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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˜€

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

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I can hardly believe I am half done with this year long portrait drawing and painting class! This week is number 26! Our instructor this week is Angela Kennedy again. She draws and paints such cute and whimsical portraits!

She painted in watercolors this time. Then she used a white watercolor for the white on the dress and stockings. I don’t have white watercolor, so I used white gouache on the layers of the dress, but I only have a little bit. So then I used white acrylics to paint the stripes on the stockings. This was a fun painting to do. I like Angela’s style.

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

 

Dryad in Brush Pen

 

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Last night I decided to use my brush pens to draw my Dryad in color. I drew her on Bristol paper which is stiff and thick but smooth. It is perfect paper for brush pens, markers, ink pens or calligraphy pens.

This was fun to do. Instead of drawing the whole scene that I did in pencil, I wanted to just draw her without a background. So I guess you could say this is a portrait of a Dryad!

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 Pencil and Pen

 

Hello Friends!

Today I did Lesson 2 of my portrait class.Β Angela KennedyΒ showed us how to draw this girl using pencil and pen.

She is a little whimsical with her long eyelashes, but I had fun and it didn’t take very long.

I really enjoyed doing this one and had a lot of fun! I was also able to do it with my right hand.

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

 

 

Degas in Charcoal and Pen & Ink

 

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Here is another Degas I did in pen and ink. But I decided to draw some details and the background in charcoal. This one was a lot of fun!

Tomorrow I am going to my first post-op appointment. I think it will go well.

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

 

 

Cobra in Mixed Media

 

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After a great deal of thinking about what I wanted to do on this Washi Tape-covered canvas, I decided to paint an animal I have never done before…the Cobra! I think snakes are beautiful creatures even though in the boonies where we live, I have had to kill a few rattlesnakes through the years. But that was when our dog was a puppy and our children were very young. I haven’t seen any in years, though, which I am thankful for!

So for this one, after I drew the snake in pencil, I used my pan watercolors, then used my Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers to draw in the details and the grass in front. Then I used my pan watercolor of Phthalo Yellow Green to go over the background lightly enough for the Washi tape to show through. Lastly, I outlined the snake with a black pen.

This didn’t take too long to do, but I should probably ice my shoulder now. I didn’t do much of anything this week – just lots of icing and resting. I hope all of you had a great week.

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

 

 

Bald Eagle Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

I did not have time to finish my Golden Eagle watercolor until today. It was another enjoyable painting to do!

Yesterday I worked on scanning my leafy sea dragons to email them to the editor of the magazine that my article is going to be published in called Stepping Stones. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it with our copying machine. So I didn’t do any art yesterday. But sometimes it’s good to take a break.

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

 

Dumbo’s Ears

Hello Friends!Β 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

 

Here is a quick little sketch of the part in Dumbo when his ears first unfold. I did it the other day with my Arteza brush pens.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!! πŸ˜πŸŽ„β€

Western Pond Turtle

Hello Friends,

Here is the kind of turtle that is common where I live in northern California. The park of Turtle Bay in our area has some in their outside pond and inside in aquariums. They are fun to watch.

I used Derwent Inktense pencils to draw this one, too.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 😁

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