Sketch dump by Kelsey Hamersley. August 2014.

I know, another sketch dump! But this will be it for now, until I doodle up some more. Around the time I started drawing these up, I was obsessed with Polyvore and was on there way too much, to the point that when I closed my eyes I would see dresses, so I spent a little more time on the costumes than I usually do. I had also been looking at some mori stuff at the time.

Beyond the focus on clothes and character design, I’ve been trying to draw guys more often lately. It’s kind of silly with me, but when I first got really into drawing when I was around twelve years old (I’ve always drawn, but that was when I started spending hours at it) I avoided drawing guys because it was, I don’t know, embarrassing? I felt awkward about it. I was probably worried people would think I was trying to draw someone I had a crush on or something. And I mostly kept out of that habit all through my teenage years, except for when I drew people from life or using reference. In more recent years, the struggle has been that I’m so out of practice that when I do try drawing guys, they look stupid. Or they look like girls. So I’ve had to finally face up to that and start practicing. I seem to be getting a little more comfortable with it now.

Sketch dump by Kelsey Hamersley. Summer 2014.

Sorry I keep posting so many of these! I haven’t done much serious painting lately, but I’ve been getting back into the habit of doodling, especially before I go to bed, and I’m loving it. I hardly ever bother with reference for these drawings, so the hands and other anatomy (not to mention the cloth folds…I know I need some serious help in that area!) aren’t spectacular. But it’s a lot of fun just letting myself be creative, grabbing a pencil and a sketchpad and seeing what happens.

For the first drawing I have posted, I was playing around with my characters for East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I remember seeing silhouettes for characters for various animated movies before; people stress having distinguished shapes for each character, so I thought I’d give it a try with the main couple. I still haven’t gotten the lassie’s face quite right, but it’s cool seeing how my concept of her has changed over that first initial drawing I did way back when. I’m kind of tempted to jump back into that flat, art nouveau style, though!

The Bible verses I have jotted down in the corner of the second drawing (in even worse handwriting than usual for me) are Psalm 62:1,2, and 5. They spoke to me a lot at the time, so I wanted to hold on to them. The last couple of years have been kind of rough for me; it was a good reminder.

By Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014.

Sketch dump by Kelsey Hamersley. 2014.
This is what my sermon notes tend to look like. :) Which is probably just as well, seeing as my handwriting is pretty nigh indecipherable anyway. I actually do find it easier to listen when I’m drawing.

By Kelsey Hamersley. August 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. August 2014.

Wishing Willow by bookels. August 2014.
Playing around with Sketchbook Pro again. I’m not sure if I’m done with this one yet…

Wishing Willow by bookels. August 2014.

Playing around with Sketchbook Pro again. I’m not sure if I’m done with this one yet…

A quick little study of my mom’s cat, Sabrina, painted on a piece of scrap Bristol. Pen & ink and watercolor. February 2014.

A quick little study of my mom’s cat, Sabrina, painted on a piece of scrap Bristol. Pen & ink and watercolor. February 2014.

(Source: kelseypaigeart)

By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. June 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. June 2014.

Daffodils by Kelsey Hamersley. April 2014. Pen & ink.
So often, when I’m drawing from life, I get way too carried away with my ink drawings, trying to fit all of the details and the shadows in. For this drawing, I decided to go with simplicity instead.

Daffodils by Kelsey Hamersley. April 2014. Pen & ink.

So often, when I’m drawing from life, I get way too carried away with my ink drawings, trying to fit all of the details and the shadows in. For this drawing, I decided to go with simplicity instead.

(Source: kelseypaigeart)

goshogolly said: Is your dream job an illustrator? Do you have any projects your working on?

Being an illustrator is definitely my dream job! :D I’ve just always loved books and art, and I have this mental image of the way things should look, so I would love to be able to share that with the world.

I sort of have projects I’m working on right now. :) My biggest project for the last few years has been creating illustrations for the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, so I’m making slow but steady progress on that. I have a few illustrations I’d like to touch up soon, and I just had an idea for a fantasy painting. I’ve already got a color scheme and style for that; I just need to make a final sketch for it and start painting! I’m not really actively working on those at the moment, but they’re in the works.