Friday, July 18, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight: Jess of Bookworms in Dresses

Today Jess from Bookworms in Dresses is taking over my blog!

Hello there! I'm Jess from Bookworms in Dresses, and I'm going to jump right into the thick of it today and talk about drawing/sketching/everything in between! I've been scribbling on napkins, table cloths, programs, cardboard boxes, coloring books, and everything and anything in-between. Now, I restrain myself to sketchbooks, napkins, paper table cloths in restaurants, programs, school notes, PowerPoint printouts,, I haven't restrained myself much at all, have I? 

All I can say about drawing is that I've been doing it since I could dip my fingers into paint and smack my hand on paper, knocking over the plastic easel and causing havoc until I was forced to only paint on the tile entryway surrounded by old newspapers. Then, when I got my hands on crayons, well, clearly that got me even more enthralled with drawing and coloring. 
A drawing by me circa...I don't even know...preschool? The Cheshire cat is the size of the house, and I must have used up the blue marker because the cloud is yellow. I don't know. Now, if I would have never drawn anything else in my entire 23 years but this one thing, I can guarantee you that I would STILL only be able to draw something like this. At least, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have improved at all unless I drew on anything that came in front of my face. 

Practice, practice, practice is what gets you better at drawing! From that giant smiling creepy cat that is the size of Clifford the Big Red Dog, (maybe that's what I was going for??) I moved onto anime in middle school. I drew some (relatively terrible and I'm embarrassed about it and refuse to post it anywhere for you to see) big eyed anime girls. I almost never drew guys because I couldn't get those manly square jaws right, they all turned out looking like girls. Now, I still draw girls the majority of the time, but I've progressed!
I try to sketch a little every day to continue practicing. Currently, I'm working at improving my digital drawing/coloring abilities and learning more about making illustrations in Illustrator!
Some of my artist quirks:

  • I always start a drawing with a face, sometimes I start with the nose 
  • I don't like when people stare over my shoulder while I draw 
  • Reference images are important for poses 
  • When I'm drawing in public, I hate making eye contact with someone 
  • Copic markers are my favorite coloring tool 
  • I prefer sketching by hand to sketching digitally

Do you draw?
What are some of your own quirks?

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  1. Jess, you are such a good artist!

    I like to sketch with pen instead of pencils. Also, I mainly sketch robots. :)

    ♥ Naomi Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups

  2. Sigh, I hate when people are standing over my shoulder... like, HELLO? Can you please me alone, I'm a little busy here! lol

    That cat you drew is really nice! And I love your little yellow cloud :)


  3. Wow!!! These are so beautiful! :)

    I wish I was better at drawing... I do prefer doing my fashion sketches in is easier cause I can even add the fabric ^^



  4. Right! I hate when people are standing over my shoulder too!

  5. Love Jess's blog! And I hate drawing in public as well. Though I did get somewhat used to people watching me draw when I was in college - it's kind of unavoidable at art school. Also, I really need to sketch more.

  6. these are gorgeous, especially that giant cat/little house lol

  7. Loving that cat lady here lol I used to sketch all the time but haven't in quite awhile. I have a bunch of copic markers, they really are great. This makes me want to pull out my sketch book. Thanks for the inspiration.

    xo erica

  8. WOW! To start drawing with the nose..... I can't imagine! I try to draw but I can never do well with the face. Must be a true talent.


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