Tuesday, April 30, 2013

a doodle, a face, a shoe

Filling a page. I did the face from imagination and the premarked lines on the paper turned into a scar in just the right place.

Monday, April 29, 2013

a doodle and a face

I didn't have to pause the video. In Danny Gregory's interviews of the people in his book, An Illustrated Journey, each person faces the camera for so long as they listen and talk, they move very little.

Great book, great interviews about each person's process and gear. And this new doodle that I'm fascinated with making.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

that mask again

Pasted onto a journal page with a copy of a sketch by James Thurber. Seemed like a good pairing.

On Strathmore drawing paper.

Friday, April 26, 2013

that's just a model, not me

Don't cringe, just draw what's (unfortunately) there.

Prismacolor pencil on Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

mixed media and audio books

Idly filling a journal page while I listen to an audio book. Colored pencil for the watch, gel pen and w/c for the bear.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

hands in blue gel

Sometimes I really love the color that emerges from the changing gel pens, but it never lasts.

On Strathmore drawing paper.

Monday, April 22, 2013

sneakers, trainers, runners?

What's the latest term for athletic shoes?

Pen and w/c on Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper. (Love it!)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

end of the log carrier

Putting this away until October. End of the burning season.

Colored pencil on S&B Epsilon paper.

Friday, April 19, 2013

wolff pencil and watercolor

I did the contours with 4B Wolff pencil (carbon), and was surprised the watercolor didn't dissolve it. Added a bit of ink to define the leaves.

On Strathmore drawing paper.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wolff pencil on newspaper

I love the feel of how the Wolff carbon pencil flows on newsprint. A rare combo because most people don't buy actual newspapers anymore.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Before I did a long (2 hour) charcoal, I did two presketches, one in colored pencil, one in pen (w/c added later).

They help me see what I'm looking at.

On Strathmore drawing paper.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Faber Castell watersoluble graphite

I like how these pencils dissolve in washes. The paper has a suede feel, which complemented the bear image.

Other paper would have a very different effect--to be researched.

On Bee sketchpaper.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

that chrome shine

Practice trying to catch a chrome shine with white. Should have been on gray paper, to be more accurate, but since when was that ever my goal?

Charcoal pencils on MiTientes paper.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

page filler

At the bottom of a journal page, because it was in front of me.

Pen and w/c in the Paper Blanks journal.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lizzie in a cup

Colored pencil contours and watercolor on Strathmore drawing paper.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

artists' hands

I paused the "An Afternoon with Nancy" DVD and drew the hands of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzito.

 The list is the colors on Nancy's palette and the oil medium recipe that Richard uses.

 One hand in changing color gel, one in permanent tech pen, in the Paper Blanks journal.

drawing from Cute Overload

Always a lot of cuteness there to practice on!

Charcoal pencil on Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

add color!

Pen and bright watercolor, from an old Pelikan palette, to brighten the journal.

On Aquabee Superdeluxe paper.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

second serious moviewatcher

Les Mis again. Not a lot of laughs.

Pen on Strathmore drawing paper.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

serious moviewatcher

Focused on the struggles in Les Mis.

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Friday, April 05, 2013

aerial view of the cat

Standing, draw fast! The key is to catch the shapes and relative tones quickly, adding texture later.

Just after I got his body in, he (of course) completely turned and curled in a new way.

Charcoal pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.