Somebody Stop Her

Heather Carr drawing sketch woman girl star tattooDrawn whilst in bed, waaaay too late one night.  Pen, markers, and digital filter.


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“You Know Nothing, Jon Snow…” From My Sketchbook

Heather Carr sketch pen Jon Snow Kit Harington Xezep Xe3ep Game of Thrones Russian Hat Girl GlassesI’m excited that Game of Thrones is back!  Are you?

I sketched this with a crappy old marker and a drawing pen.  I didn’t draw it in pencil first, which is why I ended up looking like an old lady with a giant nose… ah well, an excuse to draw this again…  🙂

Sketchy Monday – Where Does The Time Go?

Heather Carr sketches sketch pen drawing

Ergh!  It’s time to get my kids from school already?  I’ve been moving so slowly this month, or rather, running in circles and getting no where.  Hope to have some new paintings to share soon….  I have a show coming up in October!

Heather Carr sketch russian drawing artTried to give this one the look of a wall using Snapseed filters.  The text says, “Don’t Mess With This” in Russian.  (At least I think so, my Russian is a little rusty!)

I just created a Facebook page, it would make my day if you liked it!  I’ll be posting more work in progress shots there, than I do here.  Hope to see you there!

Sketchy Mondays – Just Add Color

Heather Carr sketch illustration doodle pen watercolor happy cat toy girl

The sketch above began mindlessly, and then morphed into a portrait of my son’s beloved, mangy, Happy Cat.  It’s one sad-looking, well-loved toy.

Heather Carr sketch drawing doodle illustration joker jester doll head girl severed pen watercolorI tried out a pack of Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pens that I got for my birthday on some of my doodles.  They are a bit tricky.  Not quite like real watercolors because if you want to create a gradient, you have to start with wet paper.  They dry permanently before they can be blended otherwise.  At least that’s how they behave on flimsy sketchbook paper.

Heather Carr sketch doodle illustration watercolor pen girl looking I’ve not done any real painting this month.  And then, this morning I decided I’d have tea instead of coffee…. And cut back on sugar…  Now I have a HUGE headache.  It’s like I’m trying to torture myself…

I’m so excited that my children go back to school next week, so I can get back to painting – and have something to post besides doodles!!!

Sketchy Mondays – “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius…

Heather Carr pen sketch doodle Marilyn Monroeand it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous, than absolutely boring.”

 —Marilyn MonroeHeather Carr pen sketch doodle Marilyn Monroe

I’ve been seeing quite a bit of Marilyn on the news-stands lately..  It’s the 50th anniversary of her death.  Since she was on my mind, I did these sketches in bed the other night.  I kinda like them, but I have this masochistic tendency to draw in pen without sketching things out in pencil first, forcing myself to live with/work with my mistakes.  I like to think it’s a small act of bravery, and not just psychological torture.  It’s good to learn to let go.  I’ve heard Jesse Reno say something to this effect many times: how can you be brave in life, if you can’t even take a risk on a piece of paper?  So true.

Marilyn Monroe was one of my biggest childhood idols.  She, and Juliet Capulet (of Romeo and Juliet).  Yes, I idolized two suicidal women…  And Darth Vader.  I really wasn’t a dark child though, I swear!  Perhaps it was their headstrong-ness…

I loved watching Marilyn’s films on late-night t.v. with my grandmother, while eating popcorn doused in butter, and hard candies.  We both adored her.  Marilyn was funny, talented and smart.  And a deep and thoughtful person, who didn’t want to be dehumanized by fame.

What’s not to love?

Sketchy Monday – Faces From My Sketchbook

Heather Carr sketches faces drawing doodle pen sketchbook man woman

Well, once again it is almost midnight and I am just now getting to my Monday post, but better late than never!  These two are recent doodles from my sketchbook, scanned and then filtered with Snapseed.

Heather Carr sketch sketchbook pen woman doodle

By the way, I finished my Alice in Wonderland street piano!  Yay!  I’ll try to post some pictures of the finished piece later this week.  Blogging is a bit more difficult in the summer, with my children at home.  🙂  Can’t wait to share it with you!

If you haven’t seen the work in progress, you can check it out here:

Alice in Wonderland Street Piano Progress 1

Alice in Wonderland Street Piano Progress 2

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Doodles

Alice in Wonderland Brainstorming Doodles

More Sketches – The Mad Hatter

Heather Carr 2012 sketchesMore Alice in Wonderland brainstorming doodles for the upcoming street piano painting project.  I usually don’t start drawing until 11pm or midnight, but sometimes good things come from being only half-awake… You can see more of my Alice in Wonderland late-night sketches here.

Sketchy Mondays – Alice in Wonderland – Piano Painting

Heather Carr sketches 2012

Hopefully in a about a week I will begin painting a street piano for the city of Shoreline.  I haven’t met with anyone to go over the details yet, but I’ve decided I’d like to make it Alice in Wonderland themed if they’ll allow it.

Heather Carr sketches 2012

So I’ve started playing around with faces and symbols related to Alice.  No serious drawing, just doodling, mostly with (non-erasable, doh!) pen.  Just to get my head in the right place.

Heather Carr sketches 2012

More details on the piano soon.

Heather Carr 2012 sketches

Sketchy Mondays – Sketchbook Whales, Air Fresheners, and Business Socks…

I did this last week, while drawing with my 7-year-old. She asked me to write a diary entry from an animal. We also did some collaborative drawings - fun!!!

I’m bummed that I never got a second post out last week.  I’ve been so busy!  Tuesday I’ll be dropping off 10 paintings for another show.  Hope to share the details with you on Wednesday.

As promised, here are this week’s picks from my sketchbooks.

Heather Carr sketch drawing

Business Socks…Heather Carr sketch drawing

Heather Carr sketch drawing

This is based on a very old horror comic. I made this for my dorm room door my freshman year of college. I found it folded up in one of my books...

I love potato trees…

Sketchy Mondays

Heather Carr 2012 Art

Something that is sketchy can also be described as incomplete, fragmentary, vague, imprecise, imperfect, hurried, and hasty.  All those things could describe my various sketchbooks too.  I often draw when I’m half asleep and totally depleted from my day.

Heather Carr 2012 Art

I love looking at artists’ sketchbooks, even when they aren’t fancy, but just fragments of ideas captured on paper.  So, I’ve decided to try, once a week, to share some sketches from my books.  I hope you enjoy them!

Heather Carr Art 2012

If you are looking for an interesting book on artists and their sketchbooks, check out An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory.  Love this book!

Heather Carr Art 2012

Heather Carr Art 2012

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