Friday, December 23, 2011

Bible verse doodle

Psalms 18:2, KJV. Drawn in Sharpie on Bristol paper.
This was fun to make, but I have a typo. It's high tower, not strong tower. I had that Kutless song in my head. *sigh*

Monday, December 19, 2011

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood. Colored pencil. October, 2011.
A sketch from back in October. I realized all of a sudden that I had never tried drawing Little Red Riding Hood--so, there you go. Not terrific; I sketched it up in pencil and then added the color without taking much care with composition or boring things like that. The hand, obviously, I did not use a model for--and I really should have.

After getting that far into the drawing I realized I could try and rework it and make it more dramatic, but I'd spent too much time on it to do anything major on that piece of paper.
So I went and did another with graphite...

Graphite. October, 2011.
After doing that one, I did a couple more thumbnails (small sketches), making her lean more and exaggerating the curves in the cloak to make the composition more dramatic.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fairy Tale Castle

Castle ~ Acrylic. September 2011.
This isn't strictly related to a fairy tale, but golden apples do show up in a lot of tales, and castles as well. I had a lot of fun doing this one. :)This painting started in August. I began with a separate pencil drawing, and then moved on to the final piece in acrylic. I spent a good amount of time reworking the composition after I had started the painting--another delay (albeit necessary) when I was struggling to get it finished in time along with three other unfinished pieces I had intended for the fair and needed to complete.

The top half of this painting I am pretty fond of (especially the style of the clouds), although looking back there are a lot of things I would fix. I was going for layers, like one of those books where the images are printed on transparent pages, and the image builds up and changes as you turn the pages. However, the delivery is still awkward and chunky. I would love to revisit this concept sometime, now that I'm more certain of what I want out of it--and what I could do to improve on it. Another good exercise would be starting a series in the same style and color scheme.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Colored pencil. May 2010.
A portrait of my nephew and niece, done in colored pencil May 2010. This was entered in the Wayne County Fair in September 2010 and it won a first place ribbon.

That plaid shirt. I still look at it and think, What on earth made me decide to try that? To think it'd be fun? It was insane. But it worked.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fairy Reading

Over two months since my last entry. *wince*
Sorry. I will say that life has been utterly insane. Though, for all my running around, I seem to have gotten very little done. I don't understand how this happens.

But on to the interesting stuff.

Graphite. July 2011
A fairy drawing from earlier this year. The idea for this drawing centered around texture--the wings, the dress, even the tree. The wings weren't quite successful for me. Too jagged and kind of clunky; they look broken. Dress--meh. I'm still rather clueless about folds, so it's hard for me to judge. I had fun with the detailing along the hem; it was taking the hem from a dress drawn back in March a step further. I found a dress on Pinterest (yes, I'm on Pinterest--now you now why I've been accomplishing so little) the hem of which has the same sort of feel to it.
I liked the concept of the drawing, but wanted to take it a step further with color, going for a vintage children's book style.
Watercolor. July 2011.
So here's this one, painted with watercolor (and some very, very fine brushwork). I worked out some of the kinks but created a few more in the process. Lesson learned: sketch the design out till I'm happy with it, then spend hours on a painting. :) You can see the personality changed from the drawing to the painting: the fairy's wings have been reworked and the tree is far more understated and softer than before. The fairy's face, on the other hand, has grown sharper (dislike); she looks rather fierce for someone reading peacefully. I had a blast using the selective colors with fine linework, though. I could see revisiting this style someday soon.