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.  www.sketchbookskool.com

Cheers-
Darlene


Monday, April 27, 2015

WOW! Sketchbook Skool With Jonathan Twingley


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

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


Cheers-
Darlene

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