Everything goes Wrong: 10,000 Hours of Art! // ARTIST VLOG #2 //

Hey friends,

thanks for stopping in! It is week two of 2018 and I have another vlog for you. This weeks lesson for me was that sometimes life throws some serious roadblocks your way. Fortunately, my roadblocks were not very serious at all. In fact, they were expected and, well, fortunate. Currently, my boyfriend and I have been remodeling his house so that we can rent it out. But, as many of you might know, that can be very challenging and difficult work. This week, you'll see I am straight up exhausted while trying to find time to work on art. How is your art practice going this week?



New Year, New Vlog! 10,000 Hours of ART

I am back at it again, working towards my 10,000 hours of art while being a mama. The first week went pretty good. I didn't get as many hours as I hoped. Story of my life. But I am hoping to make up for it in the second week. Here is vlog #1 for 2018! Enjoy!

I hope you are doing well with your goals for the new year. Let me know in the comments!



One Point Perspective Drawing (Part 2)

Hello artists,

I hope your art practice is going well. Here I have another art exercise for you about one point perspective. This time we'll be working from a real setting. If you haven't had a chance to do part one of this exercise, go ahead and click here to practice that. Understanding perspective is the key to creating accurate drawings. Once you have practiced the first part of this art exercise, take a moments to watch or read this post to get further understanding on perspective. Then, I highly recommend that you go out into the real world to do some studies on perspective. 

Links for materials needed:

Strathmore Sketchbook
Graphite Pencil Set
Zebra Pencils 
White eraser
Puddy Eraser

Step 1: Start by drawing a horizon line across the page.

Step 2: Pinpoint your vanishing point.

Step 3: Draw two lines receding from the vanishing point, this will be the road.

Step 4: Now I will draw these cars on the side of the road. I am going to keep their shape very basic to start with. I'll draw them in cube form. Here is how to Draw a Cube if you want further instruction. Just keep in mind when you draw the cubes, all lines need to recede to the vanishing point. 

Step 5: For the tires on the car, keep in mind that they are essentially cylinder shaped. Here is How to Draw a Cylinder.

Step 6: Draw the houses in cube form. Remember all lines recede to the vanishing point. 

Step 7: Next, I'll sketch the bushes. Again, keep in mind that the top and bottom of the bushes will recede to the vanishing point.

Step 8: Then I'll add in these electric posts. These are cylinder shaped.

Then, if you have additional time, you can go through with your graphite pencils to start shading and adding some tonal variations. But the important task is to get the basic shapes with a strong sense of accuracy. Sometimes you only have a few moments to practice this method. Other times you might have hours to pour over something. Either way, keep practicing one point perspective as a way to become more skilled in your art practice.

Let me know in the comments below how your art practice is going!



How to Draw One Point Perspective

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Here are some links for the supplies you may want:


How to Draw What You See by Rudy de Reyna
Strathmore 18 by 24 drawing pad 
Zebra Mechanical Pencils
Strathmore Sketchbook
Creatacolor Graphite Pencils
Eraser Putty


Understanding and practicing perspective in your drawings and paintings is an important fundamental in your art practice. If you can grasp this concept your art will reach new heights in technique and concepts. Every piece of art will use perspective to one degree or another. How they use it varies from one artist to the next. 

When I think about perspective drawings or paintings, the first person that comes to mind would be architect, Fillipo Brunelleschi & artist, Masaccio. The linear perspective was created by use of a vanishing point to which all lines converged at eye level. Soon this caught on and became standard. Before this concept came to light, much of the Medieval or ancient art doesn't possess this attribute. Masaccio was the first painter of the early Renaissance to demonstrate efficacy over this new concept. 

 Masaccio – The Tribute Money c.1426-27 Fresco, The Brancacci Chapel, Florence

Masaccio – The Tribute Money c.1426-27 Fresco, The Brancacci Chapel, Florence

But as a fan of all things surreal I can't help but think about the more interesting concepts in the use of perspective such as with M.C. Escher, or Salvdor Dali as two examples. 

 M.C. Escher - Relativity c.1953

M.C. Escher - Relativity c.1953

 Salvador Dali - The First Day of Spring c.1929

Salvador Dali - The First Day of Spring c.1929

I hope these examples give you a better sense about what perspective really means and how we can use it to create more accurate and interesting drawings and paintings. 

