Tag Archives: bunny

It’s a Matter of Orientation

Ask any kid — things look different when you stand on your head or roll on your side. So, it is with artists. But, we’ve learned it’s much easier just to flip our subject (and a lot kinder on our bods).

Try it yourself. Study your subject matter (say, a reference photo). Now, rotate it and observe it again. Your eye will decipher the relative shapes and negative spaces very differently depending on orientation. This is true for more than art!

Here’s a recent example from my sketchbook: “Bunny strut” becomes “Fish arabesque.” No magic. Just a matter of orientation.

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or, with a 90° rotation

(5.5 x 5.5″ ink and watercolor on std. sketchbook paper)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


Tiny Tombow® Bunnies

Drawing tiny cartoons with water soluble marker and pulling with water. Here’s how…

Easy Tombow® Rabbits

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(1.5″  each — Tombow® marker and water brush on watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Happy Easter

Digital eggs and a bunny who sprang from a blotch of extra paint. Must be Easter.

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(4″ x 5″  digital art using Sketches® by Tayasui)

(4″ x 4″  mixed media acrylic and Micron pen)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Sketches are GOLD

You never know where a 20-second sketch will take you. And you can never make enough sketches. They are GOLD to flip through for developing future compositions, remembering places, and feeling good about all those times you picked up a tool and made marks in your sketchbook.

While attending a group event at an instructor’s studio earlier this year, I discovered her cache of sketchbooks—a TREASURE TROVE chronicling her moods, surroundings, experiments…  It almost felt like I was violating her privacy, but she assured me she left them out for that very reason. I would have sat there all night turning her pages, but for the guilt of appearing unsocial. Back to the party I went, eventually.

Where will a preliminary sketch take you? ANY WHERE! Pick a favorite simple drawing, then use other media to draw/paint it again and see what happens. You’ll get something quite different every time.

Have fun!

A one-liner ink sketch, used as source.    (click any image to enlarge it)


Charcoal and conte on tinted paper.


Eyedropper+ink with watercolors on hot press watercolor paper.


Different one-liner ink sketch, used as source. (imagine that: another bunny)


Crayon sticks on Canson paper.


Markers and dry pastels on colored, textured paper.

Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Kids Art Week – ‘Picasso Dog’ Rabbit

Who turns down free stuff? I don’t. So I was thrilled to be one of the “kids” in a free 6-day Kids Art Week class. You can sign up anytime and take it yourself. Be a kid again! Even better: Recruit a younger (or older) kid to do it with you!

Here is my ‘Picasso Dog’ from lesson #1. The wonderful Carla Sonheim steps you through it.

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(5″ x 5″  acrylic on sketch paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Rainbow Rabbit

(Doodle-turned-sketch-turned-rabbit) Jump on board with the rainbow rabbit. Seating is limited.

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(5″ x 5″  pen and watercolor on sketch paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Morning at the Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo has a new exhibit called Banyan Wilds where tigers, sloth bears, arguses, and Asian small-clawed otters now reside in more natural, expansive surroundings. I went last weekend to see it. Worth a visit, for you local ‘Ticklers.’

Now, I have mixed feelings about zoos in general, but I love visiting our city’s little jewel and always enjoy watching the wild and human (also sometimes wild) animals roaming its acres. I went early enough to catch many of them in an active state.

My meanderings led me through the Family Farm at the end of my trip. Tired of walking, I stopped and sketched a couple of the not-so-wild creatures who also live at the zoo.

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brass_rubbings_at_zoo(3″ x 5″; water soluble pen & Niji water brush on moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.