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Diva Challenge #95 - Mickey

I love Fridays. Yeah, I know, I love lots of stuff......but I really, really, REALLY love Fridays. It's the one day of the week where all I have to do is drop Erin off at the bus stop in the morning - then I don't have anywhere else I have to be all day! I don't even do after school pick-up today! I can draw.....or read......or garden.......or do housework (okay, okay, that last one's actually fake option. pffft. housework. not gonna happen. not on "helen can do anything she wants Friday!!!"

So, today I'm drawing - I've just finished up this week's challenge and it feels like the perfect day to catch up on the myriad of patterns that I have yet to put into my log book, go through my journals and see if I've got any half finished ideas/drawings to work on and maybe work on those little pattern organisation tiles I've been doing on and off.

So, this weeks Diva Challenge Mickey. Okay....this was not going to be one that played to my strengths. Things that come to mind when I think of Mickey Mouse that I like to draw:

  • Bright colours
  • Letters
  • Cartoon Characters/Animation

But, since MM's head is made up of circles, and I really, really like circles I decided to take this one back to the basic iconic outline and use that as my string.

Here's the finished result (a little fuzzy at the top - stupid scanner!) Can you see him?

Great way to use lots of patterns and I even managed to squeeze in a bit of an "M" pattern in the outside ring of the large circle.

If you couldn't find him, here he is!



  1. This is a beautiful piece. I love circles too.

  2. Mickey would love the gorgeous world that you gave him to hide in!

  3. Thank you Helen for the red line, because I could not find Mickey. It is a lovely zia that you made!

  4. Love the circles Helen - this is beautiful - yea, Mickey was hiding from me too :)

  5. I understand your point for me too mickey wasn't a challenge I would like to do many times. You did a perfect job by using the circles and than do your thing. Great.

  6. Hi Helen,

    I love your work, the delicacy of it....just beautiful! Hope you enjoy your Friday!

  7. I love it!
    and yes when you point him out I can see him!:)

  8. I love your ZIA and the added "Where's Mickey?" element.
    Courtney Frantz

  9. Beautiful piece of art. I too love circles. Thanks for showing us where Mickey was "hiding", lol. Cute idea.

  10. helen - i wondered how you would address this challenge :) and you haven't let me down. i love your hidden mickey! we look for those every time we go to one of the parks - they are so much fun!

    1. Thanks, Alice! I had to think hard about how I would tackle it - at first I thought there's was no way I'd be able to draw something that I was comfortable with for this theme, luckily I found a way to twist it for my own evil purpose :)

  11. So perfect. Wish I had your steady hand. I'm going to try this one as well. Can't wait for Thanksgiving weekend. I should finally have some time to myself for art projects. I print your drawings and keep them on my art table for inspiration. I think I'm going to start a Helen binder.

    1. Thanks, Joanne. Great to hear you are finding my drawings useful :) I really get the wobbles up when I lose concentration, so don't look to closely! I used a circle template for about 50-60% of the circles on this one. Where there is a very fine inner line, I drew them freehand (only because I didn't have the right size templates :)


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