The Pumpkin Drawing

Just because it is not longer autumn does not mean I cannot finish a pumpkin drawing.
Just because it is not longer autumn does not mean I cannot finish a pumpkin drawing.

I started the pumpkin drawing back in November, but I finally am getting around to finishing it.

I finally finished up the drawing of a pumpkin I started back in November.  Just because an art project is not finished in the past does not mean you cannot return to it later.
I finally finished up the drawing of a pumpkin I started back in November. Just because an art project is not finished in the past does not mean you cannot return to it later.
I shaded in the pumpkin with orange and white colored pencils.
I shaded in the pumpkin with orange and white colored pencils.
Continuing to color in the orange portion of the pumpkin.
Continuing to color in the orange portion of the pumpkin.
In this photograph I finally finished coloring in the orange portion of the pumpkin.
In this photograph I finally finished coloring in the orange portion of the pumpkin.
Here I colored in the stem of the pumpkin with a green colored pencil.
Here I colored in the stem of the pumpkin with a green colored pencil.
Here I finished coloring in the sky blue background behind the pumpkin.
Here I finished coloring in the sky blue background behind the pumpkin.
The completed pumpkin drawing.  The pumpkin is sitting on a sliver table with the blue sky in the background.
The completed pumpkin drawing. The pumpkin is sitting on a sliver table with the blue sky in the background.

The Background For The Panda Bears

Here is the completed panda bear drawing with the mom bear holding her baby.  I added a green bamboo tree background, and a pebble pathway to give this composition more color and interest.
Here is the completed panda bear drawing with the mom bear holding her baby. I added a green bamboo tree background, and a pebble pathway to give this composition more color and interest.

 

Last week I finally completed the panda bear drawing by adding a bamboo tree wall, and a pebble pathway to the illustration.  It is interesting to compare it to the previous post where the pandas were all by themselves.  Some people like simple black and white drawings, but I prefer a bit of color, so adding a vibrant background made this drawing feel more complete.

I drew the bamboo trees behind the two panda bears.
I drew the bamboo trees behind the two panda bears.
I used two different shades of colored pencils to begin coloring in the bamboo trees.
I used two different shades of colored pencils to begin coloring in the bamboo trees.
The bamboo trees have now shaded in.
The bamboo trees have now shaded in.
I used several different of gray colored pencils to create the pebble path the pandas are lounging on.
I used several different of gray colored pencils
to create the pebble path the pandas are lounging on.
The completed panda bear drawing with the bamboo tree wall, and the pebble floor.
The completed panda bear drawing with the bamboo tree wall, and the pebble floor.

I created a video illustrating how I created the background for my mother panda bear and her baby.

Drawing Two Panda Bears

My friend loves panda bears, so I decided to create this colored pencil drawing of a mama bear holding a baby bear.

Beginning the drawing of the panda bears.
Beginning the drawing of the panda bears.
Here I am beginning to color in the ears of the mom and baby pandas.
Here I am beginning to color in the ears of the mom and baby pandas.
Coloring In The Panda Bears
Coloring in the bodies of both panda bears.
Here I am almost finished coloring in the two panda bears.
Here I am almost finished coloring in the two panda bears.
The drawing of the mommy and baby panda bear is finished.  Now I need to create a background.
The drawing of the mommy and baby panda bear is finished. Now I need to create a background.

Here I have finished coloring in the mama bear and the baby bear. Now I creating the background for the bears, so you can come back to see how it turns

A Day At The Park

The Park

Today is the first time I have ever posted to my blog using my smart phone. I took a picture of this little park where I am sitting, and it is quite enjoyable being here on a Wednesday morning listening to the birds sing. When I get home today I plan on working on my panda bear drawing, which I will post here when I am finished with the composition.

The Sparkly Necklace

I finally have decided to restring a sparkly pendant and beads from a necklace that had broke awhile back.

Place the pendant in the center of the beading wire.
Place the pendant in the center of the beading wire.
A small metal bead was added to each side of the necklace.
A small metal bead was added to each side of the necklace.
A pink bead was put on each side of the necklace.
A pink bead was put on each side of the necklace.
Another metal bead was placed on each side of the necklace.
Another metal bead was placed on each side of the necklace.
A green bead has been placed on each side of the necklace.
A green bead has been placed on each side of the necklace.
Now tiny seed beads will be put on each side of the necklace.
Now tiny seed beads will be put on each side of the necklace.
More pink seed beads were placed on each side of the necklace.
More pink seed beads were placed on each side of the necklace.
More pink seed beads were placed on each side of the necklace.
More pink seed beads were placed on each side of the necklace.
More pink seed beads were placed on each side of the necklace.
More pink seed beads were placed on each side of the necklace.
Making A Sparkly Necklace
The necklace is now complete and just needs to have a clasp added to it.
The toggle clasp was added to the necklace.
The toggle clasp was added to the necklace.
Here I am wearing the sparkly necklace with my zebra shirt that I created.
Here I am wearing the sparkly necklace with my zebra shirt that I created.

In the photograph above I am wearing the sparkly necklace with the zebra shirt I created, which features my colored pencil drawing of a zebra. Below is a video showing what the necklace looked like after I tried it on.

My Art, My Choice

Today I came home and received an interesting comment on my YouTube video I created back in 2011.  A few years ago I used to get more page views with YouTube videos I created to go along with art projects I wrote about on Hubpages.  The last few years I get fewer page views for videos I create, and I suppose this has something to do with not have many subscribers.

I know I will never have a large number of subscribers on YouTube, and I have actually come to accept that.  I always wish I would get more comments on videos and my blog posts, but then today I received a comment that sort of threw me off.

Basically, the guy told me how he is a professional artist, and my video on demonstrating how to draw a cat using the grid method is not good, and that my drawing is not good.  However, he encouraged me to keep going.  Not sure what that is supposed to mean, but I did not find this comment helpful, so I deleted it. I suppose I could have kept it up, but I did not see the point because it only felt like it was made in provocation.

I see a lot of big time YouTubers getting harsh comments every day, and I am not sure how they put up with it.  Maybe my channel never grows because I delete such comments.  In the past Ij ust remember when I engaged with the negative commentators it did not go well,and the friction is not fun.  I concluded it was just feeding the trolls, and it was better to delete comments that I do not feel are conducive to my videos.

So perhaps I should have been a stronger cookie and kept the comment, but it just reminded me back when I wrote political stuff and I would get heated comments. I eased off of that, and I just do not feel like being challenged continuously at this point in my life.

There are people who say well if you put yourself out there you have to be open to criticism, and that is true to a certain degree, but this does not mean people have free license just to trash others.  If you cannot be supportive of someone, then what value does the comment have?

There are musicians and artists I do not care for, but I would never imagine going to their Youtube/Twitter pages or websites and saying “well this is not good, but you keep at it”.   I arrived at the conclusion I enjoy writing and creating art for myself, and that is cool if a few people like it.  I am not interested in people who tell me what great artists they are, but who do not have any videos demonstrating their talents. In the age of the Internet it is very easy to criticize others when you are not putting yourself out there.  I have noticed the most unhelpful critics boast about their prowess at this and that, but they do not have anything posted to demonstrate how their things are better than yours.

I am sure the man who told me he is a professional artist is all that, but telling me my art is not good is not going changing anything.  Gee, at least it would have been better if he had been the average spammer promoting his art website. At least he would have had something to back up what he was talking about.

My conclusion: what I create and post art wise is mine, and it is my choice to post it.  If you like it that is great, but if you do not, then keep moving along. No one is forcing you to look at anything you abhor so.

Drawing Irina At The Pinnacles

I have created a colored pencil drawing of Irina the cat at the Pinnacles.

Irina The Cat Drawing


I finally completed my colored pencil drawing of Irina the cat with the Pinnacles as a backdrop. This is a special drawing which includes a place I love, and a cat I adore.  Irina the cat has never visited the Pinnacles, but this is an imagined drawing of her visiting this location on a spring day.

 

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I drew a picture of Irina on rough draft paper, and then used tracing paper to transfer the image on to more durable paper for the final colored pencil drawing.

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Drawing Irina The Cat

I drew a picture of Irina on rough draft paper, and then used tracing paper to transfer the image on to more durable paper for the final colored pencil drawing.

Drawing Irina The Cat

Drawing Irina The Cat

Drawing Irina The Cat

Drawing Irina The Cat