Thursday, December 22, 2011

Will be Adding More Art Soon

I have a lot more art pieces to add to this blog, I'm a bit behind!  I sold my first painting, which sold in 3 minutes of posting it on my Facebook page!! I didn't even have it listed for sale!  Pretty neat. I am mailing the painting off to it's new home in Washington state this afternoon. 

I was asked how I like the NEW Touch Twin markers and I have to say I LOVE them.  The body design is comfortable and stylish and the new brush nib is awesome.  It is nice and flexible while having enough firmness.   I compared it to the brush on my Copics and they feel very much the same. 

That being said, I would LOVE to win some more so I am entering Touch Twin Markers and More Challenge with this entry: 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My World has Turned Upside Down

Watercolor on gesso'd paper in my Moleskine Sketch art journal.  This is cool because it can be viewed upside down as well as right side up.  The last photo shows the doodling I added, now it looks complete. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Guardian Angel

Acrylics, Inktense, Shinhan Touch Twin marker on watercolor paper.  It is not really so dark under the trees, I can't adjust the scan :( 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Dream in Color. Art Journal entry

Acrylics and Graphite.  Stared out just moving paint around the page, without any plan.  The face is more subtle in real life that it is in the scan and the nose has a bit more detail which seems to wash out in the scan. 

Under the Tree - Art Journal Entry

Shinhan Touch Twin markers has another challenge going HERE!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Shinhan Touch Twin Markers has a new Blog!!!

The new markers are on the market!  I can't wait to get some of the brush markers but so far the only place that has them doesn't ship to Alaska.  However, I'm told that the markers will be in other stores soon!!

Touch Twin Markers new blog is here:

There is a challenge going on so I am going to enter this:

The challenge didn't say it had to be a card :), just a person.  This is Shinhan Touch Twin markers  11x17 on smooth bristol

Went to the Cabin, Look who followed me Home

Was surrounded by beautiful wilderness and wild animals.  Saw lots of caribou, the inspiration for this painting I started at the cabin. 

Acrylic and Inktense on 16 x 20 gesso board. 

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Far Away there in the Sunshine

Summer is winding down, it's getting dark at night instead of the summer 24 hours of daylight.  The leaves are turning.  I'm not ready for winter yet!

I have been taking a class by Wyanne called Paint Free, a way to just let go and find your own style of art.  I am enjoying this class and appreciate that it is not full of "your inner goddess" and stuff like that.  Guess what, I would make a crappy goddess because I am not divine and am full of the same human garbage as everyone else - therefore, it is my opinion that there are no goddesses.  Anyway, sometimes I feel like telling the artsy-fartsies, as my husband calls them, to just shut up and paint.  I dont' want to meditate or stand on my head or yoga poses or breath insense or imagine me as being a god.  What the heck does that mean anyway?

Anyway, the object of Paint Free is not to create masterpieces but to just paint rather spontainously and not focuse on what other people think is a piece of art.  So here are a few of my random, spontainious paintings.  And we can only use paint, which is hard for me since I have more control with drawing than painting.  We can also use alcohol to drip into very wet acrylic paint, which makes a very cool effect. 

I have been on my bike a few times and miss it so much.  I am feeling much better but not yet normal, but have more almost normal days than bad days! 

The penguin painting is actually drawn from a "blind scribble".  You close your eyes and just scribble around on a piece of paper and then find an image in the scribble and go for it.  It was fun. 

The View through my Bicycle Wheel was a 30 minute painting of something you love.  30 minutes and them you must stop.

The last is much a layering excersize and it is much prettier in person and looks very layered by making different layers with clear gesso and glossy self-leveling gel.   I can't get a good scan of it no matter what I try. 

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Teal Haired Girl

Girl totally copied from Samantha Kira AKA Journal Girl.  9x12 canvas board.  Mixed Media, ShinHan Touch Twin marker alcohol inks, acrylics, collage, dip pen and india ink, white ink, gold embossing (the yellow looking swirls are really shiny golden embossing, flocking, Derwent Inktense pencils, beading. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Prayer for Wild Hearts

I started this a while ago but messed it up so I put it away. I decided to see what I could do with it. It's like part of an old, worn, peeling rain-stained fresco in some rundown church.  It must have about 18 layers of graphite, acrylic, gesso, ink, ShinHan Touch alcohol markers, Derwent Colorsoft and Inktense colored pencils and more.  The gesso is scraped on thick so it has the texture of plaster.  All is aged and faded except the newly escaped heart, flying away.   This is about 14x9 on 1/2 thick wood.

