Sketchbook Tour + More

Heyyyy, guys! Goodness it’s been far too long since I’ve done a recent art post. I have been sprinkling in a few pictures for CPC and Art Lab and such, I guess, but today I want to do a round-up of (most of) the pictures I’ve drawn in my sketchbook since the last art post, along with miscellaneous other art. I hope you enjoy browsing through the pictures! 😀

My current sketchbook is almost filled with drawings and crinkly painted pages, so I put a new sketchbook on my Christmas list. 😉 Filled up sketchbooks are so satisfying!

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Alright, I’m going to go in chronological order because it’s the easiest. XD Just note that I did make a few more drawings than this, but I didn’t want to you every single one or the post would get even more ridiculously long than it is. 😛 Anyway, this first drawing is just a fun, stylized, pen-and-colored-pencil doodle. I rather like the quote.

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One night I was bored so I decided to try the three marker challenge (drawing a picture with only three colors) with Sharpies. I like some parts of it, but… well, it’s certainly not my best work, heh heh. Oh dear.

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Um, this is a super strange drawing of a mini world on someone’s finger??

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Now this drawing I actually like. I drew it from a picture in one of Loren‘s posts which is sadly eluding me. HELP. If anyone knows which one it was, could you tell me please? Thank you muchly. UPDATE: Katie found the post for me! Thank you SO much, Katie. 🙂 Here it is.

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I told you I liked the quote… XD I was trying out sketching with a colored pencil instead of a normal pencil and I like how it turned out!

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WARNING. VERY CREEPY DRAWING AHEAD. Okay so apparently I have a REALLY hard time drawing deer (at least without a reference). SORRY GUYS. I did draw some better deer, but that will come later on.

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*Sigh* Two bad drawings in a row? DON’T WORRY GUYS, IT GETS BETTER THAN THIS, I PROMISE. Anyway, this was a drawing that I tried to do for a CPC story (which you can read here), but it, um, didn’t turn out. But hey, it goes to show that although bad art is inevitable, that doesn’t mean you should give up. ART IS TOO AMAZING TO GIVE UP.

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Ahem. Oh yes, I drew this little flurry for an online magazine I contribute to! Some are good and some are bad, but hey, you can tell they’re snowflakes. Does anyone else have a hard time making snowflakes symmetrical?

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I like how this looks so far (it’s a vast improvement on some of my other hair drawings), but I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it. Oh well. 🙂

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I really like this little guy, hee hee! Megan and I ordered a shirt for my brother that said “I FROGET” since that’s the punchline to one of his favorite terrible jokes which I cannot remember at the moment. XD There are plenty of online sites where you can design your own t-shirts, so I made the art and Megan did the rest of the designing.

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Now we’re getting into some Christmas drawings. (By the way, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S DECEMBER?! I CAN FINALLY DO CHRISTMAS STUFF.) These next two I also made for the aforementioned magazine. I used my watercolor brush pens for this one…

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And acrylic paints + a white gel pen for this one. I love how the painting turned out!

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Here we have a lovely bad quality picture of a NeedtoBreathe quote, also for the magazine…

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This is just a random Thanksgiving doodle with my watercolor brush pens again…

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A strange-looking hawk I drew using one of my brother’s other shirts as a reference. 😛

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And now we’re caught up with my sketchbook! Next we have the “Beyond the Sketchbook” part, a.k.a miscellaneous drawings.

I drew this wrapping paper for our cousins’ birthday because they put these pets on their list (though they obviously knew they wouldn’t get them 😉 ).

