How to Draw the Face of Jesus

How to Draw the Face of Jesus

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: February 2024

Reference and Acknowledgement

Today I’m going to show you how I draw the face of Jesus as an icon. This is not my original idea as I am following along and referencing the work of Mikhail Fadi at UK Coptic Icons and you can see more if Mikhail’s work on his YouTube channel.

 

Watch >>> UK Coptic Items Video

Getting Started

I plan to create more Christian art. It doesn’t have to be super religious, but calm and simple art that reflects what I believe. I’ve been trying more Christian art pieces recently.

  

St Chad’s

You can look at the watercolor I did of the church in which I was christened. This is trip down memory lane as clearly, I can’t remember the auspicious day.

The place is a dim memory now, but still I enjoyed researching the church’s history as I tried to make a watercolor artwork.

Watercolor is a medium that I do like, but I have not yet mastered. Maybe I never will and I certainly won’t get better if I don’t do more watercolor.

 

Read more >>> Ink and Wash: St. Chads Church

 

St Andrew’s

Then I did a pen and ink sketch of the church closest to my home here in Vancouver.

St Andrew’s is on an extremely busy street in the heart of downtown Vancouver. I think it is on the highest point in the city. This makes sense as the early church builders want the churches to be visible for miles around. When churches are prominent on the horizon parishioners can see them and are moved to attend worship each Sunday.

 

Read more >>> Pen and Ink: St Andrew’s Church

 

Religious Sculpture Pencils Sketches

I’ve also been trying to sketch some religious sculpture such as la Pieta by Michelangelo. Which depicts Mary holding her dead son after they took him down from the cross. This is a sketch I did in graphite. I feel it requires some more darker shadows and I may do that to bring more depth.

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Recent Project: Drawing the Face of Christ

Now I’ve turned my attention to religious icons and how they are styled. First up is my drawing of the face of Jesus. The layout is quite specific.

Paper Size

Here in Canada my paper size is letter which is 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, but you can use A4 as well.

Art Supplies

To create this exact sketch, you will need a 2H pencil, a compass, a ruler and an eraser.

 

Read more >>> My Art Supplies

 

Guidelines: Crosshair

I use a 2H pencil for all my guidelines. Find the center of the page by lightly drawing a diagonal line from each corner.

Draw a vertical line at the center. We will call this line A-B. Measure down from the top 110mm. Draw a horizontal line and we will call this line C-D. This creates a crosshair in the center of the face.

We will create marks at specific points along these two guidelines A-B and C-D.

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Christ’s Halo

Proportion

Typically, His face is two thirds the width of the halo. Draw a circle with a radius of 80mm for the outside of the halo.

Face

For the face, draw a circle with a 50mm radius.

Where the face intersects the line C-D, mark the points as E and F and the center cross as H.

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Eyes

On the lines E-G and G-F inside the face circle, divide both sides into three equal parts as follows:

  • On the line E-G, divide into 3 and mark H and I.
  • On the line J-K, divide into 3 and mark J and K.

 

Irises

The irises are at the two points of I and J.

The irises are the colored parts of the eye. The irises diameter is 14mm diameter or roughly the distance between the chin and the nose (see later). Draw a circle for each iris at positions I and J.

 

Pupils

The pupils are 5mm diameter or about one third the diameter of the iris. Draw the pupils in the center of the iris.

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Eyelids

Right Eyelid

Divide line H-I and mark with L. Divide line I-G and mark with M. For the right eyelid lower line, draw a soft curve from position L to position M and line up with the top of the pupil. For the top eyelid line draw a light curve from L just on the top of the iris to point M.

Left Eyelid

Divide line G-J and mark with N. Divide line J-K and mark with O. For the left eyelid lower line draw a soft curve from point N to O and align with the top of the pupil. For the top eyelid line draw a light curve from N to just on the top of the iris to point O.

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Eyebrows

Eyebrow Guidelines

Place a P at the intersection of line A-G and the halo circle. Divide the vertical line G-P into 4 equal parts and mark with S, R and T. 

 

  • Draw a light guideline horizontally at position T. 
  • Draw a light guideline vertically at positions H, M, N and K. Where M and T intersect mark as U. Where N and T intersect mark as V.

Eyebrows Curve

The eyebrows curve from the above the eye, across the top of the eye and gently tail off slightly longer than the outside edge. The eyebrows begin directly above the inner eye position.

  

  • Draw a curved line parallel the eyelid reaching the top curve at U and outwards to slightly past the outer eyelid (between H and L).
  • Draw a curved line up to V outwards to slightly past the outer eyelid (between K and F). Slightly thicken the eyebrow where it is above the pupil and tail off at the sides.
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Nose

Nose Guidelines

The nose is usually long and thin and in the center of the face. Starting from the inner eye position midway between M and G mark as W. From midway between positions G and N mark as W.