This is a bad picture, it has some glimmer to it, the underpainting which shows through the blue is metallic sparkly bronze and the drips where done with bronze shimmer acrylic inks thinned out with some water.  The winged heart is very dimentional, it has think glazing on the wings which has glittter and the glazing is crackled.  Really is very pretty.  I might try and retake the photo if our weather clears up, it's been drizzling rain and gray outside, bad lighting for photos.

Anyone want to buy it??  :)

Friday, June 03, 2011

Playing with Dip Pins, Ink and Water and Home Made Liquid Alcohol Inks

This entry in my art journal was done with black and white pen ink and water sprayed on it and the ink ran where it wanted to go.  I also pulled out some of the inks to make the branches.  It reminds me of very old trees which rise up out of the tundra; dead, weathered, twisted and cracked,  bleached white by season after season of extreme cold and then heat.  Weather beaten by rain, snow, ice, sun, and wind but still standing and sculpted into some otherworldly figure.

 I have really been wanting to buy some liquid alcohol inks.  Such vivid colors and cool things can be done with then when spritzing them with rubbing alcohol or blending fluids.  I had some duplicate color ShinHan Touch Twin markers so I decided to make my own liquid inks.  I collected small spray bottles, filled them with 1 to 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol.  I then started dismanteling my markers.  I placed the nibs in the alcohol, then pulled out the ink pad or whatever it is that holds the ink in the marker.  I sliced it open and then cut it to about 1 inch pieces and placed them in the rubbing alcohol in the spray bottles.  After a few minutes, the ink in the nibs and pad leeches out and colors the alcohol and now I have liquid inks which I can spray and drip and do whatever with!!  This is my tester page.  Of course, the rubbing alcohol smells but it fades pretty quickly as the alcohol evaporates.  I like to do it near an open window.   

I don't plan on using any more markers for this.  I will just buy some alcohol ink marker refill ink and use that.  Right now, Copic is the only refillable ink available that I know of but ShinHan Touch Twin hopefully will be coming out with their refillable markers and the ink refills soon.  I will buy the Touch ink refills and then the inkologist will begin experiments!  I just love the bright colors and water proof, but not alcohol proof so can do lots of cool techniques.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Moleskine: Page 1 - ME

My 2 Moleskine Sketch journals came in the mail yesterday!!  In one journal, one side of the back pocket was glued down and wouldn't expand and started ripping when I tried to expand it.  I read the insert which came with the Moleskine and it said to email their quality control if there where any defects so I took a picture of it and emailed it to them.  They emailed me back today and said they where sending me a new journal!  Wow, how cool is that!  Awesome customer service!! 

I was so excited to get started art journaling in my Moleskine.  It has buff colored Italian made heavy sketch paper which takes paints and mulimedia well.  So I jumped in and got my first page finished.  It's also my first self portrait - lol!  

Graphite, Prisma and Dick Blick colored pencils, acrylics, distress ink, ShinHan Touch Twin marker, collage, stamps

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Back on the Bike!

I got my bike shop all cleaned up and have even back on my bike a few times. It's been a long time because of the neck and back pain and whatever has effected my equilibrium. I am so out of shape, ugh, but it's a start to getting back to normal. Thank God!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hope - Mixed Media

Graphite, colored pencils, acrylic paint, watercolor crayons, embellisments, ShinHan Touch Twin markers. Mounted on wood.  I really like this lady.  I like the emotions on her face.  I think I have found my style of art.  While I occasionally would like to do life like images, I enjoy doing stylized art better. Mixed media is a lot of fun too.  I have 2 Moleskine multimedia journals on order, I can't wait for them to get here! 

Never give up hope..never.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Playing With Mixed Media

Painting stylized faces with graphite, colored pencil, acrylics, watercolor crayons, embellishments and Shinhan Touch Twin markers. Will post photo soon! I'm liking it!

