Monday, March 31, 2014

Red Hots!

A few years ago, I made a set of long necked ladies in shades of yellow and orange and was recently asked to create a custom ACEO in the same theme. I came up with this group of pretty girls with lots of tattoos and jewels. They're done in marker, ink and colored pencils. I had a lot of fun making these and going back to a style of art I used to create in. Blast from the past!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pirates, Poses and a Mathematical Snowman

I drew some short, fat little pirates a few weeks back and made them into clip art which is now available in my Etsy store. I sold a set yesterday, woo! I love making clip art and digital stamps. I get to draw whatever geeky stuff I want and then, if I'm lucky, it sells. That's a good deal. I have a set of funky robots on the go too.

We had a wonderful model yesterday in the life drawing session. Lots of super poses that were challenging to draw. I love when models know exactly how to pose and provide the artists with both a challenge and an attractive pose. I'm still using my new pen and it's been good for me. I can't erase it so I have to be more careful when I start out. It's been a good exercise so far.

Below are a couple of ATCs made for various swaps. My frumpy little geisha and a mathematical snowman (don't ask). Both are done in markers and ink. I picked up some nice marker fine liners. Love them so far. They're the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner and come in many different colors. I'll be buying more!

ArtTrader's latest issue comes out next week! Tons of amazing how-to articles so visit the site and grab a copy next week. It's free.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Life Drawings & ACEO Prints

I bought a new sketchbook the other day since my last one was almost filled. I sort of have this weird fear of sketchbooks - they have so many blank pages! And I could mess them up with ugly drawings and paintings! So silly. But new sketchbooks are also a lot of fun and bring new hope that your art is going to keep getting better and better. Well, we hope so anyway, right? I bought this one to use for life drawings. I'm sick of drawing on 18 x 24" paper. It's so huge and storing the good ones is a problem. I use the quickies for wrapping paper, stuffing or for table protection detail but I do like to keep some of the nice ones. The only problem is, I have soooooo many of them. What do you do with big life drawings?

Above are some of the drawings from today's session in my new book. I've been on a pen kick lately. I'll stick with it for a while. You can click for a bigger image.

I've been putting my old ATCs into my Etsy store and selling as prints. I'm trying to merge my two stores into one since I don't have the time or the desire to promote two of them. One is enough. Here's a print of a pencil and marker sketch. I hope to move them all over in the next couple of weeks and make a few more.

Happy first day of spring! It's finally here!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Doodles and ATCs

I've been really busy lately and haven't had any time to blog or draw much for fun so I've been MIA from blog world for a few weeks. Hopefully, the busy stretch is over and I can get back to fun.

Here are a couple of sketches from the life drawing session yesterday. I tried a new pen and it was pretty awesome. I picked it up last year at the local art store and then forgot to use it. It's a simple Staedtler ball point pen but it's so much and easy to use.

Here's a couple of ATCs done a few weeks back for a swap on iATCs. Motorocycle boots and a man in the long black coat. The boots are watercolor and ink and the man in basically pen & ink with a shade or two of markers on top.