  

Nose Lines

  • Draw two vertical lines down from W and X to as far as U horizontal. 
  • Softly add a soft curve as the point of the nose below.
  • Lightly add two nostril curves on each side of the nose. 
  • You may wish to emphasize one side of the nose with a darker line for shadow (see later).
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Mouth

Mouth Guidelines

At position V draw a light horizontal line. The mouth width lines up to just past the nostril curves.

Mouth Lines

The mouth is typically closed. The upper lip is thinner but wider than the lower lip. 

  • Gently add a generous rosebud curve to the bottom lip.
  • Add the top lip peaking up twice for a natural look.

Do not to add a too small mouth as it can look pinched. Work on the mouth as this feature can give expression to the face. Ideally you want a generous expression.

face-of-christ-mouth

Cheeks and Jaw

Jawline

  • Draw a curved line from each side of the face to the chin.

Avoid a too sharp chin as this makes the image look pinched. Make sure both sides are the same evenly.

face-of-christ-cheeks

Ears

Ears Position

Where vertical H and F intersect horizontal U is the ear position X and Z.

Ear Shapes

Only the earlobes show in this image and not the full ear.

  • Draw in a fishhook shaped earlobe on each side of the face.

The earlobes are nestled just below the hairline.

face-of-christ-ears

Neck and Shoulders

Christ’s Age

Depending on the age of Christ that you are drawing, the neck starts in different places. In general, younger men (and women) have thinner necks. Mature men have thicker necks. 

Young Christ

For a younger Christ (and female Saints and Mary), draw a line down (from vertical L and O) in a slight curve from the edge of the face to the shoulders.

Mature Christ

For a mature Christ (and mature male Saints) start the neck at the full side of the face circle.

Shoulders

Sketch the shoulders in a gentle curve across the page. Again, a younger Christ (and female Saints and Mary) will have longer necks and slightly thinner shoulders. Whereas a mature Christ has a thicker neck and broader shoulders.

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Hair

Hair Guidelines

At position R draw a horizontal guideline. The hair is drawn in three separate folds which gently curve in an “S” shape.

  

First Lock of Hair

  • From position S, draw a soft curve to position E on the right of the face and to F on the left of the face (see diagram). 
  • Draw in more hair strands by following the original outside curves so each hair locks has parallel lines within it.

  

Second Lock of Hair

At the point where horizontal R intersects the first lock begin the second lock of hair. 

  • Draw a curve from under the first lock and gently curve in an “S” shape to the outside.

  

Third Lock of Hair

  • Draw the third lock of hair from under the second lock starting at the earlobe and curve it outwards gently to cascade on the shoulders.
face-of-christ-hair

Halo

Halo Design

Only Jesus has a cross in his halo. This is so you can pick him out in a scene. People without halos are not Christ. You can draw a second halo line just inside the original sketch to add emphasis to the halo. In religious icons the halos are always gold.

  

Halo Cross

Only draw the halo cross in images of Jesus.

  • Line up with the horizontal crosshair and draw a line about 20mm above and 20mm below.
  • Draw the vertical lines 20mm to the right and left of the vertical crosshair.

You can gently curve or taper the halo cross towards the outside halo circle for artistic effect.

face-of-jesus-halo-cross

Clothes

Jesus Garments

Jesus’ clothes are usually blue with a red sash and gold trim. The three primary colors red, blue and yellow (gold) and are often all you need for an icon image. Of course, you can choose other colors to match the situation within the image.

Mary’s Robes

For example, Mary is always in blue robes and often baby Jesus is in white wraps. The trick is to avoid being too busy with your color palette.

Other Color Options

If you have a particular theme or place where this icon image will be displayed you can choose colours to suit. You may have a church with special color theme inside and you may wish to make the artwork feel a part of the whole.

Or perhaps you plan to hang the picture on a wall in a room with a color theme. You could change the robe colors to align with the decor. This will create a cohesive feeling for the space.

face-ofjesus-robes

Backgrounds

Traditional and Plain

The backgrounds of icons should always be plain. You can choose a color that complements the robes of the icon. The backdrops must be simple and not detract from the glory of Jesus, angel, saint or religious figure in the portrait.

Backgrounds to Avoid

Avoid busy backgrounds with:

  • Patterns
  • Wallpaper
  • Animals
  • Furniture
  • Landscapes

  

Keep the background as plain and simple as possible.

Finishing

Your Art Style

Your image of Jesus will be slightly different to mine. This is a natural expression of each of us and our own art. You are not trying to reproduce the exact same image every time. You can add some nuance to your artwork.

