Peony and Parakeet

How to Draw, and How to Enjoy and Keep Drawing

A sketch and the finished drawing by Peony and Parakeet. Watch Paivi's webinar about the joy of drawing and get her tips to enjoy and keep drawing!

Yesterday, I ran a webinar about drawing. It’s always a lot of fun to talk about the topic I love so much. Thank you all who joined me!

The Joy of Drawing

I wanted to include the word “joy” in the title of the webinar because, in the end, it’s what keeps us drawing. I shared ideas about what supplies to use, what to draw, and how to solve those situations when you don’t grab a pen even if there’s a chance.

Unfortunately, the recording of the webinar wasn’t the best quality, maybe the snowstorm that has just blown over Finland had some effect on it. But luckily, I had some extra footage and I also made some more to compensate the parts that affected the experience. The video has a lot of ideas and examples, so it’s worth watching.

Animal Inkdom – Come to Draw with Me!

Let’s draw wild animals and decorate them with fun motifs and patterns. My new class Animal Inkdom is dedicated to the joy of drawing.

Animal Inkdom, a drawing class by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Draw wild animals and decorate them with patterns and motifs.

Animal Inkdom begins on Monday, January 21, sign up now!

Video Blog Post: Free Doodling

Here it is – my first video blog post! Here you can see how I create a small artwork by doodling freely with colored pencils and markers. It took about 30 minutes to create the drawing. You will see every single phase, but a part of it is fast forwarded.

This was terribly exciting, so please excuse my slow talking and grammar mistakes!

From Photos to Art Nouveau – Doodling on Photos

Art Nouveau Martagon by Peony and Parakeet
One of my favorite styles, art nouveau, thrives from natural forms. So, when I am walking in the garden, I see art nouveau everywhere. I often have a camera in my hand, and I snap photos while admiring the flowers.

A photo of martagon by Peony and ParakeetWhen checking photos after one of those walks, this snapshot of martagon’s flower buds caught my eye. It almost shouted art nouveau to me. Its shape reminded me of the Mackintosh lamp shades seen in Scotland a month ago.

Art Nouveau Martagon

I printed the photo on Canon matte photo paper. Simply using markers and gel pens, I doodled streamlined shapes to move the martagon to the era of renewal and decorative beauty.

In the original photo, the direction of the elements was downwards. I wanted to change the composition so that it would be upwards. The upward direction would refer to the spiritual renewal, a centric theme in art nouveau. I doodled several upward shapes like the flower seen in the upper right corner.

Doodling on photos by Peony and Parakeet

The colors of the plant were also a source of inspiration. I wanted to keep the narrow range of colors seen in the stem but also brighten the muted tones with splashes of bright green and pink.

Art Nouveau Martagon, a detail, by Peony and Parakeet

Drawing on a photo was such a fun process that I will do it again. One idea would be to create art nouveau portraits. Art Nouveau style doodles would look great on portrait photos too. Actually, like in the best days of art nouveau, anything can be “beautified”!

Doodling on Photos

This was not the first time I used the technique of drawing on the photo.

In 2010, I combined doodles and a photo. This page was also very easy to do:
1) doodle with pens on the background paper
2) attach a photo and then doodle on the photo.

Art journal page by Peony and Parakeet. Doodling on Photos.

More projects with doodling on prints

These posts also combine printed images and doodling:
>> Subconscious Goals
>> Creating Wood

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