Ink Blot Chickens!

I’ve done a few pages of these chickens and here are a few for your viewing pleasure. They are fun!


I like the crazy legs on this guy.




This is my favorite.



Rub a dub dub 3 ducks in a tub

It was suggested I try to put a duckling on a canvas panel, so I gave it a try this weekend. I wanted to make a birthday present for a biking friend and I finally came up with a good idea.

First I used some bike parts and spray ink to create a background. I practiced on paper first to make sure everything would go they way I had planned. I usually have a vision in my mind of what something should look like but unfortunately I rarely end up with that in the end.

After testing out the inks I discovered the purple spray bottle was horrible and blobby so I poured the liquid into one of my water spritzers and it worked a little  better, but still a little strong. I was hoping for a nice fine mist of color.


I found the bike parts in the garage and some felt hearts in one of my boxes of “supplies”.


I tried to keep the background light so the ducks would be more visible. Here is what I ended up with….not sure I am super happy with it. The marker didn’t work like I wanted and I had to go over it a few times so it doesn’t have that spontaneous fun line that you get when using your wrong hand.  The canvas is 18 inches by 6 inches.

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Duckling (again and again)

Ok so now I am obsessed with drawing this little duckling over and over! I’ve done about 20 left handed drawings of the little guy, and now I’ve taken to adding some color.

In these drawings the first step is to add pastel and smudge it. Then draw with your wrong hand. Give it a try! You can use any art material that will smear or smudge.

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Dogs? Chickens? Cows?

I don’t have anything against dogs, and I’ve tried doing some cows and chickens too, but cats are just so much more fun easier.

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I need to practice making more dogs!

If I show someone a bunny or a kitten, they tell me can you do a “such and such” they are my favorite, why don’t you do a (dog, chicken, pig, cow)???To be honest I haven’t worked at making many other animals yet, and I am afraid I will have a mini obsession with pigs or cows, like I did with bunnies. Once I start drawing them it is hard to stop.

Plus, when I switch animals like say from cat to dog, I am always afraid my dog will turn out looking like a cat. I have to remember to do the ears and nose differently and when I make the switch from cats to dogs, the first few dogs are kinda cat like in their appearance.



First attempt at a cow.

I played aound with cows for a few days, I think if drew as many cows as I did cats I would eventually find something about them that I liked. I just need more practice, or more time to practice. Did you ever notice how big a cow’s forehead is? and that a cow’s eyes are right by its ears? These are things you start to notice if you look at a lot of cows on google.



Chicken made with inks and Uni Posca marker.

I’ve been having fun with the chickens, I usually laugh to myself as I finish them up. I just find them so funny. They are always walking around trying to look important with their scrawny necks and bony knees.


Mice are cute too (when they aren’t in your house chewing your walls and pooping on the counter).


Maybe I should practice more pigs too? or is this a dog? The face says pig but the tail says dog. To be honest I think this may have been a non-dominant hand drawing in the truck while Erik was driving.



Well there is no mistaking this one……