If you do this project with your children, they too will have different results on the look and shape of Christ’s face and this is okay. Everyone draws art in their own style, through their own hand and with their own brain. Individual artistic expression and interpretation is the beauty of each original drawing.

Darken Outlines

Continue slowly darkening the main lines to make the image just how you want it. You may carefully erase the pencil guidelines if you want to pen and ink the final image as I did.

Color

I have a digital image of Christ.

I have one with colored pencils to show you. The last one is the very first attempt I had of drawing the face of Christ. You can see the evolution of my style and skill with this drawing.

face-of-jesus-watercolor

Where to Position Your Face of Jesus

In Your Home

Your face of Jesus artwork needs to be the focus wherever it is located. Place your icon either in a corner, in a shrine or hang it on wall where there are no distractions.

People who visit your home and see this art will want to take a moment to pause and appreciate the piece. Individuals will need room to sit, kneel, stand or pray. Give your artwork some space to be enjoyed. Let this art piece breathe.

Where Not to Place Your Face of Jesus Image

This art needs respect which is found by carefully choosing a place for it to live. Do not hang your face of Jesus in a complex wall gallery of other images from your vacation, your kids and your cat. Avoid unsuitable places like hot kitchens and wet bathrooms.

The Face of Jesus in Your Sketchbook

If you have this drawing of Christ in your sketchbook, place a sheet of tissue paper over the face to protect it. It is usual to have many practice drawings before you get the best one and these sketches may be in your sketchbook. Due to the importance of Jesus always slip in some tissue paper to protect the image and give respect.

face-of-jesus-heavy-lines

Free Template

When I first followed along witrh the video I found that this was not an easy design to start with. I personally had many attempts at drawing the face of Jesus. To help you out, I have created a template with all the lines and shapes you need to draw the face of Christ.

This design can be used as a guide and you can pen over and color in to your heart’s content. I suggest you follow your intuition when working with this template.

  

Final Image

Here is my final image. An icon of Christ colored in shades that I like with red and blue robes. I do like the cross in the halo. I will probably repeat this drawing in my sketchbook. It is one that needs time to be perfect. And it is what I want, a perfect drawing of Christ’s face. Let me know how you get on drawing the face of Jesus.

 

face-of-christ-color

Older Christ

This is the saem drawing but with a moustache and beard. I also added some crow’s feet and brow furrows to add age.

face-of-christ-when-older
Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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The Creation: 7-Day Challenge

The Creation: 7-Day Challenge

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published:  January 2024

Inspiration

I’m trying to do more Christian artwork on this channel. It occured to me just to go back to basics, so I thought I could just do some simple artworks that depict the Creation in Genesis for the very first week.

7-Day Challenge.

I am a fan of art challenges. Some art challenges are harder than others because there’s just so much you have to do. I have a few challenges on this site.

When I started looking into the Creation Seven Day Art Challenge. I thought this is a good idea, I can do a 7-Day Art Challenge and it’s not going to kill me. It’s a way of continuing working with daily art practice. I created these seven simple, extremely simple images for the Creation.

 

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Day 1

Light and day and night.

day-1-the-creation

Day 2

The vault of the sky.

day-2-the-creation

Day 3

Sea and land.

Vegetation plants, trees, fruit and seeds.

day-3-the-creation

Day 4

The Sun to light the day and the Moon and stars to light the night.

day-4-the-creation

Day 5

Birds to fly in the sky. Sea creatures to team in the oceans.

day-5-the-creation

Day 6

Land animals, livestock and wild animals. Mankind, male and female to rule the animals and the food and seeds of the green plants and the seas.

day-6-the-creation

Day 7

The Holy day of rest. The sun is shining and all is good. Everything is there. Everything is poised for greatness and to continue to flourish.

day-7-the-creation

Final Thoughts

These few drawings have to be the simplest depiction of the Creation with flat color and limited palette. The idea is that if you reduce your art down to the most minimal strokes, it can still denote what it is supposed to represent.

Symbolism

I think this type of work can be the origin for symbolism where one stroke can symbolize a nation, group, or movement.

 

the-creation-challenge
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Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Read more about Alison’s story.

Send Alison a quick message.

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Acrylic Overpainting: Ikea Artwork

Acrylic Overpainting: Ikea Artwork

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: January 2024

Overpainting

Last month I decided to paint over, or overpaint, a large Ikea artwork I had in my living room. Over painting is a technique used by many of the great artists when supplies were short and canvasses hard to come by. It is an age-old tradition and I decided to use it on this artwork.

