I've always had a hard time drawing bears. There. Now you know it! ;0) I don't exactly know why either, except that they kind of look like a blob and don't have any distinguishing features such as the trunk and big ears of an elephant. This is why it is remarkable that one night I sat down and had this strong urge to draw not just one, but two bears! Polar bears to be specific. I was very tired that night but couldn't help but grab a plain old pencil and a piece of paper to sketch out this idea in my head. The shapes started forming and before I knew it, I had drawn two cute polar bears, one handing the other one a heart. My designs are all about sharing love! I plopped some stars above them to frame the picture and add to the atmosphere. These creatures were meant to be!
After the initial sketch, I went through a few different versions with a black marker.
Once I come up with a satisfactory drawing, I scan the image and continue to work with it digitally. Sometimes, I add color before scanning; sometimes afterwards. Always, I start with a hand drawn image. When all looks perfect, I upload the image in my shop at www.zazzle.com/presentsoflove* to create hundreds of gift items that customers can easily customize and personalize with their name or other special details.
Ta da! This is how the kitchen towel turned out. Won't that look cheerful for the holidays?! I added a bunch of items with this design to the seasonal section of my site and you can also find them at my zazzle shop. Happy shopping!
I love new beginnings. New Year's Day. A new school year for the kids. My birthday. These days mark the start of a new phase, a sort of blank canvas waiting to be filled with exciting color. A chance to reflect on the year past as well as the hopes and wishes for the year ahead. A "reset" button to delete the stuff you don't like and put more energy into the positive.
As I'm celebrating my birthday this week, I'm eager to say goodbye to a year filled with health challenges and welcome a year focused on better health and more art making. Receiving so many wonderful birthday wishes from friends and family, I'm so thankful for all the love and support. I'm also thankful for my sweet hubbie who surprised me, not only with a gift certificate for massage to help heal my back but also with a set of Copic art markers (they are the best!). A great match to my two goals for this year: better health and more art making! Want to join me on this journey?!
Illustrations and nature inspired, handmade art gifts that remind us of the simple joys.