Changing Domain Soon

I’ve decided that I’m going back to a free blog with no ads. So, my domain is changing back to: morganahorn.wordpress.com

I’m not really happy with my blog anyway. I never really knew what I wanted to do with it and I never know what to say. I’m just gonna keep it simple. Share art and probably music too.

I haven’t been able to do as much art as I’d like but I have managed to play around some on Corel Painter which is what these drawings below are.

I’m hoping I can get into the groove of art blogging again.

Tabitha’s Secret and A Drippy Inky Butterfly

Anyone know Tabitha’s Secret? Before they were Matchbox 20. I wanted to hear the song Just Plain Tired cuz that’s what I am lol. I’m still managing to make some art though.

And a good walk for Sunny Bunny.

I love the sound at the beginning of the song. And at 2:22. And the way he sings at 3:30.

Zentangle Practice and Movies

They’re not all zentangles but that doesn’t matter.

I like drawing stuff in little squares. Usually, I don’t like being boxed in, but these provide a nice small space to practice in or to sketch out ideas.

Who else is a Shameless fan?? I got the Showtime free trial so I didn’t have to wait for it to show up on Netflix. Well, I missed the cancel deadline by an hour, so I’m paying for a month But YAY they offered me another 30 days free after that.

So, I figured I’d watch some movies. And I love having movies on in the background while drawing.

Who else misses going to Hastings and looking around? I loved it. And I feel like I watched more movies back when I had to go rent them or buy them.

Quick movie review . . .

Becky – This has Kevin James playing a different type of character than I’m used to. It was ok. Kind of a B movie Home Alone story, cuz she creates traps and goes after the bad guys. I still have 25 minutes left. Doubt I’ll find out how it ends lol.

Dead Water – It’s alright, has Casper Van Dien. Another one with 25 minutes left. I don’t actually care how it ends, but I drew a little boat while watching it.

The Machinest – OMG this movie disturbed me as soon as I saw Christian Bale. He didn’t look like himself. He was a skeleton. I have 37 minutes left. I sorta wanna finish it but what’s the point? I’ve been disturbed enough lol.

Cold Brook – I picked it because it has Kim Coates from Sons of Anarchy and a guy who was on Prison Break. The reviews were positive but I got bored fast. 82 minutes left.

Don Jon – I didn’t actually draw during this one. It wasn’t too bad. And the ending wasn’t disappointing.

I guess it’s a good excuse to watch a bunch of movies but I think they help to inspire ideas. Especially, when you do more than just watch it. Pay attention to the lighting, the directing, and all the other parts of it.

So, what are your favorite movies to watch while you draw?

A Cubist/Tenebrist Heart?

I was going for a tenebrist feel for this drawing. The word comes from the Italian tenebroso which means dark, gloomy, and mysterious. A lot of times we think love has to be all warm and fuzzy…rainbows and puppies. But Nazareth, The Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison were right…love hurts.

I was trying to show the surfaces of the gem as well as make the heart look cracked and broken.

And I end up with Cubism lol.

I’ve never been much of a Cubism fan and I sure didn’t expect it, but I like how it’s turning out.

Hospice Kicked Us Out

Thank God hospice kicked us out. At least the doctor said she’d still provide pain medicine. Apparently, my grandma was accepted into hospice because of dementia. Last I checked, hospice accepts you when you have 6 months or less to live. Dementia is not necessarily terminal in under 6 months. It’s called the LONG GOODBYE. You can live with it for a long time.

And when they refer to her handicap . . . they use air quotes . . . They say, “What ‘handicap’?”

No, it’s not “handicap.” It exists. She was born with it. Had it for 83 years. Walks with a limp and uses canes. And for an 83 year old, if it is left untreated as it was when she was in the medical “CARE” it becomes terminal.

It breaks down her digestive system. It causes her such intense pain. And all we asked was that they reduce her suffering caused by her handicap. Not to let us run out of medicine. Which they did over and over again. It didn’t matter how much we called or asked.

The aid who changed her diaper saw the pain. She was heartbroken. The weekend aid who isn’t apart of hospice noticed. She was crying. She couldn’t let it go. So, I don’t understand hospice.

I’m flabbergasted.

Feb. 18 this woman who was walking and aware, only went to the hospital to evacuate freezing temperatures. And she was given a death sentence by this corrupt organization. They had their records wrong from the very beginning. She never fell. They thought her “handicap” was because she had fallen. And dementia became the ONLY thing they could see. They ignored the one and only reason she is now bed ridden. The reason we called hospice.

