Priceless Hours

Hours, minutes and seconds…
Always pass by in an instant.
Wait for me, work with me.
Will the world stop just for you and me?

Melonaide

Lined Apple

Today, I did a bit of practice from the book I’m reading – The Colored Pencil. I tried coloring an apple the way it was colored on the book. “Coloring with lines.” I get to learn different types of lines that can be used in making a statement on a colored pencil drawing. I kinda like how it turns out. 😀

That’s my multi-colored apple for you, have a great day! 😀

~ Melonaide

Mrs. Zapra Finished Version

So, here it is…the finished version of Mrs. Zapra’s portrait (see the unfinished version here). I had to rush it this morning because I need to give it in the afternoon. I must say this 30 minute art project really do helped me work faster. I usually finish a portrait in a week. This portrait, I finished for one evening and one morning.   Although on this one, I didn’t get to check the drawing much for errors and I didn’t get to darken and make the colors more vibrant. But I’ll see to it that I’ll make a better one next time! I used cotton balls and cotton buds in making the color appear softer just like the pastels. I prefer colored pencils more than the pastels because it makes my hand dirty :P. I make sure my hands are clean when doing an artwork so that there will be no unwanted color in the portrait when I touch it.

Oh, and those small pink dots on the background are the droplets from the fixative. I don’t know why, probably I sprayed too much. lol.

So, that’s that. I hope Mrs. Zapra will like it.  Have a great day! 😀

~ Melonaide

Mrs. Zapra

Today, I didn’t get to do a 30 minute art because I’m doing another art. LOL. I intend to give this as a gift tomorrow. I’ve been working on it the whole evening. Obviously it is not yet finished but hopefully I will get to finish this until tomorrow morning.

I’ll let you see it tomorrow when it is done. Have a great day! 🙂

~ Melonaide

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

by The Beatles

Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
It’s all right


Indie Saturday!

This is one of my favorite songs from the Beatles. I don’t think this song can be categorized as ‘indie’ but anyways, I love the song, so, I’m sharing it anyway.

Have a sunny day! 🙂

~ Melonaide

Scribbled Lady

I didn’t know what to draw. So, I thought…”what articles would appear when I googled ‘what to draw’?”

So there, I googled the term “what to draw” and then I saw this article:
How to Draw when You Don’t Know What To Draw

I followed the steps by scribbling on my journal without looking. After doing this, I look at the scribbled line and then draw something I can imagine emerging from the scribbled lines I see. I saw a girl on a side view. Although it looks out of proportion, especially the arms and the dress, I had fun doing this. You should try it too! 😀

Happy art-ing! 😀

~ Melonaide

My Cat Doro

This is my second drawing of my cat named Doro, short for Dorotheo the Great. lol. He looks scary on my first drawing of him (see my first drawing) I guess I improved since that drawing. I can feel that I now have a better control over this medium.

I made this drawing for almost an hour, I just find him hard to complete within 30 minutes. And those white eyebrow hairs (they’re not called whiskers right?) are hard to do. I just left them out uncolored. And then just added some grey color to it when the black fur is already colored. And the eyes…they are hard. I want them to look like the real ones for all of you to see how lovely his eyes are. I guess, I’ll just share the picture I copied.

When my art fails to show exactly what I saw…I use photography! LOL 😀

Isn’t he so lovely? I took that picture while he’s lying down. I just love how he looks at the camera. I might have drawn the exact same expression if I have more time to scale my drawing and do some more proper shading. But, I will complete that for like 3 days on a larger  paper and with more detail. Oops, that was my inner critic typing. LOL. But anyways, I’m happy I’m improving even if it’s just more or less an hour a day (in drawing and writing stuffs here).

Have a great day!

~ Melonaide

Mangoes and Orange

Right now, I can’t find anything more interesting than the bowl of fruit on our dining table. Being in a tropical country, fruits like these are available in our marketplace. Whenever you buy fruits in our market, you gotta know how to bargain and to choose the sweet ones from the sour ones. It’s a little tricky in buying fruits here. Sometimes the good looking ones are sour and the ugly ones are sweet. In a little bit of color difference or scent or how the fruit feels in your hand, you can tell the difference. (Only if somebody teaches you how, and I’m no expert at that. lol) To be safe, you can ask the vendor to let you taste a piece or a slice. Don’t overdo this though.

Mango (or Mangga in our native tongue)by the way is the Philippine’s national fruit. As I searched the net, I am quite surprised that it is also the national fruit of Pakistan and India (check it out). I thought national fruits aren’t meant to be repeated. Oh well, that just shows how popular the mango is!

Normally, you can see flawless looking and sweet mangoes in hotel rooms. No spots, no bruise, just plain and yellow. I just thought that it is a little boring to draw. Our country exports most of those flawless and spotless mangoes to other country while we get to enjoy the remains – spotted, colorful and  sometimes odd-looking mangoes. But it doesn’t matter because the taste matters more than the skin of the fruit.

In here we got three kinds of mangoes. We got green mangoes, yellow mangoes, and apple mangoes. The mangoes I drew today are yellow mangoes, the sweet kind. That orange is also a local one. It is a bit smaller than the oranges you might see, but it is sweet too. 😀

So, that’s my art for today. Hope you enjoyed it. Have a great day!

~ Melonaide

The Wishing Crane

Ok…I thought of doing a crane today because of emjayzed‘s suggestion of trying to make an origami paper crane on my yesterday’s post. And you can guess, I made it before making my today’s art.

Since there are no cranes living around my area, I searched the net for a nice picture of crane. I based my artwork from this flickr photo of a crane captured by Donna Sutton. Ok, I know it doesn’t look the same  and my crane looks a bit stretched upward. But anyways please be kind enough to disregard that. Haha. >,< Plus, I don’t know much about copyrights so, is it ok to draw somebody else’s photo for blogging or study purposes? I would love to be enlightened on that matter.

Soooo….here’s my first origami crane… taa daa… LOL

There it goes, sitting on the top of my 30 minute art journal. And yeah I made it big so that it’s easier to fold. It doesn’t look all to perfect but I guess it’s not bad. Hehe. (how to make a paper crane)

According to some stories in Japan, when you fold a thousand paper cranes, your wish will come true. (read about it) Hmm… how about this? I’ll just make a thousand 30 minute artworks and then probably one of my greatest wish will come true? Haha, it’ll be worth the try don’t you think?

Oh, and check out emjay’s origami cranes too! (click here)

So, here goes my post for today. Hope you like it. Have a great day! 😀

~ Melonaide

White Flower

As I was looking for small objects as good subjects for my 30 minute art, I saw some old photos I took from my mother’s potted plants. I have no idea what that white flower is actually called, so I just titled it as ‘white flower.’ On this one I had to extend 5 minutes to add in the black background color. I tried not to do a hurried art to make it more pleasing to the eye. Hope you like it! 🙂