Here's my first submission to Mr. Toast's Creative Tuesdays. The theme was "Holiday".
Initially I did the Santa as a blind drawing from memory, which means I put my pen on the paper and, while gazing out the window, put a general shape down without looking at what I was drawing. I went back touched up and filled in a bit with a black Sharpie pen and put in the lettering. Then using Copic markers and a white paint Sharpie, I went back and added the color. It's a mini; a 3.5"x4.75" on watercolor paper.
I like the innocent, whimsical nature the blind drawings have. If you have a hard time getting started on a big scary blank page, using the "blind" technique and a tiny canvas alleviates the pressure of possibly screwing things up beyond repair. Then if it turns out like crap you can always say "Well, what do you expect when you can't look at what you're doing?" and toss it in the garbage without any guilt.
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