Recently, I had a really bad day. So that evening, I took some time to just relax... clear my mind... and meditate for a bit. When I did, this gothic-steampunk-style Mary Poppins character came into my mind. Now, this type of thing doesn't usually happen to me while meditating (I usually don't see a darn thing!), so I figured... I'd better put her on paper!
I was amazed at how quickly I was able to sketch her out (still being a little timid in the drawing department!), and how she actually resembled the figure I saw in my head!
I was never trained in drawing, so I just kind of made marks and started shading willy-nilly until I felt like there was some depth. It may not be technically correct... but who cares! As long as I'm happy with it.
I added details in the dress, using all the pencils in my arsenal... H's.... B's.... HB's. I have a little chart I made of the different darkness and smudgy-ness of each one, that I keep in my pencil case. It definitely comes in handy!
I was going to just shade the umbrella, but decided to try a pattern as well. I think that's my favorite part of being creative in the moment... when I think of something new to try and I'm not afraid to try it!
And then there she was. Just as I saw her in my mind. A huge breakthrough for me meditatively and artistically. I can't wait to see who pops in next!