Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Almost-Summer!

S'more, Deconstructed
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I know that the calendar says that we have a month or so until summer officially starts, but in my mind, Memorial Day starts summer rolling. And since the Illustration Friday topic is melt, I thought I'd share this drawing from almost exactly one year ago. (See the original post here.) Have a relaxing holiday weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pencils, Paper...and Pastels?

I love working with colored pencil, but sometimes I want to work more quickly. Of course, there are always watercolors and other paints, but the closest relative to colored pencil might just be...pastels.

I just found this box among some old art supplies, but instead of drawing with them, I drew them. In colored pencil. Go figure.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Two Envelopes

(Prismacolor colored pencil on Stonehenge paper)
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It's sometimes hard to explain why we draw what we do. I suppose that many people will wonder why I drew these two envelopes. But I can only explain that I love paper and things made from paper, and when I saw this black envelope lying next to the white one, it looked rather beautiful to my eye. 

The black envelope became more of a grey one in the final drawing. I might have used graphite but chose to use colored pencil and I liked the cross-hatched grey tone I was getting. I think that the white envelope might have been more successful in graphite, though. Next time.

I tend to anthropomorphize things while I'm drawing them: a group of tomatoes becomes a family; some ground cherries are proud parents; even an eggplant becomes a Jane Austen heroine. I see something here as well—do you

A couple of WIP shots. (I think I like the second one as well as the finished product.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Paper bag camouflage

Prismacolor colored pencil on Stonehenge Kraft
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Stonehenge Kraft drawing paper is such a classic "paper bag" color that I couldn't resist doing the obvious. I could have gone with bolder highlights, but I like the way this bag is just lying there, trying to blend in...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

An April birthday cupcake

There are lots of April birthdays among my family and friends, so I have been repeatedly reminded that I don't have a "birthday card" image in my portfolio. I often use this one as a kind of all-purpose card, but a cupcake with a candle seems to say "Happy Birthday" much better.

I went in search of  a "classic" cupcake and ended up with this carrot cupcake from Whole Foods, as I liked the swirls in its icing. (I actually bought two—just in case one got smooshed on its way to its modeling gig. And also so my husband and I each got our own.)

Now for its "birthday suit": I scraped off the little icing carrot, sprinkled on some very old non-pareils that I found in my pantry, and donned a little blue candle, and... little cupcake was ready for its close-up!

I decided to make the cake part look a bit more like chocolate, and realized that a person could easily get carried away baking drawing all sorts of cupcakes! And, as often happens, I started making WIP scans and then completely forgot to do more.

After I gave it away on several birthday cards, I realized that it looked a little forlorn sitting there unlit, so I added a little flame. (It's "optional" because I drew it separately and laid it on top in Photoshop.)

Make a wish!