Drawing Pretty Girls’ Faces on Index Cards

SIMPLE PEN AND PAPER

Get out some index cards and a black pen, and use these tips to improve your drawing skills! Index cards and a black pen make for a lot of small drawings  — this collage was made up of a bunch.

1. DIVIDE SHADES INTO LIGHT AND DARK AREAS

There are so many ways you can draw faces — many different approaches. Giving attention to light and dark areas (ie. the sunglasses, the top of the lip, the shadow caused by the lid of the eye) will dramatically improve your drawing. Don’t obsess about the many shadows on the face, simply divide it into two groups: light and dark.

2. KEEP PROPORTIONS IN MIND

Most beginners get distracted by focusing on drawing super-accurate eyes, nose and mouth, and forget to make the actual skull – the egg shape those features sit on – to be the right size. Give attention to keep the features in the right location. (ie. the eyes the correct distance apart, the right amount of space allowed for the forehead).

3. PRACTICE

Most professional artists do a number of studies (fancy word for practicing) focusing on small aspects they plan to include in a larger work. That’s what index cards are great for – quick and dirty practice. Drawing faces is no more difficult than anything else; in fact, it could be easier, since we all have a first-hand knowledge of our own faces and have spent our lifetime looking to other people’s faces in social situations.

4. IGNORE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

The most difficult part is not trying to include too much information. An artist must practice solipsism – if it is not visible from the angle you are viewing, do not include it. (ie. look at how little information I give you about the nose – often just the shadow that falls under the nose, rarely do you see both nostrils depicted separately). Even on the highly detailed face in the collage below, only the shadows are really drawn – the nostril that is in the light is not actually drawn but the shadows give the illusion that the nose is a full, complete shape.

drawing pretty girls faces collage

How To See The Stars: The Ultimate Constellation Image Gallery

A selection of images of stars and star maps that will help you to recognize and identify the stars.

Star Maps

Use this star map to practice finding constellations!
Use this star map to practice finding constellations!
This star map doesn't have the lines, so you can see how much a difference it makes when you are looking at the night sky.
This star map doesn’t have the lines, so you can see how much a difference it makes when you are looking at the night sky.
This is a star map, which shows the stars and connects the dots between each constellation.
This is a star map, which shows the stars and connects the dots between each constellation.
Here is a star map. Star Maps vary by the time of the year, and by your location on the globe.
Here is a star map. Star Maps vary by the time of the year, and by your location on the globe.

The Zodiac

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Here you can see the mythological figures that make up the constellations.

 

Visualize the constellations as the earth rotates, and you will understand why they change with the seasons.
Visualize the constellations as the earth rotates, and you will understand why they change with the seasons.
Here is the band of the Zodiac as the constellations move in relation to the sun and the time of year. The regularity of the pattern is why the stars have long been used for navigation.
Here is the band of the Zodiac as the constellations move in relation to the sun and the time of year. The regularity of the pattern is why the stars have long been used for navigation.
Here are the Constellations laid out simply.
Here are the Constellations laid out simply. This simple little diagram will help you get to know the brightest, most important stars in each constellation.

The Best Constellation DIY Projects

Use this star chart to make shadow stars on your wall. So fun! DIY at Everyday Reading.

Use this star chart to make shadow stars on your wall. So fun! DIY at Everyday Reading.

 

 Wish You Had the Constellations on Your Bedroom Ceiling? DIY it!

Check out this amazing starfield ceiling.
Check out this amazing starfield ceiling.

The 88 Names of the Stars

The Latin names and meanings of the official 88
constellations are given below. The original 48
constellations of Ptolemy are indicated with an
asterisk *. Ptolemy’s constellation Argo the Boat
was later divided into three parts (Carina,
Puppis, and Vela, which are noted). Source

Latin Name Meaning

Andromeda, Daughter of Cassiopeia
Antlia, The Air Pump
Apus, Bird of Paradise
Aquarius, The Water-Bearer
Aquila, The Eagle
Ara, * The Altar
Aries, The Ram
Auriga, The Charioteer
Boötes, The Herdsman
Caelum, The Chisel
Camelopardalis, The Giraffe
Cancer, * The Crab
Canes Venatici, The Hunting Dogs
Canis Major, * The Big Dog

Illustration of Dorrigo and the Dingo Woman, version showing Canis Major.
Illustration of Dorrigo and the Dingo Woman, version showing Canis Major.

