Monday, September 8, 2014

Oaxacan Toucan: concept dump!

August was a toucan-centric month.

I'm having a rough time deciding on which composition I like best. Vertical or horizontal? Single subject or vignette (as with the Coyote)? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

You reach a certain point and just start crackin'...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sketchbook_Brain Dump 2 Pages 1 - 10!

One of my favorite sketches I've made of Decay.

Trying some new ideas for my hummingbird hounds.

These were drawn during my 4th of July visit to Rockaway Beach with family. Something about our beach house makes me sleepy earlier than usual (besides playing on the beach all day!); I'd draw and listen to music before falling asleep.

Some of the drawings are revisions of earlier sketches. I have a habit of  leaving small sketchbooks alone for years before finishing them. This particular sketchbook was begun in 2008.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

RoAnna's graduation gift!

My friend RoAnna graduated recently! I wanted to post these drawings sooner, but I figured it might be better to wrap up the 30 Day Art Challenge first. Ro loves bunnies and Gargoyles, so I wanted to combine the two into something fun: a gargoyle bunny and its bunny gargoyle companion.

It was a good opportunity to practice my cleanup skills. I'm pretty rusty, but I'm happy with how this turned out. 

Quick concepts in putting gargoyle features on a rabbit and rabbit features on a gargoyle.

Construction drawing used as the basis for the final at top.
A BIG congratulations to you again, Ro! :D

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 30!

Day 30: Draw something you'd like to share with your followers.

As a thank you to all those who have followed my first 30 Day Art Challenge, here are some happy hummingbird hound pups to brighten your day!

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 28 and 29!

Day 28: Draw a room.

Day 29: Draw your favorite weather.

One of my favorite types of weather consists of stormy skies with sun breaks. I took well over a hundred reference photos of such weather during two recent bike rides on Powell Butte. I'll make better studies from them soon!

My current room is a super-snug art space. This is a decently close floor plan. I've made the most of my space and have a lot of vertical shelving to accommodate my supplies. I'd wanted to practice isometric drawing with my room; something to come back to later.

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 27!

Day 27: Draw your favorite scene from a movie.

"I just kissed an owl."

Drawn from screencap.

Fievel Goes West is still one of my all-time favorite movies. I'd wanted to adapt this scene more to my 'style,' but I decided to keep it simple and just practice by drawing from a still.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 26!

Day 26: Draw your favorite sweet food / candy.

Colored pencil on toned paper, drawn from life.

Tiny drawing for a tiny treat! SweeTarts are part of the reason I have a receding gumline. I love them so.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 25!

Day 25: Draw someone or something from mythology.

Brushing up on my character design skills with some gryphons. I referenced older drawings: Gryphons, Kitty-Loaf, and Humraptor!

Gryphons are my go-to fantasy critter these days. Drawn with a Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000 Duo brush pen.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 24!

Day 24: Draw something that represents your favorite culture.

I love native art from any culture. Mexico's Oaxaca region is famous for its woodcarvings, which inspired me to begin my series of colored pencil paintings in late 2011. 

This was drawn from a beautiful giraffe sculpture my grandmother bought for me years ago, signed Francisco Melchor. I shared it in an older post: Fun with "studio" lighting: Oaxacan sculptures and more!

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 23!

Day 23: Draw something that makes you happy.

Bicycling is one of my favorite activities. If I need to get away for some fresh air, I'll likely go exploring on my bike. It's a Schwinn Ranger, if you wanted to know. :D

It's reeeally hard to tell, but I'm standing on the pedals in the drawing. Time to sit down and draw my bike while looking at it.
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