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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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.

Who Knew Iowa Was So Wild?

My next State Flower is the Iowa Rosa Arkansana, or the Wild Rose. Of course, what other time was as wild as the roaring twenties, when Art Deco, my new favorite design style, was so well established. That’s not really what I was thinking when I drew this doodle, I just wanted to add some cool geometrical elements to my next piece. I don’t like the dark turquoise color, but other than that, I’m quite pleased with the concept of this doodle.

Combination dress clip and hair comb corners.

Combination dress clip and hair comb corners.

I love my new Prismacolor markers! They made doing the actual flowers very easy. I must confess, I did draw this in pencil first befome completing it in ink.

Purrrfect

If you need to have a little bit of joy in your life, I give you this video of my cat Tony and our kitten Streaky. For the full experience, turn your volume all the way up to hear the purring.

It’s Almost the Roaring Twenties Again, Right?

It is interesting to me how the size of a piece of paper changes the way I doodle. This latest doodle is directly inspired by a couple of vintage Art Deco broaches I found when searching for ideas on the internet. I’ve been trying to work out just what it is that makes this style so distinctive to me, and I think it is the combination of very geometric shapes combined with a certain unexpectedness. Despite the small size of the doodle, it still took a few hours to complete. I hope to get faster, and possible do a bit of sketching in the Moleskine everyday.

I don't quite know what it is I love so much about Art Deco designs.

I don’t quite know what it is I love so much about Art Deco designs.

On a more musical note, MrE and I went to see Hall and Oates live in concert at the Huntsville, Von Braun center, and they were amazing! They played all of their hits of course, ending with a cool improve rendition of I Can’t Go For That. Before the show, MrE and I played another game of squiggles, this time in the Moleskine. My favorite cartoon for this go-round is the man with elephantiasis with tiny eyes and a huge mouth.

Also, Godzilla made an appearance.

Also, Godzilla made an appearance.