Catch up post – Inktober Day 26, 27, 28 and PiBoIdMo!

Here is my catch up post! A 3 in 1 :) We are getting down to the wire now, only a few days left of Inktober. I will miss it, but I will have PiBoIdMo to keep me occupied. What is it? It is Picture Book Idea Month. Every day, for 30 days, participants come up with an idea for a picture book story. It is a wonderful, creative project that I have participated in every year since 2009. More details at Tara Lazar’s blog!

Inktober 26

Morning bird & bugs 

Micron brush pen black & graphite

Inktober 27

Witch hat 

Micron brush pen black & graphite

Inktober 28

This isn’t scary…

Micron brush pen, micron 05 black, graphite

 

Catch up post – Inktober Day 24 and Day 25

 

 

Inktober 24

“Do you know which way?”

Micron brush pen black, graphite pencil, and Micron Pigma 05 pen black

Inktober 25

Buzz, buzz, buzz…

Micron brush pen black, graphite pencil, and Micron Pigma 05 pen black

Still playing catch up! Sorry for the delay in posting these. Only two more to go and I will be finally caught up. I am hoping to finish inking 27 tonight and posting in the morning. Happy Monday and thanks for visiting!

 

 

Scarecrow process

Many of my fans, especially the younger ones, are interested in my process of doing my art. Today I would like to show you how I created the #inktober Scarecrow painting that is for sale in my shop at Big Cartel.

Inktober 8

First, I took the original sketch and using my light table, I traced it onto #150 lb watercolor paper. I taped it as securely as possible as I didn’t want either paper to slip! I traced  this very lightly as I didn’t want the pencil to show through too much on the completed painting. I only did the the main frame, as this is just a guide for the paint. When it was traced to my liking, I placed the traced sheet on a board. I secured it to the board using painters tape all around the edges. Using a brush and water  I really soaked the paper. This makes it so it stays nice and tight for the painting later.

 

I let this dry about a half hour to an hour. Once it was dry, I was ready to paint. Hooray! That’s my favorite part. I tried to use very little water, as I wanted nice bold colors for my scarecrow. Also, too much water could cause a disaster of it running. Note: If I had too much water, I would take a tissue and gently soak up some of it. Luckily, this didn’t happen this time.

Once my scarecrow was painted to my liking, it was time to let it sit and dry. I waited about 2 hours just to make sure. I took the sheet off of the board and placed it back on the light table over top of the sketch again. I lined it up perfectly and made sure to tape it securely again so the papers wouldn’t slip.

 

I then traced the outlines, using Koh-I-Noor black permanent ink and a thin, small paint brush. You have to go very slow and be very careful. One slip could mean disaster. I take a lot of breaks at this stage and try not to go too fast.  And here he is, Mr. Scarecrow, all ready for sale in my shop!

 

Thanks for visiting, stop by again!

New shop up selling original art!

Inktober 8Hi everyone! I have looked a long time for a place that I could sell my original art. I finally found a venue that I liked. Big Cartel lets the artist sell on their site and all money from the sale goes to the artist. This is much better than my other shops where I only receive a small portion of the sale. Please visit and check back as I will be adding more originals. The first two up are “Cats of Many Colors” and a watercolor I did from the Inktober Day 8 sketch, “Scarecrow”.  To visit my shop at Big Cartel, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in my art, I greatly appreciate it!

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Inktober Catch Up Post #inktober

I’ve fallen behind on posting for Inktober! I have been drawing and inking, just not posting :( Sorry about that! Life happens and I have been way busy. Here are #21, 22, and 23.

 

#21 is a tribute to the albino white tailed deer that was shot by a 12 yo in Michigan. I was very sad to hear about it so I drew a sketch in its honor.

Inktober 21

#22 is a tribute to one of my favorite artists, John Lennon. It was just a doodle I started and then thought it was cool enough to ink and put on the blog. I really enjoyed creating it. I hope to do more like this in the near future.

Inktober 22

#23 is a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. I would like to watercolor this one. Again, this one was really enjoyable to research and create, so I think I will do more rock artists in the future. I love music (I minored in Popular Music) , so it is great to combine two of my loves.

Inktober 23

 

All drawings were sketched with a Papermate sharpwriter 02 pencil, a Micron brush pen in black, and a Micron Pigma 05 black pen.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned tomorrow for the next three to catch me all up!

Inktober Day 20 #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 20

 

Micron Brush pen black, graphite, watercolor

Some of you may recognize these two characters. Piggy and Chicken have danced before, however it was in the ballet. This is ballroom :)

 

Inktober Day 19 #inktober #inktober2014

 

Inktober 19

For those new to my posts, here is a link to the project I am doing called Inktober. Basically it is to create a drawing with ink every day for the month of October. This little character has shown up in many of my drawings, especially the ones that include my little adventurous mouse. :)

Thanks for visiting my blog!

 

Inktober Day 18 “Deadline” #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 18

Inktober Day 18 – Micron Brush black & Graphite pencil

 

68 days until Dec 25!