Monday, May 02, 2011

I'm Back!

Had a wonderful time visiting my daughter's family in Hawaii. It was very hot though, something to do with volcano fog and the trade winds. I sure do miss my kids.

Here are two more drawings. I find that after I'm finished with a piece of art, I don't really want to look at it anymore so I tuck it away in my journal for awhile. I just went through it today and actually like my work better after not seeing it for awhile. Go figure!


Mixed Media: ShinHan Art Touch Twin Markers and Derwent Inktense pencils, in the style of  Manon Doyle.  Love her work.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Art journal Entry #1. Inspired by Tee of Green Isle Crafts

Tee does an art journal prompt 6 days a week.  I really love her style and her techniques are easy and her instructions are clear.  Got me from looking at a blank page to actually putting something on it.  Check her out here:   Green Isle Crafts

So here is my first page.  It was inspired by this prompt by Tee; Hidden

Gesso on watercolor paper
acrylic paints
Shinhan Arts Touch Twin Markers

I'm really happy with how it turned out! The gesso is put on thickly for texture and the hair has thick acrylic that also adds dimension and texture, which is better seen in the second picture. I'm not quite done, I have some journaling to add to it.

Heading out of state for a few..will be back later!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Little Inktense Painting

I've done a few random painting and drawings, will post them later. I've been playing with colors so they are kind of funky.

Here is a little Inktense painting I did awhile back. It's only about 2.5 inches. I made into a card for a bible verse group.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Skintone Color Study

Messed this one up. Derwent Coloursoft. Too heavy of a hand used caused too much waxiness and not able to add more colors for shading.

Practice makes perfect. More practice is def required.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hours Drawing

I had to take a break from homework and case studies last night. I've been wanting try my Graphitint pencils and pastel chalk pencils but haven't had time since getting back from Phoenix. I'm also having a lack of inspiration, because I have these deadlines to get all this work done.

Last night I decided to just grab my markers and draw. I did a 9x13 of a lady, I love how the skin tones and shading came out, but overall I'm not happy with it so I won't post it. My husband likes it but I just isn't workingfor me. I may try it again tonight :)

I'd better get back to my case study...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Back from Phoenix!

Super busy trip, packed with intensive class and exams. The weather was getting pretty warm for this Alaskan girl, around 87 the day I left. Coming from 87 degrees to 7 degrees was really noticable! I was cold for the first day home! BRR. Now I'm acclimated again.

I didn't get to do any fun stuff while in Phoenix because my schedule was too hectic, but I got a lot accomplished!

Now I am doing some additional projects for Virginia Commonwealth University and should have my provisional CWIC certifcation in about 6 weeks as long as I complete and pass my projects, which I will :)

Then I can start working with clients! And after a while, I will get my permenant certification, yay!

I haven't had any time for art, which is a bummer because I got in my order of pastel pencils and graphitint pencils which I really would like to play with. :(

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Phoenix, here I Come!

4days of intensive immersion, homework, homework, homework, then 1 exam every day for 5 days.
Then home.

Be nice to me, Phoenix.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Latest Painting: Polar Reflections - Derwent Inktense on 9x12 Smooth Bristol

I really like this! It is based on an image I found on the internet, all I know about the artist is her name is Natalie. The original had no color, just india ink and white. I really like the colors.

My husband didn't know what the "things" were under the bear's feet. It is the bear's reflection on the ice. :)

I'm learning more how to use the Inktense pencils. Pretty cool. I would like to get some liquid watercolors...yet another item on my wish list.

I sure wish someone would donate to my art supply fund!

Back to studying today, I go to Phoenix a week from today and have a LOT to finish up before I go.

Pray for me, that it will be a good, successful trip and my body will cooperate.

Too Much Studying

Makes my eyes cross. Not the most exciting topics but very necessary to learn. It's not quick reading either.

I decided to do a little painting tonight, to try out my Derwent Inktense pencils again, I'm happy with how it turned out. It's not an original created by me, I found the image on Google and decided to see if I could paint a close likeness. I'm still new to this so I haven't figured out my own style yet.

