Monday, July 15, 2013

inspiration monday



when i first began my downton diary,  i must admit that i was quite mesmerized by the thought of drawing all the architectural ins-and-outs of the house.....nothing makes me happier than getting caught up in all of those yummy details!




and while i would love to have a journal filled with the details of highclere castle ,  my inspiration for this project comes from my addiction fascination of the actual downton story......





and the central focus of the downton story is the family that lives there,
not the actual house they live in.




 

and, inspiration or not,  i find the idea of drawing people completely intimidating.  mainly because i know myself well enough that i'm going to fuss and become totally frustrated if they don't look exactly the way they look when i turn on my tv.
(hello, hints of perfectionism!) 





i will openly confess that the idea of drawing these characters is so far out of my comfort zone i feel like i need a passport to get back home.....





but as i was finishing this page spread,  i was thinking that's a huge part of what inspiration is all about.....to stretch us in all kinds of different directions, take us to new places, and to grow us by leaps and bounds.

so, thank you, inspiration, for bending, stretching, twisting and shaping me........
i think.  :))


{this artwork was created in my downton diary using derwent inktense pencils,
waterbrush, pitt pens, uniball signo white gel pen, 5B graphite pencil}






22 comments:

Jeanette said...

Lori,
You've done an outstanding job capturing the essence of each character!!! I love it! I don't think I'd even know how to begin to do what you've accomplished.
I enjoy stretching with you...now I may need to challenge myself!?!
Sending cool hugs on a hot summer day! Don't want the chocolate to melt, although it would be good over ice cream...oh, how I've digressed!
XooX,
Jeanette

Michelle Gregory said...

very nice. how fun to have a journal about a tv show. :)

Julie Steed said...

How much longer until it's back on? I've almost forgiven them for killing off Matthew. You've captured each character beautifully in your journal.

Mary said...

You have done an amazing job, and because you stepped out of your comfort zone (which is hard and scary) brave you grew!

You encourage me, thank you!

Createology said...

For not being comfortable drawing faces you really do an excellent job. I never would have have known you must stretch to draw your amazing art. I am loving your Downton journal. Now if you could just stretch the days in a week that would be ever so helpful. So much to do yet so little time my friend. Chocolate Daily Hugs Dear...

angela said...

Ugh, I know that feeling all too well! But Lori, you really could have fooled me!
You're drawings are so awesome and you truly are inspirational :)

ellie said...

holy toledo! this is awesome!

lol...needed a passport to get back!

you rocked it, as usual!

Alex said...

Lori, you continue to inspire me ro step out of my creative comfort zone. Great job on the Crawley family.

Tif said...

I love it! Wonderful drawings and you don't give yourself enough credit. As an artist that mainly draws people, I can tell you your skills are amazing!!

Michelle O'Connor said...

This is great! Keeping me interested until JANUARY when the series returns. (!!) I love looking at your work and the Downton Diary is so fun!

Margaret said...

You are just soooo good with all of your artwork. I certainly wouldn't think that you had difficulty with faces

Which series are you up to in the States?

Margaret xx

marysza said...

*_*
i love it!!! :D

Isabel said...

This new book is a fantastic job. The cover is wonderful. Do not be afraid to explore new paths, the result is simply brilliant! Kisses.

ChocolateGanache said...

As an Artist myself I recently lost all inspiration on anything creative. But once I came across your blog my inspiration is coming back. Thank you sooooo much! For all your idea and themed books. I just love it. I also love that you tell us what kind of products you are using. I love trying new things. I was wondering what your art studio looks like? I am in the process of designing and decorating mine. Thank you again. God Bless!

lori vliegen said...

hello ChocolateGanache (love that name!)!
thanks SO much for stopping by! here are a couple of links to my blog posts that might give you some studio ideas! xox

http://elviestudio.blogspot.com/2010/05/ask-simple-question.html

http://elviestudio.blogspot.com/2009/07/welcome-to-my-new-studio.html

Carolyn said...

Amazing artwork! This makes me want to sketch a couple of pictures my Mama has of her great-great-great grandparents. They are actually not photographs, but paintings and this would be a great method for sketching them. You are an inspiration as always!

Brenda said...

Fantastic work as always Lori. If only I could draw!

Martha Lever said...

WOW, you captured them! Fabulous!!!

Kim said...

I absolutely love this. You've done an amazing job. I really like how they are framed yet some of the hats are actually outside of the frames. It adds even more to it.

Deb Hathaway said...

Fabulous drawings!!! And out of your comfort zone??? Really??? Good for you!!!
I too am creating outside my comfort zone. For years I have stalked other people's art journals... and have finally felt brave enough to start my own... with a pounding heart and stiff right hand. Perhaps I need a sip of wine?

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Chelsey said...

Awesome!

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