Just a Thought…

Issa Rae

It’s day 3 of the New Year, I’m already hoping that I can turn over a new leaf. I’m hoping that this is the year that I take control of my sleep habits. See, I am not like most people who can easily fall asleep and stay asleep. Before you think that this post is going to be brimming with data and information about sleep I would like you to know that I don’t have any. This is just my comparison of younger me to present me. The me who is sitting here writing about a full night’s sleep. Something I would never have done as the younger me.

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Who Are You Talking To?

Muhammad Ali

I’ve been challenging myself to do more positive self talk lately. And as I was sketching this portrait of Mohammad Ali I was thinking about how he talked about himself. He was a prime example of how we should all talk about ourselves. Putting yourself out there and saying positive things about yourself might not be your thing but, negative self talk isn’t good for you.

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Season’s Greetings

Lights Photo by Jahaziel Rodriguez on Pexels.com

Hopefully you and yours are doing well. This year feels different in comparison to last year but I’m trying to make the best of it. The circumstances that we are all back in are strange and sad but Christmas is still just around the corner. Have you decorated yet? I have. The sparkling lights really help me feel cheerful in these dreary times. Especially with the seasons changing and the days getting shorter and nights getting so much longer. Wherever you are, and whoever you are with, even if you are spending time alone in isolation or with family; find little area’s to add sparkly lights, a tiny tree, or some cheerful red and green items around your home.

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3 Virtual Treats

Hi Everyone, I hope everyone is holding up well. I want to brighten your day by giving you some lovely virtual treats! A lot has been going on and I’ve been busy drawing, doing time-lapse video’s so on and so forth. You gotta continue reading to get all the treats though so, don’t stop here, keep reading.

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Spice Jar Sketch

Spice Jar Sketch. This sketch is used to show people my final art work. And then send them to check out my YouTube Channel and TikTok.
Spice Jar Sketch

Have you ever reached for a particular spice or seasoning and found the jar sitting on the shelf way in the back of your cupboard empty? It makes me want to yell every time it happens to me. Maybe it was because I was looking for something to sketch but, this jar actually had something in it. I love using bay leaves when I’m making pasta sauce, lasagna, chilli…the list goes on. Can you tell, I’m a little bit hungry but, let’s get back to avoiding cooking by looking for things to sketch.

This particular bay leaf jar caught my eye. I picked it up, placed it on the kitchen table, and admired the shadow and reflections of the glass and aluminum. Lights, camera… and off I went into the serene, comfortable, world of creativity! Even if I don’t like what appears in this sketch, it can be fixed.

How I Sketched This Spice Jar:

I never showed you all this before. Here’s an image of the pencils I used for the last few sketches. They work well but, I promise practicing your art skills is far more important than the pencils you use. If you love to draw, or sketch just go for it! Don’t let anything stop you from creating. Sorry, no image of the eraser here but, it did manage to get into the video. I was slick with it in this video. You’ll only see it if you watch really carefully.

I started out by outlining the whole jar with the 2H pencil while taking into account the details that showed through the jar. I did this knowing there would inevitably be some trial and error. See, drawing glass is tricky for me. I think it’s because I have to decide if what I’m seeing is shadow, light, or reflections from the glass. It casts the brightest reflections depending on how much light is around you. Yeah, it’s just as hard to explain as it is to draw.

Once I finished sketching the outline of the jar, I began shading in the inside of the jar lightly and then deepening the shading using the 6B pencil. This pencil can be quite unforgiving. I always wait until I’m sure I like what I’ve drawn before using it. Then I used my 4B pencil to shade the circular indented sides. While drawing in the dried Bay Leaves I realized I had to make them look almost like imperfectly folded sheets of paper. In other words, each leaf had to have a little bit of space in between. Using the darker shading under each leaf helped guide me.

The bottom of the glass jar had little dots on it. I thought it was a nice detail so I added it in. It’s the little details that really bring art to life. My favourite part of this sketch was definitely the lid of the jar. It was a lot of fun shading it in to show how the light bounced off it. At times, I have a tendency of overshading but, erasing a little bit away and adjusting always helps.

From there, I touched up the glass reflections on the table. Which was how the finished product really came to life. Once again, I went over the whole sketch and shaded in all the darker areas of the spice jar. This was so that the lighter areas would pop more. Overall it gave the sketch even more depth.

We all have our own way of making realistic art. My question for you is, how do you make your art realistic?

Try it and see. It’s the objects that call you to sketch them that turn out the best so go for it! To watch this artwork come to life go to my YouTube Channel or if you’d prefer, I’ve recently joined TikTok.

Well, now that I’ve finished sketching and my belly is rumbling time to cook dinner! New post coming up on October 25th, Take care!

Water Bottle Sketch

Hey everyone! It was strange not writing last Sunday. This feeling that I was missing something kept coming over me. And then, I decided to sketch so I would be ready for this week’s blog post instead.

You all know by now that I find sketching inspiration in everyday things. I have completed another sketch video here. But wait! Don’t go there yet. Or, if you do, please remember to come back and read about my inspiration for this sketch.

This water bottle has inspired me to sketch it, not once but twice. My first sketch was in a notebook that I lost. I still remember the day I bought it ten years ago. At first glance, the first thought in my head was, “Now that’s nice, 27-ounces? two, three, maybe four bottles a day, it’s perfect for me!” The style of it was sleek and simple. It was made out of non-insulated stainless steel and had a black sport cap lid. There was a plastic holder attached to both the top of the bottle and the cap. I guess that was so that people don’t lose the cap. Which I never did. I always preferred holding it while I took a drink rather than putting it down. Wear and tear eventually broke the plastic attachment off. Oh well! I don’t think the company even makes them like that anymore.

While going to school, starting and leaving various jobs, this bottle has been by my side. It has fallen off countless tables, out of cars, and even off a bus. This bottle has been bumped, dented, and reshaped. Oh yeah, do not attempt to stand it up too quickly since it wobbles. I guess it takes time to find its bearings. My preference is to drink warm water. So there have been a few times where I almost scalded my fingers and the palm of my hand thinking the water wasn’t as hot as it was. That was a great reminder that the bottle is non-insulated, duh! Now I always have a paper towel handy when I refill it or, I use the sport cap to carry it instead, which always helps.

I won’t be getting rid of this one soon. It still holds water even after all of the bumps and scrapes. I have another one which I love too, but this one has that ripeness of sentimentality that I value so much more. The new one is getting to the ripe age of 4 and also has had some bumps and scrapes but, nothing could stop me from sketching the original.

Any who you see the finished product above. Let’s go over to YouTube and see how sketching the water bottle went. Here’s a spoiler, I have no issue using an eraser while filming.

Also, there are a few new creations added to my Redbubble page.

Have a great week and I’ll see you on October 4th.

Update

September has floated by. Its strange because I swear it just started but look at us now. I have some news for you all. Some of you may have noticed that my social media profiles have been updated. As part of that my news is that I will no longer be posting a weekly blog. I’m going to take a step back and post every other week instead. The reason for this change is that I need to focus on my art. I love writing too but my art is calling me and I have to answer. I’ll still be around though supporting my fellow bloggers so not to worry.

In the interest of putting my art first I will be doing more sketch or drawing posts. So you will notice more changes to the Palm Trees and Loyalties blog as 2020 comes to an end. I Hope that you all will stick with me in this new journey. If you have suggestions for things you’d like to see me draw let me know. Also, I have added a donate button at the bottom of my posts. You can now donate towards buying me art supplies. Or buy my art on Redbubble if you so choose.

Here goes, I’m off to add to my Redbubble and the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery.

By the way I have added another video to my YouTube Channel. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for joining me today and I will see you on September the 31st. Haha just kidding, see you on Sunday the 27th.

Pepper Sketch

Hi Everyone,

I have an announcement to make! For the first time ever, I’ve uploaded a You Tube video of myself sketching a pepper. Check it out, like, share. If you’re more comfortable leaving comments on my blog rather than on my Channel that’s great too.

I’m excited to let you know that there will be more of these coming soon.

Also, shout out to Matic Entertainment for the music!

Pepper Sketch Video

Have a great week!

3 Things Sketching Taught Me

Artist colouring in the word create
Artist colouring in the word create Photo by Lum3n on Pexels.com

I’ve been sketching since I was a child. I can’t tell you enough that it’s one of my favourite ways to relax. Concentrating on an object and breathing life into it helps me relax. I draw things as I see them and find the process to be restorative. The best thing about sketching is that there is no right or wrong. It’s entirely up to the artist to decide whether or not changes need to be made. Yes, you can make suggestions but ultimately change is up to the artist. Here’s what sketching has taught me:

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5 Things No One Will Tell You About Ladybugs

Ladybug, Art, Red, beetle, Ladybird beetle
Beautiful, shiny, red, lady bug. hand drawn and coloured.

I had decided to draw for Sunday’s blog post long before my technical difficulties. But we all know how that went. Sorry to disappoint but, real things sometimes happen to old computers. And no matter how many times you try to force quit nothing happens. Staring at an ever-churning spinning rainbow can make any patient person antsy. Hence the holder post I sent last night. Now let’s follow through with what this post is all about!

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My Artistic Process: 8 Steps to Becoming a Licensed Redbubble Art Seller

Nelson Mandela Quote used in Blog

Winning and acceptance are exhilarating. I love being accepted into things. It’s one of my favourite things. Do you know what I don’t like? Rejection and disappointment. Who does though right? I’m not a fan of participation trophies. I WANT TO WIN! I have something to tell you. Keep in mind that the best way to get rid of a participation trophy you don’t want is to try again. Here goes, the first time I submitted my artwork for the Schitt’s Creek Partner Program my artwork was rejected.
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My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape

black and gray cassette tape leaned on wall
My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape Photo by Ashutosh Sonwani on Pexels.com

Hi, Today’s post is different than any post I’ve done before. Last week I decided to draw a picture of a cassette. This is the picture. Continue reading “My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape”