The Pregnant Artist has returned… SURPRISE!

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Well, I haven’t posted anything for months, but no excuses, I’ll just start back up again! Well, what’s new is that I am currently 5 months pregnant! My husband, Jared, and I graduated in December, and we moved across the country to Charlotte North Carolina! So I suppose I do have a little excuse for being too busy to update this blog, haha. I haven’t drawn a whole lot, but here’s a few from the last couple weeks. More later!

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This is a cartoon-styled portrait of myself at the mechanics sitting down thinking about all the money this car is costing me. Haha. Notice my protruding belly.

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I googled a picture of a Robin to draw. I didn’t know at the time, but this is a European Robin. I’m about to start an applique baby quilt for our baby, whose name will be Robin. I’m going to go for an American Robin though, because I’ve got national pride, ya’ll.

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Quotes from Great People

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“I think it’s a mistake to pretend we only have a good side; showing our faults and our incapacities is the best statement of absolute value to our neighbor.” -André Derain

Isn’t it funny how we forget that our heroes and mentors were once where we were? They had much anxiety through their lives and stressed to attain perfection. I’ve been reflecting on how we are sharing our artwork on a social network. Our artwork is competing for everyone’s attention, so we try hard to be perfect with everything we post. I’m letting go of that now because I’m not perfect. Why should I pretend like I am?

Neitzshe said, “The first and foremost duty of Art should be to beautify life”. My way is to build people up. I don’t want to do anything of the opposite, and I hope a lot of artists would say that. But sometimes we feel like we are just so small in our efforts of influence. How can we possibly make a difference? Max Liebermann said, “Form… is born anew with every succeeding artist.” That means to me that we all see life so differently. It’s amazing how unique we all are, and divine. The way I see it is, if you have good thoughts, your works will follow suit in one way or another. 🙂

A few drawings from the first few weeks of the semester:

Ten Minute Gesture DrawingFigure Study

Self-Portrait

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Self-Portrait 2015

Here is my completed self-portrait done in graphite.

Today was my first last day of school. What a bittersweet time for me! While I’d love to finish school, I feel sadness when thinking of leaving Rexburg. I came to love this windy/icey little city tucked away in the drylands of Idaho. Worry overcomes me as well as I move onto the next chapter in life. Did I learn enough? Isn’t there one more class I should take before I’m ready? But no, I need to move on. And perhaps the next chapter may be ever more exquisite, if you can imagine that. Even better than this?

A few drawings from this week:



I move a LOT

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So life’s been insane for me. We’ve moved three times since January because Jared had internships. Now we’re settled down (for now) in Rexburg, Idaho awaiting the fall semester. And then we will both graduate in December! What a year, huh? 🙂 The only question left is what now? I wonder where we’ll move to next.

About the sketches:

  1. That’s my Mama watching Little Women. We stinkin love that movie. She had a faint smile throughout the entirety of it. 🙂
  2. Jared grew a beard for about a month! He is now immortalized that way since I drew him and put him on the internet (multiple times). Love you, honey!

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Jared the moutain-man

Why I only use pens when I sketch|Top three sketches

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I only use pens when I sketch. The reason comes from my university’s head drawing teacher, Nolan Parson, who told us that drawing in pen forces us to make decisions. We know that every line will remain, so we better try to put it in the right places. He also said that if we want to become good at drawing we have to practice. We have to be diligent and do it everyday. Well it took me two years, but I finally started to sketch every day. And I’ve been doing it for about a month! Some drawings turn out way better than others, but it definitely is making me a better artist slowly but surely.

Here are three photos of sketches that I’m proud of this week. The peacock was just a doodle of some fabric I saw. The man is my father-in-law that turned out great (and he doesn’t think he looks good in glasses)! Third is my exploration of what the main character in my hopeful children’s book will look like. My dream of writing and illustrating a children’s book is getting closer. I am still working hard every day to sharpen my skills and develop a style. Wish me luck!

PeacockQuick Sketch of Father in LawBird Lady Sketch

Help! I’m in love with my Micron Pen.

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The last few days I’ve noticed that I am just so in love with my micron pen that it’s insane. I rarely use pencil beforehand; I just go for it. Here are my daily sketches since Wednesday for those who are interested:

Car Ride August 2015

Car ride to a hiking spot

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Relaxin Passenger Aug 2015

Relaxin passenger

Oh, by the way I’ve been receiving more of a following online recently and I want to say a big thank you! It feels good to reach people and the feedback is great. 🙂

There’s a new blog post every week, and if you want to see my daily sketches follow me on Instagram @rachelwrathall. Come chill out with me on Twitter too @freshraddope.

First paint study!

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Color/Reading to children

It’s a long way from where I want it to be, but here it is! It’s in acrylic paint. I would have done watercolor, but I learned that my sketch paper wasn’t going to deal with that. I have barely any practice with acrylic so it was good practice.

She is a little young so I think I’m going to keep tweaking her. The story might change quite a bit too; I’m getting new inspiration. I need to do a lot more character studying. I think my goal is to keep going and get better with expressions.

It’s my Anniversary weekend so I may not do much work this weekend, but I’ll make up for it. 🙂

Progress is being made

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Blk/Wht Reading to Children

I’ve become more focused. Jared and I were talking yesterday and I read him one of my favorite books, “Miss Rumphius”. It’s a wonderful children’s book that inspired me at a young age to help make the world more beautiful. It takes such talent to inspire a little kid. Barbara Cooney is my hero and mentor. I would be lucky to be half the person she was.

I am learning to trust myself and draw from my heart. That is hard to do because art on the internet is amazing… and not my style. I tried to copy their style, but really it doesn’t work. So I’ve been drawing this and I feel wonderful. It might not look as good as I want it to yet, but I don’t care. I’ll get there.

Ms. Finch is a librarian! Her Summer Reading Group loves to hear her read them books. I want to start painting soon.

Drawings Bleed from the Subconscious(?)

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Diva Lady

As some of you may know, my new goal is to post a drawing on Instagram every day. I’ve only been going since Monday, but it’s challenging some days. Yesterday was tough! I was sketching the most horrendous things and was upset and almost gave up. Then I decided I would just sketch without thinking. So I opened up to a fresh sheet of paper and started with the left eye and as you can see, the sketch above is what came out of my subconscious.

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Also remember this sketch I mentioned earlier this week?^ Same thing.

Who knows what it’s saying about me psychologically. Who knows.. But I think it’s fun to just go crazy like that. This drawing is my absolute favorite this week. Look at those lips! Hahaha… I just love to laugh at it.

So I’m learning about myself already during this project. I’ve noticed when I don’t force myself to draw something, I can draw some weird and oddly satisfying stuff.

Well if you like it let me know! Haha. Stay tuned for next week! 🙂