Floral Finished

I picked up another bouquet and made a push to finish this floral still life for my portfolio. I've never done much with pencil crayons, certainly never on a heavier paper like this, and I've also never worked on black, so this was an interesting challenge for me. The end result is something I'm very happy with: I feel like the drawing has a lot of life to it, the flowers are identifiable even though I had fun with the colours, and I like the quirky balance of the layout. It'll make a great addition to my portfolio.

Floral Still Life

This floral drawing has taken me some time, as I've chosen to work from live flowers, rather than photos. It's nearly done, just waiting for a few small tweaks. I've never worked on black paper before, and found it quite interesting. It hurt my brain to have to think about shadows in reverse.

Beaver Creek Adventuring

The fam took advantage of today's mild weather and went out to Beaver Creek. We explored, kiddo sat down with me to draw some wild flowers, two(!) chickadees landed on me, hoping for seeds, and I took some photos for an upcoming landscape project. It was a good day.

Birthday Flashback

Going back to my wonderful birthday: earlier this month I spent a lovely afternoon in the sun, drawing by the river in downtown Saskatoon. I'm so pleased to have come away with a drawing that is easily recognizable (though the sunburn wasn't as appreciated).

Experimenting

I'm getting geared up to start using my sketchbook of coffee shop drawings, so I've been experimenting with how to draw and colour the end product. Consistent lines with a Micron pen? Thicker, varying lines with a dip pen? Coloured in pencil crayon, marker or watercolour? Maybe all three?

Finishing Up

This landscape is ready for delivery to Regina this weekend - just have to take photos, first.

A New Bouquet

If ever I decide a tattoo is something I absolutely must have, this is what I'll ask the artist to work from. This was the last bouquet I had around the house before my trip to Ontario in April - after this trial, I moved onto working on better paper.

Eerie Sculptures

We were in Regina over Easter and stopped at the Mackenzie to see a memorial exhibition of native artwork from across North America. The entire show was really great, but what really grabbed me were the incredible carvings. A number were grouped together that were particularly odd and fanciful. My favourite may have been the 'were rabbit.'

Black Paper

My flower still life side-project has finally moved onto the good paper. I’ve never worked on black before, but I’m really loving it, even it I feel like I’m channeling Zachary Logan a bit much, and even if it twists my brain, somewhat. It’s fun to watch this progress as I started with a small cluster and am now adding one flower at a time, depending on what I have in the house. I splurged on a big bouquet today that I’m really excited to get working on.

Monster Ring

Ring? Wreath? Tube? Donut? I think I may make another.

"One of Each" 2017. Acrylic Paint and Ink on Wood Panel, 20" x 20"

Florals

I'm finding my floral still life sketchbook oddly fulfilling and zen-like. There's an awesome side-effect of always having flowers on my dining room table...

Coffee Shop Creeping

The weather's getting warmer - I'm going to miss the awesome winter coats.

New Sketchbook

I picked up another sketchbook to add to my collection - at present I have a book for life drawing,  monster/wood drawing ideas, a couple for jotting down ideas and writing lists, and now one for still life drawings. I forgot just how good contour drawings are for hand-eye coordination. These floral studies are likely leading to a more finished drawing in the future; it will likely incorporate my little monsters, and I'm looking forward to it. Until then, it's just nice having flowers in the house.

Portraiture

I'll always be the first to say that my portraits need work, so I've decided to lump that in with my 2017 resolution to improve my figure drawings. By the end of the year, I hope to have a self-portrait that maybe looks like me, even just a little, rather than a generic human being. It's good to have goals.

Coffee Shop Sketching (+Other)

Most coffee shop patrons only give me their back, so I'm rolling with it. The plan is to do a large scale drawing with all these sketches at some point this year.

Creature Feature

Some WIP shots of my newest monster drawing. Since the last shot I've had to make a guide to fix the wonky shape of my 'circle' - that was a bit of a process...