Inktober 2014

Inktober has arrived!

…wait, did you forget what Inktober is? Click on the link to learn about Inktober from the source, Mr. Jake Parker.

Sounds like fun right? You should try it! I’ll be posting my images to Twitter (@autumnseybert) so you can follow me there, or wait for me to update this post.The timing is quite excellent; I just purchased some Copic markers, and have some lovely brush pens that I’ve been itching to try out.

This post shall be STICKY. I am plotting to have a new inktober submission every day and will just add it to this post until it’s ALL done. I may also add a page gallery like my portfolio just for fun too. We’ll see what works best.

Day 1: Teddy

Teddy

Day 2: Bear and Baby.

Bear and Baby

Day 3,4,5..The story of Baby Bear (in gallery format. Click to enlarge and scroll through)

A Nice Afternoon

A-nice-afternoon

This painting I did in Photoshop was a great experience for me. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different brushes, colors and shapes. There were a lot of happy accidents that became intentional brushstrokes.  It was play, full of learning, work, and fun.

The man under the tree was one of the last things I painted. I wanted to give the tree something to compare size too. So this guy could probably climb up and sit on a branch pretty easily. But if I came across such a tree on a very nice hill and the weather was this beautiful, I’d probably do exactly what he’s doing-read a good book. Or maybe have a picnic.  What would you do if you came across such a scene? Maybe I’ll paint that next :D

If you like this post or any posts of my work, please share it!

Belly Rubs Accepted

belly-rubs

There is a beautiful fat old golden retriever who lives down the street. He believes all humans are his friends and that everyone should pet him and give him belly rubs. He will lumber towards you, lean his considerable weight against your legs before plopping down on your feet and rolling over for belly rubs. Even though I know I’ll be covered in fur after, I hope he’ll be outside when I go for my morning walk.

Magpie That

James of “Magpie That” accepted a magpie I painted and posted it on his blog. I like that.

In case you don’t know what “Magpie That” is, in one word I will call it “Huge”. There are tons of references for teachers on EVERY subject and a picture book blog that covers fantastic books, topics, artwork…I lost hours just poking around all the wonderful and shiny things there.

Here’s a link to Magpie That.

Here’s a link to follow James on Twitter

Happy International Dot Day!!

robot-dotHappy International Dot Day!

What is International Dot Day?

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.”

                                                  – from dotclub.org

Find out more about Dot Day (click here) and how you can join in the fun! :D

Art Therapy

down-day

I’m having a down day. I’m sure there are many reasons, it’s a grey day, I haven’t slept well for a few nights…

Days like these, I stay in my pajamas and keep busy. I’ll work on my knitting,  play the piano, or organize my closets. Anything that isn’t sitting and ruminating.

Today I decided to draw it out. I used Photoshop CS5, my fancy Cintiq, and worked in silence. Soon I was in the zone where thoughts are quiet and it’s just drawing.

So here is my sad self-portrait. Not surprising, I felt a lot better as I worked on it. By the end, I felt practically happy.

What do you do when you are having a down day and want to feel better?

Partly Cloudy

 

 

Some days it’s hard to get moving! I went for a walk early this morning, and it seemed like the sun was struggling to get out of bed too. This must be how partly cloudy days happen.

One of the most often shared pieces of advice for artists is “Draw everyday.” Not “Draw a masterpiece everyday. ” but “Draw everyday.” It’s really awesome if we can draw a masterpiece. I think the results are really just a nice bonus but  the true victory lies in the practice.

I hope you enjoy “Partly Cloudy”!

 

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Pinocchio meets the Cricket

 

pinocchio-meets-cricketupdatedIf you ever read the book “Pinocchio”, you’ll discover that he was a very bad little puppet, and there are lots of dark twists and turns for him. My mom first started reading it and said “You’ll never believe what he did to the cricket!” and after I read it, I wanted to draw the scene when Cricket first lectures Pinocchio before getting hit with a hammer.

I went with darker “spooky” colors to reflect Pinocchio’s character. I don’t draw a lot of indoor environments and found it challenging and delightful. I am happy with many of the elements, and am looking forward to drawing more scenes.

 

 

 

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