Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
I just finished a painting that I will use as a mailer this winter. I thought it might be interesting to see the evolution of the final product.
This was my first sketch:
My next sketch is a little more developed:
I tried to keep my colors muted and the background loose, to give the atmospheric snowy feel I wanted and to keep the attention focused on the interaction between the characters. There was a definite awkward stage, that I am sorry to not have scanned. It would have been nice to see that I was able to push through (I hope) and get it to where I wanted it.
Here's the painting before snow, and final details:
So here it is, snowy and chilly. Now off to the printer!:
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Upon the recommendation of friends, I purchased a Lamy fountain pen and Noodlers ink. I feel like the last one to the fountain pen party.
Unlike a crowquill pen, which I normally use, this pen allows a smooth back and forth without having to dip. No more black fingers, either.
I also bought a fresh new sketchbook in the hopes it might inspire me.
Here are some of my first sketches:
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
Edie is working on a school project. She chose Evel Knievel as the subject of her independent study. I love her drawing of him in his Captain America suit on his motorcycle. He was actually an interesting guy. He was in and out of jail for minor crimes. Though he did break records and jump some incredible distances, my overall impression of him was of a charismatic guy who created an incredible whirlwind of publicity around himself.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I used a combination of gouache, pencil and pen and ink for the drawings.
On the icicles spread, I did use a glaze of medium and acryla gouache. Because the gouache is water soluble, I sprayed Crystal Clear acrylic fixative over the drawing to keep it from washing away.
You may notice that I have left a lot of white space on the spreads. This afternoon, I turned the notebook over to a friend who is also an artist. She has written some funny poems that go along with my anxiety drawings.
I hope she will have fun with my drawings and that together we will come up with something cool. No matter what the final tangible product is, I know we will both have fun getting there.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
This is my second educational job this year, which means I am ahead where I was this time last year. Does this mean that people are no longer outsourcing to India or Mexico? No, it does not. I'm just happy when one of these lands on my desk every so often now.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Also under construction is what will be two really beautiful reflecting pools at the foundation of both twin towers. In nine and a half years, the dust seems to have settled and the wound is a little less fresh.
We ate lunch aboard the Staten Island Ferry and viewed the Statue of Liberty from a distance. (see it between my head and Thomas's?) The ferry ride will not be forgotten by the children, as we were seated behind a group of characters using very colorful language to describe how to elude the police. Ah- New York!
Last week was spring vacation for the entire East Coast it seemed, and we were herded on and off the boat like cattle. Definitely worth it!
We did other touristy things before heading out of town on to our next stop- Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I have always been a big fan of New England. I love the history, the architecture, and the landscape. But after this trip, I think the Brandywine Valley gives New England a serious run for its money. A lush, green landscape, cris-crossed by sparkling rivers and creeks, stone walls, hills and fields with grazing horses, and beautiful old stone houses and barns. With this kind of beauty, it's no wonder this was the home of the artist colony founded by Howard Pyle, the Brandywine School. A student of Pyle's, and another great American illustrator living in the area, was N.C. Wyeth. His work can be seen at the Brandywine River Museum, along with the work of his son, Andrew, and grandson Jamie.
Tom and I visited a museum at the home of the woodworker/sculptor/artist Wharton Esherick, which was nearby. We didn't get any photos of the cool interior of his home, but I can tell you that it was filled with beautiful furniture and sculptures that he made. Here are a couple of photos of the exterior.
While in the area, the Longwood Gardens should not to be missed. Founded by Pierre duPont, these 1,077 acres of beautiful gardens are another highlight of the region. We estimated that southeastern Pennsylvania is about three weeks further into spring than northern Vermont. It was a real treat to enjoy the weather and the green.
Before our long trip home, we were treated to an Easter service at a chapel in the woods. The congregation was small, and some people arrived on horseback. Who should we see riding in via horse and carriage, but Jamie Wyeth himself.
The trip was wonderful, largely due to the hospitality of parents and cousins who hosted us.
If you have a chance, I highly recommend you add the Brandywine Valley as a stop to your next road trip.
ps: I wish a real photographer had been with us. . .
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Where one might find quicksand, I am not sure, but maybe that's why I'm worried about it.
I was sufficiently curious about where exactly to find quicksand to do some investigating. This is what I found out:
Quicksand is not quite the fearsome force of nature that you sometimes see on the big screen. In fact, quicksand is rarely deeper than a few feet. It can occur almost anywhere if the right conditions are present. Quicksand is basically just ordinary sand that has been so saturated with water that the friction between sand particles is reduced. The resulting sand is a mushy mixture of sand and water that can no longer support any weight.
If you step into quicksand, it won't suck you down. However, your movements will cause you to dig yourself deeper into it. In this article, you will learn just how quicksand forms, where it's found and how you can escape its clutches if you find yourself hip-deep in it.Quicksand is typically not very dangerous, but it’s one of the last things you’d want to run into if you were sandboarding. Check out the sandboarding article, video and images at Discovery’s Fearless Planet to learn more.
So, remember, if caught in quicksand DO NOT STRUGGLE.
Here's a link to where I found this helpful info: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geology/quicksand.htm
Monday, April 04, 2011
Friday, April 01, 2011
Here's a little doodle I did today while thinking about Elphaba.
My trip to the city was filled with exciting things. Luckily, falling down a manhole wasn't one of them. I wandered mostly in Soho, checked out the R. Crumb exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, and independent children's bookstore, Books of Wonder. In New York, there's so much to do I don't see how you can even scratch the surface unless you live there.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Saturday, March 05, 2011
I made this horse for Tom's cousin for her birthday. She loves horses and from the day we moved to Charlotte has been so generous and kind to our family. It is only a small token of all of our appreciation for all she does.
For those who are curious, I started with a very spare wire armature and tacked a basic shape with simple white wool roving. I then covered it with the colored roving and felted it tighter and tighter, adding bits as I needed to form the shape- much like sculpting with clay. I used beautiful wool yarn to cover the lower legs and form the curlicues on the body. Finally, I strung glass beads on a couple of threads and sewed them into the mane and tail, which was made of unfelted roving. The color, curlicues and beads gave it a magical sort of look, and I dubbed it Diana's wishing horse. I hope it brings her good luck.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Here are a couple of sketches I am working on: