Heather E.
  • Female
  • Leesville, LA
  • United States

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Hello All!

I'm a 30-something mom of 2 little boys. Designing apps, games, and literature for children is my main goal. I have tried to be an “artist” my whole life. When I “wasn't good,” I gave up over and over. Recently, I took a free online course at Stanford on how to learn math. It stressed the importance of a growth mindset and how we can learn anything with enough practice and hard work.

This big idea renewed my passion for art, because I know now that even though artistic abilities may be inherent in some doesn't mean that it can't be learned by others.

I pulled out my art supply collection from over the years, purchased a drawing book and some coloring books, subscribed to VirtualInstructor.com (the verdict is still out on this one), and am drawing everyday.

I look forward to learning from you all and improving my skills.

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Roll With It

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 8:00pm 10 Comments

Recently, Hubs added to my pencil collection by getting me a 12 pack of Prismacolor Premiers to try. I must say first off that I am rough on things. As much as I would love to keep things in mint condition, I tend to break, dent, or otherwise damage my materials.

After doing some research on my…


The Easy Stuff

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 5:30pm 14 Comments

I have spent the last few days, not making art so much, but practicing my gradients, lines, and hold. I recently posted in the Beginner's group forum that my hold was atrocious. It was causing my fingers to go numb.

The best way I could think to practice was to make pencil swatches. As a friend was so proud to tell me, that's easy. Why yes, yes it was. My response was that sometimes things should be easy.

While struggle and mistakes may grow your artistic ability, practicing…


Hello All!

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 5:00pm 2 Comments

Just joined and looking forward to learning so much. I’m a total noob to art. I’ve taken two art classes in earlier years, but quit because “I wasn’t good enough.” Speaking honestly, I never gave it a chance, because I couldn’t get it perfect right away and the mess. I was recently diagnosed with OCD, which makes many things including my art experiences make much more sense.

I’m a stay-at-home mom with two small children that dreams of children’s books, games, and apps. I decided that…


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At 12:57am on October 17, 2014, Jo Flockton said…
Thanks Heather! It's great! The drawer pulls out and onto my side table so I can see all my similar supplies at once. Too many of the sets come with layered trays, of flimsy plastic. Still working on the felt roll with paper tubes for hanging on my drawing table to organize the pens/pencils for the current piece (hopefully this will stop me from knocking my pencils off my DIY paint stick pencil rail, lol)
At 7:26pm on October 15, 2014, Jo Flockton said…
heather, I made the drawer unit to store my supplies. Now i want to work on the felt holder you discussed, to clamp to my drawing table for the pencils/pens I'm using for a piece. Here's a pic of the drawer unit. Have a great day! Jo
At 2:36pm on September 29, 2014, Jo Flockton said…
Ditto Heather! I just have to find more time, lol!
At 9:09pm on September 28, 2014, Mary Page said…

Oh, ok! Thanks for the info!

At 5:58am on September 25, 2014, Jess said…

Thanks Heather, I just had a look at your work its great, and don't worry about not having expensive supplies I don't either and lots of other people don't - you shouldn't have to spend a fortune just to enjoy your art. You did an amazing job with your crayola's. I'm not sure I'm ready to show my art yet - give me a few more weeks to play with it before I put it out there. Thanks again for the welcome.

At 2:45am on September 20, 2014, Calsanne Steward said…

Hello, just thinking out loud you can throw away my comments if you want to. It's great to be a perfectionist and most artists are to some degree, but the thing to remember and I have to remind myself is that everyone else looks at your work with fresh eyes and they won't see the mistakes you see (sometimes they see things you like as mistakes sigh but that just comes down to taste). 

I hate smudges on my work too, so I use a very hard pencil 3H to 5H but they are quite light. If you want a darker look then you have to go into the B range. If you want softness in your work, then B's are really good because you can use a tortillion or I use a dry clean paint brush to smudge the B for a light streak free look. The other thing to avoid smudges is to rest your drawing hand on something, I use a craft mat, because its about the right size and shape. After a while you just get used to it. 

The other secret is a putty eraser. They last forever and you don't have to rub, just press it down on the smudge and it should lift up. Also they don't leave any break away bits to be wiped away. 

That's an information overload for you! I'm self taught and I had to learn all these things the hard way too, so don't be too hard on yourself. I look forward to seeing more of your work :)

At 2:34am on September 20, 2014, Calsanne Steward said…

Thank you for all the lovely comments and interest you have shown in my work, it's really made my day. Have a great weekend!

At 11:25am on September 19, 2014, Pat said…

Hi Heather, and welcome to the Art Colony!  I hope you enjoy the site - there's a lot to explore here, so have a look around and make yourself at home. You'll find plenty of art and inspiration!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do feel free to contact any of the moderators and be sure to read through the Member Guidelines.

Please note that as much as we love photography, this site focuses on hand-crafted art forms so photography is not allowed.  Please also familiarize yourself with our guidelines on Digital Art.  As per the Member Guidelines:

Digital art is accepted, as long as it fits the following definition: "Computer-generated art that is created by hand (i.e. using a tablet, stencil etc), either from scratch or from a reference source."

We've also put together a handy Guide to Getting Started, which may help answer any questions you may have, such as how to create a bio for your page.

Most of all have fun and join in the forums and groups!  Can't wait to see your art. :)

Best Wishes, Pat  (Moderator)



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