Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Everything's a Cartoon!

Everything's a cartoon! I was drawing these birds from nature for Cathy Johnson's class in Sketchbook Skool and suddenly that quirky yellow one pops in and asks for crumbs. There goes the nature drawing.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Monday Blog Tours with Artists and Writers

A very dear artist friend of mine, Jackie Paninski Neal, http://creatingwithoutcrayons.blogspot.com invited me to join her and other artists/writers by blogging a bit about myself and my creative process. 
On Mondays, artists and writers from all over the world are sharing their stories and images through blogging. This is yet another opportunity to meet and be inspired by other like-minded people. Jackie then invited me to participate, hence this post, and then I will invite another and so on and so on...you get the idea!

I have invited Jutta Muller, http://www.iumyko.net  to post about her creative efforts next Monday, August 25th. We met through on-line classes. She keeps popping up where I am and I adore her work. Currently we are taking two classes together...Sketchbook Skool and Year of the Fairytale 2014. Jutta is a student at the private art school "arte fact" in Bonn for painting and drawing. What an honor this is. You can find out more about Jutta on her Facebook page or her very organized and creative blog; but be sure to visit her blog on Monday August 25th to view her special post about her creative self.

On to the 4 Interview Questions!
1. What am I working on now?

I juggle way too many projects and classes so I will mention just a few...

I'm working on this oil painting of Anne Marie. She keeps staring at me and asking when she'll be done. I study on-line with Daniel Edmondson and Will Kemp...otherwise I am self taught.

I'm working on the illustrations of a picture story I wrote titled, "The Tree my Heart." 

I'm working on Cartoons almost every day. If you follow my work you know Zebra is my signature character for my cartoons!

I am working on writing and illustrating a humorous nonfiction novel based on my observations as a clerk at a convenience store and living a creative life beyond all of that nonsense. The title of the book is "No Bra, No Teeth, No Service."

I am working on Illustrated Recipes to be published on "They Draw and Cook" blog. I think I have had 5 published.

I am writing articles and/or submitting art for magazines. I have been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Art Journaling and Somerset Studios magazines about five times. I am published in Michael DeMeng and Andrea Matus DeMeng's book, "The Art Abandonment Project." I was published in Lesley Riley's book, "Quotes Illustrated" and this book has been picked up by Northlight publications so 30 more artist's work was chosen and I was one of the 30. Now I will have two art pieces in the second book due out in November 2014. I have been published at "They Draw and Cook." I had  fairytale illustrations published in Carla Sonhein's Fairytale zine.

I am working with artists through Sketchbook Skool (Danny Gregory), an exciting online course approximately every 6 weeks , with six instructors per session. Just finished session two.

2. How Does My Art Differ From Others?

If you see my work you are seeing me. It reflects my feelings, observations and humor. Lots of color, emotion and imagination. I work from the inside out. And I don't follow the rules.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Because I have to or I'd be a very sad person.

For the simple joy of making people laugh.

And because I have to or all of this would rattle inside my head, and since I don't want to take drugs or drink all day, or walk around in the streets mumbling, I write and make art.

4. How does my creative process work?

Basically I get out of my own way. 

When I create I go so deep into it that I feel like I'm chasing after myself. I don't think. I just get on with the creating.

 I carry a Moleskine 
with me everywhere to write ideas and notes. If  I have an idea for a cartoon I draw it immediately...no matter where I am.

I take artist dates for myself by myself.

I take classes with and get to know artists/writers I admire...to name a few... Michael deMeng, Tommy Kane, Seth Apter, Prashant Miranda, Carla Sonheim, Traci Bautista, Danny Gregory, Will Kemp, Andrea Joseph, Quentin Blake, David Sedaris, David Ezra Stein, Wade Rouse.....plus I either have or plan to meet them in person. It's good to walk alongside like-minded people... Artists and writers love to share what they know, plus Michael deMeng has shared some great martini recipes, in addition to his famous paint color combinations.

I sit quietly and "visualize" a painting or the next chapter of a story in my head then I jump up and put it to paper. Do it now, not later. This keeps the ideas coming.

I listen to others conversations, I'm rude and I stare at people. I see the world in vivid colors with joy,  humor, excitement and sometimes dismay.  

It all works.

Everything is material...Cheers- Darlene

Friday, August 15, 2014

Zebra and His Stuff!

                                                 ...but we are allowed to hoard art supplies.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Cartoon and a Martini Recipe

The Corpse Reviver (I got this recipe from Michael DeMeng)

1 ounce gin (Bombay Saffire or Hendrick
1 ounce Lillet (French Vermouth)
1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon
1 ounce orange liquer (Cointreau)
3-6 drops absinthe
Cherry for garnish

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Dog Kisses

My daughter, Suzanne and Poe. Watercolor based on a photo her husband took today. Poe got a long walk at the park before Mama went to work at the gallery.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Button Race

Studying with Andrea Joseph (the Queen of ball point pen drawings) at Sketchbook Skool. As a result I am dedicating this Moleskine to drawing "collections of things." I will only use ballpoint pens or pencil. This is titled, "Button Race."




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

White Paint in Your Watercolor Palette? Throw it Away!

This dog character is inspired by a white Maltese dog I love named Poe. But, ugh! I never use the white paint in a watercolor set. What to do other than outline in black and let the white paper show through? I wanted him to have more texture and show some shadow for his hair.

I outline with a black pen. This was a Micron 01. Then I use a CARAN d'DACHE NEOCOLOR II in Silver Grey. I wet the brush and slide it against the tip of the crayon to pick up the color to paint with. Let this dry and add TULIP Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint in White. This photo doesn't show it very well. I like the contrast of shiny-dimensional paint in this illustration because I want the attention on the dog.

(Prisma colored Pencil with watercolors is another way to go.)

I'd love to hear any ideas you have,


Friday, July 25, 2014

From This... to This!



I have a Moleskine that I keep most of my ideas in, my whines, my thoughts...you know that place where I can dump the chatter in my head. If the Moleskine isn't handy I scrawl on pieces of paper. I can easily fill up an entire piece of copy paper...front and back.

Later, I have to spin it around or flip it over, back and forth to be able to read it. See my notes above on the scrap piece of paper? You can see how I've written across other ideas and notes. This particular doodle I did while I was on the phone and  two weeks later I used it for this illustration. I keep all of these papers in a file folder so my desk doesn't look chaotic. When I need to feel very organized, instead of overwhelmed by all the notes I've scrawled, I will transfer the information I want to keep to my Moleskine.

I feel anything I have written down is brewing and simmering in the creative part of my being...sometimes without me even being aware...then BOOM! one cloudy day while I'm trimming my toenails I see an illustration idea, a gag line, or picture story revealed. Such fun!