It’s been quite some time since my last post. It was a sad one. About my dog. But, I have continued drawing most every day, so here are some of my faves since my last post which was holy cow! August 21st. I do not know where the time goes! And I do not like it going!
That Time Scorpius Lost the Halloween Wager, 6″ x 8″ progress shots
Here is Scorpius, a baddie from the show Farscape who most certainly does NOT normally wear a bunny hat, made for AnnD for a Halloween secret swap! The four atcs below are from the same pack of swag!
Bride, Creepy Prom Date and two sets of Circus Creepers! Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ art cards, Copics
The next group are my favorite cards made recently or for the illustratedatcs.com Halloween-a-thon.
Six creepy creeper cards! Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen
Also these creepy eyeball ones!
Creepies with Creepy Eyes
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ ink and Copics
Thanks so much for stopping by! I shall make no promises about forthcoming posts because I will post when I can. I do post recent art more frequently on my facebook art page. Hello and thank you to Paint Party Friday!
Daisy, 9″ x 12″ pencils
Daisy in Progress
Daisy started as a sketch I considered using for a (requested) coloring page. I’ve been trying to practice/add more botanical elements as a way of making these recent portrait type pencil works more interesting.
You may remember these guys before the flowers:
Two in Flowers, 9″ x 12″ pencils
And more from the past couple weeks:
Ernestine in Cloche, Niles
Each 9″ x 12″ pencils
I have started a gallery of recent pencil art and here is a link. You can also get there via the menu at the top of the page, on the far right. The gallery is a work in progress and not working perfectly quite yet. (I may try to find another portfolio-making widget.)
Some excitement at the blog this weekend! Apparently some Indian hackers were using my bandwidth for Indian porn. (Nothing any of my visitors would ever see. No, they prefer to be sneaky and use some behind-the-scenes BS! But my hosting peeps Dreamhost run a thing called Stop the Hacker! so they let me know there was a problem.) And I am SO lucky to live with an excellent computer programmer who can fix such things. And he did. The end. :D
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Enid, 9″ x 12″ Pencils
So, instead of one or two nights like most of these 9×12 pencils I’ve been doing, I put in an extra couple days on this one for added depth and detail. Frequent visitors to this blog may recall my love of snoods!
And here is some of the rest of the gallery from the past couple weeks (with bird friends!):
Hamish with New Friend, Peko & Midori (click to enlarge)
Midge & Bordeaux, Lindy and Margaret (click to enlarge)
A few notes. So much smudging! In some cases, I have tried to remove the smudging (in Adobe Elements where I do most of my brightness corrections and resizing), but some still show more smudging that others. Also, I have included my blog address because while lots of people re-post images, many of them do not mean to “steal” but to share. Those sorts of folks will leave an identifier so I have included the link.
Friends, I must confess – I have THREE ink projects I have put off. The bad excuse is that I am in pencil mode! But the truth is that procrastination and fear of bad outcomes continue to bedevil me. That much said, I may have some inky things (and procrastination recovery to report) next time!
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9″ x 12″ pencil
Hattie in progress, 9″ x 12″ pencil (click to enlarge)
Jim & Miranda
9″ x 12″ pencil
Giles with Bowtie
9″ x 12″ pencil
Still at it! 005 mechanical pencil with HB lead, and some 4B and new 8B Staedtler pencils.
Thanks to all for stopping by and leaving nice comments! Hello to Paint Party Friday!
Acrylic painting and pencil sketching continue.
11″ x 14″ Acrylics, in progress
This one is feeling much more forced than the last one! Probably overthinking things. The black outline was not the best move, but it will probably see a lot of changes yet.
And these are two favorite recent sketches. I am finally using a piece of paper as a smudge guard. Hooray!
Horned Oracle, 9″ x 12″ pencil
Pavel’s Pet Portrait Palace, 9″ x 12″ pencil
I haven’t decided what to do with these, Copics won’t work with this much pencil and the Bristol is no good for acrylics. I could trace the outline on a new sheet, maybe. More likely I will just start the next one.
