Pretty Face

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I’m still playing around with this kind of drawing, the slapping down of colour to create the form then going in after to add details. I’m really enjoying it so far, as I feel I can be messier in my initial approach, and it still comes out nice.

I’m especially fond of how her nose came out. I almost always seem to get the same looking nose, but this time it looks distinctive!

Kuretake Brush Pens, White Gel Pen and Hi-Tech C Pen.

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Day 30

A single tube of red lipstick, and beside it the sketch I was working from. It’s surprising how my lines are straighter here than when I use a ruler.

Also for Inktober I’ve been working in 2 separate sketchbooks, one is an unlined Moleskine which is strictly for planning and sketches, because it can’t handle anything other than ballpoint pen and pencils, the other is a $10 sketchbook from Michael’s which is holding up surprisingly well.

FW Acrylic Ink, Dr. P.H. Martin’s Pen White Ink, Kuretake Brush Pen in Wine.

It’s Coming

It’s getting to that time of year. You know the time when people go mental shopping. I think I can safely say it will be the first year I will not have to work in retail during Christmas. It’s going to be nice, I won’t have to put up with or grin through the dumbest questions and having a person ask me 3-4 times if I’m positive there’s nothing more in the backroom (like it’s really capable of hiding, and if it is there it’s on hold for someone who’s not you).

I’m so pleased to not have to deal with that for once.

Anyway, I posted WIP pics of the cute little plaid cards on my Instagram last night, and got a surprising response. So I decided to share them here as well. These are all 2″ x 2″ cards for the amazing people I worked with for the past 5 years, they’re also getting some homemade hand salve since it’s freaking dry as hell in that damn store.

And in the thumbnail on the right you all get a preview of me practising my handwriting fancy style skills.

When I make cards again next year, I’ll be sure to use watercolour paper, as the cardstock was a bad idea, it buckled like I knew it would, so they’re currently being flattened out under heavy books.

Anyway, I hope to have more stuff posted before 2015 ends. Stay tuned!

Holbein Watercolors, Gold and Silver FolkArt Craft Paint.

Eyes, Eyes, Eyes!

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Lots of eyes, and eyelashes. Has it become obvious how much I love drawing eye makeup? Hahah. Also you can see some of my hideous fails in the top sketches.

The top sketch looks sooo unimpressed.

Also I apologize, I seem to have photographed Baby Doll (bottom right) on an angle and now she’s severely askew.

So top sketches were done with the Carbon pen (or a pigment liner, I can’t remember) and pencils; bottom left done in purple Col-Erase pencil, and bottom right in a 1.0 mm Black Ballpoint pen.

Bugs and Fluttery Creatures

It’s June 1st! We’re halfway through 2015 and I’ve accomplished nothing!
Or at least that’s how it’s feeling.

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These are a few things I doodled between paying projects. Sort of as warm-ups and sort of as experiments (I’m trying to get coloured pencil blending down since it’s been many years since I’ve using pencil crayons).

The Spanish Fly on the far right started with great potential but fizzled into an overzealous ugly mess. I’ll try him again some other time.

Anywho, I hope you all have a happy June 1st!

Coloured Pencils (combination of Crayola, Laurentian and Prismacolors) and Ink.