Drawing tigers

From time to time I like to watch tutorials “how to paint or draw” something. It gives me a base and more confidence to try new options. I also get a lot of inspiration from watching others doing great things.

A few years ago I joined DA community, where a huge number of people from all over the world exhibit their art and share their artistic experiences. Since life on social media is not a daily need for me, I am more or less a passive member there, happy with all the inspiration around.

I recently participated in a crazy crowd drawing of a tiger based on a tutorial posted by one of the DA artists. It was a great experience to see that when a thousand people do the same thing, it definitely doesn’t come out the same. And I believe there were more than a thousand. Digital or traditional, drawing or painting, in vibrant colors or black and white. Tigers of any kind.

It was a time when I was full of color palettes, so I wanted to apply one of them and place my orange tiger on a blue and turquoise background. I am quite satisfied with the result, except that I underestimated quality of the paper.

Since I still have trouble drawing figures, I challenged myself to draw another tiger in full body. I also wanted to give him an expression, an emotion. Most people see the tiger as a symbol of courage. My tarot reading experience says, that its presence often means fear. So I chose fear as the emotion for my tiger sketch. What do you say?

I have enjoyed participating in the tiger drawing craze, but I cannot wait to do my own projects. Where to start? I have so many ideas, lack of skills and time to improve them. But I keep trying.

With love and hugs,

Ivana

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Playing with palettes

How do you select colors for your drawing or painting? Do you make a palette first? I would expect YES.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I started from the opposite site. When I grabbed colored pencils as an adult, I did so with my eyes closed, wondering what it would bring to my drawing. It was surprisingly good and harmonious, which encouraged trust in my own intuition, neglected for many years.

Later I choose colors more consciously, but the old habits continued to work. In each set of colored pencils I first used the yellow – orange – green tones, probably the colors of my soul. Colors that my intuition gravitates to, whatever I’m drawing. All the blues and purples were piling up almost unused.

Exceptional play with blue, pink and violet colored pencils.

Something changed when I bought watercolor paints two and half years ago. I discovered the adventure of mixing colors and fell in love. Conclusion? I need to work with colors consciously, I need vibrant colors on my pictures.

Colorful flowers – watercolor and Inktense pencils, intuitive color selection.

Recently, I took my old colored pencils and tried to create a range of beautiful combinations just for fun. I spent hours creating them and cannot wait to use them all. I’m not sure yet, but it looks I’m currently leaning towards a combination of watercolor in the base, ink or colored pencils in the final layer to get closer to one of the color palletes.

That’s called evolution, right?

Mushroom in earthy tones. Watercolor background, colored pencils above.

I hope that your life brings you pleasure and the joy of change.

With love and hugs,

Ivana