Original Image

The original image was a photograph of a London bus in a bustling street. It was in black and white except the bus which was a bright red and stands as an icon for London, England. We’d had this piece for over seven years, and I had become a little tired of it, so I wanted to make a change.

Rather than giving it away I thought that as it was such a large canvas, I could do something with it art wise in my quest to be a better artist.

 

Read more >>> Alison’s Art Journey

 

Ikea-original-image

Acrylic Overpainting Video

If you want you can watch the video I made for YouTube about this exact process. 

Process

Creating an acrylic overpainting of an Ikea artwork, or any other artwork, can be a delightful and creative process. As a hobby artist with a liking for mindfulness, my approach to this project is that I wanted it to be both relaxing and fulfilling.

Remember, your hobby art is a sanctuary for your thoughts and creativity. Enjoy the process, be kind to yourself, and let your upbeat and creative energy flow onto the canvas.

Ikea-bus

Material Preparation

I gathered my meagre acrylic paints, brushes, palette and any other materials I might need. I made sure that my workspace was organized and free of distractions to maintain a mindful and focused environment.

I was going to do this work on my dining room table. This is a very old table made from 100year old floorboards. We originally got it so that the kids could work at it and if they made a dent or drew on the top, it didn’t matter. It is a working table and I’ve now commandeered it as my creator studio table.

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Acrylic Paint

I began by trying to cover the very black and darker parts of the image. I used both white and yellow acrylic paints whcih were left over from my kid’s school art classes.

Next, I bought some dollar store white and red to continue to cover the darkness in the painting. This took several coats and I left each one to dry overnight.

Then I bought some better acrylic paints and a few colors. Additionally, I purchased a half-liter bottle of white which finally managed to cover the canvas.

white-and-yellow

Inspiration

During this process I’d been watching the YouTuber Betty Franks and watching how she was working with acrylics.

If you recall this was my fifth every acrylic painting and I was not sure what I was doing.

Betty worked he canvasses by adding colors in blobs and circles. Her palette was bright much like mine, so I thought I’d do what she was doing.

I began adding blobs of yellow, blue and green. I added ciclles and groups of bigger blobs and shapes. This I did for several days allowing the paint to dry each night.

Then I realized that because she was drawing flowers that was why she did blobs and circles. This was a revelation.

By this time, I had a highly colored very busy canvas that was almost humming.

I took the art from the table and propped it up against my wall in the living room and lived with it for a few days.

This was a very distracting piece and there was no where for the eye to rest.

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Seascape

I though then that I’d like to have a seascape as that would be restful and easy on the eye. This painting hangs in a place and dominates the room. I wanted something that I could live with and that would not be intrusive.

I live at the coast and I decided to try to create the visual from English Bay which is the closest beach to me.

seascape

Completed Layer

The seascape is what I did in the end. I partitioned the whole canvas into three horizontal bands thus:

Top

The top horizontal band is the sky.

Middle

The middle horizontal is the sea.

Beach

The bottom horizontal band is the beach.

I then brought in colours more related to these three areas. Whites and light blue for the skies. For the sea I tended to go for more a green/blue because really that is the colour what the water looks like.

For the beach I used a variety of colours in yellows, oranges and reds with a lot more dots and speckles to kind of represent the sand and the roughness on the beach. I finished up with some seaweed on either side, just to give a visual focus towards the center of the painting and draw the eye towards the white on the horizon.

seascape

How Long it Took

This final painting took about six days of daily paint and then let it dry overnight then painting again the next morning. But in the end, I was quite happy with what I created.

I added some finer details with Posca paint pens. I signed it in the bottom right with my gold pen that I love.

A few days later when it was dry, I removed all the masking tape and hung it back on the wall. This is an incredibly heavy painting for one person to wrangle, but I did. Phew…

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Final Thoughts on Overpainting

When I started this project, I didn’t really know where it was going to end up. I just knew that I couldn’t live with the grey photograph anymore.

This painting has gone through several iterations of colours and shapes. Until finally I found my groove. In a way as I created the two smaller paintings that are almost, miniatures, if you will, of the actual big painting.

I’m beginning to think that perhaps acrylic seascapes might be my thing. This is the first painting I’ve done which is acrylic and abstract and a seascape. I’m bringing these three components together might be a way forward for me.

Previously I’ve dabbled in watercolors and coloured inks, which I still love, but I found a lot of satisfaction working with these acrylic paints. I think I’ll explore more of this medium more in the future.

Now I’ve just got to find a name for the piece. Any ideas?

Art Supplies

You can find links to the art supplies I used on this page.

Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Read more about Alison’s story.