She barely even has dementia. She has all her long term memories. She wasn’t leaving her keys in the fridge. Or forgetting how to dress. Or anything like that. She couldn’t keep track of the days so well. She actually kept track better than she gave herself credit for.

Her panic disorder in addition to being in her 80’s would cause her to forget short term things. But how is that dementia? It looks more like mental decline due to aging and stress and confusion caused by her panic disorder. It’s not that hard to understand. Well, it is pretty complicated. She probably does have dementia.

But that shouldn’t mean her lifelong handicap just vanishes.

I struggle to stay quiet during injustice. Especially, when my family member is being harmed. And after being yelled at so many times by hospice nurses, I finally started yelling back and calling them out on their injustices. And I promised my mom when they showed up today, I’d stay quiet and work on my drawing. And I did. Until she came and asked my opinion. And then I went off on them. It’s injustice. It’s inhumane.

But, I did at least lay down another layer of Inktense on this mushroom piece.

Chibi Drawing Practice

My interest in Chibi’s really got started when I was watching Hunter X Hunter with my boyfriend. I was slow to watching it because I thought it looked kinda lame. But I finally gave it a chance and it’s become one of my favorite anime’s. At the end of the episodes two of the characters show up in Chibi form and they’re SO CUTE!

I also love this style of conveying emotions. And now I wanna make my own! Below is some of my Chibi practice so far.

These next two are my most recent and I see a lot of improvement in them from when I started.

I don’t make their heads quite big enough, which throws everything off from there. They’re just SO CUTE! I love that one with his tongue sticking out. Who else watches Hunter X Hunter? Who’s your favorite characters?

I’ve also posted some snowy photography on my photo site, so go check that out.

Following Disney Drawing Tutorials

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Image by Disney

 

I needed a break from drawing figures and these Disney tutorials have been popping up so I decided to go ahead and give them a try. The Disney animators are after all, a group of very talented and perseverant artists, considering they have to draw 1,000s and 1,000’s of drawings to create their cartoons.

I’ve been to Disneyland two times and DisneyWorld one time. The first time I went was when I was four or five. There I am on the left trying to pull the sword out of the stone. I really believed I could do it. And on the right I’m posing with Minnie Mouse. On that visit we were watching a parade and Mickey Mouse picked me up and carried me. That was my first time to be in a Disney parade.

Posed Ariel Pic

The Little Mermaid was always my favorite Disney movie so I had to get a posed pic. I loved Ariel and I would sing along with her and act out her parts with her. Here I am on my second visit when I was 12 years old. I lost that hat I’m wearing. It had a picture of Goofy in silver thread but I stupidly wore it forwards on a ride and the wind picked it up and I lost it forever.

Splash Mountain I survived

On my last trip I was 15 or 16. In high school, I went on a band trip to Disney World to march in the parade and enjoy the park for a week. (My second parade lol) That was so much fun. I’m happy to say that I survived Splash Mountain 😂.

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My friend, Kim, is on the left and I’m on the right in the blue shirt.

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Start with a Circle

Every tutorial starts with the artist saying, “Start with a circle.” So I decided to go ahead and warm up by drawing geometric shapes. Actually, no matter what you draw, you’re going to start with simple shapes that you build on. Pull up some images on google and just draw your heart out.

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  • Circles – practice these until it becomes second nature to create a perfect one free hand (or at least as close to visually perfect as you can)
  • Squares – practice a variety of squares and rectangles until you can create perfect straight lines free hand
  • Triangles – practice these at different angles like you’re in geometry class (right angle, obtuse, acute)
  • Spheres –  when you feel more confident making circles, start having fun making spheres and shading them
  • Cubes – these are good for practicing depth, perspective, and shading
  • Cylinders – try drawing cylinder items around your house like candles and shampoo bottles
  • Cones – draw ice cream cones or traffic cones

Warm Up Sketches

It’s actually a good idea practice drawing shapes and lines regularly. Just like a musician warms up by playing scales.

After tons of practice you’ll find that drawing more complicated subjects will be easier and they’ll take on a more realistic and 3D appearance.

Now on to the Tutorials – Mickey

All of the tutorials I followed were from the How To Draw Series on the Disney Parks channel.

Sorcerer's Hat Mickey

Of course I started with a Mickey Mouse tutorial. My circles aren’t perfect but just so you know, his ears are two perfect circles that could fit perfectly in his circular head.

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I thought I could’ve done better so I drew him again. His ears are better circles the second time.

