Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Update on virtual sketch...

I am back to doing my drawing. These are a couple of WIP pictures as well as a picture of how I am using my easel. Jim gave me a smooth board to put under my paper, although it might be a bit to heavy.
I have mixed feelings about my vase. I had a vision in my head and this wasn't it. I did want it lighter than the source picture. I'll have to see how I feel as I put in the background.
Thank you for all the encouraging comments on the last post. It was so wonderful checking out the Virtual Sketch Date drawings, I believe that 39 people joined in. If you haven't seen them yet, here is a list.

If you are interested in joining next month, check out the VSD site.

Friday, September 26, 2008

September Virtual Sketch....

This is a work in progress for my virtual sketch date. It won't be finished on time, but this gives an idea what it will look like. This months reference comes from Sharon of Flat Sound of Wooden Clogs. The participants will be posted on Sunday on the sketch date blog.
I received an easel at Christmas time, the kind with paints and it folds up and you can carry it around. Well since I have never painted, I kind of ignored it. This week I decided to give it a try, thinking I wouldn't like it. Silly me! I love it! I had to improvise a little, I took the wooden pallet and locked it in like a canvas. Then put my paper on top of that. Now my drawing is ready to go all the time. I can work on it for two minutes or two hours then just walk away without worrying about putting it away.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The cards have arrived...

All the cards have come in the mail. Don't they make a beautiful set?

"Oops" by Bigs
Ostrich by Kaly
Ape by Jangra
Elephant at Sunset by Tam1426
Africa Quilt by Kim1963
Leopard by Oliverandjazz
Zebra by khinchowin888
Grant Gazelle by Amesie
Hippopotamus Swimming by Tommy r

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Safari Card Trade....


This set of ATC's are for the Safari Card Trade over at Drawspace. This time around there were ten of us trading. My cards went to several places in the United States, Alberta, Portugal and a couple places in Australia.


The trading group was very sad to learn that Sodapop, one of our trading partners, passed away during the month. Her mother was kind enough to let us know the sad news. Sodapop was very happy to be in the trade, she had several cards done before everyone had even signed up.

Gorilla Front Arm

With this set of cards I wanted to practice doing the skins of the different animals. To display them I thought it would look cool on the map of Africa.

Lion's Mane

Elephant Toes






Here are some work in progress pictures. As you can see, I do a preliminary sketch. Then since I am using drafting film, I just put the sketch underneath and work from there.

All the cards are done with Prisma Colour Pencils. I will usually use an underpainting of either contrasting colours or greys, before I add my final colours.

ATC's are the size of a playing card, about 2.5"x3.5" in size. They are an excellent way to see another artist's work.

Jim sprays my cards with a fixative when I am done. We have learned not to cut them out before hand, as they will float to the ground when he sprays. You can see around the edges that I try my colours out to see what combinations I need to get the colour I want.

My cards went into the mail yesterday, so they should start arriving in about 8 - 10 days. I have already received all but one of my cards. Yes I am the procrastinator in the group. When I get the last one I will post them.