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AEDM Days 25-28: Doodles and Sketches

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Day 25 – Incorporating words into a zentangle, done in the car (thus the wiggly lines)

Day 27 – I didn’t do anything that I want to share on Thanksgiving Day, but I did do artwork, and I did a lot of work on the following day. Here’s my attempt at a free-drawn girl. I need a lot of work in the area of drawing people without having anything to look at!

Day 27 – Zentangle in red

Day 27 – A drawing of a random person in a magazine. I do much better when I have something to look at.

Day 28 – My daughter is a fan of Michael Jackson, so she wanted me to try to draw a picture of him (also drawn in the car, and leaving a lot to be desired, but at least it looks like him).


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28 November, 2009 at 6:21 pm

AEDM Day 13: Manga Girl

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Girl Manga

"Manga Girl"

On the way home from work tonight, the sunset contained the most beautiful shades of blue and pink. I was inspired to try to paint it when I got home. I wasn’t happy with the way it came out, however — my kids say I’m never happy with my artwork (largely true!) — so I drew a manga cartoon instead. I really love drawing human characters and I need to do it more often. My sunset picture came out so blah that I decided to play with the colors in iPhoto and intensify them. Here are the results.


"Sunset on the Drive Home"

My 10-year-old daughter, who has been doing AEDM with me nearly every day, wanted me to post the sunset picture that she painted tonight.

Jessa's sunset

"Sunset Over the Mountains," by Jessa

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13 November, 2009 at 9:01 pm

AEDM Day 11: Vitruvian Man

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Vitruvian Man

"Vitruvian Man"

Today I thought I’d try my hand at the thirty-second figure drawings on It was quite hilarious. Thirty seconds was not long enough. I needed at least sixty! I guess it gets easier the more you do it, but I was laughing at myself, the figures came out so funny. Sometimes I would give up and just start scribbling. This one reminded me of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, so that’s what I did with it. I may try to make a Picasso out of one or two of the other ones. What a fun way to remind myself not to take my art too seriously. I may repeat this exercise nearly every day and see how much better I get by the end of AEDM.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

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11 November, 2009 at 10:57 pm