Goofy

Goofy

I drew Goofy next because he’s one of my top favorite characters. I love how goofy he is. I watched The Goofy Movie soooo many times. I never actually got into the sequel though. Since he’s so goofy you can have a lot of fun giving him crazy eyes. The animators also give some interesting facts about their characters. Watch it to find out how they were inspired to create his hat.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse

I drew Minnie next because she’s so cute and lovable. I love her big bow. She’s drawn straight on so she’s an easier tutorial to follow. She was also drawn by my favorite animator to follow, Heather Worley. She had that perky Disney energy that got me excited to draw. She also spoke clearly and gave good tips and went at an easy to follow pace.

Oswald, Chip, and Grumpy

Oswald, Chip, Grumpy

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was a very easy tutorial. He was Walt Disney’s first character before Mickey. I recommend drawing him a bunch. Why not? He’s simple and it’s very rewarding. You could even search for some tutorials that include his whole body.

Chip from Beauty and the Beast was a bit tougher but still very doable. The animator went kind of fast and I had to rewind a few times.

Now Grumpy was a little tougher. I struggled to make his frown and cheeks look like him. If you plan to follow his tutorial, pay extra attention to his frown. Also, just pause the tutorial so that you can take your time. If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s also a Dopey tutorial. He’s one of my favorite of the seven dwarves.

Scrooge McDuck

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I love the whole duck family. I love how flustered Donald Duck gets, especially when his nephews are playing pranks on him. I chose Scrooge McDuck because he’s drawn by Heather Worley.

Daisy

Daisy Duck

Daisy was kind of tough. I struggled to get her pretty girly features. I think I made her face look too round. I was a little happier with the second tiny drawing I attempted.

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell had those girly features I kind of struggled with. I didn’t get her face shape quite right but it provides a good challenge that worth it to tackle. Another tutorial by Heather Worley.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

I never really liked Nightmare on Elm Street. But Jack Skellington is very easy to draw.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

I drew Winnie the Pooh when I really should have taken a break. Don’t forget to take breaks.

Those are all the Disney tutorials I followed. They were relaxing and a lot of fun to do. I hope you try out a few. You could even challenge yourself to follow every tutorial they have. They have Simba, Buzz Lightyear, the Frozen characters, and so many more.

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A little Disney Memory of mine: As a kid, the movie Fantasia scared me. To this day, I still haven’t seen the entire movie. I should watch it though because it’s got great music and great animation.

I’d love to hear about your favorite Disney memories or favorite characters and movies. Let me know in the comments. And remember to imagine, to dream, to be inspired and to be motivated by Disney.

 

 

Sketchbook Goal

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Photo By MTV

Now that I have a brand SPANKIN’ NEW drawing desk to work at, I’ve decided that I need to fill up every sketchbook I have. There are a lot of blank pages, partially used pages, and probably a lot of sketches I’m going to cringe at when I see them. I’ve been bad about not drawing in my sketchbooks lately which has resulted in my drawing skills getting rusty. It’s important for artists to draw in sketchbooks regularly to develop ideas, to work on technique, and to just be creative.

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This box is full of sketchbooks I got from when I was 13 all the way up to now. The pink one is a new watercolor one I just got.

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These sketchbooks are all leftover from college and they’re a bigger size, 11×14 I think. And the water stained box they’re sitting on is jam packed with scratch paper.

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The paper is damaged but that’s ok. I’m sure I can use them up.

Interior Design Furniture Sketchbook

This notebook is from an assignment I had in an Interior Design class I took my freshman year. I had an interest in architecture and my advisor didn’t think I was cut out for their department. She was right, but I’m glad I took them anyway, because I learned so much. She signed me up for 3 classes, one was a sophomore level class that I was not ready for.

They had us constantly observing our surroundings, everywhere we went we were told to study the interiors, the furniture, the light fixtures, the space between tables . . .everything. (I had no idea how many little details I didn’t notice before then.)

We also had to turn in over a 100 sketches of furniture.

Filling up the Furniture Notebook Pages

I decided I’ll flip each sketch over and start sketching on the blank side. I also want to try to do something with the furniture side, because my sketches are very plain. I had very little drawing experience at the time and I was overwhelmed by the assignment.

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Some aren’t so bad, like these two. They could be better but they’re not as bad as some of the others I shamelessly turned into my professor.

Chair Before

1. (11) Chair:Cupcake

This chair is the 11th sketch. (I chose it in no particular order.) It’s not too bad for a contour sketch. Everything makes sense and it’s clearly a chair.

