Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Illustration Friday: Caution

Caution: Don't run with scissors!

Here is double trouble:

Micron red and black pen and Prismacolor pencils on Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel paper.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Lately I am enjoying rendering complex textures and patterns. Here, I try to give the impression of plaid without drawing every detail.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Let It Be

This drawing consists of images from the Sky Mall catalog. I choose photos that interest me and see where it takes me. In this drawing, I saw I was choosing serene faces on the left side and scary faces and animals on the right side. The serene faces do not seem to be too concerned about the situation, so I call this drawing Let It Be, after the Beatles song.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Insect Repellent Hat

I copied a photo in the Sky Mall catalog on the flight from Chicago to Syracuse at the start of my vacation.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Illustration Friday - Wrapped

Just got back from my summer vacation in the Adirondack Mountains. I did this drawing in my sketch book, using a mechanical pencil. I was inspired by my teenage son asleep in our hotel room in Ticonderoga, New York. Thanks to moonlight coming through the window, I could see the general shape of his sleeping figure in the middle of the night, wrapped in a blanket. I quickly sketched the scene, as best I could in the moonlight, and then abstracted the drawing in an attempt to make the drawing more ambiguous and mysterious.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Illustration Friday - Impatience

The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat. - Lily Tomlin

Although being in a hurry and impatience are not exactly the same thing, I think they are closely related. After all, if you are not in a hurry, what is there to be impatient about? Last Friday, as I was driving home from work, I saw a runner dash past me. Later, my husband told me he thought an illustration about impatience should include a clock. Voila! I had a concept for my illustration.

I used Edward Muybridge's photograph sequence of a running man as the models for my runners. Here is the sequence I used:

Friday, August 7, 2009


This is my cat Max. Blue gel ink pen (Gelly Roll Fine Point).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Illustration Friday - Modify

After the wizard's apprentice turned his little sister into a cat, she howled with delight.

I have been itching to make a drawing that combines human features with animal ones. The prompt modify was a perfect opportunity. I combined two photo references into one graphite drawing and then tinted the drawing with color in Photoshop Elements.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sky Over Dallas, Texas

This is what the sky looked like yesterday over Dallas, Texas. It was rainy, stormy, and dramatic. I observed the sky as I drove around doing errands during the day and then drew it from memory last night. I used a 3B and H pencil in my Canson Field Sketch Book. I used a tissue for blending.