Thursday, October 30, 2008

Twelve little jellyfish all floating in the sea....

Finally they are ready for the mail box!
I rephotographed all the jellyfish and the pears with some black paper behind them. Also I moved to a slightly darker space to do it in, less glare. This seems to have worked better so I re-posted all the pictures.

A quick drawing for a Let's Make Art challenge. I tried charcoal, then pencil, then just a line drawing that you can see here. It wasn't working for me, so I thought I would try the eye in coloured pencil. It is just on printer paper and doesn't look much like the cat, but I thought the page looked neat with the combo of line drawing and CP bit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Maybe this is where those baby jellies came from? These guys were photographed by § Mary §.

Here is another one by Jeff Kubina.

Now to have Jim spray all my ATCs, then I will cut them into individual cards. I am going to try to photograph them on black paper all together and see if they look better that way. I know that looking at them here they look better.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October VSD participants....

I gave my pears from the VSD a couple more minutes of touch up. I can see myself doing more pears in the future, what a lovely shape to work with. I forgot to mention that the great photograph that we worked with is from Belinda Lindhart.
Here is the list of this months participants. There are some wonderful drawings and paintings of pairs to see.

Leslie's Blog, An Artist's Journey, S'Mockery Sm'Art Fridays, Illustrated Life, Drawing Breath, Regina Carlton Burchett, Tints and Hues, Jeanne Grant, Fuzzy Dragons, Cathy's Watercolours, Back To The Drawing Board, Socially Sketching with Susan, Bartoe Art, Black on Grey on White, Wax Bloom, My Creative Spot Blog, Flat Sound of Wooden Clogs, Koukla Carolyn, Adventures of Borromini, Annie's Basement, Time For Inspiration, Kbladosdesign, The Happiness Experiment, Sethurner, Painting in Virginia, Fur In The Paint, Kitchen Table Sketches, A Splash of Colour, Premieres Peintures, Stop and Draw the Roses, My Fiddlestix, Laine Lea Paintings, The Wonderful World of Jelly Beans, Quotidian Curiosities, The Colourguru, Belinda Lindhart- Art Journal, Painting Puppies and Quilt Knit.

Here is one more jellyfish ATC for my Under the Sea Trade. I am getting sick of jellyfish and I still have two more to do. On the up side, I most say that they are amazing creatures. This one was photographed by Ed Bierman in Monterey.

Baby jellies....

These are some new born Jellyfish, photographed by Oskay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Oskay has a write up about them with his picture.

This one was photographed by Jeff Kubina. He has some amazing photos, well worth a look.
This one makes nine done, three more to go.

Friday, October 24, 2008

October Virtual Sketch Date......

This is my last minute try at this months picture for the VSD. I did it ATC size with Prisma colour pencils on black paper. This took about a half hour, a couple of stolen minutes before my son had to go to work and I have to pack for scout camp. I am one of the cooks this week.
No matter how many times I tried I couldn't seem to get my hand to draw the pears small enough, so I finally put one in front of the other. My plate sucks, but I think my pairs are believable for the short amount of time I spent on them.
I can't wait to see all the other entries for this month.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Framed picture....

Do you remember this one, morning fruit? It was from a photo that I took at my sons cub camp.

Well today it got framed to go to a charity art auction. They are raising funds for medicine, for an African charity. Last year I did a picture of Adeline the lady running the auction. She had the most amazing smile.

Here is today's jellyfish it was photographed by Suneko.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blue jellies and a pumpkin....

This blue jellyfish was done from a photograph by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) in Mactan Cebu, Philippines .

This quick sketch was done for the Drawspace challenge this week. Our host is Ernest Friedman-hill.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Aunt Tizzy's lingerie????

No picture of my jellyfish wearing Aunt Tizzy's lingerie, because I forgot to check the copyright code until after I drew it. So this ATC will stay here in my collection. Lesson learned!
I thought since I don't have a new jellyfish to show today, that I would show this video on jellyfish. The one that I drew looked like the pink moon jellyfish at the end. The video is about 1 and a 1/4 minutes long, enjoy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Aunt Tizzy's Jello Dish????

This one was photographed by Mikefats .
Does it look like a jello mold dish brought to baby showers and wedding showers by your favorite crazy Aunt?
Well this is number five of twelve done. My camera is making the black paper grey a bit, I'll have to see what I can do, as it changes the drawing a bit.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lemon yellow and polka dots....

Another jellyfish for the Under the Sea trade at Drawspace. This one was photographed by Deep onion maybe taken in Mar Jonio, Italy.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Under the Sea Trading Cards.....

For my trading cards (2.5x3.5") I decided to do Jellyfish on black paper. Starting with white as my base I find I can get my colours to glow like the real jelly fish. These are two of the twelve I need to do for the Drawspace trade.
For this project I am using photos from Flickr these people (the ones I am using) allow derivative work to be done, with credit being given to them for the original photo.
My orange jellyfish was photographed by Strollers in the aquarium in Osaka.

The green jellyfish were photographed by Eschipul in the Houston Aquarium.

I have a cool thing to share. My son was bugging me for an answer to something while I was trying to figure out the opposite colour to orange. I told him if he could give me the answer, he is in high school art, that he can do whatever he was bugging me about. Of course by the time I got this all said I had the answer. But kids being kids he had a better one. Stare at the colour orange and then stare at a white paper and you will have the exact opposite colour. Hm-m so I stared at my coloured pencil, and got nothing. Then I scribbled in a square of orange, stared at it then at the white paper. How cool, a blue square showed up, lighter than the blue I had already picked out.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The downward spiral of a little flower....

Everyday for the last week or so I have been doing a little more to my drawing. I was happy with my flower and I was okay with my vase. I liked the colour I was getting on my background. Then things started to fall apart, so I fixed this, then I fixed that. And each day it continued, maybe this will make it better, or this. Some days as you can tell I didn't have the heart to photograph the poor, poor flower.
Then I thought to myself, maybe I should have some of those thumbnail sketches that I hear everyone talk about. Of course it was to late to help this poor flower.
Now on the upside, my flower makes a really cool negative picture!

All kidding aside, I would have done better with some planning on paper. It would have shown me that I wanted a different placement on my page. I might have remembered that I like a picture that is not filled in to every corner, I like white space.
Well I am off to draw some Under the Sea trading cards for Drawspace.