I will post it tomorrow

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hiker. ShinHan Art Touch Twin markers on 11x17 Smooth Bristol

It's DONE! I might go in and do some highlighting with white colored pencil or Conte crayon but for right now, I'm satisfied. :)

I should put my art aside for a few weeks and really focus on getting my Virginia Commonwealth University reading done so I will be prepared for my class I will be taking in Phoenix in a couple of weeks. The reading is putting me to sleep. I don't know who put it all together, but it is sooo repetative it's silly.

It's been a stressful week and this marker painting has really helped but I need to focus my attention on school :( Too bad we can't just play for a living :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

More Peeks: 11x17 ShinHan Art Touch Twin Marker on Bristol

I forgot to post yesterday so here are 2 pictures :)

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sneak Peek #2 Touch Marker Drawing And Maybe I should learn How To Draw

My vintage hiker drawing is coming along nicely. I love these Touch markers! I have a lot of markers but am finding I really need more colors. I've been layering colors to make new colors which works when I need a darker color but I can't make a darker color lighter. But so far so good.

I have been thinking that maybe I should learn some real drawing techniques. 

So I ordered some books on drawing:

How to Draw What You See
Basic Colored Pencil Techniques
the Drawing Bible

and I am excitedly awaiting "Markers Wet and Wild".  It's an older book from the early 90's and I got it for $8 and $3 shipping so WooHoo! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sneek Peek

11x17 on Strathmore 300 smooth Bristol

ShinHan Touch markers:
Sketch 109 Pearl White
SKY 179 Aqua Mint
Trees CG0.5, CG1, WG2, 169 Putty

Copic Markers - part 3: Response from Copic regarding Splotchy, Speckled, Mottled Inks

This is the last reponse from the Copic Product Specialist. As a reminder, I have been having ink quality issues with some of the markers. I use some Copics and all is fine, then I use some other Copics - on the same piece of paper - and get mottling, speckling or splotchy ink. Since it's the same paper where the other Copics worked fine, I have been questioning their consistance of the quality of the ink from marker to marker.

Copic Product Specialist:
"OK, I heard back from the manufacturer. There is a physical difference between the drying agents of the Copics and the other marker brands listed. It has nothing to do with the markers left in the cold.

Copics have a faster drying time than Blick, Touch etc. This was desirable because it meant that they could produce crisper lines and a more vibrant color-range, less streaking, and low odor.

The slower drying markers absorb into the paper a little differently. So the manufacturer consciously chose that more vibrant colors and crisper lines were a good trade for seeing the fibers a bit more. "

See the other 2 posts below for the beginning of this Copic known issue.

Copic has a much more extensive color range than any other marker brands that I have researched but other markers, like Touch are low odor to odorless, with vibrant colors and Touch are low to no streaking (depending on your individual technique).

So there you have it, if you are experiencing this, it is not "just you", "the wrong paper" or even the wrong technique. It is the ink in some of the Copic markers causing the paperfibers to become visible, due to dye density and drying agents in some Copic markers.

As the Product Specialist said, it was a trade-off. So now it becomes the consumers decision if they want the color range and visible paper fibers or not. I personally do not want it unless I put it there on purpose. I am doing a large marker painting and wanted to use a Copic color I have but I know this one has the fiber/mottling problem...I don't have the Touch marker color I need so I will be changing colors from my original plan. Frustrating.

I do wish Touch had more colors because I just can't get enough colors, haha! But life is good and enjoy your markers, whatever your favorite is!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

More Information on Speckled, Splotchy or Mottled Copics Coming Tomorrow

Got more information from Copic regarding the known issue with some of their inks, too late tonight, will post it tomorrow

Monday, February 07, 2011

Splotchy/Speckled Copic Markers: Reply from Copic Product Consultant

I got a response from a product consultant for Copic:

"The splotchiness you see is because paper is made out of fibers from trees, which, depending on the milling, absorbs ink differently.

Each marker brand reacts differently with the fibers of each paper brand. It also depends on the density of the dye particles for specific colors - so darker colors may not absorb in the same manner as light colors.

When magnified, yes, it is easy to see the grain from the markers/paper. This is a known issue, but it also a matter of the nature of the medium.

