I like artsy things.

If you were to look around my desk right now, you’d find pencils, pens, markers, paint, sumi-e ink, a plug-in pen tablet, and doodles galore. I’m right-brained. I can’t help it.
 
Yes, writing it a nice outlet, but sometimes I need a break. That’s where hobbies come in. I thought I’d use today’s post to share a couple of my digital paintings. :)

Just remember, I’m not a trained artist. I’ve only had one art class since I was twelve, and that was an “Easy A” freshman course in high school. This is the product of self-teaching, and it’s just for fun. 

Ramble, ramble, ramble—on with the show!

Rick Nash - Columbus Blue Jackets Captain



Etaw - My cousin's & his GF's cat

So, what are your hobbies? Do you consider yourself predominantly left-brained or right-brained? 
 
Have a great week! :) 

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  1. I'm typically a concrete thinker, task-oriented, etc., but I do have a creative side that shows itself once in a while. :)

    Nice art! :D (I'm jealous.) :P

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  2. You may not be trained but that's 1000 times better than whatever I would try to draw!

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  3. No training? Blimey!
    Generally, I thnk I'm probably no-brained. But on occasion, if I hav to use my brain, then I'm a leftie. Logical all the way!

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  4. Holy crap! Those are really good digital paintings! I am seriously impressed. I can't say whether I'm predominantly left or right brained -- so I went just now & took this online quiz (which is also the first thing that fills in when you Google 'left vs right brained.') Quiz: http://www.intelliscript.net/test_area/questionnaire/questionnaire.cgi

    According to that quiz, I have a very slightly higher left brain dominance to right brain dominance -- which is what I'd expect. I rely on To Do lists & schedules to be dominantly right brained but I do wander around telling myself stories while doing those scheduley things, and obviously I'm a writer.

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  5. Very cool, Carrie! Though I'm not artistic like you I do rather enjoy the art of extreme couponing! I love snatching up deals and getting merch for free!

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  6. Those are well done!

    I'm right brained and a professional photographer by trade.

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  7. Wow, Carrie, awesome! You're super talented!

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  8. These are awesome! I can make a picture pretty, but can't draw on the computer to save my life!

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  9. I'm definitely right-brained. I also enjoy drawing pictures, though I'd never claim to be the next Rembrandt or Picasso. Most of my other hobbies are collecting, like numismatism (coins), philatelism (stamps), marbles, vinyl LPs, and, in my dreams, antique cars. I also love embroidery and cross-stitch.

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  10. I HEART that cat, Carrie!!!!!!! :) I'm right brained at everything except drawing. All I have ever been able to draw are cartoons, like Charlie Brown and Calvin and Hobbes. But I do write music (piano) and I spend a lot of time writing, so....right brained, I guess! :)

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  11. What about writing also Picture Books and using your talent for illustrations? It takes much less time than writing a 60K+ words novel. YOu only need about 500 words and illustrations.

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  12. Hey, Carrie, what kind of pen tablet do you use?

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  13. @Melissa Hey, we need your concrete thinking. Otherwise, the scientific aspects of my sequel will probably sound ridiculous. *Grins*

    Thank you, Melissa!

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  14. Wow, I second the suggestion to consider picture books!

    I'm more crafty than artistic these days. Very impressed with what you're achieving as a self-taught artist.

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  15. @Iain Somehow, I don't believe this no-brained talk, Iain. :P

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  16. @bailey m kelsey Thank you, Bailey! That means a lot to me. :) Oo, thanks for the link. I took the quiz, and my right-brained score was twice as high as my left. I guess that cements it!

    Sounds like you have just the right balance. :D

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  17. @twentysomethingfictionwriter Thanks, Victoria!

    Oo, I've always wanted to see an extreme couponer in action. I'm not kidding. Someday, you have to take me with you! :D

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  18. @L. Diane Wolfe Thank you, L. Diane. :) Oh, that sounds fun!

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  19. @Juliana Haygert Aww, thanks, Juliana! I don't know about talented, but I certainly try. :)

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  20. @Jaycee DeLorenzo Thank you, Jaycee! :) Really? You have such a good eye when it comes to design, I would think drawing would come easy!

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  21. @Carrie-Anne Whoa. If I were you, I'd just go around telling people the fancy names of my hobbies. They sound so impressive like that. :D

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  22. @Summer Lane Thank you, Summer! :D Oh, wow. You should compose a piano piece for your future book trailer!

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  23. @Giora To be honest, I've never given it much thought. With a pseudonym, it might be a viable option. Hmm...

    Thanks, Giora! :)

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  24. @Adina West Thank you, Adina! I really appreciate it. :D

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  25. Wow, I just found this blog, and Carrie Butler is on it.

    I'm right-handed, so I write and do 10-key with my right hand. However, to be more efficient at a keyboard, I trained myself to use the mouse with my left hand. In other words, I purposefully chose to do the more analytical, quantitative things with my right hand, and the more analogical, qualitative things with my left hand.

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  26. I just found your blog from Michael Pierce's recommendation. I look forward to following!

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  27. You had me at digital painting. Damn you're talented!

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  28. Flip, those are really good! I don't even undersatand how one does digital drawings/painting! (Seriously. How do you actually do it? Is that what you have a plug-in pen tablet for?)

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  29. Carrie, I'm late! I was painting yesterday. If I'd known ...

    Look at how talented you are! I'm so impressed that I actually know you! And I'm very happy you're using your talent. Happy happy creating.

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  30. @Mark Murata I'm everywhere, Mark!

    ...Okay, not everywhere. That would be a little scary. ;)

    How long did it take for you to feel comfortable with that set-up? I'm impressed!

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  31. @Heather Murphy We're glad to have you here, Heather! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. @Rachel Morgan Thank you, Rachel!

    Yep, that's what the plug-in tablet is for. It's an input device that works a bit like a pen-shaped mouse. There's some hand-eye coordination involved. :)

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  33. @Joylene Nowell Butler Better late than never, I always say. ;)

    Oh goodness. Thank you for the kind words, Joylene!

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  34. HOLY TALENTED! My word Carrie, glad you're not hiding these hidden talents any more! So cool! I love art. Love drawing. Always have. I used to be better than I am now. I haven't practiced enough. Might have to figure out this digital painting though. FUN!

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  35. "...self-teaching, and it’s just for fun."

    Wow! Carrie's got talent!! Seriously, you have talent, love the digital rendering!

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  36. @Leigh Covington Aww, thanks, Leigh! :)

    Oo, I want to see your art sometime. Show us, show us! :D

    *PEER PRESSURE!*

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  37. @Carrie Butler

    Re the left-handed mouse: It took me a couple weeks to learn how to use it that way.

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