Sunday, January 27, 2013

First Introduction Lesson with Clients

When I meet a client for the first time I always have an introduction lesson. I get a good idea about what interests the client has in art and helps with planning future lessons. I like to see what he or she can do, assess the skill level and find out what my client wants from my art lessons. I also lay out the Art Class Rules by handing out a printout. This makes it clear right from the start what I expect from my clients and I also give them a chance to voice what they expect from me.

I discuss the materials that the student will need. For the first lesson we need: pencils, erasers, ruler, glue, paper, watercolor paints and anything else they have. I talk about sketchbooks, inspiration files and the artist toolbox.

We then set up the table area with newspapers and get down to some art. Just as each person is different and an individual, so are each of my lessons. What works for one client might not work for another. Depending on how the lesson is going I might look at the art the client has done previously at school or for fun. I might give him or her a drawing exercise from the book Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes.

This session is yours and the client's first impression of each other. I always get a little nervous when meeting a new client, but then I remember that this is going to be fun for both of us. So take a few deep breaths and enjoy your First Introduction Lesson! ♥ Quaymberley

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oil Painting of Muffins my cat

I finally opened my oil paints this holiday! It is so much fun having some inspiration which came from here. I took a beautiful picture of my cat Muffins, cropped her face and added a photoshop action. It's turning out to be a very vibrant oil painting.

Normally I finish a painting like this within two days using acrylic, but my process has been slowed down dramatically because of the oil. There is a lot more to do. I'm so happy to be painting again! ♥ Quaymberley

Friday, January 11, 2013

Exploratory Self Portrait

I did this drawing exercise just to loosen up. It only took about 15 minutes. I closed my eyes and used my left hand to feel my face and with my right hand, I drew what I felt. I explored my whole face and took note of what was there. All the little hairs, the fold and creases of skin, the dips and hollows can be recorded in some way. It's such an interesting exercise because I'm feeling what I 'see'. Although it is a blind drawing, I still know it is me because I have drawn myself so many times xoxo Quaymberley.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Quick Sketch of Lulu in pencil

This is Lulu my dog. I made a quick sketch of her yesterday from this photograph.  I say quick sketch but it took about 30 mins to draw. Using a 4B pencil and drawing very lightly, I started with her eyes and then nose. Her fur gradually got darker as the drawing progressed. I sketched exactly what I saw. I did not use the shapes method because sometimes it is good to mix it up and do something different. You may use my photograph to draw her. Have fun!

She is always smelly and itchy and has bad breath, but look at that happy chappy smile! xoxo. Quaymberley.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Importance of Sketchbooks

I have been using sketchbooks from a very young age. I have a huge pile of about 20 books that have been filled. They have almost become art journals that have kept an authentic record of my artistic evolution. I am so grateful and glad my mother kept my artworks all these years. Sketchbooks allow us to see the progression of an artist. Many parents do not know or care about this, so when I meet clients for the first introduction lesson, I make it clear that sketchbooks are very, very important.

Experiment with your sketchbook

A sketchbook records an artist’s ideas and thoughts as they are forming. Sketchbooks can be used as a prelude to a painting or just for sketching practice. They are a great way to try out different drawing or painting ideas.

Draw anything and everything at any opportunity. Sketching helps polish up observational skills. Draw ideas, dreams, and reality. Go to museums, the zoo, restaurants and draw. Written notes in a sketchbook can be invaluable to the artist. Do not be afraid to write what is important such as swatches of colour, notes about character or personality of the subject or general comments.

Use different materials such as crayons, watercolor paints, charcoal and color pencils. Collect photographs, napkins, pressed flowers, stamps and receipts to paste in your book. You never know where it could lead you to creatively!

Tearing out pages

No, no, no! I freak out when my students tear pages out of their sketchbooks because it gets lost and thins the book. I beg them to not draw on the back of a drawing in the book. They are only allowed to write their name and the date at the back of a drawing. My younger clients are just learning to write so when they write a name or a the date, it is scrawled across the whole page completely distracting the impact of the drawing.

Finding goodies

I can look back at my old sketchbooks and find an interesting drawing that was previously overlooked. I can then transform it into something usable. Unfinished drawings from years ago can be completed if you find inspiration.

It is a good idea to have a few different types of sketchbooks for different methods of working in. I love these vibrant pink Croxley Sketchpads and once in a while I'll keep a Moleskine.

There you go, sketchbooks are a major deal in my art world. Hopefully these few tips have outlined why sketchbooks are so important. ♥ Quaymberley

Friday, January 4, 2013

How to Draw and Paint a Queen - Tutorial

I've always felt connected to queens because my name starts with a 'Q'. This is a good tutorial for getting practice with drawing faces. The template for the queen can also be found in the downloads section, as well as other fun templates. Students enjoy decorating the queen with jewellery by using glitter pens and stickers.

Begin with the queen's face. It is a U-shape from the tip of the crown to the other tip. I always discuss the important aspects about the face. Explain where the eyes are in relation to the ears. In this drawing the eyebrows are horizontally in line with the top of the ears. The nose is horizontally in line with the earrings. The mouth is directly below the nose and vertically in line with it.

Draw in the rest of her body and use your imagination for her jewellery. I used watercolor paint and then created the outlines with oil pastel. This works well in sizes A4 and A2. Some students may not want to draw in the outlines.

Isabel, age 11, pastel
Kimel, age 8
Katelyn, age 7

Katelyn pointed out that she felt like she was doing someone's makeup. I love her golden grill!
xoxo Queen Quaymberley.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

How to Paint a Rainbow Fish - Tutorial

This is a charming tutorial for kids and can be adapted in many ways (try drawing a school of fish!). For first time clients, I usually start with this tutorial.

Start with basic shapes. The body is an oval. The fins have stripes. The eye is made up of a dot and a circle. The face has a bend or slight point where the mouth is.

Once the basic outline is drawn like in the template, the student can paint it with watercolor. Be careful with the paints bleeding. I made the stripes in the fins so that one section can be painted and then needs to dry completely. This prevents bleeding. The fun part of this is painting it because there are so many ways to color it. My students love choosing colors and their individuality shines through. It is important to talk about fish and any general knowledge you have  about the subject. I ask students about seaweed, Finding Nemo, coral and different kinds of fish.

I think the fish works better when it is outlined in pastel. It does not have to be black, there are other really beautiful colors that can be used. Below is an example of a fish drawn by Katelyn, age 7. She used pastel and paint to fill in color.

Katelyn, age 7
Other templates are available in the downloads sections here. Enjoy and let me know what creations come about! xo Quaymberley.

Katrina, age 5