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 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!


Brenda Swenson Can Drive and Draw

Brenda Swenson is an instructor for Session Two of Sketchbook Skool. Danny Gregory visited her lovely home to film her sessions. She drives a vintage pick up truck that is in mint condition. She also gives a demonstration on "Continual Line Contour" drawing. I have not done that assignment yet but this illustration was inspired by it.

Brenda has a zoogle of information about watercolor painting on her blog  the perfect place to find out exactly how to set up a watercolor palette, or to sign up for one of her classes.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.