Lucky Dog

Here is a fun little watercolor dog I painted last weekend for a friend. Duke is a lucky dog adopted just in time for Christmas. Super fun to draw and makes me smile when I see him.2017-12-07_7-27-43

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Mouse Evolution

It started with this little guy. I thought I wanted to make a little Christmas mouse out of wallpaper scraps. I found a pattern I liked and set to tracing, cutting and gluing. He was okay, but in the end I felt like I wanted something a little different.img_20170110_113110

So I started sketching and trying to come up with some kind of caricature. Here are some of the ideas I worked through.

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Once I had a shape that I liked. I started roughly blobbing some ink on the page and after waiting for it to dry, I would draw the mouse. I liked this a lot! (Probably because that is how I did a gazillion dogs and cats.)

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Eventually I ended up with a cute little mouse, that became part of my Christmas cards.

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This little guy is missing his tail!

Moving on from Bunnies & Puppies

Unfortunately, a new job and the holidays have cut into my blogging time. The good news, I have still been doing some art and have been toying around with drawing this cute little guy. The background is layers of gesso and fluid acrylics from Trekell Art Supplies. The outline of his body is with a black stabilo pencil. I am still having fun experimenting with these and I love the effect when you add water.

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I have a Christmas card that this character also appears on. I’ll upload that guy in the next few days.

New Art Supplies

New art supplies are fun and offer the promise of better art work, right? Just like buying new running shoes makes you run faster!

I’ve been experimenting trying to use more color and layers in my art.  I’ve been doing this because one of our class assignments is to try and find our own style. I feel like I mostly copy the look of Carla Sonhiem so I’ve been trying to do other things and find out what I prefer.

I like the look of all the colors and layers but when I draw something I tend to stick with simple lines and colors. Is it because I don’t know how to do the layers? am I too lazy to do all that work? or is my style more pen and ink? I guess I am still working on figuring that out.

Here are some attempts at using more color in my animals.

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I did this guy with my left hand and an eye dropper. I really liked him when he was just on the white background. Not sure I like him as much now.

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Using the fancy crayons and a little gesso. I thought the eyes turned out okay.

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Glad I got a picture of this guy. I tried to put a matte gel over top and the whole thing smeared. 

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Tried out a new pencil (Stabilo pencil) with my left hand on this guy. I like the pencil, it’s similar to a grease pencil but it can be activated by water. It goes on smooth and activates easily with water or gel. But see how boring the background is?