A little family

By request - a griffin

I need a break after sitting at my computer working on two websites for the past 3 hours (so much to do and never enough time to get it done!) and drawing/sketching always helps when it comes to relaxing & taking a break. SO I will ask all you lovely followers, do you have any ideas for something you’d like to see me draw? I’ll get to as many as I can, but obviously I can’t promise I’ll get to them all.  Things I’m most likely to draw are:

  • animals
  • nature stuff
  • fashion sketches
  • monsters
  • birds, birds & more birds
  • sci-fi & science things

You can reply to this or send me an ask if you have a suggestion! I hope everyone’s having a good weekend - oh and I also wanted to say how amazing it is that I had my first illustration reach 10,000 reblogs/likes this week! So thank you for following me because it makes what would otherwise be a somewhat lonely enterprise of creating art by myself into something that is much more like a community.

Illustration Friday - Repeat

A pattern I made out of some sketchbook doodles for the IF prompt this week.

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Illustrations inspired by Harry Potter & my excitement over the fact that in 2 weeks I will be at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on vacation. 

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Anonymous Asked
QuestionHello how do you get the creative mind going? Because When I have a pencil and paper in front of me, I can't seem to get a clear picture of what to draw. Answer

Go to a museum. Take a bus or train ride and just sketch patterns you see along the way. Visit http://illustrationfriday.com and draw something based on the topic of the week. Draw the outfit you’re wearing. Draw a place you’d like to visit. 

The biggest thing is to make sure you just keep going! If you’re not feeling too creative at the moment, it can be tempting to scrap something once you don’t like a part of it, but just keep adding more.  If you’re drawing in ink and make a mistake, don’t start over, go grab a gluestick and rip a swatch out of a magazine and cover it up and then draw on top of that if you can.  

I find that people put a LOT of pressure on themselves to be perfect even when it’s something that’s supposed to be low-key and enjoyable - like drawing in your sketchbook.  There’s no pressure! It’s supposed to be fun. Give yourself permission to play and to make mistakes.  Finding creative ways to incorporate your mistakes into your work can be an interesting part of the journey to develop a personal style.

eatsleepdraw:

A digital illustration that took nearly 7 months to finish, but I’m so happy with how it turned out.  When I was a kid, I was so intrigued by the ocean & wanted to be a marine biologist until I realized that I didn’t know how to swim, so maybe design was a better fit.

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Digital illustration of the last two little monsters Digital illustration of the last two little monsters

Digital illustration of the last two little monsters

I’ve been so lucky to have had my art featured on the tumblr radar a handful of times and thanks to that, I’ve gotten quite a few new followers. So, I just wanted to say thank you very much for following me! Also I would love to learn more about you so feel free to get in touch either on tumblr or on my website: http://alexandragallant.com/contact-2/

I have always loved making art and it used to be such a solitary thing. It could get a bit isolating spending hours and hours alone working on things. Having tumblr and being able to share and connect with people throughout the creative process has been a tremendous gift.

Have a wonderful day!
Alexandra

By request - “Monster butterflies that attack the world with happiness”

This little butterfly isn’t quite at the attack stage yet, he’s doing a little research first.

Digital illustration of two of the seafaring monsters I drew in my sketchbook the other day.  Sketching out some ideas for stories to illustrate with these monsters - the second I was finished drawing them, I knew that I wanted to do more with them.  Creating a digital version of each of the monsters is my first step - makes it easier to play around, see what works & what doesn’t.  I ultimately want to create a story around the monsters and illustrate that, so once they’ve got a final look and feel, I can start exploring different story ideas and fleshing out the characters. Digital illustration of two of the seafaring monsters I drew in my sketchbook the other day.  Sketching out some ideas for stories to illustrate with these monsters - the second I was finished drawing them, I knew that I wanted to do more with them.  Creating a digital version of each of the monsters is my first step - makes it easier to play around, see what works & what doesn’t.  I ultimately want to create a story around the monsters and illustrate that, so once they’ve got a final look and feel, I can start exploring different story ideas and fleshing out the characters.

Digital illustration of two of the seafaring monsters I drew in my sketchbook the other day.  Sketching out some ideas for stories to illustrate with these monsters - the second I was finished drawing them, I knew that I wanted to do more with them.  Creating a digital version of each of the monsters is my first step - makes it easier to play around, see what works & what doesn’t.  I ultimately want to create a story around the monsters and illustrate that, so once they’ve got a final look and feel, I can start exploring different story ideas and fleshing out the characters.

Shadowbirds - an ink doodle from my sketchbook that I played around with a bit in Photoshop 

By request, a Chihuahua at a tea party.  The actual request was ‘a pug, a chihuahua and a corgi at a tea party’, but I came up with this little guy and decided to do a series of three, with each dog in a tea cup.  Chihuahua down, corgi and pug to go.

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From the request “Monsters playing in the rain” - I’m definitely going to do more with these guys because as soon as I did the initial sketch, I already started picturing them going on all sorts of adventures and getting into mischief so it could be fun to illustrate a story around them.

I’m not very good at all when it comes to drawing specific people, especially if from a photograph, so I’d lean towards probably not very well, but I can try?
Can you draw portraits?