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#Inktober Showcase

Inktober was started in 2009 and is still going strong today.  Mr Jake Parker, the creator of the project, has assigned very few rules Pick up a pen, draw, hashtag it #inktober, repeat. Anyone can take part and it seems like artists from all over the world do. I posted a picture and within 2 min 100 more pictures had been posted! The goal is to practice your drawing skills and develop the positive habit of doing it daily. Below are a few examples of my own work and a few from others within my surface pattern design community. Click on the pictures below for direct links to their Instagram accounts. Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton[/caption] Playing with light and dark. Flower shapes, some seeds and pods and an owl for good measure. When in doubt stick a bird on it. Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton[/caption] Next we have Katy Halford.  I found it hard to choose between all of her lovely drawings. This one made me smile so here it is.Katy Halford for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Katy Halford[/caption] Mary Tanana made some beautiful drawings on black paper with touches of gold, courtesy of uniball gelpens. Mary Tanana for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Mary Tanana[/caption] Heather Dutton spent her time illustrating every letter of the alphabet with beautiful patterns. Check out her instagram account to see more.  Heather Dutton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Amanda McGee  pretty much described all of us with her illustration. I am a big fan of her beautiful hand lettering! Amanda McGee for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Below is Flora Chang of Happy Doodle Land. Her name says it all. She loves to draw. Check out her new colouring book! Flora Chang for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Flor Inktober will be back again next year, but don't let that stop you from picking up a pen and just busting loose. Until then, feel free to share it with the rest of us on hashtag #shareyoursketch - another fun community to share your creative process. Ink on!
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A sneak peek into the Global Talent Search 2014

It's that time of  year artists everywhere are putting on their creative hat and enrolling in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. I enjoyed every minute of last years competition. It was the final assignment for months spent in Lillas class Make Art that Sells and a perfect way to wrap up all that I had learned during my time with her. Well,  I didn't win. In fact I didn't come in the top 50 either. I like to think I was hovering around 51st... I wasn't planning on entering this year. I love the process and brief of the competition, but my plate is full of design work and life it is just plain old busy in the summer around here. Yet, here I am! Call it a severe case of FOMO. What persuaded me in the end was this little video by Lilla herself and much discussion within my design community. I may have rolled my eyes a few times during the video but, as always, Lilla brings a smile to my face. She is truthful and straightforward. She makes you believe. Follow the link here to watch on Vimeo I made a promise to put myself out there in 2014. I am sowing seeds and, as cliche as it sounds, Lilla is on to something with her "inch by inch success is a cinch" I am also a strong believer that no art is ever wasted. So why not? I am not sure how I am going to approach this years top secret brief. I spent yesterday on the couch eating cookies and thinking long and hard about it all.I didn't have an ounce of creativity within me, but my head was swirling with ideas. Unfortunately, the theme is one that has been done before  and I am feeling a little hard pressed to come up with an original idea that is all me and my style. Something fresh..   work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog} A bit of research and some doodling, trying to put something together in my head and a starting point. I would like this piece to be traditional - very limited digital. I am pulling all my tricks out of the bag for this one. Sketching, painting, cutting paper...I have to trust that it will all come together, but right now I have a little bit of everything on the go.   work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog} Some  messy freehand dip pen work. My mind works best this way with no preconceived plan. Things are always pretty darn good at this point...then I add paint and it all goes a little sideways.. I think I will save my dip pen work for illustrator and some digital work. I don't mind the end result  below - it's not what I have in mind, but it's all about the process of discovering what exactly it is that I have going on in my mind. I hope that makes sense. work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog} From here I usually take elements I like and start to expand on them further.  I know what shapes and textures I like and I do love to cut and collage paper. work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog}   So the lingering questions remains... Do you stick with your style in a safe and easy way - a joyful way - do what you do best .. OR  do you throw it all out to the wind and create way out of your comfort zone with the possibility that it may suck. Haha..actually, that's not funny, it's plain old painful, disheartening and definitely discouraging. For example.. work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog}   I haven't a clue where this is going on how it even got there. It was fast and it was furious and honestly, I am a bit stuck. There is something I like about it, unfortunately I haven't figured out what that something is! It is this kind of work that takes me out of my comfort zone. I will finish it, but I am just not sure it will be in time to be submitted. The clock is ticking.... Best of luck to everyone out there! This is my community. I follow and support these people and vice versa. I will be thrilled to see any one of you win!
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#Shareyoursketch with us on Instagram

Get your sketch on and come share with us at #shareyoursketch on Instagram. Meet others in our community, try something new, get inspired. Just hashtag your sketch #shareyoursketch and join in! It can be any medium, any style.anything goes. The creative process has to start somewhere. Here are a few shots from #shareyoursketch this week.  Starting with me! An actual photo of me doing what I love best - doodling. I think I was the only one with a smile on my face after 4 hours being stuck on the Sea to Sky highway. I have to admit it's been about the only time I have had a bit of peace and quiet to actually sit down and just draw with no distractions.   julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I was a little stumped on what to draw, but here I was overlooking the Pacific Ocean so first thing that came to mind...fish! All shapes and sizes here. [caption id="attachment_5320" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs on artistically afflicted blog Some Fish For You![/caption] Tina of @Tinaliondes shares her work created during some stormy weather and time spent indoors. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog}   @artbreaking shows us her thoughts on spring.Her instagram feed is full of zentangles, doodles and just a lot of  art! Have a visit, it's amazing to see all her marks in one spot. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Diane of @dianekappa spends her morning hours drawing. I love her paisley pattern here with its inky lines. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Patricia of @patricia_zapata has started a #365 project which I have been enjoying. Pop by for a daily dose of what she is up to. Actually here is a little write up on her blog about what she is up to! #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Michelle of @patternandco has been doodling dahlias. I love seeing where people find their inspiration and how they transform it into a drawing. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Next we have two pieces from Wendy Flynn of  @dorisandfred. Her sketches have been digitized, coloured and made into fabric at Spoonflower. She has entered this weeks competition, Wellies and Galoshes. You can see her finished piece and vote for her here #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} The finished piece looks like this one here! #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Last, but not least, we have Heather of @heatherunderground. Heather always makes me laugh. I have only met her once at a Flora Bowley workshop, but we have remain connected through social media.She has a great imagination! I love her sketchy portrait that pretty much sums up how I feel right about now. It's Christmas design time and everyday is starting to feel like Christmas around here. I am in need of a big dose of summer.I am officially done with christmas baubles and reindeer. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} That's all for this week - more to come later! Pop on by Instagram and search #shareyoursketch for more sketchiness. Have a fun-filled weekend!
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#Shareyoursketch with us on Instagram!

