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Jack and the Giant

 

Hello Friends!

This is a drawing I did over the last couple of nights. I recently found a small booklet called “Rackham’s Fairy Tale Illustrations” that was put together and edited by Jeff A. Menges and published in 2002.

When I was a little kid in the 1960s, I know I saw Arthur Rackham’s illustrations in old books of Grimm’s fairy tales. He also did illustrations for other books such asΒ Snowdrop and Other TalesΒ andΒ Hansel and Grethel and Other Tales both published in 1920.

I find it interesting that Menges says, “Creatures of fantasy, legend, and fairy tales represented the core of Rackham’s output. His imaginative interpretations of witches, elves, giants, and fairies have influenced many of the images that have been produced ever since.” This is exactly what I have been hoping to do – create fairy tale images from MY imagination!

My drawing is a combination of my own imagination and copying Rackham’s giant from his illustration from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” However, as you can see from his illustration, I changed mine quite a bit! For instance, my giant doesn’t have animals hanging from his belt!

My perspective is different, because I wanted the giant to be looking down at a hole in his floor where Jack is climbing up the beanstalk which, of course, did not happen in the written story. But this is my version! There’s a lot about the angle that isn’t perspectively correct, but I actually hadn’t planned on it being a finished drawing. I was just sketching in ink and then decided to use my brush pens to add the color. But it was too fun to keep it to myself!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portraits in Pen & Ink

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Today I did Lesson 5 of the Let’sFaceIt2020 portraiture classes. Our instructor, Lucy Cooke, demonstrated using ink with twigs, a paint brush, and pens with nibs, all dipped in ink.

I really tried to draw with twigs, but the end results were disastrous! Then I tried the pen with a couple of different sized nibs. Those ended up in the circular file as well.

So I got out a small paint brush and ended up with six little portaits on 4″x6″ cards. I decided they were enough for one afternoon. I love experimenting with different drawing tools, but twigs felt weird!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Portrait in Brush Pens

 

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Yesterday, I decided to play around with my Faber Castell Pitt portrait-colored pens. I also used my CalliCreative Duotip colored calligraphy pens to add the red, blue, and his brown hair.

I did not intend for this to come out so bold, but I kinda like it. The portrait I drew from is pretty dark around the face, so I brightened up the background by completely changing the color of it and his clothes.

I am excited to begin my online portraiture classes tomorrow! I have SO much to learn!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Degas in Pen and Ink


 

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I did a couple of Degas drawings in pen & ink with my left hand five days after my surgery because I was so bored!!! I will post the other one another day. Then today I just drew another one with pen & ink and charcoal which I will also post another day.

I am doing well. I have not needed any pain medication since Saturday night. I have quite a few pain pills left, though, which I am sure will come in handy once I begin going to physical therapy for my shoulder. Also, I have been even more thankful for our adjustable bed, because I have had to sleep sitting up with the sling on. Until next time…

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Mixed Media Llama – Step 1

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This is a 12″x12″ canvas covered in a variety of Washi tapes. The next step will be covering it with clear Gesso. Then I will draw a llama (or two) on it and paint it. Not sure what else I may want to do to the background, though. I did get a couple of new colors of acrylic paint, though – “Golden Fluid Acrylics” in Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) and Hansa Yellow Light – which I am anxious to try! So this is my project this weekend!

I got the idea from Miriam Schulman in one of her classes but I am not doing it just like hers. I like to make mine more original which is what she encourages all of her students to do.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Donkeys in Pen & Watercolor

 

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Yesterday I painted this watercolor of the donkeys. Today I outlined it in pen. This was a fun one to do!

I hope everyone is having a nice week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

California Poppies Mixed Media

 

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I did this painting yesterday afternoon. I decided I wanted to paint California Poppies right now instead of the big red ones that Miriam Schulman demonstrates in the class. I just love yellows, oranges, blues, and greens together.

I drew some poppies on lightly with a pen. I painted the stems with some acrylics, but mostly used my watercolor brush pens and watercolor paint to paint the rest. Then I outlined the flowers with a thicker marker. I still need to spray a protective acrylic coating over it, though.

Anyway, another fun day of painting!!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Cat & Chicks

 

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The other night I decided to get my Chinese brushes and ink out to play! So I tried painting the back of a cat and the little chicks it might be looking at.

My first chick came out a bit dark. Painting with ink is definitely a challenge!

I have finished my pen and ink drawing of a leafy sea dragon and am about to do a watercolor of it also. I will be submitting these to the publisher in Monday, hopefully. I need to get them scanned to send in an email. I still don’t know for sure yet whether they will use either one, but just in case, I probably shouldn’t post them.

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday! I am getting ready to paint the watercolor of the leafy sea dragon and hopefully finish my eagle watercolor.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Green & Flatback Sea Turtles!

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Well, here are two new sea turtles that I plan to do watercolors of soon. I decided to redo my seven sea turtles. But I redrew them smaller so I can paint them on 300 lb. 11×14 watercolor paper. I am planning to get them all drawn and transferred first before I start painting.

It has been a crazy couple of days here. Our very old house here at the fish hatchery is getting a new heating and A/C unit put in. So they are having to replace all the ducts, too. Really nice workers. Our old dog has barked at them some, but is now used to them and just sleeps through it all.

The cat was out when they came yesterday. She hid until they were gone, but I had no idea where she was! Then when they left, she jumped out from behind the stove! Her fur was dusty, but she was fine.

Today I left her in the room where all her stuff is, but when they need to go in there to put the vent back in the ceiling, I will have to grab her!

I hope everyone has had a great week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Hello Friends!

Last night I did this in my art journal. I think today I may begin trying to make some animal “characters” by drawing real animals and making them look “animated,” but not digutal.

This is probably going to be an exploritory year for me in art. So I think my mantra for my art journal is going to be EXPLORE!

In the meantime….

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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