Study in Watercolor

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Hello, everyone! I know that its been a long time, but I’m finally back. Today, I wanted to share the updo of how helpful studies really are in the realm of art.

So, a while back, I decided to enroll in a watercolor class in order to improve my skills in watercolor – and boy did it help! I would definitely recommend taking a watercolor class – or a class in any media for that matter – from a skilled, trusted instructor to narrow down skills, for anyone wanting to grow in their art skills. And to those who may be thinking that “studies in realism won’t help my style of art”, the fact of the matter is that anytime you make art, it’s always somehow inspired by real life. Essentially, narrowing down skills in realism, as I also learned in watercolor, can be applied to almost anything in art – so it really is important. That being said, I learned from watercolor that realism isn’t always essential. Sometimes when I paint in watercolor, I choose to paint in a looser manner – meaning more abstract lines, less shading, and simple shapes. All in all, I highly recommend taking a class in a specific media of art to hone in your skills, if you wish to grow.

To talk about some of my watercolors above, they start as simple studies of objects, focusing on light and color. I was actually pretty pleased by how some of them turned out, but, as there should be, there are many beginner’s flaws. By the end, I traveled onto more complex subjects, such as people, complicated objects, or landscapes. I hope you all enjoy the pieces!

I really hope that anyone wishing to rejuvenate or grow their skills consider engaging in a serious study of a specific media. As I’ve said, it really helps!

Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

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New Video – Melanie Martinez Speed Drawing

Hello, everyone! Here’s my new updo!

I have been a fan of Melanie Martinez’s music for quite a while now, so, to show my dedication, I created a time lapse drawing of Mel. I used fine liners, Copics, Prismacolor pencils, and accent markers. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

Halsey Digital Drawing

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Hi, everyone! I recently made a new drawing and I wanted to update all of you on it.

I just started experimenting with digital art, and I don’t own any fancy sketching tablets, so I just used my iPad. I used a simple software called Autodesk Sketchbook which helps greatly. I’m in love with Sketchbook, and I recommend it for all digital art beginners.

Anyways, I’m obsessed with a new and upcoming music artist, Halsey. Her music is just amazing in every way. Her tunes are catchy, and her lyrics are beautiful poems. She comes from an eccentric background, and I think that’s what influences hew unique music style. Honestly, Halsey is one of the best poets ever. My love for Halsey and her music led me to create this drawing.

Basically, I just drew a portrait of her and created a background. I also did the “one-layer” challenge for the entire drawing except the background. This means that I only used one layer when drawing on my iPad which, as many digital artists may know, is very hard and challenging. So, that makes me prouder of the final product. In case you’re wondering, the words on the back are a series of my favorite song lyrics from various songs by Halsey.

I really hope you enjoyed this updo, it took a long time to make it! If you haven’t listened to Halsey yet, I request you to check her out, she’s wonderful. Even if her music borders around some dark themes, electro-pop is always a great musical genre. Lots of love to Halsey – Rhea.

Thanks for reading! If you have any comments, or would like to tell me if you like this style that I drew in, please comment below! See you next time!

 

References: Me!, Halsey, Halsey-Badlands, Halsey-Room 93

Study in Chibi

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Hello, everyone! So, I’m back with more of a personal updo. I was experimenting with different chibi styles and thought that I would share my attempt.

Manga and anime has not always been my forte, as I work mostly with realism. However, I have been liking various cartooning styles, one of them most recently being chibi.

Here is a piece of digital art I just created focused around chibi style. I decided that I would do a simple and well known character, and the first one that struck my mind was Alice! I thought that it turned out fairly well for some first tries. I did notice that because of my realism background, I kept steering towards a realistic body and not so much of the fat and chubbiness that chibi’s usually possess. At first, I was concerned and forced another style into my art, but then I just went with it. So, yes, my chibi bodies are longer and slimmer than most, but I wanted to steer away from the whole “kawaii” and super chubby, cute factor. It still is cute, but not overwhelmingly fat and cute. I do hope that this style worked out; I put a lot of shadow focus into it. All in all, I think that Alice still has the whole “chibi” aspect to her.

I hope you enjoyed my ideas at the style of chibi. I am looking forward to posting my other attempts at cartooning and such. If you have any other ideas you’d like to share, feel free to comment!

Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated by Maria!

Thank you so much, Maria.

Her blog: http://mariadrawsdaily.blogikoti.fi

I love Maria’s posts; they are such creative pieces of artwork and continue to be an inspiration to me everyday.

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How My Blog Started:

I started this blog because I wanted a way to spread everything I knew how to do to the world. I enjoy making nail art tutorials, craft tutorials, and showing my art. Blogging is a great way for other people in the blogosphere community to see this and I hope that all of my tutorials help and inspire people.

My Advice to Fellow Bloggers:

The most important fact is to make sure to post regularly! I do get a little lazy sometimes, but I like to keep them consistent. Also, make sure that you blog is linked up to your social media. This will help spread the word and for others to get to know you. Blogging wise, make sure that you write from your heart. Don’t try to be someone you’re not; your writing will fall apart and readers will lose interest. Be yourself!

Rules for This Award:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  3. Write a post to show your award.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  7. Attach the award to the post.
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created.

