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.

 

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:

Bitterroot-Lewisia-rediviva

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New Zodiac Doodle Project

While I haven’t finished drawing all the state flowers yet, I decided to start another doodle project, which has turned out to be fun already. My son has a Greek name and I decided to draw his zodiac star sign for his room. It turned out so well I drew my own star sign.

It would be really fun to color these with watercolor, so I may experiment with printing them on a watercolor type of paper. I’m not sure how well that could possibly work, and I’m pretty sure I would need to print them using toner rather than inkjet so the lines wouldn’t run when they get wet. I like the varied line weights, and they look a lot more like a coloring page because of it.

I do plan on drawing all the Greek star signs, and who knows, if I finish that project maybe I’ll do Chinese zodiac animals too. We’ll see.

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.

apollo

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.

Shoes so Shoey They Shoe

Several days ago I posted some pictures of some white, canvas shoes I customized with black sharpie. I’m still in the process of completing an additional pair, but I have also completely finished a third set.

These shoes I used the rubbing alcohol bleed method first to add some funky color, then drew a doodle over them. I can’t really take the credit for coming up with any of these ideas, but I do take the credit for actually going out and doing it. These were the shoes that fit the best when I purchased them and I wanted to make them extra special. I’ve been having a love affair with orange in the recent months, so of course I used all fiery colors for the sharpie bleed.

I completed the right shoes first, and learned some stuff about what does and does not look good. As a result, I like the left shoe way more. Oh well.

Many people have shown interest in this kind of work, and I’m trying to figure out a way to sell them. The problem is the actual shoes. All the shoes I’ve worked on have been cheap, grocery superstore purchases which means they aren’t particularly comfortable. If I were to make these for people to purchase, I would need more reliably comfortable shoes and a way to accurately size people before they ordered. Perhaps I shall investigate similar Etsy products to see what they do.

Shoe Progression

Sorry for the red blurry thing. I took this image with my iPad. The coloring bit was pretty fun, but next time I would certainly use an eye dropper instead of a drippy paper towel to apply the rubbing alcohol.

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Pre-doodle stage

Pre-doodle stage

One shoe done, one to go

One shoe done, one to go

Final Results

Unlike the other shoes, which were mirror images (or at least, as symmetrical as I could make them without spending a million years doing pre-drawings), these shoes have completely different patterns.

 

Sides 2

Sides 2

Tongues w/out laces

Tongues w/out laces

Sides 1

Sides 1

Fancy lacing

Fancy lacing

Heels

Heels

 

Kitten Tangle

Sorry for the delay in new posts. I’ve been having a mixture of being swamped with work and laziness, which never goes well together.

I’ve been working on this doodle for two weeks, and it’s not so much that it has been hard to draw, but I’m trying something new and figuring out how to do it.

This mixture of Zen Tnagle and doodling was completed with two different sizes of teeny tiny pens. The kittens were sketched from a photo I took of them all snuggling.

A tangled web of kittens and patterns

A tangled web of kittens and patterns

Snuggle pile

Snuggle pile

As you can see, I used both pages of the Moleskine, but my photo of the doodle is even worse than usual. I’ll figure it out eventually.

Cats

On another note, we gave away two of the kitten to their forever homes, and kept one for ourselves. More photos of Streaky the Supercat are forthcoming, but for now, check this out:

Nothing better than a cat on a window sill, except for three cats on a window sill!

Nothing better than a cat on a window sill, except for three cats on a window sill!

This would be awesome if the kitten in the middle were streaky, but its not. That ginger cat has entirely too much tail.

Taking My Time on the Indiana State Flower

The last state MrE lived in and I have not doodle the flower of is Indiana, and so I’ve drawn this doodle dedicated to the Peony. Some people may be unaware that Americans pronounce this particular flower differently depending on where they live. For the most part, I pronounce it PEE-uh-nee, but many southerns pronounce it pee-OH-nee. As for which one is the correct way, the answer is: yes!

I drew the outline of this doodle directly after I drew the Georgia Cherokee Rose drawing, but finished several others before coming back to this one. I didn’t quite have the colors I wanted for the flower itself, but I think the outcome looks tolerable.

Pinks and peach reign supreme in Indiana aapparently

Pinks and peach reign supreme in Indiana apparently

As of yet, I still have never done a proper zen doodle, but I did fill in the swirls with some common zen doodley type designs. They certainly do their best to compete with the very pink peony.

I think the next state flowers I’ll tackle are states where I have visited and spent the night. This is mainly western states, but with a few here and there tossed in for good measure. I guess that means I should do the national flowers of Italy and France too.

Critter Time

A while back, we came back from an evening out to find all the kitties sleeping on our bed

Caught ya!

Caught ya!

We then let Krypto out of her cage, and she too needed to be in on the action

Goofy doggie

Goofy doggie. Messy bed.