Category Archives: Progression Photos

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

Thanks for dropping in!

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Four Girls on Various Themes, Copic Markers

Four Girls on Various Themes (click to enlarge)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″, pen and ink

(Left to right: Celestus (with cat), Tamara, Francine and Skye)

Fine people of the blogosphere, I bring you my continuing tale of illness and the American healthcare system. No, not really. But I did go to the doctor three times in two months, and only on the third visit did I get some antibiotics, which I hope will help. But if it’s viral, they won’t help. But maybe I have more than one issue, who knows?!

The first doctor thought I would be over an upper respiratory infection soon and told me to wait it out. The second doctor, a month later, said I probably had adult onset allergies. And finally two days later, maybe bronchitis-maybe pneumonia, let’s try antibiotics. And if that doesn’t work, next is a chest X-ray. Yeesh.

Enough about that! Above you will find some new art cards, three on a Build-Girl-Theme with various attribute and color choices, and one more beehive-haired steampunk lass, Francine, at the bottom left. I’ve started a new Flickr album with all the fancy gals from 2015 to date.

Thanks for dropping in! More Found Poetry next time, perhaps! [And hopefully no more griping about being sick. Arrrgh!]

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Fancy Hair, Fancy Gadgets, Fancy Overload

Jasmine, Tika, Ooni (click to enlarge)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

I kid. Of course it’s not possible to get fancy overload. These are the three most recent art cards with the big hair-fancy clothes themes. Which I apparently cannot get enough of. Maybe this is why I like Project Runway (despite the fact that most of the clothes produced on that show are dreadful – mainly because of stupidly short “challenge” timelines).

Also! Because I told someone recently I would be putting new things in my shop soon (after many months of neglect), I have finally done so! A whole bunch of newer art cards including Tika, in the center above.

Lots of progress pics! Thanks for stopping in! I have yet another big hair woman in the works. :)

And hello to Paint Party Friday! It’s been a while.

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More Fancy Hair and Fancy Doodads!

Yuki, Nina and Agent Coo
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

The latest fancy lasses, who have inspired this collective:

Twelve Fancy Dos,
Assorted art cards, 2.5″ x 3.5″ pen & ink

Row one: Calliope, Geraldine, Sayoko, Phyllis; Row Two: Virginia, Yuki, Betty Lou, Nina & Agent Coo; Row Three: Tamako, Elsa, Dorothy, Bubblegum Geisha. (Because I always name them!)

Thanks for dropping in! I have an idea for a book that uses lots of my art cards from the last few years. For one thing, I like them, and for another, it puts this project firmly into progressing territory as opposed to haven’t-started territory. I know which territory I prefer!

More on the book soon, maybe! Thanks for dropping in!

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Just Another “Where Did February Go” Post

Faces 17 & 18, Elsa and Bubblegum Geisha
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

These are seventeen and eighteen of the 29 Faces challenge. Over the weekend I managed six more, and that’s not too bad.

six in progress, pencil, pen, Copics

Being sick is not pleasant, and this nasty cold has dragged on too long. I’d say most of us here on the winter side hope Spring shows up soon! Thanks for stopping in. :)

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More Faces, Soulful Beasts in Colored Pencil

So I don’t have the plague but I do have a terrible head cold. Going on Day 4. Ugh! Even so, I have managed this Jackalope, which was requested by someone at

Jackalope, 2.5″ x 3.5″
Ink and colored pencil

Earlier in the week I managed a couple beasts, though one is unfinished.

Jia, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Colored pencil
Talia, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, ink (in progress)

I apologize if you have come to my site and gotten an error message. It has been happening much too frequently. I have just done a bunch of updates but if that doesn’t work, I shall have to move to a new host. If so, I hope it’s not a terrible mess! I prefer to be making art!

It’s Day 20 of 29 Faces for February, 2015, and I believe these three bring me to 15 total. Next time I’ll post them all to date. Thanks for dropping in!

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Lots More Fiddly Bits in Pen and Ink, for 29 Faces

Sayoko, sketch and complete
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Finished the geisha I started in the last post. I thought about darkening the hair but didn’t want to mess with it further!

Earlier I finished this robot fellow Reynaldo. I think he is pretty cute.

Reynaldo, 2.5″ x 3.5″
Copics, Prismacolor pencils

This concludes another late night post, this time with two faces for February’s 29 Faces challenge! Thanks for dropping in! Progress pics below.

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Fancy Geisha Sketch, 29 Faces Challenge

Fancy Geisha sketch, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Several sketching steps for this one. I should probably re-trace this (but I won’t). SO MUCH erasing. If you click through the slideshow (particularly between the last two slides and her completely new face!) you will see a pretty dramatic transformation. I think.

Have you come from 29 Faces? If not, go see!

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Otherworldly Creatures in Pen and Ink, 29 Faces Day 5

Jin and Dinka, Inked and Colored
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen on Bristol

Good morning! (Or afternoon. Or evening.) It’s Day 5 over at the 29 Faces Challenge. I am counting the profiles of these two as one face, which seems fair!

Thanks for dropping in! Some progress pics, though I forgot to stop and do some scans while doing the background.

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Day Three of 29 Faces, in Pen and Ink

Loris and Nu
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Loris and Nu were created for an “otherworldly people and their pets” theme. This is sort of what happens when I try to do a full figure. Fortunately it’s an alien so nobody can tell me this is not what the arms really look like.

Bev, 2.5″ x 3.5″
Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

And this is one of my favorite cards from a recent art-athon weekend at That thing holding her hair is a snood. Snood. Snood. Snood.

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