Succulent Pair (Digital)

Succulent Pair (Digital)

I happened to find the most lovely grouping of succulents about a week ago. These were such a sweet pair that I decided to draw them in Sketchbook Pro. It is likely that I will making sketches of succulents for awhile, as I took many pictures of lots of them. I love the colors and the ability to do such fun line work with such a deceptively simple shape.

Succulent Pair - Digital

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European Landscape – Digital, line

European Landscape – Digital, line

This was a short study in using simple lines to convey depth and perspective. I didn’t pre-measure, just launched in to the drawing, using my hands and eyes. I am still working on developing the connectivity between what my eyes see and what I can bring to paper. I’m sure this is going to be an ongoing process, with many iterations, for the rest of my life. I’m happy with this because I was able to get so much out of it being minimal in my approach. (To view at a higher resolution, click here.)

Ink and graphite on paper, 9″x 6″.

Landscape - Lines Drawing

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Sailboat in Marina (drawing)

Sailboat in Marina (drawing)

An ink drawing of an approximation of my sailboat at the opening of our marina. This started as a landscape, but I decided to include the boat. The perspective is off in places, but I like the composition. Not a bad drawing for not sketching first and making up the scene mostly from memory.

Boat in Marina - Drawing

 

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“Nature is Nurture” published in Burningword Journal

“Nature is Nurture” published in Burningword Journal

I have been sending poems out like a crazy lady lately. I must have thirty different sets of poems out in the world, in various inboxes of some very tired and underpaid editors. I found out via a tweet that my poem, “Nature is Nurture,” was published today in Burningword Journal. Yay, so happy. This is encouraging after a rather long string of rejections lately. I am also heartened because this is a recent poem—written only a month ago. Below is a screenshot taken from the publication.

Nature is Nurture - Poem

Quarry (Ink Drawing)

Quarry (Ink Drawing)

This drawing is based on a picture I took. I visited a local quarry. It was so pretty! I was enchanted with the light and dark of the landscape, and the planes of the rocks. This is a study sketch that I felt came out really well. (To view at a higher resolution, click here.)

Quarry - Ink Drawing

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Martinez (Landscape Drawing)

Martinez (Landscape Drawing)

I felt like getting back to drawing on paper recently. This is a quick sketch study of Martinez, CA, from the view of a nearby park. Minimal and simple, but still visually interesting, I think. I used a small, black Micron pen.

Martinez - Landscape Drawing

Martinez, CA9.5″ x 6, ink on paper.

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Girl in a Wrap (drawing)

Girl in a Wrap (drawing)

Did a small, little unfinished figure drawing today. I enjoyed making lots of lines and just letting my brain come up with whatever it felt like. I used a reference photo for a girl in a wrap as a very loose concept. The colors in the wrap and various other squiggly lines that I seem to be obsessed with lately are my brain child. This is very rough, but was relaxing and fun. I’m not super happy with the upper portion of her — her head — but as for her neck and shoulders, and the rest of her physique, I am very pleased with those lines. I may come back to this and add in her facial features, or just leave this as a exercise. Everything doesn’t have to be a polished, finished product.

 


 

The full image. You can see her full figure. I especially like the wrap colors!

Wrap Girl - Full Image

 

The same image, but zoomed in and focused on her bust, and the wrap. 

Wrap Girl - Zoomed

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“Memory Fruit” published on Virtual Verse

“Memory Fruit” published on Virtual Verse

My poem “Memory Fruit” is on Virtual Verse’s site today! The concept behind Virtual Verse is to write a poem based on an image they provide.

They provided this lovely and mysterious image by Julien Menier.

 

julien-menier

 


To see the poem on Virtual Verse’s site, visit: http://visualverse.org/
You can find it on page 25, toward the bottom.

Here is the poem as shown there! Isn’t it pretty?

 

Memory Fruit

Making a Sketch into Digital Work – Aubrey

Making a Sketch into Digital Work – Aubrey

I am revisiting some of my earliest portrait sketches this week. Aubrey, drawn in June 2015, is what I began working on today. It was a short drawing session, but I can already tell that it was helping me edit the sketchy-sketchy lines in the original drawing. I like seeing her in block-style black-and-white contrast. I tend to really enjoy line drawings with just a touch of watercolor effect, and that is what I’ll be doing the rest of week! Enjoy her second rebirth as a digital artwork!

 

Aubrey’s first set of definitive digital lines.
Aubrey - Line Work Beginning

Aubrey’s second set of lines, showing the underdrawing.

Aubrey - Lines, Digital, 2

Aubrey, solid digital lines with underdrawing removed.

Aubrey - Solid Digital Lines

 

 

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Flora (digital drawing)

Flora (digital drawing)

Was inspired by more photography today. The combination of a line drawing including flowers and floral arrangements, and simple portrait elements, are making me super happy the last few days. Here’s Flora with a few background colors to choose from. I honestly like all of them and cannot pick. And who says I have to? ♥

Flora - White Background

Flora - Pink Background

Flora - Yellow Background

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Lily Nouveau (digital drawing)

Lily Nouveau (digital drawing)

After looking at lots of fantastic photography featuring female models with swirly hair, I felt like drawing a woman with fantastic hair! I also made an effort to use different line thickness—to accentuate certain features. I also like the idea of making contour lines bold—a technique my favorite portrait artist (Anthony Ryder) uses that I think enlivens any portrait work. “Lily” took on the style of Art Nouveau, but I think that she is beautiful, and for a two-hour freehand drawing, really encouraging.

Lily Nouveau - Portrait, Line

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Meet “Autumn” (digital drawing)

Meet “Autumn” (digital drawing)

A quick drawing of the day, which I really enjoyed doing. I felt like working on a portrait but also felt like working on something that felt like Autumn. All those lovely Fall colors and I wanted to feature them. I decided to include all of those elements in one drawing. I like this theme so well, I’m going to continue making various flavors of “Autumn” and even begin working on the other seasons of the year. Winter! Spring! Summer!

Autumn - Uncolored Hair

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Kicking Under Water (drawing)

Kicking Under Water (drawing)

A quick drawing after reading some poetry about being submerged and floating. I liked the uncolored the best, but the colored version is emotive in a way, too. The salty watercolor brush gives it some life. I suppose this qualifies as art therapy for me today, with all the swimming / drowning / floating symbolism dreams I’ve been having.

Kicking Under Water - Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kicking Under Water - Color

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Half of All T-Rexes Were Female (design, art)

Half of All T-Rexes Were Female (design, art)

A Facebook friend of mine, a few weeks ago, looked at my T-rex line drawing and said, “I would wear that as a t-shirt if it said, “Half of all t-rexes were female,”” so yesterday and today I’m playing with the idea. I downloaded the Jurassic Park font, threw it on there, and began manipulating in Photoshop. This is a fun concept. In a weird way, I’m not sure what the slogan means exactly, but it seems feminist-empowering. Plus, I realized I had not once thought about a T-rex being female, always assumed malT-Rex Female - Bright Greene. Which do you like better: bright green or dark green?

T-Rex Female - Dark Green

 

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