My new Epson V19 scanner is en route! There are new drawings to share, but I am waiting for the scanner to show up. . . .
My favorite pens are both Uni-ball. For drawing it is currently the Uni-ball Vision Elite, and my favorite writing pen is the Uni-ball Jetstream. The Uni-ball Vision Elite is a roller ball pen and has many endearing qualities: • It doesn’t bleed. If I go over it later with a watercolor wash, or if it gets wet, no worries. • It makes a continuously consistent line of one thickness. • It lasts for quite some time unlike gel pens. • The cap fits on the end of the pen while you’re using it. It is surprising how many pens don’t have this feature! It’s rare that I want to do a drawing with a ballpoint pen, but it has happened several times. This baby portrait is done in ballpoint. I drew my uncle’s portrait in ballpoint, but only because . . .
This colored pencil portrait was done from a photograph around 2006 of a man named Dan Eaton. . . .
My Old Phone: This is an ink sketchbook drawing of my old phone. It includes collage and reminds me of that summer moment. The longer I draw, the more information I want to remind me of that day notated on the sketch. I want the date, the time, the temperature, the type of weather, the kind of media I used and what colors. I have been known to include quotes, recipes, what was playing in the background and overheard conversations. No Need for a New Phone Yet: An Uber driver recently gave me the business about having such an old phone. I was planning to get a new one, but since the old one still worked it wasn't a big priority. Just before I made a down payment for a new one and agreed to an additional $29 a month fee for two years . . .
Etsy Shop Open Finally! The Etsy shop is finally open!!! For months I have been telling people I will open an Etsy shop and for years I have been thinking about it. It was surprisingly easy. I am offering limited edition prints and will offer unlimited edition prints in the future; originals if they are still available. I am very excited. For now there are a few prints and I will continue to add more over time so please keep checking. If there is a print that you are interested in especially, please let me know and I will make adding that print a priority. To visit follow this link to the shop. YAY! Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me, liked my page and made uplifting comments! Instructions for Sketchbook . . .
This pet portrait was a commission from a coworker who wanted several pictures on one drawing. From a design standpoint I thought it was not a good look. But the customer is always right, so I did it. I didn't like the final outcome, but he did so that is all that matters I guess. This is my favorite of the lot. Although the customer was pleased, it is not a piece that I would use as a sample of my best work. I suppose this is something to consider when you are being commissioned to do something that does not align with your vision. I think that graphic artists must deal with this issue all the time. It is exactly why I am not attracted to that industry. My goal is to build a situation where I make what I am inspired to create, . . .
An natural hair obsession is the inspiration for drawings like this. It is another drawing that surprised me by the attention it got on Facebook. . . .
This quick sketch of lamb chili surprised me by all the attention it got on Facebook. It is inspired by the book The Creative License by Danny Gregory. I discovered his inspirational messages and it helped me to most past an unproductive period. Wonderful book. I think I gave my copy away after reading it many times. It is a drawing of dinner keeping warm on the radiator back when lamb chili from Lashish was outstanding. Since the new Lashish opened, the lamb chili recipe that once was is lost. The up side is that it is one more thing I won't have to miss while I am in Atlanta.Maybe I could learn how to make it myself. If I could get the recipe even close, that would be a wonderful thing. Going to restaurants and making . . .
Another Dodged Bullet This is a drawing of a dodged bullet. Are you ever grateful about the people you didn't marry? This guy is certainly one such man. The afternoon I drew this I remember clearly like yesterday. Etsy Store Progress I am pleased to report that progress on the Etsy store is developing and that it should be up by this weekend. I am excited and hopeful. I will be selling original drawings, limited edition signed and numbered prints, and unlimited edition prints to start. . . .
Inspiration at Lunch I used to be inspired to draw on my lunch hour. The grounds at Blue Care Network were beautifully well kept and my boss had this orchid in her office. I still love orchids; any plant that has flowers that recur is alright with me. I did this orchid drawing at lunch over several lunch hours. I used to have lots of plants and I am looking forward to having plants in my new place in Atlanta. Maybe I will live somewhere that has green things growing and maintained immaculately without any effort on my part. I like gardening, but yard maintenance not so much. I am thinking of renting a house, but by Atlanta having such a long cutting season, I know that would be an extra expense. A balcony would do me just . . .
