Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

Every once in a while I get around to finishing a page or two that I had previously started. So today I decided I take one page through the steps of completion, especially since I haven’t posted in a while.

A month or so ago I was on a crazed mission doing many, many faces & now I can share my process through completion with you. I hope you’ll find it easy enough to try just for fun. In this case I’m thinking they can easily be used to print some postcards/note cards for myself or as gifts! All you’ll need are simple supplies: Waterproof pen, watercolor or colored pencils, and or markers.

Step one:

Complete a contour drawing of a face (or flower)  in waterproof ink using an old photo (magazine or newspaper). For sure mine never come out looking even close to the reference material no matter what, so don’t even go there.

Contour Drawing in pen & ink.


Step 2:

Add Watercolor washes (or colored pencils, markers – whatever you wish)!

Watercolor Added


Step 3:

Using hand lettering or a stencil with pencil, add your message and design. Here I decided to add the word ‘Think” with dots, and I’ve now painted the background with brushed on ink.

Lettering & stenciled design in, and backrgound painted !



Step 4:

Now finish up with whatever you’d like to use pencils, pens, colors. Whatever suits your fancy.


Think Pink - Now Completed.



Here I’ve used Faber-Castell Pitt Pens (one of my fav’s). And, I’m thinking this can be used for special notes to my friends who have survived breast cancer, or a gift of note cards to them so they can share with others.

Have a wonderful day, and keep sketching my friends!




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Once again it’s been a couple of weeks since I managed to catch up long enough to actually complete & be ready to post a submission to IF. This week..finally! Plus I had a lot of fun doing it. A few minutes in my studio to sketch the bottom two rows (about 1/3 of the length) of my prize purchase of a bookshelf (going out of business at Borders) for my studio. I am truly in love with this bookshelf and of course all the reference books, magazines & such that it holds. I hope you enjoy my submission, as much as I enjoyed doing it and writing about it.

In my studio you will find…….

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I think most of my friends know that I’m also doing art challenges with Illustration Friday’s FB Group. It’s a great way to keep your mind working. Each week a word is posted and I do my thing and ‘illustrate’ it. This piece is for the word challenge ‘TALL’. Hope you enjoy!

Very tall, long, long legs!

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Today has been quite an eye opener for me. Guess it happens once in a while (an that’s a good thing). I started today about normal, up at 6:20 am ish, read the WSJ, sprayed the roses, and came in to have coffee and start the EDM Challenge #27 — draw a book, okay. So I thought to myself I’ll do “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory because it’s one of my FAVORITES and also one I always recommend when I’m teaching classes. Whoda thunk this could be so hard for me to do? I thought maybe I just need to do a different paper, or a different size, or tackle this after breakfast! Sounded good to me. I did breakfast followed by my daily walk to Starbucks. Then upon my return I started in again. Did 3 more images…not satisfied with any of the initial linework, but decided to keep moving. Went ahead with the last one “An Illlustrated Life”. I played around with a dip pen, added watercolor, realized the ink I had just used was not waterproof (oh well) did some colored pencils, and then some more ink work.  From this point, I decided to get a little more into the first one which I had pretty much ‘decided to scrap’  ahhhhhh. By this time I was coming to grips with the idea that these really weren’t as bad as I thought at the beginning and decided to finish them all. What a ‘concept’ — just keep working. This of course is something we tend to loose sight of  during our day to day bursts of creativity.  At least, I’m sure that I have recently.  So there it is, my ramblings for today’s post.

Keep sketching my friends,

I Love This Book!

Sometimes nothing seems to go right!

I kinda like this view.

My tribute to ‘Danny Gregory’s’ book ‘An Illusltrated Life’!




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