Drawing People with Movement and Expression

Illustration of Pilgrim girl holding vegetables, drawn in Inkscape
Pilgrim Girl with Vegetables

The past couple of days I’ve had some time to do a little Inkscape drawing. I find it difficult to draw people that look natural so that is what I’ve been working on. Our brains are wired to pick up minute details in the faces of people, so we can tell right away when a drawing doesn’t look quite right. My people tend to look stiff and usually have a “deer in the headlights” look. Not good!

You can see looking at the Pilgrim Girl to the left, how stiff she looks.  She also has a “dazed look” to her eyes.

I’ve joined a couple Inkscape groups on Facebook and one in particular seems to be very helpful. The Inkscape- Draw Freely group has some very talented people who are willing to give suggestions and have given me some ideas to try.

Inkscape illustration of girl standing by a tree on windy day. Text says, "We cannot comtrol the wind, but we can adjust the Sail.
Girl in the Wind

After doing a little research and trying some suggestions, I did another drawing, making sure to use more curved lines and making some subtle changes to the eyes. I like the result much better, although I realize I still need more work on expressing emotion/ facial expression.

Also, take a look at the girl’s shirt and face and you will see that I used Inkscape’s Paint Bucket tool to add dimension. By filling in the same area multiple times with slightly different shades, I was able to achieve some depth.  Each time I added a layer with the Paint Bucket, I increased the amount of shrink. I like the way it worked and I think it gives it a bit of a water color effect.

Happy drawing.


Faux Christmas Deer Head

Illustration of Faux Deer mount with ornament and "Merry Christmas"
Merry Christmas Faux Deer Mount–

Since I can’t seem to sit still and just watch t.v., I am doing a little Inkscaping while I “watch” the Country Music Awards. I just showed Hubby what I finished drawing and he thinks it’s pretty weird! Hmmm… maybe he’s right, but I had fun designing it anyway.

Click here for a free SVG of my “weird” faux Christmas deer  mount.

Happy drawing!


Vintage Gas Pump Vinyl Decal

Picture of Shell Brand Vintage Gas Pump Vinyl Decal
Vintage Red Gas Pump Vinyl Decal

Here’s my latest project designed in Inkscape. My husband has been wanting a vintage gas pump decal on the door that leads from his garage to the house. He did a great job with the house side of the door, constructing a wood skin to make it match the doors in the house. You can take a look here. However the back side was looking less than attractive.

I used both my Silhouette Cameo and my KNK  Zing to cut the decal out of Oracal 651. Because of its size, I had to piece the  main portion of the decal. It looks great, but if I was doing this for a customer, I would probably outsource this portion so as to keep it one piece.

Hubby is very happy with the results…. and if he’s happy, so am I!

Happy drawing!


Inkscape Techniques ~ Make Simple Changes to Your Drawing

Here is an infograph showing various ways to use the same basic illustration. The intent here is not to instruct in the various techniques, but rather to help you brainstorm some ideas.

None of the illustrations here have been drawn or cut out at this time so it is possible they need a little editing. However, I wanted to give you some suggestions that you can build on.  For those of you that have less experience with Inkscape, I hope to add more tutorials in the future that give additional information about how to accomplish these results.


elephant 4 techniques

Happy drawing!