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Just some stuff......

It's taken me a few weeks to recover from the end of school semester frenzy of completing assessments, interviews, etc. I finished everything and now I'm super-happy that I have about 7 weeks left until I'm back at school again next year.

One of the final assessments that I worked on was supergraphics. I really love Justine Ashbee's organic style and was very inspired by her work for this project.

All up there were 4 graphics - here's one of the finals. It is a digital construct, mostly created with a drawing tablet.


Since then I've found myself randomly doodling away in my journal in this style, it's very addictive with no formal beginning or end - the designs just evolve organically.

Here's a couple of recent pieces from my journal:

"Block" style with some basic shading.

Striping with a thread of red.

Have a great day!

hx

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  1. Beautiful drawings, Helen. Your work always makes me smile.

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  2. Fabulous artwork Helen. Love the digital graphic as well but your hand drawn items are much more interesting.

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    1. Thank you, Gina :) It's been interesting learning how to create drawings digitally - not quite as satisfying as hand drawing, but still fun! h

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  3. You truly have a gift-a God whisper.

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  4. Helen, I love these organic doodles - I cannot seem to get my attempt to "flow" - would you consider a tutorial or short video on how to get started.
    I can imagine these would be incredibly calming and restful - but at the moment they are frustrating me! I find I need demonstrations (best) or clearly written instructions (not quite so good) to be able to find my inner freedom. I think the many decades of being told and believing I had no artistic ability has stunted my freedom to just jump in!
    Although most people don't talk about this, I have a sneaky suspicion there are lots of people like me out there! We just need a gentle shove in the right direction and then we can trot off merrily along our allotted path! :)

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    1. I found a local artist who offered inexpensive group lessons. Once a week three of us meet and work. She has been very helpful for me in getting over those humps and stuck spots. We are all working on different projects and she helps to keep us all moving forward. I highly recommend it.

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    2. Hi Jakki. Thank you :) I start these simply with a line on my page and then grow it from there. I don't think about how they are going to evolve, I just keep building, shooting off lines in different directions when I feel I need them. This freehand style does make them a little hard to break down as there is no framework or set method to creating them - I'm just filling in space. Every one turns out differently, and yes, they are very relaxing as there's no end goal in mind. The closest I can think of to an explanation for this type of drawing would be the Three Little Rules projects & mini book I did some time back - that does start off with a framework of dots which might make it a bit easier to begin. I don't think it would take much to convert that idea into the type of drawings above. I hope that helps :) h

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  5. Really nice work ! I love the one with the shading.

    I like doing organic stuff like that too, I do this when I'm bored.
    I named mine : "circonvolution" (brain convolution in English) because it reminds me the brain structure, don't ask me why !

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  6. Helen, enjoy your well deserved break from teaching. Coming from a teaching background I know how frenzied the last term can be. I am always amazed at your beautiful artworks.

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    1. Hi Lianne. Thanks. This time I'm actually on the other side of the fence - I'm back at school as a student. Only another 6 months until I finish my the current qualification, then I have to decide whether I want to continue on to do more.

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  7. I was very blessed and fortunate to have a mother who was an artist herself, as well as a Master-class weaver, so had the opportunity to learn to just draw what I wanted to draw, no matter what anyone else thought of it. I can't draw people or animals for beans, though I do cartoon them; but ever since I learned the Zentangle method, and then started seeing Helen's work on the Internet, my own designs have taken flight and I love drawing in the swirly, curlique, flowing manner that Helen does. Mine haven't yet achieved that graceful beauty, but it's what I'm aspiring to accomplish :-)

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    1. How wonderful that you've had that opportunity growing up. I experienced many crafts as a child as both my mother and grandmother experimented profusely, but I was convinced that I could not draw until I was in my late 20's and learnt to paint before figuring out that if I could paint flowers, etc, then surely I could also draw them, too. Lovely to hear you are enjoying working with flowing designs - my favourite!s! h

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  8. I am so glad to see you doing this. I have tried it but am never sure where to start and where to go after a start. I wish you would continue and show us directions for this type of drawing. Love, love, love your work.
    Lynda

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    1. Hi Lynda. Thank you! These are one of those type of designs that are a little hard to explain as they just grow organically and don't have a beginning framework. I literally start with a line on the page and just go from there letting the design go wherever it chooses. I may try to take a drawing video if I get enough time before heading back to school :)

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