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Drawings of items on my deskThink I am having a bad case of Spring Fever this week so here is a change of pace for my blog. I have seen so many of these types of drawn objects being sold in scrapbooking kits especially. I am not the greatest at drawing, but I thought it would be fun to see if I could actually do a little of this myself.

I probably would never have tried this except a while back I was listening to one of my favorite websites, Creative Live, who was running Kate Bingaman-Burt’s Drawing the Everyday Every Day videos – Kate made this really fun to watch so I decided to try my own everyday drawings. She says you need to practice “every day” to get better at drawing, especially with the lettering (I confess I do not do this every day). The drawings do not have to be perfect and a personal flavor can be given to them which I think makes it fun to do. Both blog images were drawn on an inexpensive non-digital Sketch Pad from WalMart – supposed to be good for Pen, Pencil, Pastel and Oil Pastel. Kate says just try to create a basic theme when creating the items – they can be anything that is sitting around your home. A mechanical pencil (in image above) was used to draw for my images but Kate uses an inexpensive drawing Pen. The sketch was scanned in as a JPG file using my old scanner. In Photoshop a New Document was created and the sketch file was pasted into the document as a layer. The Select -> Color Range command was used to select just the sketching (click OK and press CTRL+J to put it on its own layer), but any way of selecting can be used. Duplicate the layer and merge down (CTRL+E) if the lines are too light – since mine were pencil this needed to be done. I placed a New Layer underneath and just used a solid hard-edged round brush to paint in the color. For the background, just painted in some pink and blue hatch texture using Just Jaimee Texture Brush Sample Brush 4 – added Color Dynamics to the brush to get the two color effect. This was really an interesting and fun project to try. Kate goes into much more detail and steps on how to do this process and does a great demonstration in her videos. Here is a link to Kate’s website so you can see how great her sketched items are.

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Wild Flower DrawingsHere is another one of my crazy drawings of wild flowers. In Photoshop with the sketch layer on top (after removing background), 13 layers were added underneath to paint the flowers and text. Watercolor and Smudge brushes were used to create the painted effect in the flowers. Adding texture in the items will give more interest to the items. Several splatter brushes were also used on some of the flowers. The background texture is from Kim Klassen called MarchDuo_soTrue. This was fun to create.

It was pretty easy to do this and I was quite surprised that I could draw anything at all. Give it a try and see if you can come up with some nice items to use in your composites. Have a Happy Week!…..Digital Lady Syd

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9 responses

  1. I love these, Syd, and what a wonderfully relaxing thing to do, especially since I too, am having a bit of spring fever! Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

    03/25/2017 at 12:25 pm

    • Thanks for the comment Lisa. I think I have a new little side hobby now.

      03/25/2017 at 1:23 pm

  2. Got to get back to my drawing and your post is spurring me on, I say as I decide to turn off the computer and watch TV!

    03/25/2017 at 2:55 pm

  3. These drawings are very cool, Syd! Great links too. Thanks.

    03/25/2017 at 10:09 pm

  4. Cute drawings, Syd. Sorry you got the fever. I am out with a chest infection, feel absolutely wasted. Get well soon!

    03/28/2017 at 5:50 pm

    • Well, Spring Fever over here is not really an illness – just sort of a lazy feeling that makes it hard to get motivated. I hope you feel better soon – chest infections are awful!

      03/28/2017 at 9:34 pm

      • Oh I know that feeling when all your energy is sucked out of you.

        03/31/2017 at 4:40 pm

  5. Pingback: HOW TO CREATE SCANNED PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES | Digital Lady Syd's Fun Photoshop Blog

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