Colored pencils look a certain way, watercolors look a certain way, waterbased markers look one way and Copics look another. Whatever medium you choose to work with is up to you. If the results are not acceptable with one medium, then it is a personal choice."

So the way I read this is that the splotchiness, blotchiness, speckled inks are caused because the density of the dye particles in some of the Copic colors are different then the dye partical density in other Copic colors. These to me means the inks are not the same so they react differently to the same piece of paper. Which is shown in my test swatches in the previous posts. So the quality of the ink isn't consistant between markers..but if a person is lucky, they might happen to find a paper where the inconsistancy is minimized...that's a lot of work and expense just to find a paper where all Copics are happy.

While I appreciate the information that it is a known issue, that last paragraph seems a if I don't like the "know issue", it's a personal choice.

I disagree. I think any artist or hobbyist who cares about their work and pays premium price for a proclaimed premium marker has the right to expect premium and consistent quality and not have to make a personal "choice" to accept less.

But she did bring up a point I did not address so I will here:
It doesn't take ANY magnification to see any of this speckling/mottling. I can see it on the 2x3 inch test swatch standing 5 ft away. The problem is obvious enough on it's own that it does not need any enhancement in any way.

None of the test swatches below were magnified - 2 of them are at real size and the rest of the scans are SMALLER than the actual size and the speckling is obvious.

So now we know. Copic's dark inks can absorb differently than their light inks and papers definitely enhance or minimize this known issue.

So lets get down to personal choices

Copic: expensive, hit and miss quality depending on the color, fussy with paper. If that is for you, then this marker is for you. In good conscience, cannot recommend them, especially when Copic knows about the issues and still charge the prices they charge.

Touch: affordable, loves almost all flavors of paper, consistent, premium inks in every color. I can give an honest, favorable opinion of these markers and recommend them for people who care about quality over a brand name.

I work too hard for my $ and I work to hard on my art and hobbies to pay extra money for speckled/mottled inks.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Touch Marker English Website is UP!

ShinHan Arts now has their English website up! It mentions the refillable and replaceable nibs as well as brush markers! Check them out in the PDF catalogue

Copic Marker Review: Are Copics REALLY the Best?

I LOVE my markers! I love the colors and how easy they are to use. I have several brands of markers; Copic, Touch Twin, Dick Blick and no longer made Design markers. I recently updated my color swatch chart. While looking it over, I noticed that most of my Copics were splotchy and mottled looking compared to the Touch and Dick Blick swatches. Hmmm..Copics are considered the premium markers out there. There is a lot of really great tutorials on how to use them and classes available and so on. They are easy to find but not easy to afford, with prices from $3.50 to $7 for each marker.

ShinHan Touch Markers can be very hard to find information on and where to purchase. They are HUGE in the asian market and are made in Korea. I found them sold at Dick Blick and the price was much less, I got them for $2.09 per marker on clearance (ShinHan is coming out with a new marker style early summer 2011 which will be refillable and replaceable nibs as well as brush styles). I also got a few Dick Blick brand markers to fill in colors I didn't have. Touch are also available online at Pearl Arts, Jerry's Artarama and several people have good results on Ebay. Some stores carry them locally.

So back to the mottled Copics. I posted on Split Coast Stampers (SCS) asking if anyone knew why I was having this problem with Copic? I didn't get very many responses but had some good suggestions that it might be the paper, inadequate saturation or using not using enough ink, ect.

Well, I spent good money on these Copics and I really want them to work and look nice so I had better find out what is going on. I was given some different paper samples by some SCS so I decided to see if it is my paper and what more or less ink would do.

After seeing the Copic results, I decided to see how the Touch markers compare and also did one swatch with a Dick Blick marker.

Very interesting results...and not in Copics favor. But some very useful findings about what papers work better with Copics and which to avoid. Paper definitely has an effect on Copics, as you will see in the following pictures. They also effect Touch and Blick, but not to the degree as Copics.

All papers are layed out the same way - Copics on top, Touch below and the Lilac is Dick Blick. Each color has the same number of strokes, the darker part of the color has 3 strokes, the lighter shade at the bottom is a single stroke. Looking at the back of the papers, they are all saturated at the same level. I have picked out the closest in color and hue of my Touch markers to match my Copics.

