How to draw a balloon animal: a lesson in shading

As you may or may not know balloon animals often visit the Idea Emporium Bakery and are partial to ice cream sodas. I don’t know a great deal about balloon animals that have came to life, but I can only theorize then, that the balloon animals are not lactose intolerant, which is a good thing. For fun, here’s a quick, fun lesson in shading.

First draw your balloon animal. A simple grey marker or crayon will work.

Now add your dark shadows. A dark grey or black will work. A balloon has very sharp shadows and highlights and looks very dramatic. Where ever your shadow will be your strongest light or highlight will be next to it.

Now we add the highlights or white where the light hits the balloon animal next to the dark shadows. Isn’t he cute? You might want to name him.

I went a step further and colored in the little guy orange. I added yellow for a mid color between the orange shading and the white highlights for a little BAM.

For a FREE exclusive Idea Emporium Balloon Inspiration & Exploration sheet, check out this Google Doc link here.

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Sketchbook Inspiration Sheet: Manolo’s Shoes

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Today’s Inspiration Sheet

All last year I’ve been making Inspiration Sheets in my Brain sketchbooks. They started out as an idea or jumping point and then sometimes I pair them with music to listen to and branch off into other resources I find. This is the first one I am sharing with you to give a little juice to maybe make your own stuff.

I watched a documentary this weekend when I was forcing myself to finally rest, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (on Netflix, by the way). I had heard of and seen Manolo shoes from when I used to receive The New York Times on my doorstep and there were often his fun, expressive shoe drawings in some of the ads. Being a design lover, I was curious who this flamboyant designer was and excited to find this documentary. Lately, I’ve been attracted to the tiny design details — the perfect stitches, the flounce of ribbons, the shiny rhinestones. His shoes burst with all of these. Even his “crazy” designs are clean and make sense, like his patchwork red stripe number in the sketch above. These aren’t messy craft projects you sometimes see on Project Runway. These are work of art. I took notes on jumping off points for my creative juices. I like that he names all his shoes. I need to name all the creations in the mall.

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I sketched his shoes for over several hours. These shoes so belong in the Idea Emporium Mall, don’t you think? I wonder if he would be interested. The designs inspire me to draw and create my own crazy designs, although, my designs are not nearly as classy as his. (I will share on my instagram.) How about you? Inspired to start doodling and designing?

Until next time,

ronnidesigningfairy

Field trip to a Pumpkin Patch

Time for a Field Trip!

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I don’t know about you but I need some light, some fun, some Nature! I need…a pumpkin patch. And Reg has a delivery over there.

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Oh there are the Monster Twins from the Invention Room. We can follow them.

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Oh there’s Reg. He’s making the delivery for Mr. Scarecrow. Interesting twist, a scarecrow friends with a crow. Only in the Idea Emporium world.

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There’s a few pumpkin flowers. They come with pumpkins. How cool is that?

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Time to pick a pumpkin. Oh *&%$#, Oslo got there first. Oslo, I wanted that pumpkin!

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Time for some Blue Pumpkin Pie over in the Idea Emporium Bakery. It’s today’s special, by the way.

Until next time,

ronnidesigningfairy

And hey, are you on Instagram? Let’s connect over there too! I’m here. We can follow each other.