June 30, 2011

Zelda Zany on Duty

Every now and then a Bird Drawing just screams to be brought to life.  That’s what happened here.

Armed with my handy-dandy moleskine, my black pen and a ruler…..I straightened things up a bit.  I would’ve drawn more birds, if I had the room.  For the coloring book print of thisClick here and download.

Here’s Zelda in all her zentangle glory.

Good thing she uses an umbrella, didn’t know where else I’d bring in those rainbow colors.

This was a fun one to color in.

Macro detail.  That black line was bugging me, cuz I couldn’t pull off the black-stripe-on-the-bottom-of-the-lane-look.  Photoshoped it out in the final version.

Zelda Zany…..she was so excited when she landed her first job.  There was a certain status to being a lifeguard.  Some of the younger birds liked to get her wet which broke up the monotony.  What surprised her most was how utterly bored she was while working.  To help keep the boredom at bay she would imagine “worst-case” scenarios as she watched the kids.  In them she’d be needed to help or save a life.  As she clocked out, she had to smile because she saved 3-4 lives that day (even though they were all in her head).

Have a safe and fun summer!  Hopefully there’s a Zelda watching you at the pool!  LOL!

June 28, 2011



As you can see, our word this week is MAGIC.  I thought I’d pull in some of my alphabet doodles when I do these diptychs.  Hopefully it’ll make the post a little more interesting because I am not the best photographer!


My photo representation for Magic this week is my potted flowers!  It’s pretty magical that they are still alive, all the rain this month has helped.  I plant petunia’s every year and this year I added the orange flowers which I’ve never used.  And silly me….I forgot their name….I’d know if I heard it and I’d be able to pick it out of a multiple choice test, but for now the name escapes me.

Chel’s picture on top is FANTASTIC!!  Night pictures are very hard to capture.  Head over to Wild and Precious life to find out it’s story.

June 27, 2011

Zander I. Zany

I think you’ll like Zander I. Zany.  What does the “I” stand for you ask??? Intellectual, intelligent, inquisitive, incoming……

I think it’s fitting that this guy is in a wing-back chair, reading in his library.

I don’t think he even noticed that his favorite chair is covered in a floral print.

Personally, I really like that chair.

I wanted to avoid drawing in All.Those.Books, but I couldn’t figure out a way around it.

Zander I. Zany……being the Patriarch of the family, he has earned his right to his own room and his own time.  He’s always been one to keep to himself, he is a very curious sort.  He remembers everything he reads (and almost everything he hears).  He’s won many bets and would do very well at Jeopardy.   But game shows don’t interest him much.

June 22, 2011

A dancing Zany Bird

These Zany birds are addictive, what can I say?  I just had to draw another one.

I seem to like to draw ballerinas.  I get to add another one to my collection.

This is a better look at her pose.  Decided against drawing ballet slippers, after all those little bird feet need to breathe.

It starts to get busy fast once I start coloring in the background. In the picture below, I wanted to show the birds reflection in the mirror behind her.  Would’ve been easier in photoshop.

I’d like to introduce Zamora Zany……She’s had butterflies all day due to anticipating the Try-Outs.  But once the music starts the butterfiles leave her alone.  It’s just her, the music and the dance.  She loves losing herself this way.  It’s just plain fun to move!

June 20, 2011



Yep, that’s 5:02 a.m., my wake-up time.  Good morning Viet-nam America!!  Unfortunately I don’t get to hear Robin Williams greet me when I wake up, but it would be fun!  The problem would be, then everyone else in the house would be awake too and they would not think it’s so fun!  LOL!  Gotta love alarms!

Chel at Wild and Precious life took the top picture.  Please stop by to hear her story.

June 17, 2011

A bird named Zack Zany

I’ve been uninspired to draw any birds lately, which made me sad.  Cuz I like these little guys.  As I was looking thru my Sketchbook project drawings, I spotted this picture, which I am extremely fond of.  Then it hit me!!  I’ll  draw a bird sketching a person.

Anytime I draw a Zen bird, it is rewarding!!  Seriously…..look at all the doodling possibilities.  Endless!

This guy is very similar to Leo, seen in this post.

Having found my subject, I got to play with the background.  What better way to play than with all that color?

Zack-the-Zany Bird……. He seems to draw attention to himself just by going out!  He’s gotten used to it by now, but he would prefer it if birds got to know him a little better before they judged him (either good or bad). 

Kind of hard for this guy to blend in, don’t ya think?  But then again, we weren’t made to blend in we were made to Stand Out.  Zack was just plain F.U.N. to draw!  Love him!  Possibly a whole Zany family is in the making, who knows?

June 11, 2011

Yanina Wickmayer….part 5


Spotted this picture of a tennis player when I did a google search looking for something to draw.
It passed a few checkpoints:
  1. Not a lot of Hair
  2. Body drawing (not a lot of clothes….LOL)
  3. Interesting
Personally I think sketch drawings lead themselves more toward the body, the face, the un-adorned.  Possibly because we I can’t bring in color.  If I can’t bring in color then it’s all about dimension and texture.