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Meditative Art Coloring Book: Neurographic Inspired for Self-care

Meditative Art Coloring Book: Neurographic Inspired for Self-care

Meditative Art Coloring Book (Blue)

I am delighted to announce that I have published a meditative art coloring book with 52 original artworks crafted by myself.

I have enjoyed creating each artwork for you and this has been a labor of love.

This is now available at Amazon on this link.

Introduction

“The Meditative Art Colouring Book: Neurographic Art Inspired for Self-care” represents the initial release in a series of adult coloring books created by artist Alison Hazel.

It’s important to note that this particular book is designed in a captivating shade of blue, and there are plans for additional editions in various colors to be introduced in the near future.

 

Self-care

These artworks are carefully designed to support your mental well-being and personal self-care journey.

As a part of your self-care routine, consider selecting one image per week.

By incorporating these pages into your artistic activities alongside other projects, they can be valuable tools for exploring and refining your preferred color palettes.

 

Explore

Delve into the images within this book for inspiration that ignites your unique artistic expression.

These pages can serve as springboards, propelling your imagination towards new and exciting ideas in your personal creative journey.

 

Artworks

Within the pages of this book, you will discover a collection of 52 unique artworks skillfully crafted by Alison Hazel.

This equates to one stunning piece of art for every week of the year.

Each of these beautiful creations is presented on the right-hand page, and on the following page, you’ll find a smaller version of the artwork where you can personalize it by adding your signature and the date of your artistic endeavor.

This thoughtful touch allows you to make each piece your own as you embark on your creative journey.

 

Display

You have the option to carefully detach each page from the book and frame it, creating a wonderful opportunity to adorn your walls with your favorite artworks.

 

Teachers

For educators, whether you’re working with children or adults, you have the flexibility to separate the pages of this book.

You can distribute one page to each child in your class or provide one image to each person in your adult teaching sessions.

This approach enables everyone to engage with the artwork individually, making it a versatile resource for both teaching and learning.

How To Use This Book

Coloring

Color the images in the order that speaks to your preference.

It’s worth noting that certain images are more intricate, so they may require additional time and attention to complete.

 

Neurographic Principles

Several of these images incorporate principles of neurographic art such as:

  • The neurographic line
  • Circles
  • Connectors
  • Lines extending from one edge to another.

In fact, a chosen set of these images symbolize the synapses that form when you forge new pathways in your brain through creative expression. 

 

Color Palettes

Before you start your coloring journey, take a moment to contemplate your color palettes.

You might consider employing a restricted palette as a creative challenge.

For instance, you could opt to color one page using only three colors like red, blue, and yellow.

Alternatively, you could immerse an image entirely in shades of green.

Give yourself the freedom to delve into the rich and vibrant realm of colors, allowing your artistic exploration to flourish.

 

Hobby Artist

For those pursuing art as a hobby, these pages can serve as a valuable resource.

You can incorporate them into your creative repertoire, using each artwork as a warm-up exercise to flex your artistic skills before you plunge into your main projects.

 

Children

These coloring pages are designed to be enjoyable and engaging.

While they were initially crafted with adults in mind, they can certainly be appreciated by children too.

Feel free to involve your kids in these pages, offering them a chance to join in the creative fun.

 

Layout Painting

Once you’ve discovered an artwork which truly speaks to you and have colored it to your liking, consider using it as a foundation, a kind of preliminary sketch, for a larger painting you wish to craft independently.

You have the freedom to choose your preferred medium, whether it’s colored pencils, markers, watercolors, or acrylics.

The choice is entirely yours, allowing you to explore your creativity in the way that resonates most with you.

 

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Alison Hazel

Author Bio

Alison Hazel is a mature woman who shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Go here to read more about Alison’s story.

If you want to send Alison a quick message go here.

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Sketchbook Flip Through

Sketchbook Flip Through

Sketchbook Flip Through

Abstract Sketchbook

Welcome to the vibrant realm of my latest abstract sketchbook, where colors and shapes intertwine in a dance of imagination.

In this flip through, we will embark on a journey through abstract art, a world where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary, and where emotions find expression in every stroke.

Join me as I flip through my latest abstract sketchbook.

I say abstract as that is what most images are, however the one with the sentient cats is the favourite of my readers.

It is the landscape sketchbook from Leuchtturm which I love.

Timing

I put together this sketchbook during the past few months while enjoying some TV time.

Most of the time I enjoy having multiple sketchbooks in progress, each with its own unique size and feel.

Medium

The majority of the pages are crafted using colored markers, while some are done with a simple black pen.

I’ve also included a few neurographic-inspired images in the mix.

Emotions

My sketchbook is a canvas of emotions, a sanctuary where I let my creativity run free.

Each page is a playground of colors and lines, a testament to the power of abstract art to communicate without words.