Chair After

 

1. (11) Chair2:Cupcake

It reminded me of a chair you’d see in a 1970’s den so I added a wooden wall, a sunburst mirror, and attempted a shag carpet. A bookshelf, some lamps, and maybe a house plant would also be good additions.

Cupcake on the Back

1. (11) Cupcake:Chair

I’ve been talking about drawing cupcakes so my mom suggested I go ahead and draw one on the blank side. My boyfriend makes fun of me for always adding bursts in my background, saying it’s my signature holy Jesus background. He’s silly.

I used graphite pencils and it was really good practice. Most importantly, it was low pressure and fun, my current goal for drawing.

If you have any suggestions for something you’d like to see drawn just let me know in the comments. And if you have any empty sketchbooks go fill them up. In my next post I’ll talk about the Cornhole game paintings I just finished.

Pumpkin Drawing for October

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Fall is my favorite time of year. The air starts feeling cool and fresh. The leaves start changing colors. And the best part – I start getting the heebie jeebies to the extreme. I love it.

Heebie Jeebies – By Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

While I was grocery shopping the other day, a giant display of pumpkins grabbed my attention. They had so many interesting looking varieties that I thought could be a lot of fun to draw. I got a bag of small orange pumpkins, and the other two kinds in the picture above.

Apparently there are at least 50 types of pumpkins. I used to think there was just one type – the big orange ones you see at Halloween and on Cinderella. Some of them have the coolest names too, like Hooligan and White Ghost.

Which Ones Did I Buy?

The similarities made it a little difficult to know for sure . . .

Pumpkemon – The white one with the orange and green stripes. Sounds like a cross between a pumpkin and a Pokemon. Maybe I can create a Pokemon character from this little pumpkemon.

Ornamental Gourd – I was going pumpkin crazy trying to figure out what kind the weird looking one on the left of my picture is. I’m pretty sure it’s a gourd used for decorating. Regardless, it looks like fun for making some art.

I started out sketching the orange pumpkin. Below are some quick sketches I did on yellow paper. I held the pumpkin in my hand and looked at it for a long time, trying to get familiar with it. This helps to be able to draw your subject better and faster.

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Side, bottom, and top views

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2nd page of sketches

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Nupastel and pastel crayons

The next sketch I did using graphite and white charcoal on my gray paper sketchbook. I was still going for speed with this one.

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This last one I decided I wanted to work on a larger piece of drawing paper and take my time. I like working large. It helps to focus on the details of your subject. I still have work to do on it.

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I’m having a lot of fun drawing these pumpkins. My plan is to post my progress throughout the month of October and we’ll see what kind of art I can create with these cool looking pumpkins.

Are you working on any Fall/Halloween inspired art? If not, then run to the store and grab some pumpkins and get started!

100 Days of Learning T-Shirt Art Project

My best friend is a grade school teacher and asked me to work on a school art project with her and her daughter. Of course, I’m always down for art. Her daughter is also an artist and we have a lot of fun making art together. We brainstormed for a couple of days and got a practice shirt out of the way, but I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.

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Diamond

Finally the idea hit to use her kitten, Diamond. I recently took some pictures of her with plans to do a drawing so that was Puuuurrrr -fect. Haha, yea I went there. Based on the ideas we talked about during our brainstorming sessions, I came up with this design.

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Shirt design and sketch of Diamond

Everyone loved the idea so we got to work. We planned on using those two butterflies but they didn’t make the cut. I put my drawing of Diamond under the shirt and traced it with a pencil. Then after I added the sun I got started adding the fabric paint.

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My girl helping me out

I’ve never heard of this 100 days of learning thing, but I guess it’s something schools do when they hit 100 days in the school year. You have to use 100 things, so we glued a bunch of little diamonds.

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Diamond posing with her shirt

There’s Diamond checking out her portrait. She was upset that I made her quit messing with the shirt and look at the camera.

My friend thought about saying something along the lines of “being brighter.” So it seemed appropriate to use lyrics from Rhianna’s song, “Diamonds“: Shine Bright Like a Diamond. It’s also consistent with her personality.

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t-shirt drying

I forgot to take a picture of the finished shirt. We just added some more diamonds and the words “100 Days of Learning,” inside the sun and I wrote her name on the back. I also forgot to take a picture of the finished shirt I made for her mom. Haha, I was getting tired.

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The teacher’s shirt

I added a bunch of yellow, orange, and blue lightning bolts all around the shirt to represent all the electricity from the brain power. It still needed something else though. My friend finally came up with a really good finishing touch: At the bottom I wrote in blue paint, “Leads to a Brighter Future.”

These shirts were a lot of fun to make and I love supporting art and education.