To define the problem clearer, I am finding Copic inks "mottle" when they dry. This means that the ink had lighter or white specks throughout, rather than consistent coverage.

PTI 110 - Obvious mottling on G07, YG 23 and YG 45 Copic. Some mottling on Touch 100 and maybe a tad in 102, but at acceptable level. DB (Dick Blick) looks pretty good also.

Copic Blending: This is a smmmoooth paper. The markers move nicely on it. However, I found that all of the pens can leave puddle of wet ink on top. It quickly absorbs in but if someone isn't careful, I think they could smear this puddle before it dries. Mottling on G07, YG23, YG45, E44 Copics. Trace mottling on 47 and 100 Touch and DB. This mottling is a bit different. It almost looks like there are shiny areas embedded in the paper or maybe the slick coating on this paper isn't consistence. When this is looked at in person, it looks like shiny flecks.

Gina K. heavyweight. This paper is VERY heavy! There is absolutely NO bleedthru on the reverse of the paper. It is fairly smooth feeling. However, I would NOT recommend this paper with Copics. As you can see, there is major mottling with the Copics, in every color. There is less noticeable mottling with Touch but still on an unacceptable level, with the worst being 47.

Next is SU card stock. When I put my marker on this paper I said "awww..", the markers glide over this like skated on ice. I thought this would be it. But it's not. It is on the same level as the Gina K. above. Serious mottling in all colors. Not recommended for Copics at all.
BUT...the Touch markers and DB worked pretty good with this paper. Slight mottling in the darker colors, nothing in the lighter colors.

Wausau/GP - I think this is available at Walmart but I could be wrong. It isn't the brightest white and I would not use it with Copics. Like SU and Gina K. above, it doesn't play well with Copics. Obvious mottling in all colors.
Touch - does pretty good with Touch and DB markers. Colors don't look quite as bright on this paper as the others. I think it suck in more ink than the other pages also.

Papertrey PTI medium. This has the roughest feel of all my samples, but it's a keeper. Copics look pretty good on this paper, mild mottling in the darker colors. Touch and DB look great. All colors are nice and bright.
Neenah Classic 80. Obvious mottling with Copics in all colors except R17 and slight in YR68. I would not recommend with Copics because it is very obvious in the greens.
Works well with Touch and DB, mild mottling in 100 and DB but not on a noticeable level.

Copic X-Press. Same problem but as Copic Blending but even more. Looks like flecks in the paper, almost like mica flecks in a rock. At first glance, it looks like mottling but on closer inspection, it is flecks in the paper. But they are noticeable and are seen more with the Copics than with Touch markers. DB is too small to evaluate.
So white spots due to flecks in the paper, which are obvious with Copics.

Bienfang Smooth Bristol Board. This is one of the better/best paper for Copics. Mild mottling, the most noticeable is G07. Touch and DB look very nice, no mottling.
This is what I think is going on with Copic inks. These are alcohol based inks. The alcohol carries the pigments and then it evaporates off the paper. As I watched the Copic inks dry, it seems to me that the alcohol might be "puddling" in the light/white areas and there is more alcohol than pigment in the puddle. When the alcohol evaporates, it is lighter or whiter because there was less pigment

Final Thoughts.
Copic need to improve their quality. The quality of ink is not worth the price people are paying. And limited papers that work with these fussy markers just adds to the expense.
Some people have hinted that this is just happening to because I found it right on Copic's very own website. Check out the dark side of the cube (E44).
I understand how people love their Copics, especially if they have never tried any other artist marker brands and have paid big bucks for their collection. If you are happy with your Copics, please continue to be happy with them, I'm not telling you to stop. But before bashing me (yes, I have been bashed for my opinion), try your own tests with an honest evaluation.
I will continue to be happier with my Touch markers - better quality, value and consistency.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Pink Lady

I really enjoy Samantha Hahn(.com)'s watercolors. This is my version of one of her watercolors but I since I don't watercolor, I used my lovely markers.

I used my Shinhan Touch alcohol markers, Dick Blick Coral Pink marker (worked OK but Touch markers are better) and Beinfang marker paper (which I don't like but need to use it up).

She was fun to draw!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Dream it Up!