Share your sketch with us! #shareyoursketch on Instagram I love to see how people create. What mediums they like to use~ pencil, pen, ink or paint.I love to see how characters and motifs are developed. I love to see how people come up with ideas and what sparks their imagination. I also love to see all the different variety of lines and textures used.  I think it's a great way to get inspired and learn from others. [caption id="attachment_5256" align="aligncenter" width="560"]{artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch doodling my surroundings @artisticallyafflicted[/caption]

I am in the business of making motifs. It takes a lot of time doodling and mark making. Time to practice and try new things. I need all the inspiration I can get so thought it would be fun to try and get others to share their work. Here is what is inspiring me lately on #shareyoursketch.

{artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketchHeather Dutton (@hangtight) of Hang Tight Studio shares proof that inspiration can come from anywhere. This quirky character is the result of a blob of coffee spilt on the floor.  Heather is pretty active on Instagram. The next two are also some sketches that Heather shared. {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketchSome more doodles waiting to get turned into pattern.. {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketchMary Tanana (@groovity)  of Groovity Designs shares her tropical doodles, a result of her time in Make Art that Sells. I believe these were used for the tropical fusion bloghop which you can see here  - beautiful! {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketchI love this giraffe all zentangled up shared by Angelica Venegas. (@portallerdepapel). This drawing was done by her daughter Rocio.  Her zentangle work looks fantastic here and has inspired me to try some of my own. {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Here is another zentangle sketch courtesy of Aryanda Septian (@Ariyandaaa) from Indonesia. Her Instagram feed is full of beautiful sketching, shading and lots of portraits. A whole other world I have yet to explore. {artistically afflicted blog} This hipster, shared by Lori Leissner (@leissnerart) just makes me smile. I love his look and his poodle pooch companion. I could see this character developed in so many ways. Lori was in a very loong meeting when she shared this. {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Sketches can be in color too! I love this one by Pam Keravuori (@pamkeravuori) created while  hanging at the waterpark with her young daughter. That made me laugh - I first started doodling while spending many an hour at the park with young children in tow. There is lots more color and wonderful type on her feed. {artistically afflicted blog}  - #shareyoursketch Feeling inspired? Come and share your sketch with us then! I will be posting some here on my blog every week so that others can get inspired and make new friends on Instagram. Enjoy your weekend!
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Inspired by the mushroom season

The forest is alive with mushrooms. Everywhere you look mushrooms are sprouting up in every different size, shape and color. I keep expecting little gnomes to jump out at me. I have caught myself shoulder checking more than once. Today I kept hearing voices and my imagination got the best of me. I realized part way through my walk that the woods were alive with pickers. I could hear them, but just couldn't see them. One day I will learn the difference between edible and not so edible. For now, I will stick with pictures ~ lots of pictures. My poor Instagram friends are probably starting to think I have become a bit mad, or at least found the magic in it all. Ha! [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5044,5042,5043,5045,5046"] Today we have mushrooms for you in all shapes and sizes. I put a shout out to my artist friends asking for their mushroom inspiration. I love what I received and am happy to be able to share them with you.We have  mushrooms doodled, sketched, painted, in pattern and even in character! Here are a few of mine doodled out in black and white. I am not sure what I am going to do with these, but I have a couple of ideas percolating! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog Have a  look at these beautiful representations of mushrooms by Cheryl Bakke Martin.So natural in color and line. I love the sketchy feel of them. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5033,5032,5031,5034"] Petra is also lucky enough to be surrounded by mushrooms. She has many a blogpost about her mushroom inspiration.She has a czech mother crazy for mushroom picking. Have a visit to her blog for many a good story. I was just recently introduced to her blog and it is fun and fresh. Petra has a very good sense of humour and her posts bring a smile to my face. Petra Hammerleinova images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Petra Hammerleinova images-on {artistically afflicted} blog How about some mushrooms in pattern? I love Lindsay Bucks use of color,shape and texture in her first piece Fantastic Funghi. There is so much to look at. Lindsay has lots more on her blog- her latest post on conkers still has me trying to guess what a conker is!? Lindsay Buck images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Lindsay Buck images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Andrea Rincon also placed hers in pattern.Love the transparency! Andrea has a great blog with a weekly brief to help inspire and get your creative juices flowing~ Brief? Me!. She recently had a creative brief on her blog about funky mushrooms. Andrea Rincon images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Andrea Rincon images-on {artistically afflicted} blog If you would like to participate  and get inspired ,have a visit to her blog, Anchobee Designs for more information. This week finds me back in student mode. Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells Part B starts today. I am so excited to be learning again. I love creating to a brief, it's such a challenge and really helps me focus on a topic. Funny - she had me drawing mushrooms 6 months ago! I have been a bit obsessed ever since. I will be popping back here weekly with updates on how class is rolling out.
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