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Six Succulents (version 2 / colors)

Six Succulents (version 2 / colors)

This is just me, playing with background colors from the recent image I’m working on. Note how the color changes the mood of the lines. A cool thought and observational experiment, I thought. It definitely makes me think about giving some real credit to color psychology.

Which one is your favorite? 

A light pink grouping of succulents. I like the gentleness of this.
A light pink grouping of succulents. I like the feminity of this.


 Bright yellow. This is dynamic and perky.
Bright yellow. This is dynamic and perky.


Blue / green - muted and chill. I like it because it's gentle.
Blue / green – muted and chill. I like it because it’s gentle.


Maroon - very mysterious. Makes me want to drink some wine.
Maroon – very mysterious. Makes me want to drink some wine.


White and clean - this really emphasizes the line work.
White and clean – this really emphasizes the line work.


Green - bright! It is the most plant-like in color, and yet I like it the least. What do you think?
Green – bright! It is the most plant-like in color, and yet I like it the least. What do you think?


Did the individual colors make you feel differently? What emotions did you have? Did you perceive the lines being different, even though they actually weren’t? Interesting, isn’t it?

These are all color modifications of my current project I posted about here.

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Six Succulents (digital art, version 2 / WIP)

Six Succulents (digital art, version 2 / WIP)

This is the second round of working this picture of succulents. I originally made a less realistic version of it here.


It was colorful and fun, focusing more on the bright-color aspect and less on the real, true-to-form colors of the succulent. I told myself I’d come back to work using the very same reference image but doing it in a different style. And this is the result. It’s still a work-in-progress, but here are some images from the working second version.

Six Succulents - v.2 WIP, Full Image

The working second version. There is still cleaning and refining to do. But note the realistic style I’m aiming for, aside from the pink outline — which I like as a contrast from the dark green.

Six Succulents - v.2 Center Succulent
A zoom-in of the center succulent.














Six Succulents - v.2 Side-by-Side Plants

Side-by-side zoom-in shots of two succulents in the image.


Six Succulents - v.2 Highlighted Edges
Highlighted edges with pink lines. It’s fun to see the underlines and structure without the color.



A zoom-in of a succulent, colored. With the original gray lines and pink overlapping + highlighted edges.

In another post, I show the lines from the image with various background colors. It’s fun to play with the original lines of a drawing and explore all of the possibilities. You can see that here.

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Dead King Magazine: Two Poems Accepted

Dead King Magazine: Two Poems Accepted

Dead King Magazine

I sent five poems to Dead King Magazine two weeks ago. A few days ago I received a lovely acceptance letter. I leaped out of my chair. I have been sending out submissions pretty regularly the last few months, processing lots of rejection letters, just waiting for the eventual good turn, and it happened.

Out of the five poems listed, they decided on two, “Waiting for the Anger to Stop,” and “A Phone Call Unanswered.” I’m pleased because they were recently written, within the last six months — and one of them within the last few weeks — which reassures me that I’m on an encouraging growth path with my writing. I’ve worried over time that I’ve lost my sense of direction, gotten rusty, clumsy, out-of-touch, or too experimental, or, worse, not experimental enough. I’ve been writing for 14 years, fairly steadily; I’ve put in a lot of time and heart. I know that writing poetry has expanded from the realm of interest, past hobby, and is now into “work” territory — where I can hardly think of doing anything else, aside from drawing.

It’s nice to see some response from that effort — even if it is just a magazine acceptance, and in the grand scheme of things as awesome as that is, it doesn’t amount to much in the scope of it all. The strange thing is, I can’t even answer why I’m sending out my poems. It’s not to be well-known, because that’s unlikely. It’s not for recognition, or acceptance, or fellow poet acknowledgements — I think it’s what I hinted at before — challenging myself and seeing what sticks. After all this time, and development, wouldn’t it be nice to know where I stand in skill?

After all, what is creative growth but pushing and pushing? Reading others who are in your field of interest? Learning, contributing among them, and seeing what comes back to you — fully-formed, or split? What is there to take away? What expansion can be had? Who sees you? Who can benefit from the words? The observations? Other people who see as you do. Other people who know what it takes to make the words work — and those people are poets — and the people who are poet lovers. I know of no other art that seeks for the distillation of truth at this intensity. And it does. Originally starting as a therapy for me — and it still is — poetry is where I turn to first. When I try to make sense, when conflict and emotions scatter in mid-air, are hard to catch and hang onto, I pin them down the best I can with poetry. It’s what I have. And it’s what I want to give to others. That peace. That distillation of experience, tangible, and distant, but close enough to look at, interpret.

Claire (portrait drawing)

Claire (portrait drawing)

Claire - Close - Portrait


Claire - Full - Portrait


9.5″ x 11″, graphite on paper. This drawing took me a little over an hour to complete. I drew this toward the end of my “100 Portraits” consecutive-days drawing period. She is based from a reference photo I found online. Even though her eye is a bit overlarge, and some of the scaling of her features is slightly off, I really like how removing graphite made her light hair come to life. In terms of energy, and just-plain-fun portraiture, I think this is one of my best drawings.

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Coy Duck (digital, WIP)

Coy Duck (digital, WIP)

After living on a sailboat for seven months, I’ve developed a friendly relationship with a sweet pair of Mallard Ducks. They were wary at first, but after repeated feedings and sweet-talking, they are our little pets. I see them a few times a day, either paddling their feet in the water up to the back of the boat, or what has happened a lot more recently, they’re standing on the dock, waddling up to me and eating food straight from my hand. How cute is that? Because I obviously adore these animals, and have a million pictures of them on my phone already (lots of reference pictures,) I decided to make a drawing of the female duck.

The low resolution original of a drawing taken from a reference photo. Doesn't she have a sweet face?
The low resolution original of a drawing taken from a reference photo. Doesn’t she have a sweet face?


I increased the resolution from my original line drawing, and reoriented her slightly.
I increased the resolution from my original line drawing, and reoriented her slightly. There is still a lot of work to do, but the building blocks are happening.


Using the drawing I have so far, I’m just playing with some colors. I want to get a feel for how the rest of this drawing is going to work. I am asking myself some stylistic questions.

  • Or shall I take it to a realistic level?
  • Do I want to keep it minimalist?
  • Should I do a line art against a solid background?
  • Will it be a line drawing?

I don’t know the answers to these questions yet, but I’m keeping them in my thoughts as I’m working.

Here are some simple color choices, for fun:

Coy Duck - Blue 02
A light blue duck.


A yellow (ochre) duck.
A yellow (ochre) duck.


A red (rust) colored duck.
A red (rust) colored duck.



I have some decisions to make about what direction this is heading. I also need to spend time cleaning up the lines that represent her feathers. I am many processes away from being able to color her, so it’s nice to play with colors and be loosely brainstorming them before my line-clean up / decision-making process. The little glimmer of instant-color satisfaction is very heartening to me. More on Miss Duck to come! Quack, quack.

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