Hey there! Happy 4th, for those of you living in the United States! Can you believe it’s already July?! Today I dug up a few graphic design pieces I created a while ago, which are based on a few popular desserts: cupcakes, soft-serve ice cream, and macaroons. Cupcakes and ice cream are definitely among my personal favorites. Although I am not a big fan of macaroons, they are very fun to draw!

Using the powerful Adobe Draw, I was able to create simplistic designs with layers and a variety of cool brushes. Mmm, writing this post is making me crave an ice cream cone right now!

Bird Sketches

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.

Victor Hugo

Hello there! As promised, I’ve gathered up a few quick bird sketches to share with all of you today. I found these adorable photos on Pixabay and had so much fun drawing them! I’m still trying to decide whether or not I should add to the backgrounds, but in the meantime, let’s get right to it!

I love how the weaver looks so calm, but aware of its surroundings at the same time. This one probably took the longest to draw, as I found it difficult to create the texture of the feathers.

My personal favorite is the robin—it looks so friendly and curious. I always enjoy drawing the face, as each bird wears a different expression and seems to have a unique personality.

Like the weaver, the hummingbird’s feathers were probably the trickiest part. Even so, I loved shading in the body—it’s so colorful!

Okay. This little one just melted my heart. Look at those eyes. I’ll bet he’s plotting something when we’re not looking.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Which is your favorite? As always, any and all feedback is welcome. Have a lovely day!

Inspirational Pencils

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

If you’re like me, you are a huge pushover for quotes. You love them so much, you even own a collection of pencils engraved with inspirational sayings. (On second thought, I might be the only extreme quotelover here.) Anyways, these pencils have become quite dear to me, and since I haven’t published much graphic design recently, I’ve (finally) decided to dedicate a post to them. The above design is based on a few of my favorites! You can find similar pencils at The Happiness Planner.

Some quotes to inspire you:

  1. Think happy thoughts
  2. Work hard play hard
  3. Love yourself
  4. Follow your dreams
  5. Make it happen
  6. Escape the ordinary


The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

St. Jerome

Hello dear readers! Hope your week has been going well. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while—the past couple of weeks have been so busy! I am excited to share this one with you, even though eyes are not my specialty. I decided to give them a try anyway—and found that they were actually quite fun to draw (especially the lashes, although they were definitely the hardest part)! I was debating whether or not to color the iris, but eventually decided to leave them black and white. What do you think? Any feedback is welcome!

Pink Study

Hello again! You may recall one of my more recent posts, Desk Study. As a follow-up, I decided to post another study, using only the color pink! This time, I drew the random things I noticed around the room. Instead of focusing on the shading, I emphasized the outlines of the shapes. I really love these studies; they provide an opportunity to take a closer look at everyday objects and recreate them on paper.


Every sunrise is an invitation to brighten someone’s day.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Hi everyone! I recently received a set of STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph drawing pencils for my birthday, and I am so excited! They work really well! Here is my first sketch, of a sunrise over an island in the Bahamas. I just love the reflection on the water! In the future, I think I might try recreating the same photo in color.