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!





26 comments:

  1. I think a smaller sketchbook is better. The bigger just intimidate me more. I like your sketches, and admire that you are doing it with a pen. What about erasing? LOL! Happy PPF!

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  2. Awesome ink drawings! Love the bottom red too! HPPF!

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  3. OHHHHHHHH I love the idea of using life drawings as wrapping paper! How awesome is that?!!

    They are fantastic drawings.. I love the facial expression in the last one.

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    1. It's awesome indeed! And super cheap! Sometimes I use the other side of the drawing and just stamp the paper with skulls and crossbones to make awesome pirate paper. But don't do it with charcoal drawings, lol!

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  4. Beautiful artwork again, I love the life drawings. Happy spring! Valerie

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  5. wonderful artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. I love your pen drawings. And had a look at your etsyshop. Looks great. I always sketch in smaller sketchbooks, don't like the big pages. I use those more for paintings.

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  7. Love the life drawings and the ATC is gorgeous! :)

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  8. Gorgeous work, my friend. First day of Autumn here and it is a blessing!

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  9. really beautiful drawings. I've never tried working with any medium on a large substrate. Your red haired woman is striking!

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  10. The pencil and marker painting is gorgeous. I love how you colored the skin.

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  11. the sketch from the back has so much emotion. it shows how much can be done with minimal supplies but lots of talent. really lovely work.

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  12. You are not alone...so many artists seem to have a fear of sketchbooks. Raw emotion in these sketches and your lady seems synonymous with your beautiful style! I'd recognize her as yours anywhere!

    Hugs Giggles

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  13. Beautiful life drawings, and you put a smile to my face by telling of your sketch book fear. That's excactly how I feel it too. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Excellent sketches. The blue pen is very striking!

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  15. really beautiful sketches!
    I agree with Irene. The sketch from the back has so much emotion und effect.
    Wonderful!

    Claudia

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  16. I love the vibrant red. She's so fiery! I don't have any big life drawings, but I can imagine storage would be a problem. Can you roll the paper, and store it in boxes, maybe? Or in cardboard mailers, inside a box?

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    1. Yes, I do already. I have tons of rolls with many pages poking out all over my office. I think I should just sort and toss while keeping a few for wrapping. I love the idea of using cardboard mailers for storing the good ones. Great idea!!

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  17. I have all different sizes of sketchbooks because I am fickle, but A5 seems to be my default size (so a medium one I guess!) gorgeous life drawings i love that theyre in pen!

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  18. These life drawings are gorgeous. I especially love the girl , her eyes are so intriguing.

    Annabelle m..m

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  19. I know the fear og blank pages... Have a sketchbook - but never used it!
    Love the expression in the redhaired girls face.

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  20. Loving all your work this week! That red haired lady is FIERCE! Reminds me of Madonna a bit. Happy PPF

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  21. Ahh love the red haired girl!! So love how you do the shadow areas! Very unique and pleasing :) Looks like there is light in the shadow ;) wonderful Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

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  22. I remember when you made that ATC! She's so gorgeous!

    Cool life drawing poses this time, too. I must think about this big life drawing issue - maybe for Living with Art?

    Oh, and the reason I'm commenting like this is that I'm following you properly on bloglovin and getting caught up. My feedly had roughly 098172308937489061098234789 unread articles, which was just about to drive me to drink.

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