I thought I'd never finish, but here are the final nine sketches I did late last night and early this morning. I'm still having fun with the fast and loose style, but clearly a few of these were forced.
This dog is my favorite one I think out of this last bunch.
I love it when kitties cover their faces like this.
I'm too sexy for this page....
Fleeing the storm...
Dreaming of spring...
Both eyes on her master...
Thanking my muse ;)
You may have to click each illustration to see the details of the fine lines.
My pens were drying out and my stamina was drying up!
I'm trying to branch out and play with new mediums and materials.
This was my first time using paper clay. I sat in the studio last night and decided to try to make a baby raven. I didn't look at anything while shaping this guy. I just went from the images in my head from drawing and painting so many of them.
I wanted him to look inquisitive.
Hello there cutie!
Another tip of the head.
I know he doesn't look ravenesque yet...but wait until he dries and I sand him into shape, and paint him in all his glorious irridescent blues and purples.
His eyes are black Swarovski crystals.
Hopefully I can show you the finished results in a few days.
I want to list more things on Etsy that I can make more money from.
I really don't think I can part with my first born though;)
I've been a very busy girl today trying to buckle down and get the sketchbook done before Saturday's deadline. In between sketches I finished up Raven Maven #2.
Here's the front of her with a raven sticker and the #2 on her dress in the middle of the stamped heart. Her blue wings and shoelaces have glitter which doesn't show well.
The blue spiral sticker has glittler too. Once again her head was drawn and painted with acrylic paint and colored pencils.
Her head is tilted upwards because she's such a dreamer! She's going to trip over her laces if she's not careful.
Here's the back view with the #2 to signify she's the second one in a series, and my signature is below.
Here she is hanging out at the studio. I wish the glitter showed better.
She insisted on wearing Chucks too ;)
Yesterday I did this sideways peek-a-boo page of a kitty daydreaming about a yummy mouse.
Click to embiggen any or all pics!
And I painted this sweet old guy. I've been scumbling paint on various pages and then going back later to do something on them. It's easier for me seeing as Moleskine pages are so thin and transparent. That's rather limiting, in my opinion.
The dog was done with colored pencils on top of blue acrylic paint.
I had fun doing this very chubby version of Emma giving basic Chihuahua Cha-Cha lessons!
I "Googled" the steps so I could make a chart.
1-2-cha cha cha, 3-4 chiiii-waaaa-waa!
WORK IT GIRL!!!!!!
And finally, for today anyway, a pink tuxedo kitty. I actually love this page.
There's something about the pink and orange, a combo I've always been drawn to.
I was going to make the cat black and white but then decided to leave it alone.
So, this is why no one is getting visits or phone calls from me.
I've had a vision of wacky raven tags in my head for a while now. It was time to let it fly!
I started out by painting a raven head on sturdy scrapbooking paper, a favorite medium of mine. Then I made a tag shaped body, added a stamped heart from another patterned paper, applied the monarch butterfly sticker on heavy paper, a few jewels, a black Swarovski crystal for her eye, a phrase on a clear sticker that says "Believe in Yourself" and the finishing touch that cracked me up...the Chuck Taylor sneakers!
I'm actually pretty sick of butterfly wings and party hats, but they really do work when called for. I tried doing heart wings and raven wings. Nope, didn't look right.
I also kept the back in mind when creating this even though this side won't show.
At least the colors are pretty together. I'll add my signature to the back too, and then onto Etsy she goes!
Here she is on the studio door, hanging out until she moves to her new family.
Okay, I've had my little bit of fun for the day.
Now on to the sketchbook project!! Pressure, pressure, pressure as the deadline nears!
I know I've seen this tree before. I remember the same twists and turns resembling a half-eaten pretzel. Its leaves were a lace canopy letting the tiniest bits of light come through the pinhole openings.
That's it!! The light.
I've been here at twilight before but never this early in the morning while the sleepy pink sky was still hugging the horizon like a blanket.
No. This isn't deja vu.
I know this tree, and once again I'm grateful for the pleasure of her company.
I've been working in the studio for most of the day trying to put in a certain amount of time and discipline. I was also enjoying it, although I haven't been well for a few days.
As it was nearing four o'clock I decided to drive myself down to this little park in my neighborhood and watch the sunset. It was quite nippy, but peaceful and lovely.
How fortunate to have these beauties show up for Animal Wednesday!
Three more followed behind. How can they handle that freezing water?
This was the finale!! I swear to you this is an untouched photo. The only thing I did was try a few pictures on the "sunset" setting. Wow! I also zoomed way in. That could be it, I got too close to the fire. Glad I did though ;)