This is what I whipped out. It certianly isn't going to be a cover of a book. I really don't know if that is doable.
Anyway, I started this with my Inktense pencils but I just don't have enough experience with when it comes to painting with them, so I grabbed a regular #2 pencil and did a lot of rubbing with my finger to blend. Now I have a sore finger :) I couldn't get the dark's any darker, I guess I will have to get some graphite drawing pencils.
I want to try this with my Touch markers but I don't have the right range of grey. But if I did, I think I could do a fairly reasonable job with them and I know how to blend with those.
Life is about to get much busier, I've got my tickets booked to go to Phoenix for my final certification and then a year long apprenticeship type followup. I have to start reading the training materials now because it is a few thousand pages of Soc Sec policy and stuff like that. That's the government for you, they LOVE their policy manuals.
TaTa for now :)

Monday, January 31, 2011

WOW..I don't know..

A very old friend contacted me yesterday and wants me to do an illustration for the cover of the second book she is publishing...

Huh? I had to check to make sure she meant to send that email to me. Yep, she did.

I'm floored.

After big warnings that I have only drawn people two times EVER in my life, she still wants me to try.

I guess it can't hurt to try.

So here is a very, very rough sketch I have come up with - it is an outline only, no details or shading yet.

So now I'm fighting the fear that I'm totally going to mess it up.

But I can try anyway, right?
The worse that can happen is that she will have to find someone else to do her cover.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Complete..sort of

I decided to finish my lady. Well, finish as much as I can on the mis-centered paper. I'm OK with it be off center, I like it like that. Just like I like the cracked wings on my flying hearts, those things seem to work for me :) I think I will fill in the hair at the bottom right more and maybe I will put some bicycles floating around in the space to the right of her..hmm. Excuse the crooked picture. I had a hard time photographing it today.

I had a white chocolate mocha at about 9pm last night..not the smartest beverage choice. I'm awake and tired at the same time. I think I will get up and actually do something like laundry..did I just type that outloud? haha.


My first attempt with my Derwent Inktense watersoluable ink pencils. I have never watercolored before so my technique is rough and I'm new to drawing/painting anyway, so I was making my own version of a face I found in the internet. I have a fear of messing up a good thing so I stop, even if it's not complete, which is what has happened here.

My husband, a college educated artist, says he's going to get me over that and teach me how to waste paper. He says he will push me and if I mess it it, throw it away and start over...ugh..that will be hard for me. Since he can't work right now because of a seriously broken right hand *he is right handed* and can't draw or do much of anything, he is going to PUSH me. He says I would be eaten up in a college art class, not because of my ability or inability, but because of my fear. Which explains why I never took any art classes EVER! This will be a a good thing, right?

So for right now, my Inktense lady will remain imcomplete. I will look at her for a few days and decided to keep her that way or to try and complete it. I am much more comfortable with my Touch markers, I know how they will behave. Adding water is a totally different ball game.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rose Record Keeper

I made up an organizer folio using a manila file folder and covered it with designer papers. When I first got this pack of paper, I thought it was a valentine theme but it turned out to be sort of an Eclipse theme. I am not into vampires or Eclipse, I never been into scary things and romance with the undead just doesn't do it for me - go figure, haha. Needless to say, when I got home and realize what this paper pack was, I was disappointed for not taking a closer look at it and thought I had wasted my money. It also has splotches on the papers like dripped blood - ick. Not a feel good image.
But happily, I was able to cut off parts of some of the papers I didn't care for and was able to make up this nice organizer. The front pocket holds 2 notepads - one for appointments and the other is a TO DO list (I have put post it notes to cover up my entries, my todo list isn't very interesting :) , the second pocket is a calendar with space below for notes, the third is an address book and the last will have an envelope in which I will place receipts and papers. I colored the edges and the spine with Old Red 2 ShinHan Touch marker. Looks great and has a nice weight and feel to it. Secure it closed with gold elastic and it's ready for use!
There are still some papers which I really don't like nor will ever use so I will get rid of them after salvaging what I can.

I edged my rose a bit more with 34 Yellow Touch marker and it looks really pretty, but I should have done it before assembling the rose. I have glued it to the cross on the cover of my homemade prayer/scripture/meditation journal. Girly glam. :)