Thursday, May 14, 2015

BIC is My Favorite Ball Point Pen

BIC wins the Prize for my favorite ball point pen. (I buy them by the box full.) There are not any BIC pens I do not like but this is my all - time - stand - by for note taking, journal writing, list making, doodling, and drawing. It's a smooth writer and never spits ink back at me. Blue ink makes me happiest with this particular pen.

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What's your favorite ball point pen?


Monday, May 11, 2015

Crosshatching Kitty Fur

Giving these kitty's fur some style with crosshatching using a Micron Pen. I am so tempted to add a bit of color was to the hats but am focusing on B&W only. Need to purchase a pen in grey shade.

The reference source for these drawings from a newspaper article about the newly released book, "Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty," by Sara Thomas. (Running Press)


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kitty Hats

I saw an article in the newspaper about this newly released book and I knew I had to draw the kitties in hats. Here are four. I will draw the other five so stay tuned.

Sara Thomas author of "Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty." (Running Press, 112 pages, $16.95)


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This and That in a Teeney Sketchbook by Lapin Barcelona

These sketches were done in a teeney sketchbook (3.5 x 5.5). The sketchbook cover is designed by Lapin Barcelona.

Art by LAPIN

The paper is smooth and a light cream color ( I prefer white) but I wanted a book by Lapin. I found it at the Kenyon College Bookstore where I find many unique things. I'm working to fill the pages with simple drawings of ordinary things.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Big Head Drawing

One of Lapin Barcelona's assignments for Sketchbook Skool was to draw Big Head portraits similar to his style. He draws using live models but I didn't have a model at the ready so I used the following photos for reference.

These are my daughters (yes, artistic and creative souls). This is the set up they staged for a Halloween Trick or Treat night outside my house. I live in a huge stone house that appears "castle-like" or "haunted"...take your pick. So it was the perfect backdrop for this Halloween magic. They did not move. They appeared mannequin or doll-like. A child would approach to look closer and maybe reach out to touch when one of them would move. The child would scream and run off. Perfect Halloween fun!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sketchbook Skool With Lapin Barcelona!

I'm experiencing week two of Sketchbook Skool  with instructor Lapin Barcelona, the French illustrator. He is staring into Koosje Koene's eyes as he draws her portrait. He says he always draws the eyes first and must get the eyes right as they are the key to the story he is drawing. He is famous for drawing "big head" portraits. He uses old ledgers to draw in and when he is finished he asks the model to sign their portrait using a BIC 4 color pen. His drawings of vehicles are also fantastic.

Koosje and Danny Gregory founded Sketchbook Skool. We're in the second year and I can't imagine missing a session. There are three sessions a year with each session running for six weeks. A different instructor is introduced each week. Sketchbook Skool is "Art 4 All." Perhaps you'd like to join us.


Monday, April 27, 2015

WOW! Sketchbook Skool With Jonathan Twingley

I ccould ramble on and on about experiences at Sketchbook Skool  (this is my second year), but I'll keep it short and say "WOW!"

I had the joy of studying with Jonathan Twingley.  What an impression he made on me...and obviously Zebra. I'm fired up to work with inks and collage. Merci Jonathan.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sketchbook Skool Started Today With Jonathan Twingley

The second year of Sketchbook Skool (SBS) started today. The name of this kourse is "Stretching." All of the 2014 kourses are still available for purchase too. The first instructor is Jonathon Twingley.  I'm a huge fan of his work and I am excited that he is an instructor at SBS. It was amazing listening to his videos (he can talk the talk) and equally exciting to see inside his studio and watch him draw. Have you ever heard of a metal brush? I haven't. Jonathon uses one with india ink.

This is a bit of a drawing focusing on imaginative qualities found from ink blots. The colors are the ink blots then I had to draw "what I saw." I think I passed the test. Maybe Jonathan will stop by and put a shiny red star on my paper. Ah, I may have to go out tomorrow and buy some of those gummed stars.

And here's another one. Who would've know that I'd see Zebra in an ink blot.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Drew it. Now I Can Eat It!

Sometimes I take an arty break from cartoons, graphic novel work, or oil painting and draw something simple with a simple tool. I used a red ball point pen and pencil.