some creative time

this past week was march break, which meant i had entire days to do things and have fun. aside from spending a lot of time playing games on my phone, browsing pinterest, and reading, i also found some time to be creative! i am definitely invigorated by creativity and by allowing the artistic part of me to just roam free.

it all started with this marker drawing of some houses across the street!

i am someone who loves drawing with pen and paper, but i often leave it just black (or blue) and white, because i’m afraid of what adding colour might do to the cleanliness of the drawing. this week i decided to whip out my 50 pack of markers…okay more like 47 because i lost a few after kingston through my lens. they’re nothing fancy, just a variety pack i bought at staples and i love them.

a tribute to one of my favourite places in the west end

on monday, i tagged along with kelvin’s family during their visit to toronto. at ikea, i picked up two black ribba frames to add a little something extra to our living room. i am really into drawing cities and streetscapes, so i thought “why not draw some of the awesome buildings on princess street?” it’s nice to live in kingston and to be able to showcase some of the spectacular heritage architecture in the city. i started off with just having two scenes, but as we were hanging them up, the spacing really warranted a third. here are a few snapshots!

the very first one i did, of james reid furniture
probably my favourite of the bunch (perhaps it’s the tilt) – the grand theatre!
this was the late addition: my rendition of a trio of buildings (luke’s gastronomy, three, and lululemon)

something funny to note – i practiced a very long time on my signature before i dared to do it on the actual drawings. i didn’t want to ruin them! in fact, i have a few pages full of signatures and different versions that i was contemplating.

here’s the final product

aside from all the sketches, i also fooled around with some origami. i made these little folded paper squares called menko, which was surprisingly easy! maybe i will do a video tutorial when i have time…

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accomplishing my weekly goal

this week, my goal was to decorate my house. i love to draw and be creative, but i don’t often use that to my benefit when it comes to furnishing the home. today, i really needed a creative outlet, so i thought it would be perfect to see what my little brain came up with. i ended up drawing two dual colour marker pictures. kelvin had 2 black frames that we had bought a while ago for another purpose, so we stuck them in there. i quite like them. hope you do too!

this is the first one i drew. it’s black and green. i think it’s my favourite of the two.

this is the second one. it’s black and blue. the lines are very similar, but the details are different.