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Day 17: Favourite Plant

Day17 LiliCabena Fave plant_1
A sketch of some native Australian plants
Day 17 LiliCabena Faveplant_2
A quick sketch of some native Australian plants

A couple of very quick sketches/paintings of some Australian native plants. These remind me of a family holiday in Western Australia a couple of years ago.

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Day 16: Inspiration

Day16_inspiration_lilicabenaDay 16: My Inspiration – The Sea by Lili Cabena
Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas.

The week I started this blog and the Drawing Challenge, was the week I happened to be moving house. I moved to the little beachside suburb of Bronte, so I like to think my work has been inspired somewhat by living by the sea again: from the bright sparkling turquoise ocean on a hot day to the faded pale grey sea on a rainy day like today, the sea and the beach are the inspiration for my colour palette. I enjoyed playing with perspective in this piece and like how the collaged strips of paper cast shadows on the canvas and add a 3D effect to the landscape.

Draw Something

Draw Something!

That was the idea behind this project, which began as a Pinterest pin which led to a ‘why don’t we’ from an illustrator pal. And the Draw Something project was born! The brief is to draw something different every day for 30 days. These can be quick 5 minute sketches…I seem to be alot more time poor than I was in my art college days! I had been working as a graphic designer for some time and hadn’t illustrated anything by hand in a number of years. This was one sure-fire way get back in practice!

30 Day Draw Challenge
30 Day Draw Challenge

Half way through now – keep tuning in for daily drawings and doodles!

Day 12: Most Recent Accomplishment

This is the latest painting I’ve been working on. I’m really enjoying working with the geometric trend at the moment and thought I’d mix this with some summer bright hues, earth tones and neons that would work well in any room as a piece of wall art.

circles painting_floorboardsThere are so many digital prints around of this type of thing but I loved the challenge of starting out from scratch with pencil and compass, getting the geometry right and then working out the colour hue combinations, adding metallic copper as a final touch.

circles painting_cropped gre baseOption 1: Green Base

I painted this with the intention of it hanging on a wall in portrait format with the green hues at the base. Until my boyfriend commented that obviously it was meant to be hung horizontally as it looked better that way right?! Well now I’m confused…which way up does this painting look best? Please vote for option 1, 2 or 3! Thanks for voting!

circles painting_cropped red baseOption 2: Red Base

circles painting_croppedOption 3: Landscape

summer brights templateTomorrow, Day 13: ‘Comic’… coming soon!

Draw Something

Draw Something!

That was the idea behind this project, which began as a Pinterest pin which led to a ‘why don’t we’ from an illustrator pal. And the Draw Something project was born! The brief is to draw something different every day for 30 days. These can be quick 5 minute sketches…I seem to be alot more time poor than I was in my art college days! I had been working as a graphic designer for some time and hadn’t illustrated anything by hand in a number of years. This was one sure-fire way get back in practice!

30 Day Draw Challenge
30 Day Draw Challenge
Draw Something

Day 4: My Favourite Place

The mountains are grand aren’t they? Green and verdant and refreshing… in a mountain spring sorta way. And on a rainy day they oh so much more beautiful.

Ok, so I’ve taken a bit of creative license here but as I’m a graphic designer by trade, I figured type is allowed. This piece is inspired by an artwork on Pinterest that I have liked for ages, and created with one of my favourite places in mind, the Blue Mountains, Australia. I hope it brings an energising breath of fresh mountain air to your day!

Original Sketch:

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Text Added:

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Green Setting Added:

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Getting Carried Away…

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This one I’ll be printing large scale and hanging on my wall:

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Geometric shapes and transparencies added:

mountains_navajo

Thanks for tuning in! More artwork tomorrow with the theme ‘My Best Friend’.