Now here is how you get started (also feel free to learn by watching the video above):

Step 1:

Place a dot anywhere on the page. I recommend you don't put it in the center for your first exercise merely so that you can see how the lines contour toward the vanishing point. 

Step 2: 

Draw a horizon line going across your vanishing point. 

Step 3: 

Use a ruler to draw lines that extend from your vanishing point. You don't necessarily have to measure those lines. But, of course, you can if you are looking for some serious accuracy. 

Step 4:

You could start with any shape you would like. But I started with a sphere. A sphere will not become more narrow as it recedes toward the vanishing point. But the sphere may become much smaller. If you don't know much about drawing spheres, here is my video on how to draw a sphere. Try drawing a couple of spheres in different locations making them smaller as they make their way toward the vanishing point.

Step 5: 

Now draw a cube. If you still need help drawing a cube, here is a video on how to draw a cube. Pick a space between your vanishing point lines to draw the stem of your Y shape for the beginning of your cube. Then use the extending line as a guide for the right side of your Y. Extend the left side of the Y to the next vanishing point line. You can finish your cube shape in between these two vanishing point lines. You'll notice how the cube becomes more shallow as it recedes into the vanishing point. Try to draw a few more cubes with different heights and lengths. 

Step 6: 

Try for a cone. Here is another video if you want to know how to draw a cone. The main things to notice when drawing a cone is that the cone part of the shape will change size depending on where it's placed on the landscape, and the base will become more ellipse like as it moves closer to the horizon, or vanishing point. Try drawing a few in different places to notice how much the base shape changes from a circle to an ellipse as it moves toward the vanishing point.

Step 7: 

And this is the same for when you draw a cylinder. The top and the base of the cylinder will become more ellipse like as it moves toward the vanishing point. Here is a video on how to draw a cylinder


And that's basically it! Good job guys! I hope this helped you think more about how perspective works in a drawing. Keep practicing this and let me know how it's going in the comments below. Check back next Wednesday where I'll be posting a video and blog about how to draw a one point perspective in a real setting. 

How to Draw a Still Life Part 2

Here is part 2 on how to draw a still life. I hope you all enjoy!

One Hour

This post was originally written on October 23, 2016.

I only have one hour left until I die. I only have one hour left, and I have to choose how I will spend those precious sixty seconds very carefully. What will I decide? It’s so much pressure. So much or so little could be accomplished. I should, of course, call my mother. But I really need to take care of my bills and put my affairs in order too? Oh, I should vacuum under the couches? God, I wouldn’t want people to see the dust bunnies under there. I know what I should do, I should run my errands. I have been putting them off for far too long. If only there were more time, then I could do what I really love doing for my final hour here on earth.  

Okay, so I don’t really have an hour left until I die. At least not that I am aware of. I actually only have an hour left until my baby wakes from her nap. And even that can’t be guaranteed. My hour might run short by a surprise poopy diaper. Of course, we never know when our time is up. So we have to make the most of it and choose wisely. This is something that we usually say to ourselves but don’t actually put into practice. And boy, I am one of the worst offenders of this. I couldn’t imagine lying on my deathbed wondering whether or not I took care of the meaningless b.s., or adulting, that I continually prioritize over the activities that make me truly happy. Painting, journaling, accordion, sewing, hiking, cooking, making love to mi amor, playing with my dogs, traveling and now being a mother.

After the birth of my daughter I started thinking about my own mortality, a lot. It kind of bothered me. I thought, we are all born, we live, and then we die. We live and we die. Those are the only guarantees in life. The other thing I have been thinking about is the impression I will make on this young girl. How I have to do “right” for her. Or more intriguingly, how my daughter inspires me to become the best version of myself. What that looks like isn’t 100% clear to me. But I do know that it does include me being an artist.

For so long, I have struggled with this better version of myself. I have wasted much time worrying about issues, that while important and do require some attention, are not as important as I choose to make them out to be. See, I have been learning a lesson. That is that we have choices in life. And over my thirty-one years on earth, these have been times where I did not, and times where I did make choices which moved me closer or further from the best version of myself. So here I am, I have one hour that I chose to write to you. That I am getting started again. I’m making art every day. I am finding the time. I am putting in the effort. Because when I am on my deathbed, I want to think back to how I did what I could to be the best version of myself that I could be. And shoot, that could be any minute now.