Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sketchbook Skool Started Today With Jonathan Twingley



The second year of Sketchbook Skool (SBS)   www.sketchbookskool.com 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. Twingley.blogspot.com  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.



Cheers-
Darlene



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.

Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Zebra Wishes You a Happy Easter, But No Dinner!


Happy Easter friends. Hope your day is filled with chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts. Oh yes, and coconut cake, breads, cinnamon rolls, cookies with pink icing, cupcakes...and I hope someone remembered the other basic food groups that constitute "Easter Dinner" as Zebra forgot.

Cheers-
Darlene

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Zebra at the Optometrist


I recently saw an optometrist because I stopped wearing contact lenses and was wearing a pair of glasses I think I got in the fifth grade. I told her I didn't care if she had to prescribe binoculars for me to see with as long as I had good eye health. Perfect eye health...sigh of relief! I did need glasses with thick lenses...may as well went with the binoculars.

Cheers-
Darlene

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Guess What Day it is? Zebra Doesn't Know!


Zebra had better come up with plan B quick, as he forgot it was her birthday. I think he's going to yell out, "April Fools Day" and pretend he didn't really forget. (Even the cat remembered.)

Cheers-
Darlene

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How I Paint Water (Zebra Cartoon)


How do I paint water?

Build layers of color starting with the lightest shade. I allow the first layer to dry. When I want to reveal water ripples I add "wet" splotches of paint and immediately press crumpled plastic wrap onto the wet paint. I wait a few seconds and lift it up and off. Let this dry and repeat. Remember to leave white areas for light.

And here's the big tip of the day (I'll probably be famous for this); for pee add a bit of Tim Holtz (Ranger) Distress Stickles in the color Scattered Straw. timholtz.com/blog   Stickles is a glitter glue that comes in a handy little squeeze bottle. (Yes, I've always been addicted to glitter and now as an adult artist instead of using glitter on handmade valentines I can create my own artsy pee.)

Cheers-
Darlene

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook is a Joy to Use With Watercolors



I'm working in the Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook (hardbound). It is almost filled with Zebra cartoons. I must order another soon. The paper is smooth, white and heavy. It is a joy to use with ink and watercolors. I know it is advertised to hold up to mixed media. May have to get a larger one and experiment with mixed media in it. Love those Stillman & Birn people.stillmanandbirn.com

What paper are you using?

Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sabrina Ward Harrison's Book Invites Creative Expression

I am working in the art journal/book "And The Story is Happening( a journal and collage)" by the fabulous Sabrina Ward Harrison.(Chronicle Books 2012)   This is a beautiful book and it took me a bit of time to have a go at the idea that I would be creating on the pages of this book. But that is the intention Sabrina has offered in this journal of her brilliant collage art.

There is a vellum pocket on the inside cover with pieces of paper ephemera. (FUN!) Sabrina invites us to tell our stories through writing, painting, collage or whatever creative expression we desire. Here is a capture of my moon story. The quote and background is Sabrina's work. The story and face are mine. You can see how much fun it was for me to define a face from Sabrina's background painting.



Dream big. Express freely. Here are some of Sabrina's links to inspire you,
Find her on Facebook, Sabrina Ward Harris

sabrinawharrison.tumblr.com

www.amazon.com


youtube.com

vimeo.com


Cheers-
Darlene

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Live a Life That Matters (Free Book)



This is exciting. My friend Jeff Goins is about to release his next book, and he’s giving away a limited number of copies for free.

If you don’t know Jeff, he has one of the fastest-growing blogs in the world and has made waves online with his quickly growing platform.

In the past few years, he’s inspired millions (literally) of people to go beyond the status quo and live a life that matters. And in this new book, he’s encouraging you to discover your true calling, that thing you were born to do.

The message of this book is so important that Jeff wants to get it into as many people’s hands as possible. So for a limited time, you can get it for free (just pay shipping) at this link:

CLICK HERE to get your free copy of Jeff’s book.
www.artofworkbook.com/darlene

Obviously, this deal won’t last long. It’s a prelaunch special before the book hits the bookstores. See if the offer is still available below.

CLICK HERE to get your free copy of Jeff’s book
www.artofworkbook.com/darlene

Cheers-
Darlene


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Live sketching at the College Deli


Did a little sketching live at the college deli. Love the message on their sign. Evidently some students are helping themselves to anothers order. Cheers-Darlene