Canis Minor, * The Little Dog
Capricornus, * The Goat
Carina, * The Keel (of Argo)
Cassiopeia, The Queen
Centaurus, The Centaur
Cepheus, The King
Cetus, * The Whale
Chamaeleon, The Chameleon
Circinus, The Compasses
Columba, The Dove
Coma Berenices, Berenice’s Hair
Corona Australis, The Southern Crown
Corona Borealis, The Northern Crown
Corvus, The Crow
Crater, The Cup
Crux, The Cross
Cygnus, * The Swan
Delphinus, The Dolphin
Dorado, The Swordfish
Draco, The Dragon
Equuleus, The Little Horse
Eridanus, The River
Fornax, The Furnace
Gemini, The Twins
Grus, The Crane (bird)
Hercules, The Son of Zeus
Horologium, The Clock
Hydra, The Water Snake (female)
Hydrus, The Water Snake (male)
Indus, The Indian (American)
Lacerta, The Lizard
Leo, * The Lion
Leo Minor, The Little Lion
Lepus, The Hare
Libra, The Balance
Lupus, The Wolf
Lynx, The Lynx
Lyra, The Lyre
Mensa, The Table
Microscopium, The Microscope
Monoceros, The Unicorn
Musca, The Fly
Norma, The Square
Octans, The Octant
Ophiuchus, The Serpent-Bearer
Orion, The Hunter
Pavo, The Peacock
Pegasus, The Winged Horse
Perseus, Rescuer of Andromeda
Phoenix, The Phoenix
Pictor, The Painter
Pisces, The Fishes
Piscis Austrinus, The Southern Fish
Puppis, The Stern (of Argo)
Pyxis, The Compass
Reticulum, The Reticle
Sagitta, * The Arrow
Sagittarius, The Archer
Scorpius, The Scorpion
Sculptor, The Sculptor
Scutum, The Shield
Serpens, The Serpent
Sextans, The Sextant
Taurus, The Bull
Telescopium, The Telescope
Triangulum, * The Triangle
Triangulum Australe, The Southern Triangle
Tucana, The Toucan
Ursa Major, * The Great Bear
Ursa Minor, * The Little Bear
Vela, The Sails (of Argo)
Virgo, The Maiden
Volans, The Flying Fish
|Vulpecula, The Fox

Ursa Major Myths and Artwork

Find Ursa Major by locating the Big Dipper.
Surprise! The Big Dipper is actually a small part of the Big Bear / Ursa Major. It really does look more like a measuring cup then a bear, doesn’t it? It’s called the Great Bear because it ACTS like a bear – circling the North Pole throughout the year, not because it LOOKS like a bear. Ah-ha!

Ursa Major is the Great Bear, the Big Dipper, or Seven Macaw, depending on your chosen mythology. The big dipper circles the Pole Star throughout the year. In northern latitudes, it is always visible above the horizon as it circles the north pole: this is called circumpolar. Circumpolar constellations are different from seasonal constellations, because you can see them at anytime of the year, making this very important.

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This image shows how the Big Dipper circles Polaris throughout the year.

Can you find the Big Dipper? Then you already know where to find Ursa Major.

Which way is North? The outer lip of the big dipper always points north. Yes, there’s Polaris – the North Star. It’s easier to get to know the night sky than you think!

A custom illustration of the Big Bear Constellation , with an adventurer on a hero's journey admiring the stars.
A custom illustration of the Big Bear Constellation , with an adventurer on a hero’s journey admiring the stars. Art by Katana Leigh. The Big Dipper, or Ursa Major, can be used to navigate, because it is circumpolar and can be used to find the North Star. Click the photo to read more about the artwork.
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The Big Dipper in this painting is in a descending orientation in this painting, reflecting the myth of the Seven Macaw. Click the photo to read more about the Popol Vuh Myth and artwork. Buy this painting on Etsy.

The Seven Macaw / Popol Vuh Story: the Big Dipper and Seven Macaw original artwork by artist Katana Leigh.

 

The Magical Gift of Butterfly Medicine: Fine Art Monarch Butterfly Painting

More Than A Coincidence, A Butterfly Waiting For Me in the Morning The Very Week I’d Been Painting Butterflies Is A Gift: Happy Thanksgiving, Enjoy all the Magical Gifts that Come Your Way, Starting with the Monarch Butterfly ….

