My Patient Drawing Board

“Riverbed” (wip)

Finally the snow has come and it looks like winter outside my door. Up until this weekend the landscape has stayed in an Autumn state, which was unusual for this time of year. And for someone who actually looks forward to bundling up in sweaters, scarves and sipping on hot chocolate, I was starting to feel a bit depressed that there was no blanket of snow to greet me when I stepped outside my door. But Nature, if not always on time, she’s always faithful. We got a good 8 inches of snow over weekend along with freezing rain and gusts of wind, which was perfect for settling in for a few days and getting some work done.
Having been a bit distracted with other things and my Riverbed drawing has unfortunately been the victim of back burneritis (I just made that up). I had been feeling guilty about that. Thankfully my drawing board is forgiving and waited patiently for my return. I was able to get a little inking done over the weekend. It’s not much but it’s progress. I’m aiming to have this done by the weekend in between making pocket journals. To my surprise my “Buddha Tao” set has been well received and I’m having to replenish my stock more frequently than anticipated. I only make two sets at a time, so I have to spend a day getting those done. But that’s a welcomed problem I don’t mind having. I really enjoy making journals. 😀

Art For Your Pockets

Budda Tao Blank Pocket Journals

I should have been working on my Riverbed drawing but I fell down a DIY rabbit hole last week and this is what I came up with; a handmade pocket journal featuring some of my art.
I’ve been fascinated with the idea of creating my own books and paper goods for a while now. It started with the handmade greeting cards and now I’m delving into bookbinding, or more precisely booklet binding. I’m not all into the glue and thread deal…yet. Right now I’m just working with what I got on hand which is just paper, cardstock and staples. Although I did purchase for myself a cute corner puncher to get those nicely rounded corners for a finishing touch. I only got two sets of these available in store for now but I definitely plan on making more of these with different illustrated covers so be on the look out for more artistic paper goods that can fit into your pockets. 😀

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. 🎅🎄😊