Making A Valentine Heart Birthday Card

I made a heart Valentine birthday card for my sister.
I used a red metallic colored pencil to draw a heart on a 4 by 6 inch of paper.
I used a metallic gold colored pencil to color in the background behind the heart. The gold colored pencil was also used to shade a frame on the quarter fold card  the drawing was glued to.

I used metallic colored pencils to draw and color the heart illustration for a lustrous shine. Mod podge was used to apply the drawing to the quarter fold card, and add a glittery sheen. Handmade cards are a thoughtful way to wish people a happy Valentine birthday.

The video illustrates how I made the heart card from start to finish.

Drawing A Ghost House In Death Valley

A colored pencil drawing of a ghost house drawing in Death Valley.

On a camping trip to Death Valley and I took some pictures of a ghost town back in 1993. We used to stay near this deserted village, and bats would fly out of the mining caves and fill the night sky. This would be a spooky place to camp during Halloween. One morning I captured an image of the ghost town, which is the inspiration for this drawing.

A simple drawing of a ghost house located in Death Valley.
More chaparral and boulders were added to the desert landscape.
The hills behind the ghost house were colored in with terracotta and dark brown colored pencils.
The hills and the chapparal in the background have been colored in.
The ghost house was colored in with chocolate brown, black and white colored pencils to create highlights.

Chaparral, flowers, and boulders were colored in around the ghost house, which looks a bit spooky eerie in this semi-arid landscape.

Painting Two Cats At Joshua Tree

Painting of two cats kissing at Joshua Tree.
Painting of two cats kissing at Joshua Tree.

Joshua Tree is a place that is very near and dear to my heart. I grew up near this majestic national park, and I visited it quite often over the years. Last year I drew a picture of a cat lounging near the Joshua trees, and recently I have painted a picture of two cats kissing at Joshua Tree.

 

Transferring The Cat Drawing With Tracing Paper

I used tracing paper to transfer the drawing of the two cats to the canvas.
I used tracing paper to transfer the drawing of the two cats to the canvas.

The video below explains how I used the tracing paper to trace over the drawing of the two cats, and then I used a pencil to go over the back of the traced drawing. The graphite tracing on the back of the paper is necessary for transferring the image to the canvas. In the final step, I taped the tracing paper to the canvas, and I went over the drawing with a terra cotta colored pencil, which demarcates which part of the image I was transferring. The image transferred to the canvas was quite light, so I darkened it up a bit. Tracing paper is conducive to transmitting images to sheets of paper or canvas if you do not want to invest in a light table.

Drawing Stripey Cat Up In The San Bernardino Mountains

A drawing of Stripey cat up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A drawing of Stripey cat up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Today I finished drawing a picture of Stripey the cat with a San Bernardino Mountains backdrop. The hills behind Stripey cat consists of the desert facing side of the mountains, which contain chaparral brush and boulders. There are also some daffodils planted directly behind the cat, which is an ode to spring and how many of these flowers bloom in the San Bernardino Mountains during the months of March and April. I enjoy creating cat art with a Southern California mountain theme since I grew up in this region.

Drawing Stripey Cat
First I drew a picture of Stripey cat with a pencil.
Daffodils were drawn behind Stripey cat.
Daffodils were drawn behind Stripey cat.
The sky was colored in with a light blue colored pencil.
The sky was colored in with a light blue colored pencil.
I used brown colored pencils the shade in the mountains behind Stripey cat. Also, the daffodils were colored in with yellow and green colored pencils.
I used brown colored pencils the shade in the mountains behind Stripey cat. Also, the daffodils were colored in with yellow and green colored pencils.
Here the entire background has been colored in behind Stripey cat. There are also boulders and chaparral bushes in the distance.
Here the entire background has been colored in behind Stripey cat. There are also boulders and chaparral bushes in the distance.
Two different drawing pencils were used to create the fur on Stripey cat.
Two different drawing pencils were used to create the pattern on Stripey cat.
The finished Stripey cat drawing is on the clipboard.
The finished Stripey cat drawing is on the clipboard.

Drawing The Gorilla Eating A Banana

The drawing of a gorilla eating bananas is now complete.
The drawing of a gorilla eating bananas is now complete.

Today I finished the drawing of the gorilla eating a banana. A vegan friend on YouTube inspired me to draw this gorilla, and this is the end result.

I started drawing the outline of the gorilla.
I started drawing the outline of the gorilla.
A mouth was drawn on the gorilla.
A mouth was drawn on the gorilla.
Various types of pencils were used to add hair to the gorilla.
Various types of pencils were used to add hair to the gorilla.
More fur has now been added to the arms and lower torso of the gorilla.
The fur was sketched on the arms and lower torso of the gorilla.
The gorilla's fur is almost completely sketched on at this point.
The gorilla’s fur is almost completely sketched on at this point.
Now the gorilla's fur is completely drawn on.
Now the gorilla’s fur is completely drawn on.
Here the gorilla's chest has been colored in. His mouth and the bananas have also been shaded in.
Here the gorilla’s chest has been colored in. His mouth and the bananas have also been shaded in.

This video above illustrates the evolution of the gorilla drawing from start to finish.