Posts Tagged ‘watercolor’

Ol’ Sphincter Business is Done

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

…but I think I am keeping him. Sorry, theoretical doodle swap recipient! Click for big, of course.

Another Doodle Swap

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

here’s another one for this sessions “Dreams & Nightmares” doodle swap. Another crummy photo rather than a scan, though. Once they’re all done I’ll scan them.

doodle swap WIP

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

The theme for this session’s Doodle Swap is “Dreams and Nightmares.” I’m working on this guy at the moment. Others, too, but I’m happiest with Ol’ Sphincter Business here. The actual size is pretty small (this image should be about the right size – 2.5″ x 3.5″ – click for big) – and this is just a photo, not a scan, so it’s not super fantastic. Soz.

Illustration Friday: More Ripple

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Annoyed with self – I posted an old link accidentally instead of this link here to IF. I guess I shall submit again…wish I could edit the original instead. Sorry, IF people.

Wasn’t overjoyed with the octopus. Here’s a pen-watercolor-digital Harrison Bergeron I did with a Gulf shrimp and some made-up marine stuff. I like it better.

Of course, this is also for the Ripple project – $10 for the sketchcard size. Kelly Light is doing good stuff over there.

Illustration Friday: Ripple

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This week’s IF goes to Kelly Light’s Ripple project – $10 for the card, with 100% of the proceeds going to gulf oil spill charities. In this case you’d wind up with two – the original (brush pen, watercolor) and a print of the digital version. They’re pretty different; I darkened & colored the water a great deal in the digital version. So I figure I should send the sketch itself along with a printout of the digital version. The original is on the left and the digital is on the right.

I’m working on a couple of shrimp for the same theme/cause, too. WIPs are here.

couple things

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

going away for the weekend. been working on the supercool pikaland illustration bootcamp thinger-ma-bob. Here’s a reject that I wish I’d started on earlier so maybe it wouldn’t be a reject (the cherries) and my all-too-mechanical take on a jack-in-the-pulpit (which you can click for a bigger version, or here for a very large version.) Ah well.

Illustration Friday: Slither

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Well, this time I thought, briefly, that this would be the week I didn’t revise/edit/whatever till the cows came home, but I was as usual wrong. I’ll post up the final first, so those of you uninterested in the trials and tribulations are spared.

Click the image for medium-sized, click here for very large.


“Linked” for Illustration Friday

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Been reading the discussions over at Zero2Illo’s “clubhouse” – about finding one’s style etc. And became increasingly aware of the fact that there is a huge gulf between the kind of work I like and the kind of work I create – and not just a gulf of skill, either. I tend to be practical to a fault; I never have created much art for art’s sake – it’s always for something. Song cards for my kid (many things for my kid) – gifts, decorations. I’ve always complained that I don’t feel I have much to say when confronted with a blank page, but now I’m not so sure that’s true; I think I’m restraining myself far too much when facing that page.

My more honest style/inclinations tend much more towards the darker side of things than, say, the school bus side of things. So while I’ll keep working on the stuff for my kid, I think I’ll also try to induce myself to do more that appeals to me.

So I did this for “Linked” for Illustration Friday. When I first saw the word I thought it’d be an empty well for me – but it only took me four seconds once I sat down to come up with conjoined twins, because I love conjoined twins. So this is pencil, Crayola supermarket watercolors (heh), and some digital editing and I did the hand lettering in Photoshop. As usual, click for larger.


just more song cards

Friday, April 9th, 2010

The bus actually took a bunch of sketches & pens before I settled on this, which is okay, if not perfect. The color version here is only half-done; I’ve since finished the painting but it needs a little editing etc. so I haven’t gotten it here yet. This is also actually not pen but brush. I’ve been trying out my new fancy brushes and wanted the line work for the bus to be more expressive than the fairly flat fountain pen lines that I’ve been doing.

I’ve been fighting with twinkle little star for a long time, because the original I did was not for mass consumption by any stretch and was awful, there was an interim version that didn’t work out, and I eventually wound up here. I tried to scan a couple of the sketches for this one but my pencils are so light that they wouldn’t scan properly. I’ve got to start doing darker pencils – they seem so dark to me while I’m drawing them but then a week later I look at them and you can barely see marks on the page. It’s a bit silly.

Little calendar

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Other projects, including not being sick anymore, seem to be stalling out. So here is a little calendar – if you click the small images, you’ll get a very big one you can print out & cut up if you are so inclined. Watercolors as usual.