Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Artwork

This illustration was fun to draw on the old book page. The text gives an interesting background. I added a piece of tape along one edge and cut the other edge in a decorative shape. I drew the pansies with colored pencils and shaded them in various colors.

Monday, August 29, 2016

August Artwork: Smiling Manatee

This manatee was drawn with colored pencil on a monoprinted page. This was a cartoonish version, but I took the opportunity to blend the colors - green, blue, and gray. I think he's a cutie.

August Artwork: Bluebird

Continuing with the August artwork, I present the silly, rounded bluebird. While this drawing is far "less realistic"than others that I've worked on, it offered the chance to work on shading and highlighting. The simple curved lines and shapes are rather soothing.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


This week has been full of blessings.
Labor Day is next weekend, the unofficial end to summer. It's hard to believe another season has passed.
I was caught outside returning a shopping cart in a giant parking lot when the winds picked up and the rain began to pelt down. Cars were driving erratically, like they do in any parking lot, but with the quick weather change, it seemed worse. A driver saw me cautiously waiting by the carts and stopped his car, so I could cross safely in the rain. That little act of kindness was so appreciated!
My friend and I were taking an art class together. She has no art experience and is very insecure about her process. The instructor was careful, patient, and thoughtful with her. It made me feel good to see my friend be able to set her feelings aside and enjoy the process. I was grateful that we had such a great instructor.
My dear friend called me up in the late afternoon and told me she had a rough day and needed a burger. She wanted the biggest, juiciest, greasiest burger we could find. At first, I thought she wanted me to cook her one! She laughed and asked me if I knew a place where we could go. I hesitated, and told her I did, but it wasn't going to be pretty. She told me that was exactly what she needed! So, we went to a place called "Dead Bob's". And the burger hit the spot. The funny part of this is that the burger is almost bigger than my friend!
Since I spend so much time in the sun playing tennis, I'm always looking for proper sun protection. I also have to be diligent about seeing a dermatologist for any skin spots, etc. I asked about sunscreens, because the latest news report showed that few drugstore sunscreens were effective. He suggested two: one for my face and one for my body. He warned me that because of the ingredients, they would be pricey. The run around $35 per bottle. I decided to give it a try and bought a bottle of each. So far, the sunscreens have prevented any burns in the August sun and I have no skin reactions.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

This bear wearing a martial arts gi was done in colored pencil. I was just going for a cute illustration to send to my daughters before their competition. My only goal was to make it look like a teddy bear in a Brazilian Jujitsu uniform.

Friday, August 26, 2016

August Artwork #2

Another sketch for August Artwork. The peaches were made with colored pencils. I found it challenging to get the correct shape - not too round, not to precise - but still recognizable and realistic. The color was the most fun part. I'm learning to use unpredictable colors (at least to me) to obtain more realistic results. The peach skin was made with yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, blues and gray. The leaves were greens, yellows and blues. I've found a good rule of thumb is to use a minimum of 3 different colored pencils to create a "single" color. Now, to keep working on the highlights and then tackle the shadows.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Artwork

I took a short blogging break and am back with a daily dose of artwork.
I drew this starling while on an airplane. I was working to create texture in the feathers. I wanted to work on making the feathers appear bristly.