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Inside Tea Bow Studios: Sketching Lily & Duke!

Tea Bow Studios Newsletter - Robert Thibeault
Tea Bow Studios Newsletter - Robert Thibeault
Welcome, and thank you for opening my newsletter!
This week I am sharing my art and creating a drawing of my main character and her dog, Duke. Lily lives on a large estate owned by her parents. It covers well over a thousand acres, and at first look, it’s beautiful, but there are things on Lily’s property that are best kept undisturbed. In the image below, Lily sits under a shady tree, high up on a hill. Off in the distance, there is something that looks like a lighthouse, but it isn’t. So if you’re interested, listen and find out and watch how I draw Lily and her dog Duke!

 I pencil and ink on paper first, then the image is scanned into the computer and colored in.
I pencil and ink on paper first, then the image is scanned into the computer and colored in.
My First Drawing Video - Lily & Duke
The title above says it all. I thought I would do something different for this week and do a live sketch. I have always wanted to do a drawing video, so this week I am! It is my first, so please forgive me if the quality isn’t up to Hollywood standards. I wanted to set up the camera and place a piece of paper down and start drawing. My goal is to draw an image without an eraser! The mistakes are important to see because a drawing is a living thing in a constant state of change until it’s finished. As long as you are moving the pencil and making edits and thinking about how big to make the head in proportion to the body your drawing is alive in your mind. You will notice that I laugh a bit when I say, “Let’s draw!” That’s because drawing is like jumping into a pool, there is a barrier in front of you before you begin, and it’s not the paper. A “barrier” is anything you create in your mind that keeps you from starting. For many, it’s scary because no one likes to make mistakes, but drawing IS making mistakes. Mistakes are important! No one creates a perfect masterpiece every time they sit down with paper and pencil and that’s the unrealistic pressure many put on themselves before they draw. I call it setting up to fail. You can’t fail if you know that getting things wrong is a major part of the drawing. You won’t get everything right and many times you have to do a drawing over and over, but that’s the point of drawing! You’re going to make mistakes, but from those mistakes, you will make corrections or, as I like to call them, “solutions!” Drawing is problem solving and solutions are part of the fun! Just remember that whenever you draw anything try not to set your expectations high, make mistakes, find solutions, and have fun. Watch the video and see how I leap in! My drawing will not be perfect, and that’s perfectly fine with me. 
LL Newsletter4 LilySketch
LL Newsletter4 LilySketch
Thanks for watching the video! As a special bonus, I would like to share the final drawing with you. Please feel free to print it out and color it in! Thank you for checking out my studio! I hope to see you next time! -Bob
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Tea Bow Studios Newsletter - Robert Thibeault
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