As we flip through these pages, you’ll witness the evolution of ideas, the exploration of forms, and the celebration of spontaneity.

Shapes

Abstract art is a symphony of shapes and hues that resonates with the heart.

It’s a language of its own, inviting you to interpret and connect with the art on a personal level.

The beauty of abstract art lies in its ability to evoke emotions that transcend the boundaries of language, and in this sketchbook, you’ll find a gallery of emotions waiting to be discovered.

Visual

There’s a certain magic in watching colors blend and shapes emerge.

From bold splashes to delicate lines, every element contributes to the visual melody that unfolds before us.

As you journey through this sketchbook, I encourage you to let your imagination roam freely, to find your own stories within the swirls and patterns.

Thoughts

This sketchbook is more than just a collection of drawings; it’s a glimpse into the emotions and thoughts that have flowed from my mind onto paper.

It’s a visual diary of moments captured through colors and shapes, a testament to the power of creativity to transcend words and touch the soul.

Simplicity

So, as we embark on this journey through abstract art, let’s embrace the simplicity and complexity that each page holds.

Let’s revel in the joy of colors, the freedom of forms, and the emotions that weave themselves into every line.

Together, we’ll turn these pages and uncover the stories that await, celebrating the beauty of abstract art in all its wondrous forms.

Alison Hazel

Author Bio

Alison Hazel is a mature woman who shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Go here to read more about Alison’s story.

If you want to send Alison a quick message go here.

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Seasons of Art: Spring 2023

Group Meeting

Learn more about the recent Seasons of Art group meeting.

See more about the Seasons of Art group here.

 

Satvvir’s Artwork

Below is Satvvir’s artwork (Instagram @theambivertsbb). She used watercolor and combined orabges and yellows with a lot of texture in this piece.

Arwynne’s Artwork

 Here is Arwynne’s finished artwork. You can see more of her work at IG @mspinkdotcom.

Gillian’s Artwork

Below is Gillian’s finished artwork. I first meyt Gillian when she led a watercolor class at the Elephant Studio in Vancouver. Follow Gillian at IG @gillianpearsonart.

 

Alison’s Artwork

Below is my artwork of the still life done in watercolor. I tried to create something in the center which I couls later frame and hang on my wall. The main horizontal is slightly out which I adjusted when placing it in teh frame.

 

Seasons of Art Group YouTube Video

I complied a YouTube video of the evening’s activities and you can check it all out by clicking on teh video below. 

Seasons of Art Group: The Gals

Our group photo taken at the end. frome left to right Gillian, Satvvir, Arwynne and Alison. We had a really nice evenign and I look forward to doing it again soon.

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Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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Using Moon Phases in Your Creative Process

Using Moon Phases in Your Creative Process

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: June 2023

Using Moon Phases in Your Creative Process

Pondering

I was thinking earlier this week about when I have multiple projects on the go that each venture may be in a different “phase of progress” than the others. When I say “project” I mean creative projects mainly artworks, art challenges, writing, cooking, garden design or crochet (I like to crochet) or other things you are working on. Some projects may just wither on the vine never to see the light of day.

 

Natural Cycles

As a keen follower of the natural cycles of the Earth, Sun and the Moon, I believe that you can align your creative process to the phases of the Moon. The Lunar phases are closely related to the plant life cycle. The principles of “phase” can be linked to your creative process and art or craft projects as well.

Moon Phases

Moon’s Orbit

The Moon takes about a month (or four weeks) to orbit the Earth. As it does so we see more, or less, light reflected from the surface of the Moon depending on its relationship with the Earth and the Sun. There are eight lunar phases and each phase lasts about three and a half days.

Dark and Light

At the New Moon the Moon is dark and at Full Moon the Moon’s light is at its brightest. This constant changing from light and dark and back again is symbolic.

Phase Keywords

Each phase traditionally has keywords associated with it and below is a modern list of traditional keywords for the lunar phases. You can find out more about Moon phases on this LINK.

Lunar Phase Keywords

New Moon Phase

Keywords for the New Moon phase are instinct, emergence and subjective.

Crescent Phase

Keywords for the Crescent phase are forward, self-belief and eager confidence.

First Quarter Phase

Keywords for the First Quarter phase are constructive growth, forceful and crisis in action.

Gibbous Phase

Keywords for the Gibbous phase are contribution overcome and perfection.

Full Moon Phase

Keywords for the Full Moon phase are clarity, mature and illumination.

Disseminating Phase

Keywords for the Disseminating phase are transmitting information, knowledge dispersal and conveying awareness.

Last Quarter Phase

Keywords for the Last Quarter phase are crisis in consciousness, pioneering and reorientation.

