Completed Art Deco Explosion

While I think most people find coloring relaxing, it’s often the most time consuming and nerve wracking part of completing my doodles. I think one of my issues with coloring is when I make a mistake it’s a little hard to hide it in the end. However, I do like seeing my art come to life with bright colors and unique color schemes. \

I didn’t do too many little fiddly designs in the fields like I’ve done in previous doodles; I felt the design was too complex too support too many more patterns. The downside of completely filling the fields is it takes more time. Interestingly, the colors do not look as distinct in person as they do in the scan. The red and the orange almost look like the same color.

Art Deco design with contemporary colors

Art Deco design with contemporary colors

Here’s the original doodle:

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Old Thanks and New Flowers

The first drawings in my sketchbook I actually completed. I had planned on printing them into actual thank you cards I could actually use, maybe someday. They are quick little drawings and pretty fun.

I really had a sun motif thing going on, which I still like, but I force myself to use a little more sparingly. The cursive ins’t super clear, but hopefully when they are colored, the thanks will be more obvious.

The third doodle is the state flower for Alaska, Forget Me Not. I also added the Big Dipper, although the proportions aren’t accurate, a hazard of drawing freehand, and the swirly top is going to be the northern lights when colored.

Sketchbook Abandoned No More

These last few doodles are the rest of the drawings that I abandoned a few years ago then completed in these last few weeks. I know why I gave up originally, and in some ways I’m kind of surprised I was able to get something presentable out of them.

The first doodle took the longest, by far, out of all my recent drawings. I wanted to use only curves instead of sharp corners, and I wanted only swirls and plants. It looks very tangley, which I like.

The second doodles is a state flower. Its Oregon Grape holly. The blossoms are quite small, about the size of a grape, and I forgot which flower it was. I was resigned to calling it a random flower until I came across the original image I used as a reference. There is some goofyness to it, but it came out all right in the end.

 

A Few Southern Gems

Southern states have some of the most showy state flowers because of their hellish, humid climate. They may have delicious food, friendly locals (at least on the surface), and lovely scenery, but I’ll stay in my lovely arid Colorado.

Magnolia is the state flower of two states, so I added Fluer de Lis to distinguish this doodle for Louisiana. The diamonds also kind of allude to Mardi Gras, but not very overtly. Magnolia blossoms are quite lovely, almost like a more simplistic rose. The leaves of magnolia trees are green on one side and brown on the other. Weird.

I really love the doodle for Arkansas. Apple blossoms are cute little flowers, and since I drew the little posy so small, I had lots of room for fabulous paisley designs. I also decided to add the state bird, the mockingbird, after I added the Kirby dots to the paisley on the bottom. It all worked out I think. I think it’s one of my better doodle compositions.

Kirby dots are a type of fill that Jack Kirby invented (maybe?). It often appeared in the comics he drew, like Fantastic Four. It usually indicates explosions, or space, or whatever he wanted it to mean.

kirby dots FF

Kirby Dots Fantastic Four

Just one more thing I know thanks to my husband.

 

 

Central States Flowers

I began doodling state flowers with all the states my husband and I had ever lived. Then I picked basically arbitrarily, mostly picking flowers I thought would be fun to draw or easy to compose a doodle around. These states weren’t super easy to either draw or compose around.

I got carried away when I began my mistletoe doodle, and I nearly took up the whole page with the plant itself. This would have been okay I suppose, but then it wouldn’t have had many doodle elements. I decided to fix my composition issue by weighting a few of the mistletoe stems rather than the whole plant.

Goldenrod is really pretty, but it is difficult to draw in detail. It’s most often drawn as an impression of goldenrod, rather than an accurate close up depiction. It’s so involved, I decided to have relatively open doodle elements.

Bitterroot is almost incandescent in color, so coloring that drawing will hopefully make it really pop. I added other Montana elements in the doodle since the flower itself was relatively simplistic. Also, see a picture of Bitterroot and check out the gross flower buds:

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Guess Who’s Back? Ducky’s Back!

It’s been quite a few years since I have written or posted a blog, but at long last I have some new material!

After moving back to Colorado, my husband and I got straight to work, and it proved to take up a lot of time that I had previously dedicated to drawing. After working in the commercial paint industry for both Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore for 5 years, I turned my sights to Web development. However, in the middle of my first web development course I discovered to my shock and delight that I was pregnant! I had known due to a condition called Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (a diagnosis doctors give women when they don’t know what’s wrong with ye old reproductive organs), that it would be difficult if not impossible to get pregnant.

When I enrolled in the web development course I decided it was just one change I wanted to make in my life, another was to become healthier. I ended up losing about 40 pounds and gained much more aerobic fitness, and it’s this lifestyle change that I think tipped the scales in my becoming pregnant.

Now my baby boy is almost 6 months old after being born 6 weeks early and I’ve been drawing for the last few weeks as his routine becomes more predictable.

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Behold the adorable Mini Duck

I’ve got lots of plans for the future, not least of which is self-publishing a little coloring book. I’d also like to actually learn how to draw using my computer. We’ll see.

The first drawings I finished after how ever many years of not drawing at all were some incomplete doodles in my sketchbook.

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I just hooked up my scanner and I’m attempting to learn how to get my images to appear the way¬† want them to. I’m aslo trying to figure out Adobe Illustrator, which always surprises me in it’s un-user freindlyness.

Nieces, Nephews, and Coloring Pages

In mid-March, my Sister-in-law and her seven kids drove up from Texas to Spend some time with my parents. Since MrE and I still haven’t found acceptable housing that is even moderately affordable, we too are in the same house and it’s been crazy! But only in the best way.

The kids are all very creative and are always playing, imagining, and making up stories to entertain themselves. I was drawing in my sketchbook, which of course made the kids want to color in it for themselves. Since I’m kid of protective with my sketchbook, I decided to make some coloring pages so they could request something special and color at the same time.

Here Be Giant Headed Dragons!

E’ry-body loves a dragon, which was what my nephew Rustin requested.I think it’s a baby dragon which is why the head to body ratio is so strange. I also attached the scanned images of the completed coloring pages. If you are wondering why there are so many nieces and nephews, check out Wilkinson Quints, to see the story of my bother and sister-in-law on their quintuplet journey.

Your giant dragon head is fierce!

Your giant dragon head is fierce!

The kids’ dragons accidentally got a bit wet, that’s why there is a bit of purple splotches on Kaydence’s.

Alec (dude)

Alec (dude)

Ryder

Ryder

Rustin D2

Rustin

 

Kyndall

Kyndall

Kaydence

Kaydence

Kassidy

Kassidy

Megan’s Unicorn Club

As if I weren’t fascinating enough…ha!…I also am the president and founder of Megan’s Unicorn Club est 1995. In a nutshell, this means that I think and have always though unicorns are the most awesome of all creatures. Club members must report all unicorn sightings, bring plenty of paper and pencils to club meetings (of which there hasn’t been one, yet), and do everything I tell them to do. Club members must also memorize the club slogan: They are magic, they can fly!

My nieces were disappointed that I used a horse as reference for the unicorn, rather than a real unicorn, but they got over it pretty quick.

They are Magic, They can Fly!

They are Magic, They can Fly!

Ryder

Ryder

Rustin

Rustin

Kyndall

Kyndall

Kaydence

Kaydence

Kassidy

Kassidy

I would love it if people wanted to print off the blank coloring pages to complete them, then send a photo of them my way! And if you think you may be too old to color, don’t be ridiculous!