Fall Colors, or a Vision in Brown

Even though it is only March, it’s never too early to start thinking about how awesome Fall is going to be. There are so many reasons to love Fall, not the least of which is it’s the only season with two names! I recently bought a handful of new markers in colors I didn’t have yet, And many of them are used in this doodle. I love the muted earth tones and vibrant reds and oranges of fall, but there is no getting around that Autumn has lots of brown on brown action. This reminds me of one of my very favorite episodes of Top Gear where they test British Leyland cars, including the Princess. (The Chaps all look so young!)

The origional idea for this doodle was to write a history in spiral pictograph form, and in a way, this is a history of my doodle project. It has a little bit of every thing I’ve drawn before. It was pretty fun to color.

All Hail the Ducky!

All Hail the Ducky!

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Here Be Dragons and Markers

Since I have the best husband ever, I now also have the most awesome markers ever! For our 23-month wedding anniversary, MrE Bought me the giant pack of Prismacolor brush tip artist markers i have been lusting after! I tested them out on my palette page and can’t wait to use them on some sweet new doodles.

So many markers...*drool*

So many markers…*drool*

I also got a teeny tiny Moleskine notebook to start doing tiny doodles when the mood strikes me.

Steampunk Fantasy

I’ve been branching out into different subjects, as you may have noticed in past doodles. There is an artist I really admire, Kirby Rosanes, who does some truly ridiculous and awesome art. I took a page out of his Moleskine, ha, and tried something steampunk:

Just wind him up and set him loose.

Just wind him up and set him loose.

Compared to Kirby, this little dude is but a meager steampunk baby. This is probably a doodle topic I will return to in the future.

Playing Catch-Up…Ketchup?

I have finally caught up with my unfinished doodles! However, this victory is temporary, and so it is somewhat hollow since I have at least four drawings that are in some pre-stage of completion. The good news is when I hand someone my sketchbook so they can behold my awesomeness in person, I don’t have to make excuses anymore like, “Oh…Don’t mind that page. It may LOOK like it is incomplete and badly drawn, but it is actually…yeah. You got me. It’s not finished.”

The last of the bad drawings (see here for a peak at stage one), is finally complete! It’s not my best composition, a problem I ran into with another previous drawings, but I love the colors. I might even come back to it if I can think of a way to fix it. Maybe.

This is the color of summer...punching you in the teeth!

This is the color of summer…punching you in the teeth!

Tools of the Trade

I think I would like to add another aspect to this blog. I want to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, and would love to hear from other artists about the kinds of tools they have come to rely on.

MrE is a drafter by trade and is the master of making perfectly precise drawings. Maybe I will get him to submit some handwriting for your perusal in  so you see how precise his line-work is. Since I use so many sweeping curves and curlicues in my work, he is always suggesting I try using a french curve. This is a devices made entirely of curves so any line you draw can be consistent. Mike has a little over one million french curves and other templates, so for this next drawing I used varying circle templates as well as this German curve:

Using new tools is kind of like shopping for new school supplies, if you know what that's like.

Using new tools is kind of like shopping for new school supplies, if you know what that’s like.

The drawing is in the preliminary stages, so don’t worry if it looks totally incomplete; it is! My inspiration for this was another blogger, and when I’m finished with the doodle I will link the original concept since it’s super awesome.

In just the short time I’ve experimented with these tools (like an hour) I’ve discovered that I don’t really know what I’m doing, and I’m somewhat impatient when it comes to using them. But I think, if I stick it out, I’ll get better.

Markers!

For all of my doodles I have been using ink. There have only been one or two drawings in my sketchbook that I have pre-drawn using pencil; all the rest are freehand compositions. Within the past several months I’ve expanded my collection of drawing utensils, and I’ve even asked MrE for a set of super expensive Prismacolor brush marker set (but only with a 50 percent off coupon, cause let’s face it, they’re just markers) for Christmas.  My current collection is the following:

Sharpies reign supreme!

Sharpies reign supreme!

I’d love to hear what my fellow artists use in their drawings or what they wish they had.

You can never see too much of my cute fur babies? Right? Well here is a picture  from the early days of getting our very own Percy.

There is just enough room for both kitty cats to fit snugly.

There is just enough room for both kitty cats to fit snugly.