Balsamic Phase

Keywords for the Balsamic phase are release, surrender and closure.

 

Project Creative Phases

Phase Development

If we align the meaning of the moon phase with how a project develops it may go something like this. It is likely that there will be many more projects in the seed phase, in fact you would probably always be in this phase as ideas appear.

Whereas the later phase would have less projects as some do not take off or you kill them off naturally. Typically, I would think you would have one monster project in the final stages that is moving onto the Balsamic phase.

Multiple Projects

I also think that if I have multiple projects on the go at once thay will each be in a different phase to each other.

Seed Phase: New Moon Phase

Ideas

This is where ideas are born. They are the seed moments when ideas drift into your mind. Ideas can come to you at any time if the day and the knack here is to capture fleeting ideas.

 

Dreams

A great source of ideas is in your dreams. Make sure to have a dream journal and pen at your bedside to immediately write down your dreams.

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Sprout Phase: Crescent Phase

Cultivate Ideas

Here you allow your seeds to germinate and sprout into the first leaf. This is a delicate time and things are still touch and go.

 

Wither on the Vine

You may decide to let some ideas go at this stage. You could nurture one or two projects forward into the next phase of development.

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Experimentation Phase: First Quarter Phase

Techniques

In this phase you try different techniques and methods. Here you have a slightly robust idea or project and now you can stress test it.

 

Tinkering

There are many ways to check your outlines, designs or artwork now. Changes can still be made.

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Prototype Phase: Gibbous Phase

Examples in Hand

Now you have something to chew on. You have many wrinkles ironed out. You can see the glimmer in potential of your project.

Private

You keep your project quiet. You only share your vision with your nearest and dearest as you don’t want the whole thing to fizzle out from negative thinking.

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Crafting Phase: Full Moon Phase

Focus

This is the culmination phase and you can clearly see flaws and the strengths about it. You have a fully-fledged project or prototype.

Potential

This stage shows potential and you can fully visualize your outcomes now. This is the early fruit.

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Marketing Phase: Disseminating Phase

Spread the News

Now you talk to your beta testers, pattern testers or recipe testers. Now you soft launch and gently talk up your upcoming project.

Disciples

You may seek backers or collaborators who can spread the word on your behalf. Now your audience gets behind your project. This can be a long phase as marketing and social media exposure can go on for a while.

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Completion Phase: Last Quarter Phase

Public Launch

This is the moment and you go public and wrap-up your package. At this time your course, artwork, music, book or pattern is ready for sale. The public can now review, buy or consume, what you have created and people may lap up your offering.

Comments

There will be feedback from your tribe with both positive and negative comments. Brace yourself.

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Passive Phase: Balsamic Phase

Recovery

This is the period of post project rest, recovery and rejuvenation. Now is the time to hibernate or take a vacation. These are the moments after a project has launched, or the art gallery showing is over, or the book is out there. It is a time to let your project stand up and speak for itself.

Replenish Energy

Without further tinkering or attention. It is now in the passive income phase. You get to take a break to rest, relax and allow yourself time to refill your creative well. Without this phase you may become burnt out and feel depleted. Take care to avoid going straight into another big project before you have recovered from the current one.

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Journal Page

To help me remember all these features of each Moon phase as they related to my project work I have created a colorful page in my journal.

I am likely to see my journal page often as I flip through and review where I am and what I’m planning to do next.

It is a visual way to bring focus to the different phases of each project I’m working on at present. You may like to draw this image in your journal as well.

 

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How Long Does it Take?

How long does a project take from start to finish? It depends on what you are making.

If you are writing a book, or a screenplay it could take you a year. If you are creating a set of 12 calendar images it could be three months. If you are crafting a crochet pattern or recipe it could take one month. There is more about creative projects and their timelines in this link.

Timing

Do bear in mind that everything takes longer that you anticipate. This is the nature of life. Give yourself enough time to fully let your project germinate, develop, blossom and fruit.

Type of Projects

Here are some ideas of projects, both art and not, where you can use the Moon phase principles.

  • Crochet patterns
  • Planning a wedding
  • Painting a picture
  • Taking an art challenge
  • Writing a book
  • Making a series of images
  • Creating a course
  • Testing recipes for a book
  • Building a blog
  • Building a YouTube channel

Thank you for spending a part of your day with me.

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Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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Perpetual Nature Journal

Perpetual Nature Journal

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: December 2021   –   Revised: January 2024

Perpetual Nature Journal: Start Here

Start here with your Perpetual Nature Journal. I’ve gathered all the relevant posts from my Perpetual Nature Journal here on this page so you can find them all in one place. Many of you have asked to see the development of this journal, and while my Perpetual Nature Journal is still pretty new, it is growing and developing quietly in the background of my seasonal art practice.