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Ooh, I really like the next one! I saw a photograph like this on Pinterest (right here) and thought it would be a fun challenge to draw. It was! It turned out a bit streaky, but I’m pretty proud of the lips, which are usually hard for me. XD

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I’m pleased with this one too! I drew this for the custom art in my recent giveaway, from photos Gracie gave me. Isn’t Gracie’s cat so pretty? ♥ I love her blue eyes.
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This card was for my grandma who was recently in the hospital. I’m happy to say that she’s home now, though, and recovering well! ♥
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Megan wanted me to draw this card for one of our friends. We always like to debate about… well, a lot of things, so we gave her a handy reminder of the right way to say and use things. 😛 (Note: the border is scrapbook paper – I didn’t draw that part, heh heh.)
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OH, YAY! Next is my favorite of all of these pictures! Probably one of my favorites I’ve ever done, just because it took SO LONG to draw. XD My friend Aria commissioned me to draw a vintage-looking NYC poster from some photos she took while she was there, plus various other details she wanted, like song lyrics from one of her favorite songs for the border.
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I believe this is the biggest art project I have ever done, both in size and effort. :O
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Aha, here we have the better deer picture. XD I painted this for my Etsy shop, The Color Box Studio, where you can buy the original.
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And lastly we have two coloring pages, also in my Etsy shop. I want to start making more of these because they’re fun to use and inexpensive to buy, not to mention you can print them out as many times as you want!
I made this as a custom page, but after she orders it I plan to make it available to everyone (for a lower price). 🙂 You can see the listing here.

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And this is the newest addition, and Christmas countdown coloring page! You’re supposed to color an ornament each day. I rather like how it turned out. 🙂
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Phew, you did it! Thank you so much for reading this super long post – I hope you enjoyed! Which piece of art was your favorite? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS?


P. S. LOOK, IT’S SNOWING! ON MY BLOG! I love that effect. 🙂 If you’re reading this through email or your Reader, you’ll have to actually visit my blog to see it. 😉


120 thoughts on “Sketchbook Tour + More

  1. These drawings are so good! 😀 Are you kidding? Those snowflakes are AMAZING! ❤
    P.S. Also, did you realize that you accidentally didn't put a title on this post? Or was it on purpose?

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I’m so glad you like them! I guess I just like some… more than others. XD
      P. S. OH NO! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TELLING ME. I fixed it. I was almost finished and ready to publish it before, but it wasn’t working so I copied to a new post and forgot the title. O.o Thank you SO much. Phew. XD

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  2. Amazing art!! ☺ 😀 ☺ So much fun!
    The drawing you did from one of Loren’s pictures is SO amazing and real!! And so is the NY drawing!! And I also really liked the nativity and the wrapping paper, and (as you know) the one you made of my kitty ☺ ☺ .
    I loved seeing your art, and that countdown coloring page is a great idea!!

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    1. Thanks! I like it too. 🙂 Oh, sure, it’s super easy! Just go to your WordPress admin page, go to the “Settings” tab, and select “General.” Then scroll down to where it says “Snow,” and check the box! I hope that was clear enough – let me know if you need any more help. 🙂
      And thank you so much, dear! You too. ♥

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  3. I love all of these!! If you don’t mind, I may use some of your doodles to reference when I get some free time ❤︎❤︎ I won’t claim it as my own to post or any thing like that, I promise! I just like looking at others’ when I try something new 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie! OH THANK YOU! I found it once before but it was super hard to get to and then I forgot where it was. -_- XD So thank you muchly! ♥ I shall add the link to my post.

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  4. Allison, your artwork in this post is so good! Some of the pieces I was just amazed at. I really like the colors you used for the rose in the first drawing. It’s very pretty! 🙂
    I don’t think I’ve ever really drawn snowflakes (my sister CutePolarBear and I just like to cut out paper ones), but I can imagine they are hard to draw. Yours look great, though!
    Hehe, that frog looks really funny (and very well drawn). I’d love to see the finished t-shirt! 🙂
    I agree, it’s really hard to believe December is here already! I really like your Christmas art–those pieces could totally be part of a Christmas card. 🙂
    Some of my favorite drawings from your post would have to be the dogs you drew on the wrapping paper! They are so cute, and I especially love the bulldog!
    And that side portrait drawing you did on black paper is amazing! The face seems to pop off the page. What materials did you use to make it?
    I laughed out loud at the card you made with the toucan using Bing! XD That was quite funny. Do you like Bing like Megan does, Allison?
    So I already said in an email to you that I thought the NY poster looked great, but the finished product looks even better!
    And to answer your question, yes I am excited for Christmas! Pretty soon I will be listening to lots of Christmas music. 😉


