Which Line Drawings Are Worth Finishing?

I took some snapshots of all the rest of my unfinished line drawings, so far, from my sketchbook. Which, if any, should I go ahead and finish? 

Some of these attempts are laughable at best, so don’t feel bad if you think they are terrible rubbish. 

Iris

Iris

Here is the fabled Iris doodle. I may still finish this one–the drawing is good, but just so detailed. I would just marker over the words i think, or white them out. 

Gears and combs

Gears and combs

I’m not sure why I never colored this one in. It’s another one that isn’t too bad. 

Make it stop!

Make it stop!

Newp.

Newp.

Don’t like it. What was I thinking?

Meh

Meh

It’s alright. It could be so much worse.

Which do you think I sould color in? Or what can I do to make up for some of these attrocities?

 

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Illinois Purple Violets…Meh…

I don’t know if I subconsciously sabotaged myself when doodling the next state flower, or if I was just having negative drawing vibes. I lived in Illinois for 7 years and I think it significantly impacted my upbringing, but Illinois as a state has nothing on Colorado. The state flower is the purple violet, and my doodle flowers aren’t entirely accurate. I discovered that purple is a crappy color to doodle with 😦 so I’m not entirely happy with this doodle, but that the whole point of this experimentation process.

Some Purple Violets and Crazy Colors

Some Purple Violets and Crazy Colors

 

Also, here is my kitty cat who loves to sit in my lap, keyboard, and sketchbook. His name is Sir Anthony Fluffypants AKA Tony.

 

He's so fluffy I'm going to die!!

He’s so fluffy I’m going to die!!

 

I drew the purple violets at a family get-together in Tennessee along with a sketch of the Volunteer State’s flower, the Iris. I’m not quite done filling that one in, so stay tuned!

Sego Lilies and Bees

The next installment of state flower inspired doodles is Utah’s flower, the Sego Lily, after Colorado and Illinois, I’ve lived in Utah for the longest. I went to school there, had the most awesome job ever as a BYU operator, and enjoyed looking at the awesome Wasatch mountains.

Apparently, the Sego lily was chosen as the state flower much like the Common Gull was chosen as the state bird; they both saved the early inhabitants from certain death. The flower provided an emergency food source, and the gulls ate invading locusts that were destroying crops.

Industrious Bees and Sweet Sego Lilies

Industrious Bees and Sweet Sego Lilies

 

I’m still trying to master using negative space and color.

Golden Poppies and Negative Space

Mr E gave me a suggestion that I create some shapes using negative space rather than outlining them. Here is my first attempt–it’s not very subtle, but I still like how it tuned out. This doodle also features Golden California Poppies, the state flower of, you guessed it, California. I added in the sky motif I liked so much from my treadmill drawing.

 

Guess the Gaps! They go quack quack and waddle waddle.

Guess the Gaps! They go quack quack and waddle waddle.

 

Eagle eyed viewers will notice that the blank negative space is an animal I am particularly fond of.

For this drawing I broke away from using only Pilot Precise pens and used some new fine-point sharpies for the outlines and colored brush pens to “paint” the flowers.

So far, I’ve done flowers for places I have lived in, next is the Sego Lily. Some seagulls may make an appearance in that doodle as well, or maybe some beehives…

Pink and White Camelllia

With this doodle I learned a valuable lesson: do not use both the pink and red Pilot Precise V5 pen colors in the same doodle. They are just similar enough to be jarring to the eye and it hurts to look at them for any length of time, which is tricky when trying to draw.

The camellia is Alabama’s state flower, and it is ridiculously symmetrical. I tried to find a reference to work from that did not look like it was made out of sugar to use on a wedding cake. Most of the camellias on the internet look too perfect to be nature-made.

Looking back, I should have put in some black and white hounds-tooth pattern since it is the unofficial school color of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

White and Pink Camellia and Fishy Fish

White and Pink Camellia and Fishy Fish

 

MrE says it looks like the fish has Spidey-Sense. I think it looks like he’s freaked out and is trying to swim a hasty retreat.

I debated whether or not to add any shading to flower, and as you see, laziness won over potentially messing up the drawing.

Color and Columbines: #6

I must have been feeling extra creative because I finished two drawings yesterday. In this one, I gave myself some new restrictions and used three different colored fixed-width pens. I depended wholly on different patterns and cross-hatching to create the diversity of line and texture. Since Columbines are totally awesome, I added a few into this latest doodle:

columbines