My Nominees:

https://pyroartography.wordpress.com

http://lcarslibrarian.com

https://shinshinshop02.wordpress.com

https://gallifreyanramblings.wordpress.com

https://trendsbyranya.wordpress.com

https://petitegirlsguide.wordpress.com

http://truequeandounacosa.com

http://eliglasman.com

http://cristianmihai.net

http://rememberthiscrafts.co.uk

http://thepublicblogger.com

https://craftedincarhartt.wordpress.com

https://happilyeverose.wordpress.com

http://www.brycegormanmusic.com

http://lifeoutofthebox.com

Thanks so much!

Spunky Girl Video Tutorial

Hey, everyone! This is a short video I made on how to use Prismacolor markers and how to cartoon simple people. Hope you find it useful!

Kawaii Skull Bunny

Hi, guys! I was trying out the new time-lapse function and created a cute little doodle. This one is just a little kawaii skull-bunny (however weird that sounds). I’ll be posting more on my channel! Hope you enjoy!

TARDIS Necklace

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Hey, it’s Rhea here, and it’s time for a new updo! I have been watching a lot of Doctor Who recently. For those who don’t know what this show is about: Doctor Who is a British television series that has been running for about 50 years. It’s basically about an alien who is a time lord named the Doctor. He travels around space and time with a time machine called the T.A.R.D.I.S. that looks like a police box. The Doctor and his companions fight monsters and save space and time usually every episode. It’s probably a lot to take in, but I do recommend this series to everyone. What we have here is a Doctor Who inspired necklace (If you’re staring at the picture and panicking: No, I was not attacked by the Silence). It might look hard, but we’ll explain everything.

Supplies:
– blue polymer clay
– white polymer clay
– clay tools (knives, rollers, stamps, etc.)
– white acrylic paint
– black acrylic paint
– yellow acrylic paint
– black pen
– oven
– headpins
– jumprings
– chain
– clasp
– wire cutter/bender
– clock charms (optional)
To get started, I created the TARDIS charm. Start out by taking a slab of the blue clay and molding it into a rectangular cube. The ratio of the rectangular cube should be about 2:4.
Take out a tool to create the squares of the police box. You will have to get a bit creative with this because I assume we all have different tools. Don’t press the squares to close together because you want some space between the squares. Try to keep them even on all sides of the rectangular cube. The squares should be 2 by 4. This may take a while.
After this is finished, take out another slab of blue clay. Roll the clay out with a rolling pin until the clay is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box on top of the slab for measuring purposes. Using a knife, cut a couple millimeters away from the bottom of the police box. This should form a slightly bigger square. Push this square to the bottom of the police box until it sticks all the way.
Now, take some blue clay that is about a centimeter thick and square it. Place this on top of the box. This is where we will write “Police Box”.
Next, we work on the bottom of the box. Roll out a slab of blue clay that is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box upside down on the slab and cut directly around it. Take out this square and make the square a millimeter smaller. Place this square on top of the box.
Repeat the previous step, except cut another millimeter into this square, forming an even smaller square. Place this on top of the box.
By now, you can probably see the TARDIS forming. Take out the white clay to form the light on top of the box. I used a white glow-in-the-dark clay to let the light glow at night (;D). Roll it into a tiny ball and shape it to form a cylinder. Stick this to the top of the box.
Now, take out a headpin. Trim the headpin to fit the box and stick it into the light of the box. Put the charm into the oven for however long the brand you are using instructs to do so. I used Sculpey, so I usually put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 F.
Once this is baked and dried, take out your paints. Using a thin brush, use white paint to fill the top row of squares on all sides. These are your windows. Now, mix a bit of yellow with the white. On the front of  your police box, paint the square directly below the left window. Now, take the black paint and paint a stripe of black above the windows on all sides. Let everything dry. With the whit paint, paint the black stripes. Make two big white stripes on the ends and one smaller on in the middle. With the black pen, make crosshatches on the windows and the light, and make lines on the light yellow square.
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Let everything dry and your charm is ready! Let’s get started on putting it together. Cut some chain with wire cutters to your desired necklace length. Use your wire cutters to bend a jump ring and pull the charm and the chain through. Close the jump ring.
You can add some clock charms, too. I just added these because I felt that it finished the time lord effect. I just picked up these charms from a local craft store. Attach these charms with jump rings the same way as you did with the TARDIS charm.
Don’t worry, we’re almost done! Attach a jump ring to one end of the chain. Attach a clasp to the other end of the chain. Guess what? You’re done!
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I know it took a lot of steps, but this necklace turns out great in the end. This TARDIS necklace is a perfect gift for the Whovian in your life, or if you are that Whovian! Do keep in mind that this is a necklace. Necklaces are cool. Hope you enjoyed that Who pun; thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

Mini Book

Picture 016Picture 017Picture 018 Hi, again! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been really busy. To relieve all that stress, I thought, “Why not do some crafting?” I saw this idea on another blog which had a video and step by step instructions. I love crafting mini things, so I thought that this one was exceptionally cute. Here is the link to create this mini book:( http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/ ) Her book is just origami and for display, so she glues all of her papers together. In my book, I can draw in it (the drawing of the girl in the dandelion garden is my 4th page drawing). I skipped the step of gluing the papers together. It depends on what you want to do. My pages are different shades of brown – just for a little bit of a vintage look. For my cover, I used red organic paper from Sikkim (another one of my trips a couple years ago). To finish it off, I added a little embroidery floss and cute stickers. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget to add a little of your own flair! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment! References: Me and http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/!

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