Author: Erin DeGraw

Well Hello

I’m not even going to try and catch up.

The truth is I’ve had a waxing and waning interest in painting and drawing since March. We made a trip to Michigan in April, my youngest girl and I have spent hours playing Minecraft and going to the pool, and it’s been less of a “J.O.B.” and more of a hobby.

But things are picking up again.

I’ve been working on anatomy, character design, and finding a stride with my painting style. I’m hesitant to post anything here… mostly because there’s been such a leap in my growth since taking a Udemy class and realizing that I can do some things I didn’t think I was capable of.

I’ve got an OC I’m fiddling with.

I’m obsessed with these birds.

I’m learning a lot, drawing and painting daily. Watching vids and studying artists.

I can’t say I’ll stop in regularly…

But I’m not gone.

Secret of Kells Study

Recently Little Sister and I watched a great film highlighting the Irish Mythology surrounding the “Book of Kells”. The film, The Secret of Kells which features an apprentice monk named Brendan living in the religious city of Kells, is about how the book was illustrated. The boy steals an eye from a mythological snake to help produce the fine drawings in the book. He meets a girl named Aisling who has been affected by the snake, and she helps him complete his mission and keep the book safe when the city is attacked by Vikings.

The movie itself was a bit hard to follow, but the illustrative style was serious inspiration! I thought I’d take some time and learn to draw in the same style, and then try and adapt it to my own illustrations. So far, I’m having a ton of fun with it!

It was a great discovery to find that Living Lines Library had a bunch of the original concept art and sketches to go from! It was fun digging through to find the ones that caught my eye and work from them.

I’m not done yet… this one’s gonna challenge me for quite a while!

p.s. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to learn from something like a movie style without directly copying the work and “stealing” it… I think my favorite expression of how I feel can be found here:

Franerd on Imitation, Copycats, and Art Theft:

Draw Every Day {Week 11}

I must admit to having some trouble keeping up with this month. The metallics are fun, but limiting, and I’m bored. Not sure how I’m going to do the black and white and pen months!!

Something that Smells Wonderful:

A Fun Object on your Desk:

Things You Collect:

Your Favorite Snack at the Movies:

The Best Part of Thanksgiving:

Your Favorite Healthy Food:

Your Favorite Indulgence:

Small Details

There’s not been much posting. I’ve been drawing and painting more than I’ve been doing anything else, and that’s meant this space has been a bit neglected.

Some wreath work…

Setting up a new palette… it’s an aluminum coated one off Amazon. I don’t like plastic, as I feel like the paint beads too badly. I’m having some of the same issues with this one, but I’m getting used to it.

A bunny wreath… bunnies are where it’s at. I’m going to get back to foxes in a bit, but for now, rabbits rabbits rabbits.