About This Weekend

Saginaw Chippewa Annual PowWow

I can’t say I got any work done this weekend. So I don’t have any finished drawings or anything new to show. Instead this weekend my in laws and I took a trip to the Saginaw Chippewa Annual Powwow. This is kind of a thing for me since I like to get out and experience something different every now and then.
Last time I went to the powwow was back in 2016. This time I invited my hubby’s family along for the adventure. We all had a good ol’ time despite the husband and I ending up quite exhausted from cleaning house, preparing food, driving (it was a two hour hike both ways) and grilling food once we got back. The family has decided that they want to make this a yearly thing. My hubby says I’ve created a monster. Oh well, it’s all good to get out and expand our horizons. I guess we’ll all be doing it on a yearly basis now. 😊

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Frequently Asked Questions

Over the few years that I have been sharing and selling my art I’ve been asked various questions about what I do from loyal collectors, other artists and those who are just curious. Most are quite innocent, some are rather inquisitive and occasionally a bit obnoxious like “Did you really draw that?” Thank goodness thought bubbles don’t appear over my head during such moments. But most people tend to ask me the same basic questions so I thought I’d put together this rather short list of my most frequently asked questions.

1. How long does it take for you to do a drawing?
Actually it depends on the size of the drawing, the complexity of the subject, my schedule and whether I’m doing the drawing in just black ink or in color. Taking all of that into consideration, a drawing can take me from 3 days to 4 weeks to complete.

2. What pens do you use?
For the most part I use Pigma Microns with 0.20mm or 0.18mm nibs. I like these pens because the ink in them are permanent and archival. Plus they’re relatively cheap compared to technical pens which can be rather expensive. Twice I spent up to $40 on a technical pen only to have issues with ink flow or a broken nib. After that I switched to Microns and haven’t used a technical pen since. I have to admit though, technical pens produce more uniformed and crisp dots when it comes to stippling.

3. What paper do you use?
When it comes to paper, I’m all about the pounds. I’ve found that for the work that I do paper that is smooth and 80 lbs or more works best.
All of my art card drawings are done on Strathmore Bristol art cards which are 100lbs. Larger black ink drawings are done on Strathmore natural white 80lb drawing paper while my color drawings are done on Strathmore bright white 100lb Bristol board. The bright white brings out the colors more and the heavier weight is able to withstand the layering of color that needs to be done.

4. How long have you been drawing?
Well, unlike most artists who usually answer this question with “I’ve been drawing since I was three.” I was a late bloomer in this respect. I mean, yes, like most kids in elementary I played with crayons and drew houses, Big Bird and what not but it wasn’t until I took my first art class during my senior year in high school that I discovered I had a knack for this drawing thing. I was 17 and up until I took that art class, I wanted to write. Matter of fact, I still have my very first 50 page short story that I wrote back when I was 13.
Anyhoo, it was in that class that I was introduced to stippling and over the years, whenever I did a drawing it was done using this technique but I didn’t officially start to get serious about my work until the summer of 2015. So, in a nutshell I’ve been drawing for over two decades but seriously and consistently for three years.

5. Where do you get the patience from?
I have absolutely no idea. I assume it’s part magic and part insanity. ☺

6. Can you draw me?
Yes, of course. It will cost you….(Once I bring up cost the conversation usually stops.)

7. Can you design a t-shirt/tattoo for me?
I could but it’s not my field of expertise. If I do it will cost you…(Once again conversation ends.)

Davina (wip)

I really like how the hair has turned out on this piece. It’s a bit stylized without losing too much of that realistic look. Hair is typically troublesome for me so when I can achieve an appealing look, half my battle with the drawing is won. I still have the lilies to finish but the hard part is now out of the way so I can tackle the rest with a sense of ease without all the teeth grinding I’ve been doing. 😏

The Struggle

“Davina” (wip)

Sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle getting an idea from one’s imagination out on to paper, especially when you’re far more accustomed to using the left side of your brain to communicate ideas.
Last night I managed to scribble out a few preliminary sketches before getting some basic lines down before heading to bed. I fleshed out the rest of the drawing today with a heavy dose of cursing and mental anguish. I like for things to look exactly how I imagine them but in all honestly, I often feel like I have little control as to exactly how my drawings actually turn out when I’m drawing from my imagination. With this one I was going for something that felt ethereal but I turned out something that feels a bit more voluptuous, so I’m just rolling with it.
My first thought upon looking at the finished line work was Davina, the character from the tv show The Originals, so that’s what I decided to title this piece. I’m a bit hesitant to begin inking because, well, after the struggle, I really like this line drawing just the way it is. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel differently and will be ready to ink, today though, I’m just gonna leave it be. 😊

First Mini Block Prints

I have been literally drawing a blank on ideas for my next drawing. A fellow artist told me it’s probably best to take a break, so that’s what I’ve been doing but I’m not taking a break from being creative. While I’m recharging my battery for pointillism, I carved up a few designs for some mini block prints. Nothing too fancy, just some simple designs based off of lotuses and spiritual symbols. In the picture above from left to right the symbols are Dao, Om and Gye Nyame, which is a African adinkra symbol for the supremacy of God. Surprisingly I didn’t get too frustrated while carving these so I’m claiming them as officially my first mini block prints. 😃