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  • Writer's pictureEli Allison

A Year of Art, Week 23

Updated: Jul 24, 2021

So what's with 365 Days of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of creating. I create five pieces of art a week, one of which I'll show you how to do, this week a sweet and simple dotted flower pattern; Day 111. I'm also exploring views from windows, papercraft birds and stars.

I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie.

Day 111

Task; Shading with dots.

A lovely delicious piece of art to get your noggin' round if you're looking for an art project that heavy on the simple. An ink illustration of a dandelion flower, all you need is a bit of time and some fine ink pens, that's it.

What you'll need Paper Pencil Eraser Fine nipped black pen, (I use 0.03 and 0.1)

And a ruler.

Step 1 Take your pencil* and mark a circle three-quarters of the way up your page; this is the outer circle. Draw a much smaller circle in the centre, this is the middle of your flower.

Create the stem.

Start creating dots (in ink) around the circle; don't be too precious, but keep to the general shape of the flower.

*The image is in ink for the instructions, as pencil markings are hard to see.

Step 2

Keep doing what your doing. Using the dots, bigger and smaller to create shade and texture. A left a small part of the centre flower with no dots, to create depth and then I added the fly away bits, so everyone is under no doubt that this is a freaking dandelion. What time is it? It's rubbing out time. When all your dots are in place, rub out your pencil marks.

Step 3

Take the ruler and your finest pen, 0.03. Start lightly marking from the centre out. I added extra lines when I wanted a darker 'patch' but otherwise just keep the line singular. There you go. One very lovely dandelion.

Day 112

Task: Draw a scene from a window are you looking in or out?

For this one I like the idea that the person viewing the world was low down and all they can see are legs. I liked the bleeding of the people's colour into the rat-race of their lives.

Day 113

Task: Create an animal using cut-out pieces of paper.

Got me a googly eye and I was away with this merry-old task. Some of the sections are wrapping paper, others are hand drawn patterns, but it all adds up to a cute arsed bird.

Day 114

Task: Add Smiles to Stars.


Day 115 Task: Look outside your window and draw from memory what you see.

I'm lucky that the view from my office is my garden; an eye-slapping slash of green. I know I know I hate myself too.

A very quick, shockingly quick, (under 15 minutes) I created an ink framing and then filled in the space with watercolours. I used the wrong paper, and so the painted section not as vibrate as I would have liked, but 15 minutes is 15 minutes I can't even find matching socks in that time.

That's it folks

... Join me next week where I'd going in a different direction, we getting all cosmic. I would love to see your creations so head on over to Twitter and tag the shit out me. I'm also technically on Instagram but the social norms there confuse me, like life really.

If you can't wait until next week for more art, here is where it all began. Week 1.

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