    1. Wow, thank you so much for that amazing comment, Sassafras! ♥ You are so sweet! Thanks! Yeah, I had fun with the colors there. 🙂
      Ooh, yeah, we like cutting paper snowflakes too!
      Heh heh, thanks. XD I probably will post a picture of the finished shirt soon!
      Aww, thank you! 😀 Hee hee! Well I first drew the face with Prismacolor colored pencils on my sketchbook paper, then cut it out and glued it to black cardstock. 🙂
      HA HA, really? XD I’m so glad it made you laugh. Well I don’t have a super strong opinion, but I maybe like Google a little bit better? I don’t know though. 😛
      Aww, thanks – again! 😉
      ME TOO! We started officially listening to Christmas music now and I love it! ♥
      Thanks again for taking the time to send me this comment. 🙂 ♥


      1. Aww, your welcome! I thought it was a bit long. XD
        Do you make the six sided snowflakes out of paper? CutePolarBear figured out how to make those kind a few years ago, so we like to make those. 🙂
        Ooh, I see. Well, the face portrait drawing is really cool. 🙂
        Yes! Christmas music is so lovely, and I will probably start listening to it soon. Last night we went to a Christmas concert where my older sister sang in the chorale. It was such a beautiful performance. 🙂


  5. Wow! These drawings are soooo good! I need to take art lessons from you! You’re especially good at word art, and shading, and drawing, and everything. 😛 I can’t wait to see more!

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  6. You’re so amazingly talented Allison! Even the creepy deer is better than anything I would draw ;). And the christmas tree printout is an awesome (and fun) idea!!


  7. Oh my goodness, Allison! YOUR ART IS SO GORGEOUS.❤️ My jaw actually dropped so many times while I was reading this post and I kept on having more favorites. XD A few of my favorites are the nativity, the Statue of Liberty, and the cat. BUT EVERYTHING IS SO WONDERFUL AHHHHH!


  8. Ahh, Allison, you are an incredible artist! I wish I could draw that well. Here are some of my favorite drawings from this post:

    The New York one is just incredible! 😮 Also, to answer your question, YES I AM EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS. XD

    -Clara ❤

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    1. AHH THANK YOU! Oh pshaw, you’re not so bad yourself, dear. 😉
      Ooh yay! Thanks so much for showing me your favorites. 😀 Most of those are my top favorites too, hee hee. THANK YOU MUCHLY! I’m kinda proud of the New York one… O.o 😛 And AHH YES SO AM I!

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  9. wow! I really like the one with the face in half the page, where you said that it was hard for you to perfect the lips. I legitimately know high schoolers who couldn’t hold a candle to these drawings!!!😉


  10. Oh my goodness, Allison your art is astounding!!! 😮 I loved it all, it’s all so breathtaking, but the New York Poster, how in the world did you make something so perfect and vintage looking??? EEK!! You are such an amazing artist, thank you for using your talents in my magazine (which btw you won’t have too much longer having a hard time mentioning it cause, you know, the secret I told you, hehe!)



    1. NOOOOOOO MADI. *Sigh* You know, soon my blog is going to have such a high mortality rate that I’m going to have to stop posting anything but my worst pictures. *shakes head*
      *revives the Madi of many lives* ARE YOU OKAYYYYY?

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  11. OH MY WORD!! Amazing!! Incredible!!! How long have you been doing Art like this? My favorites are the “Joy to the World”, The Air playing Ukulele and, umm.. I think the one of the cat and brushes. But they’re all wonderful!


    1. Oh my goodness, thank you SO much! 😀 Well I’ve loved art my whole life, but I’ve really been getting into it these past few years especially. And thanks for telling me your favorites! 😀 ♥

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          1. Oh, by the way, on the Joy to the world picture, you said you used brush pens, what kind do you have? I’ve been interested in those for a while.

            Oh, and when I was saying my favorites, I said “Air playing Ukelele”🤨I’m pretty positive I meant Girl. Hehe, don’t know where that came from!


  12. Oh my word! I was at your friends Aria’s house, and she showed me that drawing of Lady Liberty. And it was (pause) YOU! Your the one who made it! 😀


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