 

Perpetual Nature Journal: Initial Setup

Here is more information on how to set up your Perpetual Nature Journal. Once you have a journal you can create the cover page.

 

Each Month’s Pages

Every month has its own page or pages in my Perpetual Nature Journal. Below are the images I have drawn so far. I’ve grouped them by month as that is how the sketch book develops. Over time more and more images will be posted here.

May

In May 2022 I drew the Canada Geese at the coast. This was my very first sketch in my Perpetual Nature Journal and at this stage I was not sure where I was going with this art initiative.

June

In June 2022 I drew the Inukshuk in monochrome inks at the coast. This was my second sketch in my Perpetual Nature Journal.

October

In October 2022 I drew the Weird Gourds in my studio. This piece was with colored inks and was quite messy in the kitchen.

 

November

In November 2022 I drew the Autumn Leaf in colored pencil in my studio.

 

 

Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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Seasons of Art: Spring

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Freebies

Freebies

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published:  January 2023   –   Revised:  February 2024

Gifts for You

As a strong creative and arty person, for many years, I have generated countless free resources on Alison Hazel Art. These guides, lists and templates are to help you get back to art, get to grips with being a hobby artist and build your art micro side business.

But these freebies are scattered all over my website and so, to help you out even more, I have put all my Alison Hazel Art Freebies in one place, right here. From now on you can easily look through all of them and get the ones you want and need right now.

Face of Jesus Guide

  • How to draw the Face of Jesus – This is a guide I made to help get the facial proportions correct and for a starting point to draw Christ. Use your intuition when using this guide.

Fibonacci Shell Template

  • Fibonacci Shell Template – This is a quick template to draw the dynamic natural Fibonacci shell which is, let’s face it, a tricky design to get your head around. 

 

 

Alison Hazel

Author Bio

Alison Hazel is a woman who shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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Sketchbook Flip Through

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Autumn Leaf Colored Pencil Art

Autumn Leaf Colored Pencil Art

Introduction

Seasonal Beginning, Middle and End

Each of the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, has a beginning, a middle and an end.

There is early Autumn when the Sun is in Virgo (September/October), middle Autumn when the Sun is in Libra (October/November) and late Autumn when the Sun is in Scorpio (November/December).

I live in Vancouver and, during November, the late Autumn leaves fall from the trees every day.

For this sketch I waited for the leaves to be variegated.

Multicolored leaves meant that one leaf has green, red and yellow in it.

I did not want to be too early in the season when the leaves and mainly green with a little red.

Additionally, I did not want to wait too late when the leaves get to be a washed-out yellow color which happens later in the season.

This is tricky and I had to be on the lookout every day to see which leaves meet my “color variety” mid-season criteria.

Get a Leaf

Well enough about that, just get a leaf to draw.

Hobby Artist

I am a hobby artist which means I’m sharing my journey to get better with art with you. I believe that in time to come I will get better at drawing as I hone my craft with more practice and some art classes.

I believe that Leonardo da Vinci took seventeen years before he was skilled enough to draw his masterpieces, so there is no rush for me or for you.

Perpetual Nature Journal

Perpetual Nature Journal

This time I am working on the November page of my Perpetual Nature Journal.

You can find out more about my Perpetual Nature Journal.

Pencil Sketch

I did a light pencil sketch picking up the main veins and outline of the leaf.

Colored Pencil

The colored pencils I’m using are Faber Castell polychromas.

I like to start with the lightest color first and build up to the darker colors in layers.

Yellow

I used dusky yellow called dark Naples ochre and went over the middle parts near the veins.

Orange

Using cadmium orange, I laid down some color further from the veins towards the center of the leaf.

Red

The red I chose is called middle cadmium red which is deep and ruby like to give the red color to the leaf. The leaf is red in blotches again between the veins.

Green

Finally, the green I selected is named olive green yellowish which tells you it is a yellow green and not a blue green which is what you want for natural foliage, yellow green that is.

Art Supplies

The art supplies I used are listed here but I urge you to use what you have at hand.

 

  • Sketchbook
  • 2h Pencil
  • Eraser

Faber Castel Polychromas Colored Pencils

 

 

  • Yellow pencil
  • Orange pencil
  • Red pencil
  • Green pencil

Color Swatch

At the end I created a small color swatch on the side and wrote the specific colors that I used on the page in my journal.

Swatching is a great idea so you can reproduce the exact drawing again later.

Thank You

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me.

Love,

Alison

Alison Hazel

Author Bio

Alison Hazel shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Go here to read more about Alison’s story.

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