Radar

Prismacolor Premier Colored pencils on Canson Pastel paper
8×10

Family

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils on Strathmore Bristol Board
11×14

Tessa

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils and Derwent Light-fast pencils on Strathmore toned paper, 5×7

Molly

This is one of those commissions that doesn’t photograph well! I swear it looks better in person!

Two Sweeties

Prismacolor colored pencil on Strathmore Bristol Board, 8×10

Commissioned work of two lovely pups, rendered from photos provided by the customer.

Cat Eyes in Ballpoint (WIP)

I’ve been sort of into ballpoint pen art lately, and it’s sort of funny, but I remember the typical Bic being the go-to artist utensil all through grade school.  I probably have hundreds of drawings and notebook covers displaying my artistic doodles in black and blue ink.  So, I did some research about the best ballpoint pens, and decided to to try out the Zebra F-301 black ballpoint (average cost at the local Walmart for a 2-pack is just under $4).  I like the pen, but the ink balls up sometimes and then transfers to the drawing, which bugs me.  On the other hand, I think it gives the drawing character too.

Cat WIP

So, this is what I’ve drawn so far.  I used a copy write free image from www.pixabay.com.  I can see errors in the layout, but I’m sticking with it 🙂

PB&J Painting

Here is an older painting done in oils on canvas board.  It’s 4×6, and was done last year in 2015.  It’s been staring at me as a constant reminder of my tug of war with painting.  Most days I consider myself a horrible painter, and then when I finally paint, I’m reminded that I’m not really all that bad.  Enjoy this little treasure that I look at everyday.

pb&j

Binder Clip

Today I took about 20-30 minutes of completely interrupted time to draw this binder clip.  I think that I was stopped every 2 minutes.  I’m quite fond of the results actually!  This was done in my moleskin sketchbook with a  02 Micron black pen.

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Binder Clip, ink, 2016

I used Sue Bleiweiss’ The Sketchbook Challenge to prompt this drawing.  She has a chapter devoted to drawing the inanimate object, or tools we use daily, as inspiration for sketching.  In fact this particular chapter is what grabbed my attention when I saw this book at the library.  I will most likely use another chapter from her book as inspiration in my next drawing.  Current rating of the book: B, best for mixed media artists looking for creative daily inspiration.  More for the “crafty artist” than a traditional fine artist.

Crusher

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This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys.  There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side.  I’m not sure why.  I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.

I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss.  I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book.  The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration.  Can you find the circles in this sketch?  The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art.  That’s just my thoughts so far.  I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.