Creating the Universe

Le Grand Portefeuille, Sketchbook

I have been creating portraits for the 100 day project on Instagram, and I’d like to share a few here.

The 100 day project is an initiative to do one creative thing, be it drawing, painting, music, sculpting, digital art…some people just take happy pictures. The point is to commit to bringing some creativity into your life each day.  It began on April 19th, on Instagram, but they encourage you jump in at any time. I did it last year and it really challenged me to create a new little story each day. The challenge is currently on day 22, but I am playing a bit of catch up. (I’m on 19.)

I’ve been using Instagram more than my blog, as it is really easier, takes less time and is more convenient. Also, I’ve spent some time revamping my website and have an additional blog over there. However, I miss the camaraderie and little community blogging brings. I hope all of you fine folks will feel the pull of the creative challenge and join me on this journey of 100 steps. 😉 I will try to be better about regularly posting!

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” -Carl Sagan

Odd cat call

Sketchbook

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I have been hard at work on a custom painting project, and have not been able to post as much as I’d like.  Once the paintings are finished (and approved) I will post them here.

This sketch was done late night, under the influence of a lot of coffee and looking at Sir John Tenniel pen & ink illustrations.

I don’t know why the lady cat looks like a saucy nude model, and I don’t know why she’s calling a goat guy.  Pan?

When I have more time for drawing, I believe I will explore this pen & ink vein a little more.

Fun and Fancy-ish Cats

Le Grand Portefeuille, Sketchbook

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The inspiration for this fine feline trio was from a bit of the invitation I created for my daughter’s first birthday party in October.  I wanted to make a little print just so I could upload a fun design for iPhone cases and mugs and such at Society6.  They are running specials everyday this month it seems…today is free shipping worldwide.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pegasus Has Landed Illustration

Sketchbook

pegasusHasLandedWP  I have been working (very slowly) on a project about unicorns, and in my character designs I sketched this little guy.  His story may be that his wings are still growing, or that he is much like the unfortunate emu; the wings are all show, no function.  I like using a limited palette.  I am attempting to simplify my “style” where I can.  This piece is a bit of a Photoshop sketch, scanned directly from the sketchbook.

 

Sketchety sketch sketch

Sketchbook

I’ve been battling a cold and have finally made the turn…thought I’d share a crazy sketchbook spread here.  Maybe the influence of all the cold medicine made this, or I associated the cat with fish.  Also, I am headed to the aquarium this evening for an event, so perhaps I will sketch more fish…and people drinking wine.  But mostly fish.

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Simple things: November 4th

November Simplicity, Sketchbook

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I actually painted this last night at the kitchen table, with a cup of chamomile. It was a nice realization that hit me there at the 11th hour…today is election day, and I haven’t seen many election campaign commercials at all.  Why is this?  This is due to painting and drawing at the end of the day rather than watching television.  (Also, when we watch tv, it is often pre-recorded, so we zip past all the annoying commercials.)  But really, I haven’t been taking in a lot of the idiot box lately.  (I have been staring a bit too much at the idiot screen I carry with me at all times…iDiot?)

I look at this tea pot on the stove all the time and I’ve never painted it.  It’s done in my sketchbook with a variety of materials.  Thank you, mom, for the wonderfully friendly tea pot.