Looks Like a Bunch of Bull

I’ve finished another addition to my State flower collection: Texas.

Fans of Texas are sure to be well-acquainted with the state flower, the Bluebonnet. My brother’s family lives in the Austin area, and they make a yearly trip to fields full of bluebonnets for their family portrait. They are a vivid flower and are surprisingly dainty for a state that is renowned for bigger and better everything.

You’ll also notice I have placed another negative space motif in the corner to pay tribute to everyone’s favorite Texas bovine, the longhorn. I would like the extend my condolences to the Longhorns, as I myself am a BYU fan. Better luck next year!

I'm pretty pleased with this. I  think I'm getting a little better at composition.

I’m pretty pleased with this. I think I’m getting a little better at composition.

Next up is Indiana or Georgia. We shall see, both of their state flowers are white. Hmmm.

Abut two years ago, I went in search of the best puppy in the world, Krypto the Super Dog. This is the first time I ever saw her, and the rest is history:

Will you take me home?

Will you take me home?

Kansas May be Boring, But Its State Flower Is Awesome!

I should have guessed right away that the state flower of Kansas would be the wild sunflower. I mean, sunflowers are the only really awesome thing about driving through what is an otherwise unremarkable state (at least from the highway). Sunflowers are such happy flowers and it was easy drawing this particular doodle. After I drew the outline, I realized I needed a color that I did not have, so MrE took a trip out to find markers. It just happened to be labor day when we went shopping which means that Michael’s had 50 percent off one item, huzzah! This made me feel less guilty about buying really, really expensive markers:

Golden orange: not orange like a pumpkin, orange like a sunset:

Regularly $9. For. One. Marker

Regularly $9. For. One. Marker.

We also got a set of grey Prismacolors which I am very excited to experiment with. I have one grey sharpie that I love, so I think I’ll be able to do some really cool doodles with a whole bunch of different tones of grey.

Do not buy without a coupon or risk surrendering limbs.

Do not buy without a coupon or risk surrendering limbs.

The splurge on the orange was worth it though. It put down ink beautifully and was the perfect bright sunflower yellow I needed:

Sunflower, you rock! Kansas....we forgive you for being kind of boring.

Sunflower, you rock! Kansas….we forgive you for being kind of boring.

I still have a few birthday cards to draw and a very special get well card for my friend, Kyla. Wish me luck!

Here’s another dose of Cute:

Sleepy kitty face says, Moar Rubs!

Sleepy kitty face says, Moar Rubs!

Itty bitty pink toe beans. Too Cute!

Itty bitty pink toe beans. Too Cute!

Tropical Colors for Hawaiian Hibiscus

All of the state flower doodles I’ve done in the past have been places where I have lived, (except Tennessee, It’s just so close to Alabama I decided to include it). Now I’m going to work on the states where MrE has lived, and the first on my list is Hawaii!

I would love to go visit a tropical location sometime, and Hawaii seems ideal since I wouldn’t need a passport to go, and it would be a cool reunion trip for my husband as well. In the spirit of bright tropical colors, I drew heavily on pinks and oranges for my doodle of a Hibiscus. I also brought back the negative space duck, and used the silhouette of a wood duck. Check it out:

These colors will punch you in the face!

These colors will punch you in the face!

The photograph isn’t particularly good. I think one day I will need to invest in a scanner, or figure out how to use my Wacom tablet effectively.

I also colored in another of my old doodles. I mentioned it in an earlier post, and now it is complete. I do love the green-footed pink duck.

Lacey heart doily is super awesome.

Lacey heart doily is super awesome.

Next up on the State Flower list is Georgia, Texas, Kansas, and Indiana!

The Iris’s Are Finally Complete! And Turned Out Really Well…

So, I finally bit the bullet and completed the Iris State Flower drawing I started in January. It wasn’t that terrible and I really love the way they turned out. I love drawing with oranges and yellows and even the purple looks pretty good. I’m thinking my next flower doodle will be of a Hibiscus, the State Flower of Hawaii. I’ve never been there, but MrE lived there when he was a child. Maybe I’ll do all the states he has lived in next.

So Snuggly

Also, Kittens. Look at how adorable all the cats are snuggling on my messy bed. We are still looking for homes for them, and we have a month to do it before we leave to move to COLORADO! Yay! MrE applied and was offered a different job within Lockheed Martin. He will continue to save the world, but this time he will be an Engineer. His new department has no clue how lucky they are.

Tennessee State Flower: Iris

My parents have all sorts of beautiful and distinct Irises in their yard, and most of them are Bearded Irises like the ones I used as reference for my doodle. I love dark and vibrant irises, and one of my favorite varieties is actually brown. I had to white out the text I wrote in the flower in a fit of pique, but you can hardly tell it was ever there, unless you see the drawing in person. Oh well.

iris

 

Spiral Galaxy

I also finished another doodle from a few months back. this one was inspired by Cosmos, and has a swirly-spacey vibe I think.

purple galaxy

 

That’s it for now. I will continue to draw some new doodles and hopefully continue my State Flower projects, and maybe color in another forgotten drawing.

 

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?

 

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