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Pen and Pencil Double Spread Idea

Hello Friends!

Well, this is my assignment for this third week of my illustration class. Mr. C. Turtle is angry because everyone keeps saying “Hi Mr. sea turtle” but HE thinks they already know his name and he is very confused.

And that’s okay, because I am feeling very confused at the moment about exactly how I want to tell this story and whether kids would even understand it!

 

So it has been a very busy week. But some good news is I will have my car back now! Our daughter just bought a used car like ours but a different color. She put half the money down today and we are picking it up tomorrow morning. The seller lives a half hour’s drive away. It’s a 2002 Toyota Camry. Ours is a 2004. The difference is that hers has about 100K less miles on it than ours!  Ha, ha!

Well, I have not been able to do my friend’s cat painting yet, but when I am done with this class, I will have more time to do other art. I have some new materials that I am wanting to play around with! It has been fun so far.

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

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Bull Shark Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

Last night I decided to finish the pencil drawing I started last week of this bull shark. It has appeared here already but without all of the sea foliage and shadow. I didn’t do it exactly like the photo in the book called Creatures of the Deep by Erich Hoyt, but it is similar. I think the next couple of pencil drawings I plan to do are of a viperfish and anglerfish. If you’ve never seen them, look them up. They are pretty scary looking!

I have learned that after doing pencil drawings like this, I have to rest my arm. Once I start working on something in the evening, I find myself still drawing hours later I guess because I am somewhat of a perfectionist. 😉

Anyway, today I may get back to the leafy sea dragon painting if I can get the colors mixed the way I want them. Painting is actually easier on my arm than drawing but I really love both!!

I haven’t prepared the walls in the spare bedroom for painting yet. I am not sure if I should take on that project right now. The walls are still a nice blue color and we still have the paint so I may must touch it up. I do want to start hanging my sea creatures, although I’m not sure I want to invest in framing everything. So I need to figure out something to do with the pencil drawings.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I had to break up some potential Wompus and Brownie snarls yesterday. Wompus growls at Brownie, and sometimes Brownie barks at her. But I think they are getting used to being in the same room together when I am in here working.

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

Chillin’ Tiger Coloured Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

Here is another AMAZING drawing, this in colored pencil, by the super talented artist, Remrov.

This is such a beautiful tiger!!! Check out her blog at:
https://remrov.wordpress.com.

I am still doing the final editing of my story for school, and working on my panda bear when I have time. So it may be several days before I can post again.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! Our family had a lot of fun yesterday.

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

Remrov's Artwork

I just finished a new coloured pencil drawing of a tiger again. A big close up of his chilling’ face. I love drawing these beautiful coloured tigers with their fluffy fur. The most challenging part I find the short hairs on the nose. This is what always takes me the longest as well. Echo was a great help during my drawing process. He often sits on my free had while I’m working. The drawing took me about 60 hours in total. The original drawing is listed for sale and limited edition prints are also available. 

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Elephants in Graphite

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share with you the drawing I have been working on here and there in the last week.  I drew from the cover of a magazine, National Geographic Kids, but I did not trace anything.  I had to “fill in” some spots on the adult elephant where other graphics were on top of it, though.

I did a lot of Spring cleaning this week, cleaning out closets, that is.  I had several very large bagfuls of “stuff” we didn’t need anymore and sent it off to town with my husband this afternoon to be dropped off at the Goodwill store.  But I don’t think I am quite done with that project.  I chip away at it a little at a time.

Now I am working on my first drawing of a Panda bear in graphite.  It is challenging!  I felt I needed a change of medium for a while.  I really love pencil work.

I hope everyone’s week is going well.  Mine has been pretty busy.  Aside from all of that I have been doing lots of reading and still working on my assignment that is due April 7th.

What have you been up to?  I would love to hear about you, too!

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

NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: Women Illustrators and Why I Love Their Work

I think this is going to be an interesting blog series. These are some gorgeous children’s book illustrations! 🙂

Traci Bold's PLAYING WITH WORDS

Part 1- Animals

I admit, I judge a book by its cover. Especially in children’s literature. When the art grabs my attention on the cover, I know goodies await my eyes on the inside; think eye candy!

However, my first impression is never “Such a pretty picture…” when I see the covers. Instead my brain deciphers right away, what exactly about the cover entices me to open the book. There are numerous qualities on my checklist and these carry over into the illustrations of the book itself. Some books will have just one checkmark, others, two or more.

These qualities will be explored in my new series, ‘NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: Women Illustrators and the Why I Love Their Work’ kicking off right now as part of the #kidlitwomen movement. Women have been rockin’ the kidlit world for decades and continue to do so. 

