Category: Dishkitty Studio

May 24

The Eye of the Tiger

I’m in a bit of a creative funk. I’m just not feeling particularly motivated to create lately. I go through these phases every now and again, and I know that it’ll pass eventually, but in the interim it’s kind of annoying. One thing that I think might help is setting myself a goal to work on so I don’t feel quite so adrift and aimless. I thought about filling a page in my sketchbook every day. I could fill it with whatever felt right – doodles, writing, a collage of magazine clippings. This isn’t a terrible idea, but it feels a little too unfocused and easy to weasel my way out of. Wait wait WAIT….Weasel?? Now I’m on to something!

So for the month of June, I think I’m going to draw an animal every day. I love to draw animals. My plan is to create an animal a day from a reference photo. I’ve been wanting to get better at drawing from reference anyway, and it just so happens that I have a stack of gorgeous full color animal books that I can use. I might just sketch in pencil, I may paint, I may do something completely outside the box, but It’ll be an animal and it’ll be made using a reference photo.

I’m excited! I hope this will help me to break out of my rut and give me something to work on every day. To stay accountable, I’ll post the images to Twitter, and also to my Facebook page. The links for both are below so you can follow along.

Facebook: Dishkitty Studio

Twitter: @dishkittystudio

Here’s a red panda that I drew from a reference photo exactly 3 years ago today! What a coincidence!

Red Panda


Feb 08

Speed Painting

Here’s a video of me painting a whimsical blue haired girl in my art journal. This journal is an altered book – an old textbook to be precise. For this portrait, I used a few different mediums – Inktense pencils, chalk pastel, and a wash of acrylic paint for the background at the very end. I hope you enjoy watching this, and please subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more.

Here’s the finished portrait up close.

Blue Haired Girl