Monday, June 20, 2011

inspiration monday


there's a lot to be said for giving yourself permission to take a rest......i had visions of reading books, catching up with old friends, shopping at my leisure......but every time i sat down to "rest" i'd get distracted by one of the many things that needed to be done in the house, and as a result, instead of taking a breather, i'm absolutely exhausted!  one of the things i did treat myself to, though, was an inspiring girls weekend getaway to orlando for a drawing workshop taught by lettering artist kristin doty.  we started out by introducing ourselves to our pencils......




and then we got into all of that mind-bending left-brain/right-brain stuff.  kristin gave us an image that was upside down, and she told us to "draw what you see, not what you think it should be".  by seeing images as nothing more than a set of lines, it's a lot easier to draw what you see......rather than seeing something as a "face" or a "foot" (and knowing that i'll completely freak out because faces and feet are hard to draw!).




when we were finished with our drawing, (and after a mini break to quench our left-brain/right-brain with mega-quantities of chocolate) we were allowed to turn it right-side up and a sweet geisha girl was revealed!




then things got really scary interesting.....just when my left-brain/right-brain had entered the no-brain zone, the next challenge was to draw our hand.  yikes!  i have lots more shading, highlighting and general drawing to do on all those craggly lines and wrinkles.....and maybe add one more important thing......




the perfect finishing touch.......heeheehee.

{drawings done with an HB and 4B pencil.
heart added via the magic of photoshop.}


**thank you SO much for continuing to visit my blog while i was on break.  
your heartfelt comments made my day!
you are the bloggy best and i appreciate each and every one of you!!!   xox



22 comments:

ballet news said...

I am inspired!!!

Sophia said...

COMPLETELY inspiring, Lori, and how fun! You continue to amaze me! :) Have a super week! Hugs

Kate said...

Welcome back. I hope you have a wonderful week

Createology said...

Welcome back Lori. I completely understand how your time evaporated as it happens to me a lot. Your drawing class sounds interesting. Your hand looks absolutely realistic! The heart is the perfect touch. Wondrous week to you...

wv said...

i can read the same posts over and over again....
they become even more inspiring...

mademoiselle G said...

How fun! And welcome back, hope you had the occasion to take some time just for yourself :-)

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Awwwwwwwwww! That lil heart made my real one jump! I haven't been checking blogs much the last few months (needing a break from all the inspiration believe it or not.) Boy! It's good to be back to yours! It feels like home to see it... always makes me feel good.

Andria said...

Welcome back! Great results from your drawing class...good for you taking the time to do that!

Jessie May said...

Welcome back Lori :)

Eden said...

Lori, you are SO GOOD at this! Love your hand :D :D

rachel awes said...

this looks like so much fun
& i love that you crowned
your hand w/your heart.
xox

PaperPumpkin said...

Yay! Lori's baaack! I have been thinking about you and yes, missing you. Hoping you were feelin' good and all. Giggling at your heart in hand, that's our lori! ♥kathy

Pat said...

Welcome back Lori! Your drawings are fantastic!

LuckyDog said...

Welcome back! ♥

Tara said...

Glad you at least got to sneak in some creating time.
hugs,
tara

K said...

That hand is perfect!

teri said...

Be careful. Once you start sketching this way you can become addicted. Since I learned, I have my sketchpad and pencil with me wherever I go and I just can't seem to stop!

Chel said...

I LOVE drawing upside down. Of course, mine don't look nearly as fabulous when they are done as yours do. Thank you for continuing to post during your hiatus- it was lovely to have a glimpse back into the archives, However, I am SO happy to see you posting again- your blog is such inspiration for me!

Felicitas Klink said...

i'm so glad that you're back :) i love your drawings :D xo Felicitas from Germany

Desi said...

Well your geisha came out wonderful! This is defiantly an exercise! Thank you for sharing!

Kwiltsfl said...

Looks like it was a wonderful workshop! I think you did a great job drawing your hand. What did you do the highlights with?

Erica said...

Hi Lori, The only thing better than getting to take Kristen's class was getting to meet you and Martha in PERSON! WOW! Awesome-ness all around.

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