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.

Gear Head

There is something so cool about clockworks and gears. I’m sure the entire steam-punk movement has been based on people’s love of the beautiful and perfect way gears fit and work together, totally unlike my doodle. Who even knows what these mechanical works are doing. It’s probably some crazy clock factory explosion that has been captured in doodle form.

It is growing increasingly difficult to pick color combinations I’ve never used before despite the fact that I now have one million colors. I’ve been thinking I need to go buy MORE markers, but they are just so expensive. Maybe I’ll start doing it one at a time with a 40% off coupon. These colors are distinctly muted and remind me very much of army fatigues. I almost wished I had done it in simple black and white since there isn’t really a focal point, but live and learn I suppose.

 

 

I wished I had some rust red, but I went with army colors instead.

I wished I had some rust red, but I went with army colors instead.

Next up are some more flower doodles, and possibly something a little larger. You will just have to wait and see what I can finish next.

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.

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?