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

4×6 Exchange

There hasn’t be enough time to start on my silhouette project that is bouncing around in my head, but I realized I had a post I never finalized. Sorry this is old news, but it doesn’t mean I can’t share the work I created. 🙂

The same people who organized The Sketchbook Project had another project last year called the 4×6 Exchange. Their idea was to have creatives sign up for an art swap on a global scale. The artists who wanted to join in the fun had to mail Art House HQ a 4″x6″ piece of artwork, and it would be exchanged with another artist’s submission. I have done something similar to this but with a bunch of Twitter artists (@davidpringle taking the lead). So, I knew right away I wanted to be a part of the project.

Of course, I was in the doodle mood and broke out the Sharpies. Most of the time when I draw these doodles, I end up deciding whether I really want to add the acrylic or leave it alone. To preserve what it looked like before color, I scan it and that way I always have a before and after image to keep.

The BEFORE is only Sharpie ink. The AFTER is acrylic on top of the Sharpie.

4x6 Exchange WIP

4×6 Exchange WIP

4x6 Exchange Final

4×6 Exchange Final

Vintage Post: Charcoal Nude

One of the things I do miss about figure drawing class is being able to have a model to draw from. I absolutely love drawing in charcoal, but it is so messy and gets everywhere. It is so hard to keep the stuff on the paper too. Even after you spray all sorts of fixative on it, the charcoal still wants to come off on your hands just not as much as before.

Original Post Date: April 5, 2009

This was a charcoal drawing I had done in my Drawing II class a couple of semesters ago. The model was great, and I was really loving the fabric around her. I wanted the fabric to have as much life as the model and have it be on the verge of being something more than just cloth.

Tamiko_nude

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: Chrysanthemum Doodles

Doodling helps me decompress and I decided to do one that was simple but take a lot of time. I drew out circles and half circles to create doodled Chrysanthemum flowers. I also experimented with thickening some of the lines to draw your eye around the art journal page. The page had been painted a while ago, and I had not decided what to do with it until recently. Now it is one of my favorites!

Great lesson for artists who can get frustrated  with their work. It isn’t bad if you need to step away from it and work on something else. “Good things come to those who wait.” 😉

The Sketchbook Project 2011 pt. 4

More spreads from The Sketchbook Project 2011 that is currently traveling.

Another quote page. I thought the lettering turned out great on this spread!

Final look to the spread. Another red head! 🙂 Imagine that. Think of me as the female Klimt. LOL!

Another drawing I had scanned, printed, pasted into the moleskin, and added additional ballpoint doodles to make it a part of the spread. The contrast of a mostly white page next to a filled page looks attractive to me.

Finished spread: