Monday, January 28, 2013

Black Prismacolor on Crumpled Brown Kraft Paper

I am trying out this new style to add to my sketchbook that I plan to sell on Amazon sometime this year. The book will consist mainly of pen & ink drawings of European architecture and face drawings in various media. It will be in black & white with minimal splashes of color.

I also plan on releasing a book in color that will feature my paintings.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Illustration Friday - Wings

This is the first time in a long time that I've drawn something for IF. I hope you like it.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


I was planning on doing a lot of scribbles and splashes of paint on this, but it turned out looking more like my regular conservative stuff. I'm going to add some black Prismacolor and maybe some white highlights to this once the paint is dry.

Preliminary Drawing of Adora

I took this picture in case I really messed the painting up.

My Dried Up Pens

I haven't used these in so long, my ink cartridges dried up. Time to put new ones in & start drawing again! I probably messed up my pens by letting the ink dry, but we'll see how it goes. *sigh*

I really am going to start drawing again even if it's 10 min. a day. I went through my art supplies & found some cool stuff I had forgotten about. My next inspiration is to crumple up brown paper, draw on it with black Prismacolor, then go over it with white pencil. I hope it turns out well enough to put in my art book.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Close-up of Memories Lost book by Hoang Nguyen

This is one of the art books I found today while I was inspired to look for my sketchbook. Such beautiful work!

Close-up of a Gris Grimly drawing

I found this autographed drawing that came with Grimly's Sleepy Hollow book. I bought the book at Comic Con a few years ago.

Inspired by Kek

Today, I came across a blog by a French artist named Kek who just posts his funny comic strips. The drawings look simple, but the strip is so funny! His blog is one of the top blogs in France.

I thought, oh, I want to do the same thing! I want to draw really quickly and post funny stuff like he does. It will be so cool!

It got me excited about drawing again, so I went looking for my sketchbook and pens. I attempted to draw a simple figure with a circle for a head and two dots for eyes. Not bad, but not good either. I didn't know what to do with his hands and ended up royally messing up the drawing. To make things worse, I couldn't think of anything funny. It was very depressing. I totally suck at simple drawings.

In my search for my sketchbooks (I have many that I started, but never finished), I found a few cool art books that were sitting on my bookshelf. I will post a couple pics of some of that artwork I admire later.

I found a book called An Illustrated Life. It's a collection of illustrators' sketchbook pages. The artwork isn't really stuff to rave about because they are just sketchbook stuff, but I find that scratchy, written on, stained pages of drawings very charming and inspiring. I think I should really find time, maybe 15 min. per day, to draw like that in a sketchbook. I really like that shaky ink line look with haphazardly splattered-on watercolor. It's a style I'm not good at, but I've attempted it a few times and the outcome wasn't that bad.

I did a few drawings of my characters for the children's picture book I'm working on. My husband helped me get the drawings to be very simple, so I was practicing. I still need work, but if I do it in acrylic paint or gouache, I might get some interesting textures like in the Oh David books. I still like David Shannon's art style even though my husband says I draw way better. We'll see how my attempts go.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Apple TV, Flickr, and Publishing a Sketchbook

Wendy, my sister-in-law, gave us an Apple TV for Christmas. I love it!! Great sister-in-law, right? I totally love these techy gadgets that are out these days.

We watch Netflix and YouTube stuff on it and I can also view my Flickr drawings on there. Apple TV uses my Flickr drawings as a screensaver. How cool is that?! For me it's really cool to see my drawings blown up on the TV. They actually look better up there. You can choose different modes to view the images. I chose the one that moves the images around the screen and highlights one image at a time by enlarging it or scrolling down the taller images. It's artistically composed with smaller images on the sides.

My husband couldn't believe how many drawings I have. He suggested that I gather my drawings together to create a sketchbook to sell. He says I have enough drawings to do it. It's a good idea, so I really want to do that this year. Maybe that will be my New Year's resolution even though I believe people should have resolutions year round and not just at the beginning of the year.

The only problem I have with putting my drawings together in a book is that most of them are already online for public view. I'll have to take like a week or two to sit down and really create a lot of new drawings for the sketchbook. It sounds like a lot of fun, but I'm just afraid it will take too much time away from my writing.

I've always wanted to do a gallery show, but never have. The artwork I have created over the years has partially been done with that in mind. No matter how many drawings or paintings I do, I always feel like it's still not enough to have a gallery show. A cohesive one, anyway. Maybe one day it will happen, but I have too many things want to accomplish before I get around to focusing on that. Publishing a sketchbook will satisfy me enough for now.