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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Monkey Business - Lesson 7


Welcome to another Lesson in Carla Sonheim's Drawing Lab.

This time, she asks us to do some monkeying around using a limited palette of just 4 different supplies.  And then, as you probably already guessed, draw a monkey.

I thought that I would really challenge myself by not even choosing the colors used.  I asked Maggie to choose them for me.
I had her pick one Prismacolor pencil, one chalk pastel and one fine tipped colored Sharpie to pair with my trusty black Sharpie pen.  Here are her first choices.


Here's my little monkey in red colored pencil, hot pink ink, mustard brown pastel and black Sharpie.


I really had no idea I would enjoy drawing monkeys so much.  I've never really been partial to them.  But, I decided I wanted to do another one just because....and Maggie was excited to pick out a new combination of colors!


This time she chose orange prismacolor, tan ink, and periwinkle blue pastel.


I was shocked at how cool this looks!  Totally something I would never choose to do on my own....monkeys just are not blue....haha! 


Carla suggests making envelopes with 4 random art implements inside....and when you want a challenge or need some new inspiration....you pick one, open it up and use just those 4 supplies on your next project.  A neat idea, for sure :)

We have one more Lesson to complete before moving from animals to people....should be interesting!
Thanks for joining me....and feel free to link up your monkey business here, too!





Anyone else have a craving for a banana? :)
Hugs,
Cameron

33 comments:

Lucy Chen said...

Oh your monkeys look fantastic! And I'll for sure try your colour challenge. Thanks for the idea.

NatashaMay said...

Wow! Those monkeys are fantastic! And what a fine little helper you have. She chose fabulous colors. :)

Diane said...

Now how fun are these!! See what happens when you experiment with color--magic (Maggie's a great assistant)! And love those monkees too!

The Secret Hermit said...

LOVE that blue monkey......so cool!!

I have a random suggestions basket on my art table for when I 'get stuck' or 'bored' with what I'm doing, it's helped me a lot ;o)

amy said...

I like them both but the blue monkey is so much fun! Good idea to have someone else choose the colors!

Daniele Valois said...

THey look freaking amazing. I adore this blue monkey face! Very impressed!

trisha too said...

Well Cam, your little monkey faces turned out wonderfully well, the second especially looks so thoughtful.

:-)

Michele said...

I really love your monkeys, especially the blue one. You are very clever Cam, I hope you know that!

Geri Centonze said...

The monkeys are wonderful! I say if you want a challenge just have Maggie pick out the items and you can create! Children are so free - they don't think about the rules!

Zorana said...

Ok.. it's official - you are amazing! Who would have guessed that monkeys can look this good! I love how you turned it into a game with your daughter. The results are unbelievable!

Fallingladies said...

Your monkeys totally blew mine away! But i wasn't into drawing monkeys before either and now i want to do more because it was fun, and the choosing colors first really worked well too and i didn't expect it to.

Kim Henkel said...

I LOVE your monkeys! THe colour combinations are great too! Sometimes when I am uninspired I will close my eyes and pick my colours...it is always fun!

Jenny Blair said...

Oh what fantastic monkeys..who'd have thought the world was missing blue monkeys..but it is!:) Gorgeous work x

Treehugger_31 said...

Looks great! :)

pinkglitterfae said...

Wow Cameron, I am impressed! You did a great job on them. I think it's awesome you had Maggie pick your colors. Those are neat looking sharpies, don't think I've seen them in the art store I go to, only the black, and a couple of boring colors. I already did some damage going to the art store yesterday, so I need to control myself whenever I see art supplies, lol!
I fell so behind on this book, I really wanted to join in and I did good till I got to the zoo part. Well, there is no zoo anywhere near me, so I didn't bother...guess I could have youtubed something. I will get back to it though, as I loved the first lessons.

have a great day
betty

Piarom said...

wow these are amazing!!! The blue monkey rock the house ;) Love love love the colors your little princess choose ♥♥♥ can´t wait to try my own!! PS your new background and header are real cool!!

Piarom said...

every week, when I buy my big bananashrub (at least 20 pieces) the saleswoman secretly think I am a monkey in a humancostume ;)

Jennifer said...

These monkeys are so cool! I love the different colors, and how you make them work and look so incredible despite the fact that typical monkeys aren't blue HAHA! Maggie makes great color choices ;) Actually Cam, you've got sort of an odd knack for drawing monkeys so it seems. Perhaps you should continue this theme HAHA!

Kristin said...

I am totally blown away by this! And your blue monkey is brilliant! I absolutely love it and think that they both could be great in a kids room or nursery. I just love what you've done!
AND thank you for your comment over the weekend - yes, the art show was great and if you ever come this way, please let me know. We can do coffee and have the girls meet if you want! xo

Fair Rosamund said...

This is such a cool idea, and I just love both of your monkeys!! That blue one really pops :) What a fun project. And go Maggie, great job picking out the colors! ~Lauren

Joyce van der Lely said...

Looooove the monkey, that reminds me....I have some pastel drawings of African Wildlife I made for my sister years ago, should look them up and post them,...... ♥♥♥ your ABC stuff !

Plumrose Lane said...

These are wonderful Cameron ~ your talent is so inspiring!
♥Sharon

Crystalrainbow said...

a blue monkey haha i love it :)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Those monkeys are SOOOO darn cute! Your sweetie picked out some great color combos. They worked so well, and the monkeys are adorable!!!! :)

Erin K said...

Aww...your little one has such a great eye for colour...and these have to be the sweetest and beautifully drawn monkeys I've ever seen. I like monkeys a little bit...but only from a distance. I have a friend how's from Malasia and I've heard some scary stories about the monky's there. ^_^

Manon said...

Wow Cameron they are both fantastic! The blue one is so orginal your daughter knows what to do lol.
ManonXx

Kristin said...

Oh! I just love that blue monkey! Thank you for your sweet comment - yes booty is in there ;) Have a great weekend, xoxo

Kelly Berkey said...

ohmygosh, the blue monkey rocks! xo

Getrealmommy said...

What fun monkeys! Awesome:)

Denise said...

I love the way your monkeys turned out. The idea of letting your daughter choose the colors is perfect.

JessiVille said...

O.K. Cam, I have to admit that I don't like monkeys. That being said, your blue chimp is fantastic!!! They are both great but the blue one is my fav. Don't think I could hang with this challenge, lol!
Jessi xox

Carmen said...

You two work so well together! My Devvie would llove this challenge. She's monkey mad!

Joyce van der Lely said...

Finally found my pastel drawings of my monkey 9and rhino) thought to share....... ;)

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