More Than A Coincidence, A Butterfly Waiting For Me in the Morning

When I came into my studio on Sunday, the first thing I noticed was this tiny moth or butterfly carefully perched next to the vintage camera tripod, leaning up against it like it was tired. The frail creature was dead, and delicately sat on the white tablecloth like she was waiting for me.

I questioned everyone who lives here; someone must have noticed how many butterflies I’ve been painting lately, and found it and brought it to me. But no, everyone said “What butterfly?” when I asked them about it.

The Very Week I’d Been Painting Butterflies

So magically, I’ve been painting butterflies, and a whole beautiful one gifts itself to me right on the desk.

Jody says, ‘that’s medicine.’

So I spent Sunday morning painting this beautiful small creature with its mosaic patterned wings, delicate and tiny and precise. How I wish humans were patterned so! (Is that what tattoos are for?)

A Gift: Happy Thanksgiving,

So it’s such a gift, since last week when I’ve been painting monarch butterflies left right and center. It’s a lesson for me in really getting into a subject and contemplating what I’m painting. I’ve thought a lot about butterflies and their migration and their cycle of metamorphosis and the journey they take that no single one completes.  A beautiful symbol of wax and wane, like the moon.

I painted four and immediately mailed them off to their wonderful recipients, and the main work Monarch Queen, is now available ($600 contact me)

Enjoy all the Magical Gifts that Come Your Way

Starting with the Monarch Butterfly ….

( If you would like a canvas reproduction, contact me. )

Monarch Queenby Katana Dufour
Monarch Queen by Katana Dufour, holding the pendulum of the four directions. Aids in Migration and Navigation. Available.
Monarch by Katana Dufour
Monarch 2 by Katana Dufour
Monarch by Katana Dufour
Monarch 3 by Katana Dufour
Monarch by Katana Dufour
Monarch 4 by Katana Dufour

Happy Thanksgiving!

What Painting Is Your Favorite? Comment Below!

A Cupcake Painting for A Cupcake Theme Kitchen

This cupcake art painting I did for one of my best friends, Shveta. She did me the honor of framing it. Here is a picture of the glittery rainbow cupcake hanging on the wall of her kitchen. You can’t tell in the photo that the rainbow is glittery! It goes with all of her cupcake kitchen decor – she has potholders and an apron and oven mitts and dishtowels and everything.

Here is the cupcake painting in progress after the cupcake was finished and before painting the clouds. You can see my watercolour trays and the tissue I use to de-saturate the paint if it's too dark.
Here is the cupcake painting in progress after the cupcake was finished and before painting the clouds. You can see my watercolour trays and the tissue I use to de-saturate the paint if it’s too dark.

Shveta, hide your eyes here, or you will see the price tag on the gift! If I were doing this as a commission, this scale of watercolor I would sell unframed for $60.

She is the one who made the glittery stars that were scattered through my veil at our wedding. 

 

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Here is the Watercolor Cupcake painting for my friend Shveta’s special cupcake kitchen.

Theosophical Quotes by Madame Blavatsky

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“Occult” means ‘hidden knowledge’ and it comes from the Latin Word Occultus.  Therefore, it is impossible to determine the motives of someone – whether they are a good or bad person- simply because they have some hidden knowledge. In fact, the Christian Church might be called occultist – Jesus taught in metaphor, and his meanings are often hidden – especially with the well-known shortcomings of translation. Although the pastor of the church I attended when I was a teenager attempted to do a good job of translating the original text, a few words could take up the whole sermon. So the knowledge he had of the original meaning and text could fall under the heading “occult.” Oh, but what a loaded word – that statement may make a few people upset.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is often called an occultist- she was a teacher of  Theosophy as “the archaic Wisdom-Religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization.”[1]  Her writings draw on spiritual texts that are widely unavailable to us today. Her writings included more knowledge in the Victorian era than is commonly available now. She used vocabulary directly from the tradition it was drawn from; so reading her writing requires a little research and making effort into finding correct pronunciation for the vocabulary of esoteric philosophy.

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You may determine for yourself whether erring on the side of mercy and the light of daring burning in your heart are qualities you would like to have in yourself. Shockingly, you may also be an occultist! (Unfortunately, this does not grant access into any secret societies. Those are a different bird altogether)