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Finding your Zen

Finding your Zen

A strange calm always settles over me when I begin to draw or paint.  It’s not that I lead a super stressful life, but for some reason drawing and doodling, painting etc, just tends to settle my mind into a hypnotic and restful state.

Just as my appetite is whet when I think of certain foods, my mind almost salivates at the inkling of an idea to draw, and I am enticed into sitting down to place it down on to paper or canvas.

I think over time, I’ve been coming to realise where my true happiness lies as well in my art style, and this has helped in being confident (mostly!) at what I want to draw.  Of course as many Artists will know, being completely happy with what they produce can be a real demon to battle.  But for the most part of late, I’m happy, and even though I still need to improve in almost all facet’s, I still can sit back and feel relaxed and zen like in what I begin and finish.

For those who don’t draw or struggle with that zen feeling, I read a great article here giving 10  Tips to Finding Your Zen – hit it up for more info.

Latest drawings in pencil and a digital piece below.

Digi Spidey Boi

Digit spidey boy #digital #drawing #art #doodle #sketch #popart #lowbrow #illustration #igers #picoftheday #photooftheday #instaartist #graphic

Reluctant Beach Babe

Reluctant beach babe #art #beach #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artwork #inkdrawing #beachbabe

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry blonde. I'm a bit chuffed with how her hands turned out. I suck majority and usually hide then at all costs. Today i can deal with this effort. =) #draw #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #pencildrawing #pencil #strawberryblonde #portrait #il

GO THE DOCKERS!!

GO THE DOCKERS!!

Dockers have the best chance tonight of going through to an AFL Grand Final!  WOohoOO!!

It’ll be the first time they’ve ever gotten so far, so I’m really hoping they kick Sydney’s butt – and we get play in our first Grand Final !!  It’s amazing that the game this Finals is being played here in Perth, which is making it even more exciting!!  Perth and Freo are going crazy for them to succeed!

Lets hope the boys win tonight and we’re in the first ever Grand final next week in Melbourne! C’arn FREO… YOU CAN DOOO EEEEET !!!

Here’s some fun things I Photo shopped up into a Dockers meme/theme to get into the spirit of things.   CAR’N FREMANTLE!!!!

(We won and we’re playing tomorrow! yeeahharrr!

Fremantle Dockers
Fremantle Dockers
Dockers - c'mon!
Lets go Freo lets go!

 

The Tattooed Lady

The Tattooed Lady

Having some more fun with Photoshop.  I’ve always liked dabbling, but after seeing what that guy ReplaceFace has done, I thought I’d step it up a little.  I can see a complete series occuring and it all becoming quite addictive!!

Here’s the first one – myself as the Tattooed Lady – in a full swing “Carnie Folk” feel.  I couldnt quite get the angle of my face quite right, but hey… gotta start some where!

If you have any idea’s or images to add to – let me know and I’ll give it a go!

Tattooed Lady, Photoshopped
Myself as the Tattooed Lady

Ride a Random Rainbow Pony

Ride a Random Rainbow Pony

I’ve downloaded and actually paid for the pro version of this app.  It’s an a very cool drawing product for tablets, and I’m basically using it all the time now when sketching on my Samsung tablet 10.0.  Sketchbook Pro for Android

So many more features than the free version…. well worth the investment!

ride a pony rainbow

And the following song seems to go with it in my mind. =)

Jess

Jess

This post is dedicated (and inspired by) a very cute little fan, who I have decided to surprise with a little sketch/doodle.  Fans, whatever the age, are awesome….so to you Miss Jess, THANK YOU!! And I do hope you like the little drawing I’ve done of you, although….I know you don’t wear “oneseys” anymore!…. lol.   Enjoy!! xo 🙂

Jessica

 

Coco’s Islands 2013

Coco’s Islands 2013

We recently went on a wonderful holiday to the Coco’s Islands.  I didn’t do an enormous amount of drawing, as I was too busy snorkling, riding a bike around the island…(and drinking Malibu and lemonades lol) This first doodle I created was on the plane trip over.

“Betsy Bigelow (came from the wrong side of the tracks) but could always be relied on to keep your secrets safe.” – This image may of been inspired by my reading “The Great Gatsby”- loving it so far!

Betsy Bigelow

What I did do whilst on the island was inspired from the ocean views across the road where we stayed, which was to die for.
“Ocean Madness”  I’m hoping to do a few more acrylic versions of something below that I can hang at home.

ocean madness

The next one I did, was as a thank you note, to the owners.  They graciously let us stay in their awesome home for the week for free.  We’re taking them out to a sumptious dinner tonight, but this will be greeting them as a little surprise when they go back in a week to their house.  Just the basic pencil sketch.  I was pretty chuffed that it came out looking a lot like them. 🙂

A small thank you note

This next image was created at around midnight on the flight home. We had spent an already very long time flying and as sleep was now not an option due to overtiredness –  so bashed this out to alleviate the boredom.

I was pretty pleased with how it came out, especially as I had no plan at all at what I was drawing! One of the stewardesses walking past commented on it, saying how much she loved it, blah blah….(I know she was probably just doing her job as the perfect hostie! hehe)

“Kaeyote Kat”
Kaeyote Kat

Here are a couple of images in and around Coco’s Islands.. which if you weren’t aware, are a very small group of islands, just near Indonesia, and next door to the Christmas Islands… both Australian territories.  We stayed at West Island, the main area where the aussies visit and live.  It is a truely wonderful place to go to get away from it all.  Our last visit to this island was about 23 years ago, and not very much had really altered.

cocos islands

Here’s some pictures of Direction Island… the most amazing place to go snorkling.
Direction Island - Cocos Islands

DotsoDdirection

Take a Seat (Trannies Beach) @ Cocos
Take a seat

And a smattering of a few more images taken over there.  enjoy!!

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