Inspirational Scrapbook

I have a video to share with you today.  One of the ways you can get inspiration for your drawings (i.e. illustrations, paintings, comics, and so on) is to put together an inspirational scrapbook.

You’ll need a scrapbook, which you can buy at many arts and crafts stores, or you can do what I did and make one of your own with a binder and some loose leaf notebook paper.  Collect clippings from newspapers, photos, pictures from books or magazines, packaging, wrappers, and so on.  Using tape or glue, attach those items to your scrapbook pages.

How exactly can this help to inspire you?  When you need an idea or are looking for inspiration, flip through the pages of your inspirational scrapbook.  Who knows?  You might find something that jumpstarts an idea!

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Want to get better at drawing?

So there are those of you out there reading this blog who draw…and you want to get better at drawing.  Who doesn’t?  The one piece of advice I can give you is a very simple one – DRAW!  DRAW!  DRAW! The best way to practice is to pick up your pencil and draw.  Draw as much as you can.  The best thing to draw is to draw from life.  If it holds still, sketch it.  If you need to find subjects to draw, you don’t have to look very hard.

Hand Number 1

Hand No. 1, Graphite on paper

See?  To draw this, I didn’t have to go very far.  I just had to look at my very hand! Read the rest of this entry »

How I Ink A Drawing Revisited

I’ve got a few more videos here on how I ink a drawing.  Last time, I just laid down line art in black ink.  In this next video, I actually erase the pencil lines and then fill in the black areas.  I also show and briefly explain my tools and techniques.

There’s more to it. Read the rest of this entry »

How I Ink a Drawing

Here I have two videos I made on my YouTube channel.  I’m doing an inked drawing of my curvy pin-up squirrel girl, CG.

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More Paul Klee Paintings

Here’s another cool YouTube video of some works by Paul Klee, my favorite painter.  Thanks to rayito68 for putting this together!

The violin music is a nice touch.

See Salvador Dali Sell Chocolate!

Ladies and gentlemen, I thought this was too cool NOT to share.  Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989) pitches the French brand of chocolate, Lanvin, in this commercial from 1968.

Yep, it’s definitely Dali!

Paul Klee video

One of my artistic influences was the Expressionist painter Paul Klee (1879-1940).  I love his simple artwork and his use of lines.  In fact, here’s a neat video from YouTube that showcases some of his pieces.

(Thanks to arwen987 for putting it together!)

Pure genius…what more can I say?