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  • Writer's pictureEli Allison

A Year of Art, Week 30

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

So what's the mamma jammer deal with a year of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of art. I create five pieces a week, one of which I'll show you how to do. This week's 'How To...' is some abstract tree doodles, in two steps. That's right folks just two steps. We've also got faces and zigzags. It's all the fun of the fair.

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

Day 146

Task; Write or draw something which inspired you


Give a woman a pencil and she'll draw for a day, give her a pencil case and she'll become mad at her own imaginings.

Day 147

Task: Draw a colourful rainbow

Tuesday A nice simple How to today. Playing around with nature and flipin' rainbows what more could you want? If you enjoyed this How to, I've got a equally simple and fun one about rainbow bugs.

Pencil Case Supplies

Watercolour Paper

Rainbow collection of Watercolours

Paint brush.

Black fine nib pen.

Stage One

Nice and simple, pick some lovely rainbow colours and paint some odd shaped rectangles. Nothing too perfect. When playing around with rainbows, I like red to orange, etc... but start with which ever colour you like. Remember they will dry a lighter shade than when wet, so really pile on that pigment for a strong colour, but watch out, too dark and you won't be able to see the black pen.

Stage Two

Once dry lets get our doodle on. Now you can copy mine no problem, it's what I'm here for. But have a go at creating couple of your own. Think about the shapes of trees and not just trees from your back garden but from all around the world. Simplify the shape in your mind and recreate it. That's the essence of art. Have a go, you'll surprise yourself.

Day 148

Task: Add the Faces


This is one of those tasks that feels like it'll bore the brains right out of your eyeballs. Add faces you say? How humanly provincial. But it turns out, it's pretty lively. (Step aside Vegas.) Once you stop trying to make people look realistic or even pleasant you can have a lot of fun with it.

Day 149

Task: Play around with ZigZags


Gosh darn it if this wasn't all the larks. Satisfying as a fart finally freed, like catching ice creams drips just before they fall, fucking bubble wrap. What I'm saying is get your stress and shove it into zigzags. Shove it hard.

Day 150

Task: Visit a Museum and draw people.


Sort of... Kind of... nearly. I'm drawing people but with the weather and a certain *cough* flying around, I'm keeping my arse firmly inside and making shit up. So brace yourself it's going to get weird. Something to think about when drawing humans, is shapes. Plonk a big round circle on a big round circle and you have a big round human. Triangles on triangles equals meathead. Rectangles and you've got yourself a streak of piss. The combinations are like well humans... endless.

Side note: I grow tomatoes in my windowsill, and when I went to take the photo, I realised the shadows on the page looked beautiful, so I kept it. That's what art is folks, happy accidents.

Brand New Shop Area...

Once a month I pick a theme and run with it! Creating a host of new products, original art and limited editions; sometimes, I'll even link up with a charity donating a percentage of my profits to good causes. Cos I'm the hero the world deserves right now; bow before me.

Keep checking in for brand new, most definitely weird one of a kind shizzle.

That's it folks

... Join me next Friday where I tackle shading, sandwiches, and splodges. Head on over to Twitter and tag me any arty creations you've made, I love to see how other people engage with the tasks. I'm also on the old Instagram but I tend to get confused and make all the kids embarrassed if I wander around in there too much.

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

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