Blocking Your Knitting eBook Is Here!

blocking knitting cover

Learn to block your knitting and take it to the next level. Twenty pages packed with information/images and tips. All the information you need in one place.

eBook includes:

  • Why Block Your Knitting?
  • Blocking Different Fibers
  • Basic Blocking Tips
  • Blocking Methods
    • Tools
    • Spray Blocking
    • Wet/Immersion
    • Steam
    • Pinning Your Blocking
    • Blocking Lace
  • Making a Homasote Blocking Board
  • Swatches Compared
  • Resources
  • About The Author

Drawing Portrait Supplies

The primary focus around here when it comes to shopping for the holidays is our six grandchildren. The theme this year seems to be art supplies. At least two (five and six years old) have them at the top of their list.  Drawing the human figure is such an essential part of one’s art skills. I had already decided I needed to stretch my drawing muscles, and their gift lists are icing on the cake. In the coming months be on the lookout for drawing content of all sorts.

Drawing people has always been my favorite subject. So below I revisit a post from 2013 where I discuss drawing facial proportions.

Facial proportions can vary according to ethnic background and gender. Traditionally men have more angular faces and more pronounced brow just above the eyebrow line. Examine the images shown to see how the eyes fall in the middle of the entire skull, between the tip of the head and chin. In-between the eyes is a space equal to the width of one of the eyes. Halfway between the eyes and the tip of the chin is the line where the mouth opening will fall. Although the model on the left is a young adult female, the proportions are the same as an adult. Her features are merely softer and less angular than seen in an older mature looking individual.

drawing portrait female proportions

Remember these are merely guidelines and will need to be adjusted to fit the subject that you are depicting. Below is that of a middle-aged male’s profile. When you are drawing a subject keep in mind where your light source is coming from, the same rules apply to drawing a human being as to drawing anything else. The trick is to be objective and to draw what you see and not what you think you know. Look at the subject carefully and try to look at the person more than the paper you are drawing on. Always work from life whenever possible, if you can not find a model or do not feel comfortable doing so as of yet, just use a mirror and do a self-portrait.

drawing portrait male

This post originally was published in 2013 here.

 

Planning Artist With Frankenstein Shawl

Tip: Showing your knitting works well to hide behind when you have not put on makeup.

It is now November 2017. It is starting to get chilly, and I am sitting here all cozy in my “Frankenstein Shawl.” I am also in full planning, scheduling and list making mode. So right now I am looking at 2018 and thinking of all the things I need to get completed by the end of the year.

Tomorrow was supposed to be the deadline for my ebook “Blocking Knits.” I have decided to push it back a couple of weeks to enable me to develop a few things behind the scenes stronger. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

In case you are wondering I am going back to the basics, my branding, what I offer and how I offer it. So I am reviewing EVERYTHING from the ground up. Some things will stay, some will go. It is exciting to think and plan all that is possible. :0)

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