I’ve heard it said by People Who Are Experts In These Matters that, if you want to get better at your art, you should learn from the best. For me, that means turning to my library of copyright-free books and sketching.
Several weeks ago, I was sidelined by a sinus infection (nasty little bugger), and the only thing I felt like doing was drawing – I couldn’t even bring myself to sit at the sewing machine for five minutes. So I pulled out two of my favorite design sources: “Floral Patterns,” by Pepin van Roojen, and “4000 Flower & Plant Motifs,” by Graham Leslie McCallum.
I copied motifs and embellished them with my own details and generally tried to make myself feel as though I was producing some art from the snuggly comfort of my bed.
And, by gosh, between blowing my nose and using the neti pot, I had fun. My plan is to turn some of these drawings into postcards – after all, the real fun is in adding the COLOR.