To start us off, my…

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Model Mouse

Hello Friends, 

Today’s drawing came about in an interesting way.  Last week my husband saw a mouse lying on our garage floor…dead of course.  It didn’t look like it had been injured; it just looked like it died of natural causes!  He never picked it up and tossed it out into the field and forgot about it.  With the weather being so cold, it didn’t smell or anything either.

Well, I just remembered it this morning.  So I went out to the garage, grabbed a rag, and picked it up.  I brought it in so I could draw it.  It was so CUTE!!!  My husband walked in for his work break and said, “Well, I never thought I would see that!”  😉

I don’t often draw from “life” (or death in this case), but I just couldn’t resist.  I put it on the table, so I drew it from a weird angle.  Anyway, here is my ‘model mouse.’  I will probably draw it in a different pose from my imagination with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Its coat had several shades of brown and white which was very pretty.

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

Piggies – Mama and Baby

 

 

Hello Friends,

Here is my finished drawing of the mama and baby piggies.  I use Faber-Castell and Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I kept thinking parts of it weren’t dark enough so I worked on it quite a bit over the last few days.  Again, I drew this from a photo in the book, “The Wisdom of Moms – Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  I did not trace the picture, though.  I have been trying to draw more by sight than tracing the outlines of things exactly.  But sometimes, I have to.  Also, I didn’t spend a lot of time working on the straw they are laying in.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Yesterday I worked on tracing a giraffe in ink and getting it drawn onto watercolor paper with the aid of my light board.  It is about 8.5″ x 17″!  If I feel like starting the painting later today, I may do that after I work out…exercise has kind of been going by the wayside lately, and my back is yelling at me to get to it!  I have certain physical issues that require not neglecting exercising a few times a week if not every day.

Hopefully, sometime this week I will get the post done of the other animals we saw at Turtle Bay.  Also, my husband got a couple of good pictures of our 15 year old dog, Brownie, that I need to adjust, print out, and draw and paint for the pet portrait auction I mentioned a few posts ago.  And…of course I am still working on my research for the sea turtle article I have to write for my writing class!  It is good to be busy, though.  I am thankful I can do all of this.

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

 

Mouse Friends

Hello Friends,

Here they are, the boys and Mary, the head seamstress!  For some reason she is holding what looks like a needle but there’s no thread in the picture.  I finished this last night.  I didn’t color their clothing since I decided to “color” them. They are brown and this is just graphite pencil. I could have colored their clothing really lightly, but decided not to. Also, I drew them a little bigger than the picture I printed out from the internet which I did not post with this.

I plan to do this one in watercolor perhaps with some kind of background.

So I’m not sure what’s next.  I want to get some writing done for sure tomorrow.  I had other stuff to do today so I never did get do any work on my story.  I still haven’t heard from my instructor either, so it’s okay.  I have plenty of time.  And I have my watercolor class this Thursday.  So…

Until next time…

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

 

Gus-Gus, Mary, and Jaq from Cinderella

Cinderella Beauties

 

Hello Friends,

Here are the little ladies who sew Cinderella’s dress!  I believe they are Mary, Suzy, and Perla, but I am not sure which is which.  In the cartoon picture I drew by sight from, their dresses are different colors.  However, to me, they all look like the same mouse, ha, ha!!  I like the way the middle mouse (probably Mary) is standing on the spool of thread.  It almost looks like the spool is her legs and the thread is her tail!  It looks that way to ME anyway.  😉

This was a fun drawing to do, but I did it last week, then forgot about it.  I have another group mouse one almost finished that I was doing last night with Mary, Jaq (real name is Jacques) and Gus-Gus as he calls himself, whose (real name is Octavius.) Hopefully, I will post it tomorrow. I think I said Jaq was Jack in a previous post, oops!

Today I will be working on my second story assignment for my writing correspondence course.  I want to turn in what I have done now and see if my instructor wants me to edit it at all.  So I am waiting to hear from her.  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Our weather has cooled down considerably in the last week or so.  It has been nice. Unfortunately, weather changes give the arthritis in my feet fits, but I’m used to it now.  But you don’t want to hear about my silly feet!

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

 

5×7 Sea Turtle #2

Hello Friends,

Here is my new Hawksbill sea turtle in watercolor.  I did this one yesterday.  Since I had it lightly penciled on the paper already, I painted it in a few hours.

I am inside right now during the solar eclipse getting ready to wash some dishes.  We didn’t get special glasses to watch it.  My husband had a doctor’s appointment this morning also, so he may be inside through most of it.  Oh well.  I stood on our very shaded back porch and took a few pictures at different times between 10:05 and 10:40 a.m. PT.  It was definitely darker!

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  I will probably get back to some writing later today after doing dishes and working out.

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

Norah Colvin

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