Several years ago I was inspired by an article written by Anne Bagby in one of the Stampington publications. Her article encouraged those who wanted to learn how to draw to practice every day. And I did. For one summer. Then I put my sketch book aside. Every now and then I pick it up to doodle or try my hand at drawing something with a face. (I can doodle pretty good, but faces? That's another story.)
Earlier this year, I borrowed a book from the library, Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists. I spent some time practicing from their 52 exercises. At the same time, I started to write some of the inspirational quotes I had found. I find inspiration from Positive Outlooks, in our weekly church bulletin, and Pinterest.
I also find inspiration from people and sometimes people surprise me. I have a friend and when I first met her, I didn't think we would be friends. Her outward appearance was a "cosmopolitan" and some of the things she said made me gasp. (Hopefully no one noticed.) After some time, I came to realize she was a "beer." An acquired taste. Now, don't get me wrong. I would take beer over a cosmopolitan any day.
Through time, I have discovered her incredible love of her family, her witty personality, and her fierce loyalty to her friends. She did a little something a while back and it inspired me to draw her.
She is Protecteur de la famille et les amis.
Protector of family and friends.
This is my first drawing of a person (with a face, thank you) where I did not look at anything else for guidance. And, it pulled together all my inspirations -- another person's art and encouragement, a book, an inspirational quote, and a friend.