It’s a Digital Age!

I’ve been throwing around the idea of trying my hand at some digital art. I’ve never really dabbled with it much more than when I was in high school. That was fifteen years ago so a lot has changed in the technological department.Hard as it is to believe, I had never drawn on a device with a stylus and I wanted to try it. I’ve also been wanting to start creating some mandalas so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to tackle both!

With each one, I do a little better and learn something new about the drawing app I am using. I settled for Autodesk Sketchbook until my art can pay for Adobe Illustrator, which would be my preferred program. I just finished the mandala picture below and have added it to my online shop! I call it “Bluedana” and I had a lot of fun creating it!

I’m learning so much, rapidly. I can’t wait to see where my work will be in even a few weeks! Digital art is so much fun I know I haven’t even scratched the surface yet. I use to swear against it for the longest time. That was before I knew what I could do with it! I use to think it was “cheating” but it really isn’t. It just streamlines the entire process. This makes everything so much faster so you can get even more art done. Plus, you aren’t using any materials so you don’t have to dish out money for supplies. As long as you have a good device and a decent stylus, you’re all set! By the way, I drew all of these from my phone. I found an app that works for my laptop and my phone so I can draw no matter where I am!

I hope you enjoyed my work. There is a lot more where that came from. What are your thoughts on digital art and illustration? Leave your story in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by this week.

Happy Autumn, free spirits!

“You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.” –C.S. Lewis

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Winter Plans

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The season is dying down. The snow has finally arrived and everything is now quiet. The animals have sought shelter and all the plants have wilted away. Autumn seemed short but it seems to get shorter every year. Perhaps it just feels that way because it’s my favorite season. Regardless, the winter weather has arrived and I’m contemplating what I will be doing for the next couple months.

I definitely will keep up with Zentangle, continuing to incorporate it with my totem animals. I would like to think that is now a “forever” series. It will never end. The collection will just continue to grow. With the amount of creatures on this planet, I do not think I could cover them in a single lifetime. Plus it’s the best way for me to learn each totem. At the same time, I am also learning the different tangles. Win, win!

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In researching Zentangle, I’ve discovered mandalas. At first, I thought it was just repeating patterns within a circle. Upon reading further I learned they are a symbol in Hindu and Buddhist practices that represent the universe and the unity we share with it. It is a symbol to show the never ending cycle of the universe. It seems like it goes hand in hand with meditative art. Plus I’ve been wanting to learn more about Buddhism so this is a perfect place to start. Another Win, win!

Krampus Concept

Let’s not forget, it’s almost Christmas! I keep thinking about my “Krampus” drawing I did a couple years ago. Perhaps it is time to do another one. I have also been teaching my son about Yule. Maybe I should do some drawings inspired by the winter solstice. So many ideas, so little time. I guess I better get pen to paper and just get something done!

Are you ready for winter? What’s your favorite thing to do during this time of year? Share a comment below! Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you’re keeping warm where you are.

Until next time,

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”