Nine New Cards, Mostly Pen and Ink with Copics

Paige, Jean with Tree, Maddie
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers


Two Mad, One Surprised
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers. Also Prismacolor pencils (far right)


Three Miscellaneous!
Each 3.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers

Lots of progress pics! More for some than others. :)

I try not to post so many at once but I thought I would catch up after posting sporadically, recently. Still working on book ideas! And one day I’ll let you know if I get to the next step. :)

Thanks for dropping in! Hello again to Paint Party Friday, if you head this way from there.


Colorful Girls, Goth Themed, Copic Markers

Four Goth Themed Girls
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

Yet more art cards! I’ve been feeling recently, as I do sometimes but this time even more, that I really, REALLY ought to do bigger things. Like that book I keep mentioning.

Can you people believe it’s just about July already! Egad. Hello to Paint Party Friday people, if you happen to make it over. Lots of progress pics below. :)

Tiny and Fancy Strikes Again (Strike Again?)

Three Fancy Women, One Treehouse
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners gel pen

Maybe “Tiny and Fancy” should be my alternate blog title. The one on the bottom is not quite done – it will probably get some more black pen and gel pen. These are (left to right): Prudence, Yara the Soothsayer, keva (in progess) and Tonics Twenty-Five Cents.

Despite my repeated insistence I want to start painting, actually making myself do it is proving maddeningly difficult. I should stop talking about it. (I’m not sure if that will make it more or less likely to happen.)

I have made book notes which are a very very preliminary stage of a book project. Perhaps I will have more to report next time!

Hello Paint Party Friday! It’s been a while!

Many Trees in Pen and Ink, Post #350

350 Posts! That’s quite a lot. it’s also more than halfway through the year, which is complete madness. And since it’s that year I said I was going to work on and finish a book, I better get cracking.

The delightful Ann D’Angelo of Wonderstrange declared the first ten days of June, “Ten Days of Trees” over at art card site IllustratedATCs. While some folks went realistic, I … did not do that.

Three Tree Houses
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

The first three trees are various sorts of living situations. The center tree, with it’s tiny initials “G.P.” is titled, Home Office, Gnome Poetry Correspondence School.

Three Trees, Three Faces
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, Prismacolor pencils

You might recognize the very weird middle face from the last post! Here we have the Cat in the Dragon’s Blood Tree Hat, the Oracle of the Forest, and the Oak Tree Crown.

Three More Trees

These three are a bit more decorative and doodle-y.

Some progress pics below. Thanks for dropping in!

Strange and Colorful Faces, in Pencil and Pen

Coral, Grizeld, Oracle of the Forest
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen, Prismacolor Pencils (on Coral)

Some weird and wild faces as I try to get back into the habit of drawing every day. I’ve also done quite a few trees! You might have seen some on my FaceBook page. I will post them next time!

The one with the four eyes creeps me out a little, I admit!

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Birds, Both Real and Imagined, Pen and Ink

Raven with Scarf, Raven Called Hamish
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liner, gel pen

I made a small flock of new birds in the last couple weeks, and then had to keep it a secret because they were a secret swap gift. I am happy to report they have been received with much appreciation. :D

Mabel in Fancy Hat, Kook and Tillie
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liner, gel pen

Raven in Scarf, in progress

Raven Called Hamish in progress

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One Very Fluffy Cat, in Acrylics

Hello! My name is Cindy, and it’s been thirty days since my last post.  However, it’s a painting post rather than a pen and ink post. That’s something!

Super Fluffy Cat, 5″ x 7″ acrylics

Back in January or so I promised to trade a 5″ x 7″ canvas painted with a cat. Then I got painter’s block and didn’t paint until, well, this weekend. Considering my apparent reluctance to practice and my novice level skills with paints – something I would love to remedy but I find it hard to make myself sit down and paint – somehow this cat looks like a cat! He went through some crazy transformations as I tried to figure out what I was doing (see progress pics below).

I’m trying to determine how to best motivate myself for the next painting (please reply if you have a suggestion). I’m considering trying to do some fantasy type paintings for the art show at another convention later this year.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve also done some new pen and ink art cards, but I’m gonna hold them for the next post. :D

Here is the handsome reference subject, a Main Coon called Relaxing Tiger Tamaris.

One Art Card, Two Dramatic Surgical Procedures

though accompanied Found Poetry ATC
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, clipped text

Finally a bit more Found Poetry. This follows an absolutely thrilling week wherein Wilson (the dog) underwent emergency surgery for an intestinal obstruction. That’s right, our twelve-year-old Lhasa/King Charles mix with a bad heart, epilepsy, two previously torn ccl ligaments (back knees), and an enlarged liver, sent himself to emergency surgery because he ate a big plastic thing (unidentifiable after traveling partway through dog). And spent two days in intensive care. Here is the culprit with all kinds of tubes at the hospital, and more recently, recovering at home.

Wilson, April 2015
After surgery and feeling better at home

Guilty? Yep. Almost unbearably cute? Yep. More Wilson here.

Perhaps you thought that was enough to make a thrilling week. You would be right! And yet, two days later the man of the house, Bert, underwent (planned) back surgery. A couple days were spent back and forth between the hospital (where Bert stayed one night and was released the next day), and home, where Wilson has approximately seven bajillion pills on varying schedules.

Both are recovering nicely. Also, I did this art, but not much else. :)

in progress (click to enlarge)

Cat Girls and Strange Color Schemes, Copics

(Left to right) Fern, Katja Blue, Anise, Fara
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

A couple people asked where these specific color themes were coming from, and the answer is a swap called “Build-a-Girl” with three columns of suggestions in these categories: Physical attributes (like wings, antlers, animal ears, warts, claws), Props (feathers, flowers, gears, elaborate jewelry, cigarette, books) and specific color schemes chosen by the swap organizer.

The above colors schemes are Pink/Orange/Green, Monochromatic Blue, Sepias, and Black/White/Red/Pink. Some of these color combinations I never use – like green with pink or orange! But it’s a great opportunity to do things outside your comfort zone.

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Colorful Accessorizing in Pen and Ink

So these are my four latest art card maidens:

Four More Art Cards, March 2015
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

Left to right: Jade, Brea, Gwennis, Violet. I should add that for most of these recent cards, I’ve been limited to a list of specific palettes that I don’t normally use. Which is an interesting parameter to work with!

I thought it would be neat to compare these most recent four to the first four maidens, made for the theme “Celestial Maidens” way in back in July of 2012 when I thought I should try to start drawing people. The features and details are a bit more refined in the current batch.

Celestial Maidens, July 2012

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