Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ball point pen rediscovered . . .

These are a few more projects that I've been doing this winter with ball point pen. The first 3 are part of a project illustrating the alphabet. I just chose 3 random letters to depict using the theme of classic tattoos. I ended up tinting them with different hues digitally, but I still think I like them monochromatic. I might change what I have posted later . . . 

The fourth piece above is a piece I did for Save the Tiger! It might be used as a poster to promote an event funding help for the endangered tigers. I did the full size of 13" x 19" in watercolor and ball point pen (took lots of tedious time!). The event is scheduled near Valentine's day, so I kept that in mind with the mood of the drawing. I really enjoyed doing this piece, and I really think is a direction that will continue to pursue in my professional illustrations. What can I say? I love animals and they never get me bored .  . .

More stuff to come soon!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


This was actually done from a sketch that I did earlier in the fall of 2010 (which can be seen in an earlier blog entry), that I decided to play around with my extra time in November. Blue isn't necessarily my favorite color, but I have been enjoying this beautiful blue ink that I purchased while I was in France over this past spring.

I started with my original pencil sketch, modifying the drawing as I let my thoughts and mood direct my creativity. (The addition of the deer tail tied to the antlers was actually inspired by white deer tail that my dog had found earlier that day.) I inked over the graphite drawing with a dip pen in the ink that I find so inspiring, then digitally colored the background a flat blue tint. Something about the blue feels so spiritual and serene to me. I haven't come up with a title of the piece, so for now it's Untitled.

I have a few other things I worked on over the holidays, but a matter of posting them just takes me time . . .

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Some Holiday stuff!

I didn't work during my holiday break, so I had 6 weeks to be incredibly lazy, do some personal work, sketches and doodles, bake for the holidays, watch lots of TV, play with the cats, etc. These 3 watercolors were done as holiday & Christmas cards that I mailed to a few of my friends. They are quite cutesy, but I was thinking of my grandma! I wasn't very pleased with the scan, but it's tough getting good scans of watercolor with a not-so-good scanner . . . Eh, I fun doing them, though.