As you can see from the eraser marks.  I was able to bring the bill of the hat higher and even the top of the hat itself.  I played around some with the nose.

I added the other earring.  BUT I wasn’t inspired to draw that necklace today.  Possibly I’ll try it on another day, but since I couldn’t stand wearing such bulk when I played I drew her my way.  Hahaha!

I must say…..she was a very good model!!  She held her pose for the entire week that it took to get the drawing this far and she never once complained!


Ok…this is where I need your help.  Should I continue outlining the sketch drawings with my Black XS Faber-Castell Pitt pen…..or not?  Sometimes it bugs me that the lighter portions when outlined make such a rigid line!  I’m talking about the top of the right shoulder.  May go buy a gray XS pen (if I can find one).  That may help.

June 10, 2011



Play was our word this week.  Wow, talk about possibilities.  I have to have my play-time, Have To!  It’s interesting how it’s changed over the years.  I seem to have about an 18 month attention span with things.  But playing in photoshop has lasted longer than 18 months.  I guess cuz I’m always taking pictures.  The picture above is of my daughter’s friend. She asked me to make her some more wallet sized prints of her Senior Pictures.    The scans turned out decent….but the real thing from the photographer is just a little better.  After all they’ve got the really nice toys (printers & scanners).

Chel at Wild and Precious Life took the picture on top.  We’ve got to stop by and see what her picture is about.

June 9, 2011

Another Backhand Sketch…part 4

Yes, I’m sketch-saturated so here I am….posting away.  This is much easier!  LOL!

Would you believe that when I initially drew the contour lines for her head, the line that represents the top of her hat is where I thought the bill of her hat would be…..really!

A picture is worth a thousand words, as is a picture of a picture.  After I drew this I brought her mouth up some, closer to her nose. 


I’m finding it challenging to match that determined expression on her mouth.  But I’m not ready to quit yet.

What I see I need to do is:
  1. Elongate the top of the hat
  2. Shorten the nose
  3. Tilt the head
  4. And if I’m feeling real motivated…..slenderize her torso.
Or I can just make do….and work on the other earring, and the necklace.  See what I mean about faces??

June 7, 2011

Backhand Sketch….part 3

I needed a sketch break, so I thought I’d do another post…..who said I had to limit sketch post series to 3 anyway?  Just one of my internal rules I’ve been following!  Boy, have I got a lot of little internal guidelines….don’t we all?  I guess it’s the only way I know how to function, haha.

I ended up bringing her neck in more on both sides.  And adjusting her right sleeve narrower.  Yep, I’m getting real good at erasing. 

What surprises me about this drawing, is how easy it is to shade in the folds on her top.  It just doesn’t require a lot of thought.

Of the items that I really wanted to exclude (you know, the necklace, earrings, and emblem), I attempted the easiest one first.  That’s all you have to do….just draw something easy….then move on to the stuff you avoid.  I think that builds confidence.  At least it’s a trick that’s working with me.

And guess what?  I moved that left shoulder in MORE.  I guess when I think of muscles, I think HUGE!

June 6, 2011

Backhand Sketch….part 2

It looks like the arm is done….but trust me….it’s not!

Shaded in the opposite arm and the neck area!  That neck is going to be tricky!

I’ve moved the top V-neck about three times so far.

It’s during times like this, when I can see the original and my drawing side by side as a jpg, that I can really see the problems.

Again, it was the shoulder that still needed to be brought in more.  I’m beginning to like erasing as much as sketching. LOL!

I’m debating with myself about the writing and the emblem on the shirt….do I try or don’t I?  That is the Question!

The debate is on with the necklace and earrings as well!!  Oh….if you could listen to the chatter!!

June 3, 2011

A backhanded Sketch….part 1


We’ve been watching a lot of tennis with the French Open tournament going on.  Love tennis!!  Love it!!   I’ve never drawn a tennis player before so I thought I’d take up the challenge.

I’m a bit out of sketch practice since I haven’t sketched since my Diver girl in April.  Dimensions are all out of proportion here.  She looks a bit like a HE here. 


She still isn’t as lady-like as I’d like her to be.  Had to bring in a bunch of lines as seen here by the red arrows.  I was getting a bit frustrated with myself, and almost stashed this attempt.  But, I have to confess, if I get a sketch right….those are my proudest moments.  So….I….continued.

I’ve got my work cut out for me here, not only is there a face (Yikes!!) which I have to make resemble the player, but the body is closer up than I’m used to.  Not as much room for error…..and I prefer lots of room when I error!

Now, she’s showing more composure and the sketch is coming together a bit better.  I still need to work on that front arm, the contour is off at the elbow.   I’m happier with the shoulder shape finally.

More to follow.
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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden