Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Illustration Friday - ENTANGLED

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Well, this week's word, "ENTANGLED" was suggested by my friend, Diana Zipeto, so despite being FLAT OUT, I just HAD to put together a quick drawing! (Threw it in my bag, afterwards, so pardon the wrinkles!!) Last week, I had rediscovered an older piece I did in traditional mediums, and decided I wanted to go back to playing with that sort of thing, so I had some fun scribbling with colored pencils here.

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So....I was cleaning out the back of my SUV last Sunday in anticipation of trading it in, & found this GIANT folder that covered the floor of my cargo area. I knew it was back there - and has been for over 3 yrs. I just didn't need the huge water color paper inside, so I left it there. Well, imagine my surprise when I found THIS & 2 other pretty cool original pieces of art inside! They've got to be at least 10 years old, and are in the mixed media style I'd like to get back to. Pretty cool that I find myself inspired by....well, MYSELF!!! What do you think? I'm thinking I need to break out the watercolors & rapidographs next!!!

As always, I appreciate you stopping by & love to read your comments!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Illustration Friday - MOUSTACHE

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Well, this week, I pulled out an oldie but, I think, a goodie. I always try to draw something new for the Illustration Friday challenges, but when I saw this week's prompt, I immediately thought of this guy....

 And how I'd like to get back to doing this kind of mixed media art - an ink drawing colored with water color and colored pencil. Over the past year or two, for the sole purpose of expediency, I've been quickly sketching on plain old copy paper, inking the drawing, scanning it, & coloring digitally. It has worked for me. But I miss the texture and depth I get with the more traditional mediums. I had ear-marked a couple of drawings for this type of execution but never found the time to sit down & do it. I think it's about time I found that time.....

As always, I thank you for your interest, & appreciate your comments!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Illustration Friday - UNDERWATER

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"Underwater".....not a very challenging word this week. And God knows I've done LOTS of underwater scenes for previous Illustration Friday prompts....but "underwater" is still fun, so rather than copping out & re-posting one of my numerous "fishy" scenes, I opted to do something totally new - and only SEMI-fishy! (But if you prefer fish, DO browse my blog archives! You'll not only find fish, but an octopus, crab, & a bug-eyed sea horse!)

Been working hard, building my Zazzle store these past few weeks. Hoping to have an "official" roll-out soon. And I spoke to a publisher this week about a book project I'd started, but put on the back burner in favor of other projects. The conversation boosted my enthusiasm, & I'll be full steam ahead on the book soon!

I also got word from the author of the last children's book I illustrated, that it will be released in January...and they need a brief bio. Ugh! Well, I know what I'll be doing this weekend!! Hope YOU'VE got some fun things planned!! As always, I appreciate you stopping by, & LOVE reading your comments!!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Illustration Friday - ONOMATOPOEIA

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Yeah, I have to admit I prefer challenge words that I don't have to look up in the dictionary, but I was still game. It was actually a little more fun than some of the recent ones!

I've also been having fun creating items for my brand new Zazzle store! I haven't really "rolled it out" yet....waiting until I have enough to make browsing worthwhile! But I love seeing my wacky characters on all sorts of things!!!

In other news, I'd been in denial for awhile, but it looks like I'm going to have to invest in a new Mac sooner rather than later. It's been slow for awhile now, but tonight it took me 10 minutes to save a file. That's over 5 minutes longer than my Sonicare allows me to brush my teeth!! UGH!! And even then, I multi-task & do deep squats every morning while I brush....I guess I could do that while I wait for the computer, but one can only do so many squats in one day!  *wink!*  I'll try cleaning a lot of stuff off of it to see if I can delay the inevitable a bit longer, but the day WILL come. Sigh.

On a happier note, I made my first ever video. I'd never felt compelled to create a video before, much less share it, but after witnessing what went on in my kitchen that night, I knew my turtle of over 20 years, Bug, was destined to be an internet sensation!! You'll get a smile in 24 seconds or less! Click on the link below & enjoy!!! And as always, thanks for stopping by!!