawings from summer vacation 2016

For years, I’ve set occasional intentions to draw more but have never stuck with it (see: drawing cute animals from… several years ago). I tend to put too much pressure on it, believing that the drawings needed to be more significant, polished, or special than I could maintain. I also just thought I wasn’t good enough at it. So when I watched Kate Bingaman-Burt’s Skillshare class Drawing Collections: Illustrating Stories through Taxonomies I was filled with relief, enthusiasm, and inspiration. It doesn’t have to be a high-pressure activity! Kate’s easy, relaxed approach to drawing was like a breath of fresh air. It’s easy to look at the collected…

all over ink pattern with Redwood forest flora

All-over pattern ink drawing of Redwood flora

During our summer vacation, I made a collection of drawings inspired by the flora around our rental cabin in the northern California Redwood forest. So, inspired by the all-over pattern project from the Skillshare class Drawing pens: make it simple, I drew my own version since the first time I mimicked the instructor’s version. Tools Micron pen Rapidograph pen filled with india ink Paper Mate Flair colored felt tip pens

wreath of Redwood Forest flora

Hand drawn wreath of flora from the Redwood forest

Inspired by the Skillshare class Drawing pens: make it simple class, I sketched out the plants that were around the cabin we rented for our summer vacation. There was such a variety in the northern California Redwood forest, especially compared to what I’m used to seeing in the Arizona desert. And I wanted to do my own version of a flora wreath with lettering inside since the first time I mimicked the instructor’s version. And of course, I had “This Land is Your Land” running through my mind: From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was…

Every moment matters hand lettering Skillshare homework

Practicing modern calligraphy basics

There’s a fantastic class on Skillshare for learning how to get started with hand lettering called Hand Lettering: 4 Easy Steps to Modern Calligraphy. It covers how to form the letters, which helped me get past my problems making round letter shapes, connecting the letters (it’s not like writing in cursive), and adding weight to the letters without a traditional calligraphy writing tool. I created my own copy of the instructor’s class project to see if I could imitate the forming of the letters and the composition: Drawn with an 05 Micron pen.