Wipes Make an Excellent Blending Tool Water soluble crayons and wipes turned out to be a wonderful combination. It would take many hours to get the same effect with colored pencil. I am still happy that I stumbled on this. I kept trying for a smooth and even blend of the water soluble crayons with a brush. The effect was streak filled. Once I used the wipe, the blending was very smooth and FAST. It was a surprise to learn how well this works; I was very pleased with myself. I think the secret is getting out, but in 2006 I was likely the only one that knew this trick. Add this to the list of art techniques that I invented. You can only do it once. If you try and wipe it a second time, it removes the pigment. I imagine that this . . .
This drawing was more popular than all the other drawings I posted on Flckr. This is a technique I learned from Danny Gregory's blog years ago. Don't let a lack of compositional ideas stop you from drawing. . . .
An old guy told me once that you can find good in any situation if you look hard enough. He said some situations it will take some time to see it, but you will eventually. I have found that this is true. A very long time ago my dad did a drawing for me like this of the living room that included his hand drawing it and I was fascinated and completely impressed. . . .
Something about telephone poles I have a strong affection for and attraction to. I expect them to show up in more drawings in the future. I suppose they will soon be obsolete like TV antennas and telephone books. . . .
This is a drawing of no one in particular, but people have said it looks like me. It has a stronghold on my heart; I am drawn to it. I think I will try to duplicate it. The original is lost. Did any of you have an afro like this back in the day? . . .
Colored pencils have another serious problem I forgot about. The leads break on the inside of the pencil. You could spend a good amount of time on a manual sharpener figuring out that there is no hope for that pencil. The pencils are fragile. If you drop it on a hard floor, it's probably ruined. I need x-ray vision so I can see which pencils are worth my time. . . .
This may be a do-over. It is a rough draft that might inspire me to repeat it. Plus orange is one of my favorite colors. I have been drawing a little at lunch and after work, but it is harder than I thought to get in that zone. I have a few ideas that keep calling me. What is your favorite color? . . .
It tickles me every time the african violets are happy enough to make flowers. They are one of my favorite house plants. My intention was to go further with these drawings, but I found that I like them as is. All my art supplies are together in one spot! I am excited and still inspired, but having trouble managing my time. I have about 2 hours after work, maybe a 1/2 hour before work and my lunch hour to make something happen. Weekends need to become artistically productive. My sleep schedule is all messed up; I need to start going to bed early again. How much sleep is enough sleep for you? . . .
Everybody else was watching the ball game, but I was fascinated by the reflection of the TV in the window. This is an ink, oil pastel, and colored pencil sketchbook drawing. Even though the sketchbook is long gone, I am so grateful to still have a scan of this drawing . At the art supply store last night, I promised myself if I finish one from cover to cover, I would indulge myself with a new one (even though I have quite a few already). Or should I fill two sketchbooks before I get a new one? . . .
This vintage colored pencil painting I intended to become a series of fruit on shirts but it never happened. The hours it took me to finish each piece killed . . .
Bottles are a favorite to draw. Anything with a reflection might fascinate me. This is an ink and watercolor sketchbook drawing inspired by Danny Gregory's book Creative License. . . .
This is an example of an ink drawing that has two versions. . . .
This drawing is a graphite piece that I entered in a college contest and lost. Back in 1988 when this drawing was done, I was into fashion. Now I'm into comfort. Everything about me was different then and some of it shows in this drawing. Drawing with graphite doesn't appeal to me anymore. The woman in this drawing is not an image of beauty; she is malnourished. She needs to eat a sandwich. Ad photos from the sale inserts in the paper don't inspire me to draw. There are things that haven't changed too. I still LOVE umbrellas. Do you still have anything that you had 28 years ago? What is it and why do you keep it? . . .
Initially I chose Bombay Sapphire because of the bottle and it turned out to be a very good choice. . . .