We had a Snow Day yesterday with schools closed and my preschool closed due to the winter storm and the bitter temperatures. It was definitely a day for hibernation. I tidied and read and baked and found time to work in my art journal. My January Art Snacks box had just arrived the previous day and I was eager to experiment with the contents. I used the Art Journal Adventure prompt as my starting point – year of the dog. As a cat owner, that might be a bit treacherous but it has been a while since I drew a dog so I thought I should take the opportunity to practice. My dog ended up super goofy and long and bendy but he’s playful and that is what guddling about in my art journal is all about. It was also fun to experiment with the products in the box, all of which I liked and all of which I will use again and again. The photos are not great thanks to the very dull lighting conditions and the fact that I was wrestling one of my cats at the time. He definitely did not approve of this dog illustration.
Having spent such little time at my art table this past month, I decided to participate in the challenge of using the materials from my December Art Snacks subscription box to create something. Between working in a preschool and doing festive stuff with my own kids, I have been up to my eyeballs in cutesy, whimsical, adorable winter arts and crafts. I, therefore, decided that I needed an antidote and looked to one of my default art subjects for inspiration: zombies.
The box included a pad of Grumbacher mixed media paper and its narrow format gave me the idea of drawing a zombie squeezing through a narrow shape. I had not used a Krink paint marker before so I watered its acrylic down and used it to fill in the entire illustration. The Bruynzeel coloured pencils added more shading and detail to the zombie and then I used the green Pentel Slicci gel pen to create a frame around the drawing. The box also included a Caran d’Ache gold marker but I will use that in other future projects. It just didn’t strike me as right for a zombie. I have missed drawing zombies. I need to draw more of them.