I’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… 🙂
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!
Tried 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!
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.
I 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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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:
More 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!