12 thoughts on “Day 21 of Christmassy art

  1. What a scrumptious little pudding. [I just watched the “great baking show,” so I am only hearing that elder baker’s voice in my head.] If I could make a suggestion or two, I’d lower the leaves to look more like a bow on top or headband…and the glaze line below the mouth so the two features don’t collide. Otherwise, this would make a mouth-watering T-shirt/cocoa mug image. Throw in a corny/charming caption.


      • sigh…so that was just a quick doodle. I AM slow. Wait. How big was the final image? If I doodle “slap-dash,” I usually limit myself to a black pen/pencil, and the result is rather sketchy.


      • It’s digital, did it on my iPad using the sketches app. I don’t normally gravitate to drawing digitally so, trying to get some practice in and build some skills with it, I usually go the traditional route with art. All my inktober ones are done traditionally and are 12×9.5 inches in size, they took me about 45minutes up to an hour 30 to complete.


      • I use the most primitive digital tool, MS Paint for my boot designs. 😛 I like the digital route for coloring as my colored pencil and marker work leaves something to be desired. Heck, after seeing some lifelike portraits at art shows and on here, even my BnW pencil/ink skills are dwarfed. I am not one of these people that can produce respectable work every day or complete these month/year-long challenges.

        A few years ago, I was really into posters and tried my hand at a number of 24″ x 36″ pieces. I’d spend roughly 8 hours just staging and penciling and another 8-16 hours inking/coloring each piece. Yah. Snail-man over here. And, it’s not like my work often goes past what I’d call coloring book level. Once in a blue moon do I put in extensive details like hairs or flecks in the eyes.


      • As long as you enjoy it and have fun, doesn’t really matter if your fast or Snail-man slow or overly skilled at certain things. Mostly just important that it makes you happy to create and do. Plus, sometimes simplicity speaks louder then lots of fluff and detail. We all have our own styles, which is a beautiful thing. It’s pretty amazing to be able to see someone in their art.


      • Well, it matters when you care to make a business of yourself and have regular deadlines placed upon such work. And, the long hours could add up when considering output per year, even for an artist who might only sell his/her work once a year.

        But, yes, the art should please the soul. Trouble is, it’s a lonely world pleasing myself and not really feeling good about showing many people what I made. It’s been a long, lonely road from the days when Mom “tolerated” my creations on the fridge or kitchen island. And, I can’t help feeling dwarfed/discouraged by the talents of others.

        One thing that I really “grind” myself over is that I refuse to buy art from another artist because I feel I should be able to create the same work myself. If I ever do purchase someone’s art, I feel a bit like a failure. And, I feel for the artists I see at art shows. It’s like visiting a pet store. Sorry; I cannot take all of you home. I wouldn’t know where to put you. And, I’d hate to see you get hurt/ruined if I didn’t properly respect you/your artwork.

        I also spend plenty of time battling with myself and the golden rule.

        Simplicity. True enough. I’ve been doing extensive practice with silhouettes in recent years, too, for book cover designs. I’ve been eyeballing silhouettes in product design and anywhere I find them.

        See someone in their art? Explain.


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