WIP Sideshow 11 Doodle Series

WIP 8x10 DoodleWIP 8″x 10″ Doodle for Dayton Sideshow 11

Even though I have signed up as one of the art coordinators for Dayton Sideshow 11, I decided I wanted to attempt to be one of the showing artists again. With me not only working at my regular Monday through Friday, 8-4:30 pm design job, but to have teaching, helping with a nonprofit, and commissions on the side along with it has made me feel a little crazy. Then to top it all off, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I do believe I have signed up for a little more than I can handle, but I am hanging in there and trying to stay positive! Sometimes taking it a day at a time is the best thing.

The piece I created for Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC (blog post will come later) made me realize I should do something similar for Sideshow 11. Originally, I wanted to play around with Ampersand’s Claybord material. The test board made me realize that the way I use acrylic does not work really well on the surface. SIDENOTE: Whenever you get a chance artists/crafters, TEST your mediums that you are not familiar with because you may be surprised in the results. In fact, colored pencil worked really well on the surface, but I knew it would take FOREVER.

For the sake of time and knowing that I would need at least three 8″x 10″ pieces finished by the beginning of May, I have switched back to watercolor paper, Prismacolor lining pens, and acrylic paint. The other day, I was able to pencil out one 8″x 10″ piece and the preview is above. Next step? INKING!

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Sunday Doodles

Sunday Doodles
Pencil Doodle on 9″x 12″ Bristol

It can be so easy to get caught up in day to day activities, but there are quiet times that I really crave when I become so busy. Sunday, I took the time to wind my mind down and pencil out some doodles.Thought I might be able to use this for a future t-shirt design or whatnot. In the meantime, it is fun to decompress for a little while. Even when you feel you have no time, this kind of work insists that you make room for it.

Hail, Caesar!

The drawing I had created for my Bestie of her Great Dane, Maggie, sparked some requests for commissions. My hairdresser, Jessi (who is amazing) asked if I would do a portrait of her beloved Boston Terrier, Caesar. She had dozens of adorable pictures of him for me to work from, but ultimately we went with the image below for the 8″ x 10″ piece.

original caesar

Original Photo of Caesar

With as much variation that was going on with his skin and fur, I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to express which part of the fur was black or not. As soon as I started penciling, I decided to be as detailed as possible so it wouldn’t take me as long to ink. Think of sketching or drawing details as becoming the map to follow to the treasure.

WIP Penciled Caesar

Work in progress of Caesar the Boston Terrier.

Once I finished the penciling, I could tell Caesar was going to be more detailed than the Maggie portrait.

WIP Inked Detail of Caesar

Detail of work in progress. Caesar is a Boston Terrier.

In the past, I would tend to ink drawings with Micron or Prismacolor fine line markers, but the variation I am able to get with a ballpoint pen has really made me exclusively use ballpoint this year. The line work can go from really soft and light to a hard, dark line. The only drawback to a ballpoint is the fact it likes to spit ink onto the paper. I try to work with it when it does happen, but I am always nervous about the possibility of it ruining a piece.

WIP Inked Caesar

Work in progress. The entirely inked piece of Caesar the Boston Terrier.

Since my doodles or patterned backgrounds have been a part of my work this year, I asked Jessi what kind of pattern she wanted behind Caesar. I find it makes it more personal to your customer when they can feel connected with everything in your art. She had mentioned she really loved Victorian style patterns, and I was able to find a pattern to draw behind the dog.

Even though she wanted to keep it black, white, and red in the painting stage, I added a few other colors to bring his eyes to life and to show the difference in his skin and fur. The reds, purples, and blues mixed in the background really brought the piece to another level. It looked great as a strictly black and white piece, but I truly love the way it turned out in the end.

Hail, Caesar!

Final painted ballpoint drawing of Caesar the Boston Terrier.

Size: 8″ x 10″
Paper: Watercolor
Medium: Ballpoint and acrylic

Mini Sketchbook Doodle

For the sake of getting something on paper, I decided to doodle in my mini sketchbook. Sometimes it is best to put pen to paper and work with the mistakes. Especially since there can be beauty in the mistakes.

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”
-Eugene Delacroix

Mini Sketchbook Doodle

Vintage Post: Exploration of Cat Character

Another previous post from my first blog! This contains the sketches I had to create for a college digital illustration class. These were what I drew before I decided on the B&W cat I posted a few entries back. Looking back, I wish I had gone with the She Cat from the top left of the first page (she has a delicate claw in a fish bowl).

Original Post date: March 24, 2009

Thought I would post up some of my brainstorming that I drew out when I was working on coming up with a character for Illustration class. All of you have possibly seen the already computerized and toned drawing below. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure whether to mix a cat with a human body or just keep it as a cat with a cartoon flare.

Do you draw out several ideas for characters before settling on one?

Art Journal: Floral Doodles

Seemed like these next two pages were so hard to photograph because of how bright and rich the reds were on the page. The light kept bouncing off of them and showing a light flare.

In my art journal, I like to paint some of the pages with acrylic and then move on to something else within the sketchbook. There are several things started but not very many are complete. I think it is important to know that you don’t HAVE to get a page done in one night. It could be better for your sanity to move from one spread to another to keep yourself fresh. Especially if you are struggling and are beginning to dislike what you are working on.

I had a lot of fun on this first page even though it is a bit hard to see the Chrysanthemum-like flowers. I had contemplated whether I should go back and darken up some of the lines, but it could make a spectacular background for maybe some digital artwork. Otherwise, I was getting a kick out of drawing the half circles all over the page.

 

This second page did not turn out the way I wanted it to, but I was trying to treat the page differently. My mind kept thinking about Dr. Seuss and what flowers in the garden of his mind might look like. Even though I am not happy with it, I am going to leave it alone for now. 🙂

Doodle Curls

New Year’s Resolutions… I tend to never do them because I rarely remember or accomplish them. I would rather take things a day at a time, but this year I would like to attempt to fill my Art Journal that I have been playing around in for the past two years. I have a tendency to see a brand spanking new sketchbook and buy it, but I have never finished a sketchbook on my own except for two! One of them was filled because I used it for two college drawing classes and the other was for last years Sketchbook Project. A lot of times when I am drawing it is for someone else (gift, etc.) so that goes on loose leaf paper.

An unfilled sketchbook can be daunting to all of us, but I have been subscribing to the philosophy that says:

Do not to worry about what you put in your sketchbook.

Doodle! Paint! Get the color or lines out to exercise your hand and brain. Since I enjoy drawing hair or curls, I had a little fun with my black Sharpie on a couple of pages I had painted ahead of time.

What are some other artist’s resolutions? Or goals for this year?