Thanks so much for dropping by! (All acrylic tips appreciated!)
two painted beasts, omg.
11″ x 14″ Acrylics
Wooo, I’ve been painting! And pretty big too, if you keep in mind I’ve been mostly drawing 2.5″ x 3.5″ art card size the last couple years.
Since my last progress shots post, some WordPress update business or another has removed my slideshow function. I may search out another for future posts, but here is a little gallery of shots. You can click on each to enlarge, but tragically you cannot page through them.
11″ x 14″ sketch
Step one, outline
Step two, filling in
Step three, new color
Step four, new color
Step five, background color
Step six, refining shapes
Step 7, adding detail
Step 8, shading and detail
So, I was pretty happy at step seven. The next day, after a couple hours working at it (with some frustrations!), what a big difference! I still have to fix up the background. Might just cover the splatters, or might add something new. Or might start the next painting! Here’s a sneak preview:
11″ x 14″ sketch on canvas board
Thanks so much for dropping in! Please, please feel free and encouraged to drop any and all acrylic painting tips in the comments. I’m a bit of a hack at it still, and probably will be for another few years. (But that’ s ok!) :-)
Four Fancy Animals, August 2015
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″, Copics, fine liners, gel pen
From left to right: Sapphire Spaniel, Waldrich Wombat, Timothy Peppercorn, & Koala Princess.
I am just going to come right out and tell you, I have not found, let alone joined, a life drawing class. I did get a new easel and started a 12″ x 16″ canvas. It shall probably be a cat in fancy clothes. I will let you know!
Thanks for dropping in!
Sister of Plenitude, Clockwork Droid Bad Wolf
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics and Prismacolor Pencils
I turned around and August was mostly gone. I did a variety of oddments this past few weeks. The Dr. Who themed swap, above, as well as a variety of dogs, some in an older style and some experiments with Prismacolor pencils.
Jimmy Fluffball, Brother Cyril, Hap (with bird)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, Prismacolor Pencils
I liked these a bit better.
Fennec Fox and Junebug
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Prismacolor pencils, Copic markers
And I have made my second appearance in the Dick Blick catalog! I think they found me on Tumblr. Which reminds me, I haven’t posted there in ages. Keeping up is hard.
Thanks for dropping in! I know these posts are fewer and further between, but I hope to be working just a few fewer hours soon. Which should help. :)
Happy August, fine visitor people! I had this plan that for July I would make certain changes and meet certain small goals. Most of that didn’t happen, but some did, and that was far better than none. Now it is August, and I am considering July a test run. I know that is all rather vague! But this is an art blog so here is some recent art. ;)
Skye, Lou Blue, Mistress of Ceremonies
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen
Two Cat Princesses and One Mushroom Princess
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen
Faces and more faces. One thing I am looking into this month is life drawing classes, which is I think the right thing to do for my art. Sal Schiebe continues to do life drawing and she already has crazy enviable figure drawing skills. I think it’s time!
Of course, I missed signups for the class at the local art center by two weeks and will have to wait until another starts. I haven’t yet found just a drop-in life drawing class, but I shall continue to search.
Thanks for stopping by! Some progress pics below. :D
Nine More from the Renowned Fungus Architect
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners (one with Prismacolor pencils)
For those who want to know the names of these stylish abodes, row one: Mr. Big Feet’s House, The One with the Walkup, Sunflower House. Row 2: Home of the Newlywed Astronomers, The Quiet Place, The Red Bench. Row three: Pixie’s Place (Prismacolor pencils), Double-Wide with Rooftop Isolation Chamber, Threesome.
So many new ATCs, mostly due to the ATC (Artist Trading Card) art-athon over at illustratedatcs.com last weekend. Lots of art and lots of trading is a fine way to spend a weekend. (Making art at breakneck speeds does not allow much slowdown for progress shots, but there are a few.)
Thanks for dropping in! Hello to Paint Party Friday! The posting has been sporadic. I notice the same with other folks!