Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Illustration Ideas Come From Many Sources


My illustration ideas come from many sources. Sometimes I go to outer space to get them. It's not very cost effective but the results are good. Most often they come from simply paying attention to what is going on around me. I observe something, I hear something, or I can even smell something that may trigger an idea. The trick is to record it immediately. Use a paper napkin, a receipt...whatever you can get your hands on. If you're like me you always have a Moleskine journal with you to use.

This illustration was inspired from a photo I saw recently. I'm taking an online class with Celeste and she had posted a photo of herself on a trip where a bird had chomped her hat. I asked her if I could use her image for an illustration and she said yes. So here you go Celeste.....thank you for letting me use your image.

Cheers-
Darlene

Monday, July 21, 2014

Moleskine Journals



I write in Moleskine journals. The covers are plain so I make a copy of one of my illustrations and adhere it to the cover. This is the next illustration I'll put on a cover.

Cheers-
Darlene

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Inspired LIVE Sketch Date







Hey, I met Cassandra Epalle from France today. No, I did not travel to France to meet her (maybe next time.) She is in Ohio visiting family and to celebrate her mother's birthday. Cassandra purchased this illustration to give her mother. (Awesome) I drew this illustration based on photos Cassandra gave me of her mom and cat, Lucky. If you read the gag line you see that he is truly one Lucky cat. Her mom wore glasses and a dress (only in white) like this to the prom.

This was my first LIVE sketch date. We're outside a coffee shop, on State Street, in the historical section of Westerville. We could smell the scent of roasted coffee while we sketched. We are both students of Sketchbook Skool and many artists around the world are drawing every day because of this fantastic on-line class. Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene are the founders.

See videos about Sketchbook Skool on Vimeo!



 Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Danny Gregory Assigns Toast Drawing in Sketchbook Skool


Semester 2 "SEEING" of Sketchbook Skool has started. The first assignment by Danny Gregory was to see every nook, cranny and line in toast then draw it...hence this cartoon.

Cheers-
Darlene

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Zebra Advice for Washday Mondays


My mother- in- law still uses one of these...and she's not Amish, or a minimalist. She just wants to suffer.

Cheers-
Darlene

Sunday, June 29, 2014