Little Dahlia

Finished up this little botanical piece done on 4×4 Bristol board tile. This will probably be the last drawing I’ll be able to complete for 2019. I have other stuff in the works but they require more time than what’s left in the year so I doubt I’ll be able to squeeze anymore drawings in this year. Anyhoo, I’m still feeling a bit tuckered from the hours spent trying to get my Penguin Holidays card complete, so I’m in need of a few days rest before I get crackin’ on something new. I may not post anything before Christmas but you’ll definitely hear from me before the New Year. So, until then Merry Christmas and please don’t stress your lovely selves out this final weekend with holiday shopping. ✌❤ 😀

Penguin Holidays

Meet Winky, Sleepy and Pedro, three penguins I’ve had the pleasure of spending the weekend with to create this holiday card. I had been thinking about making some holiday cards for a while and initially I had my mind set on squirrels but then I saw a video on penguins and magically these cute little characters snuck their way into my sketchbook, then to my drawing board and then they took over my computer, cutting board and paper supplies. We’ve been up inking, scanning, measuring, cutting and gluing things together into the late hours for three nights straight. There are so many little details that go into making cards yourself that their simple appearance betrays. But we pulled it together and I now have a few sets handmade cards available in store. I hope Winky, Sleepy and Pedro come visit me sometime before Valentine’s Day. Maybe we can pull something together again. 😊

Sketch
Inked drawing and lettering.

The Scarlet Macaw

A journey has finally come to an end and I’m spent. Honestly I probably wouldn’t miss it too much if I didn’t see any red ink for some years. I think I’ll be doing most of my work in just black ink for a while now. Even though this piece was a challenge, it turned out rather nicely and it’s now available in my store as a 5×7 premium digital print. It’s a limited run with only 10 available, so if you love birds or have a special bird lover in your life for whom you would like to get a little something for, be sure to take a peek at “Scarlet Macaw” in store to add a splash of art to your Christmas list. 🎅🎄😊

From Sketchbook To Drawing Board

“Little Dahlia” (wip)

From sketchbook to an actual drawing. When I posted my drawing exercise of a dahlia from my sketchbook, I had a couple of people mention to me that they really liked the sketch, so I’ve decided to make it into an actual drawing. I did a little experimenting with some color using a few brush pens but I think I’m going to keep the actual drawing in stippled black ink. After completing my Scarlet Macaw (which I’ll be posting this weekend), I’m really not in the mood for any more color right now. I enjoy the simplicity of black ink. ☺

Experimenting with brush pens.
Sketchbook exercise.

In Review

“Olive”

It’s the first of December and it just dawned on me that there’s only 30 more days before it will be 2020. I’m not going to say “Boy how time flies.” but there is a certain need for looking back over the year and seeing what you’ve achieved.
Over this past year I tackled some new subject matter and did more commissions, some of which were a bit challenging, or to be honest, just down right nerve wrecking but looking back I realize I wouldn’t have grown in my skills without those challenges. My patience has been tested and I’m more aware of my limitations, which isn’t always a bad thing. I’ve learned that limitations can help give you focus and direction. So looking back over the year here are seven drawings that were my favorite to work on. ☺

“Snow Leopard”
“Lovebirds”
“Sea Turtle”
“Humpbacks & Hibiscus”
“Maya”
“Butterfly Flower”