March 25, 2013

Sunglass Saturday


Yea, Yea, I know it’s not Saturday…but I started this drawing on Saturday, so that qualifies! 

Above, is the inspiration picture for this drawing.  Found on pinterest, but the website [here], doesn’t take you to the artist.  So I don’t know who to give credit to for this. 

Contour drew everyone in….and embellished where I could.

My favorite combination:  Markers and watercolor.  Markers for the skin and the rest watercolor.

Just tried to make the colors sloppy….and swirly. I wanted some white space to show thru.

Added a winter hat to the guy (he turned out to be my favorite in this), and made the lady on the left give the Louisville sign.

Soon, I got to the details….the fun and flowery details.  What really makes this work is when I keep things loose.  Meaning……keep some circles open, let the lines overlap.

Had to do something with those mouths!! They were huge!  I opted out of drawing lips…lips are Hard!  I went in and made all the mouths gray.  Well, big mistake… everyone looked half-dead.  So then, I went over the gray and gave everyone white teeth.  Teeth so white it would make any dentist proud!

Just fun!!  I love how the blue lady looks like Janis Joplin…..too funny Smile

March 24, 2013



Ok, I admit it…..I’m a “Liker” on facebook.  I like to like!  If you’re a facebook liker too and you’re so inclined.  Please go to this contest and like my “blonde beauty” color sketch.  Lots of neat drawings in the contest already.  The people that win won’t win any stuff or money…..just exposure.  It’s just fun!


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March 22, 2013

Blonde Beauty….woman

As is my habit….finished things up with my very fine nibbed micron marker.  Just cleans up those edges.

If I could take a private art lesson with a master…it would be in the hair category.  Mine always looks so plastic.  I opted-out drawing the mole on her upper cheek.


*Inspiration Image found HERE

Wow!  This woman is a beauty!  I’ll give that to her.  What a fun image to sketch.  As you can see I had to work with my tools and my skill level and make it fun for me.  Which means ….not to worry too much about the scarf colors…..not to worry too much about skin tone…..just play with the shapes.  That’s what I enjoy 

If you’d like to follow the sketch from start to finish…here goes:
  1. Wash
  2. Wrestling
  3. Wingin'
  4. Whittling
  5. Woo'ing

March 20, 2013

Blonde Beauty….woo’ing

Well, the hair is not going to match the picture much.  I don’t know how else to do it.

I think I’ve worked the face as much as I can without messing her up.  I am at the point now that I need to decide just how much of the scarf do I have to “detail”.

I’m liking how this is shaping up.  I totally made up the lower right corner scarf design.  It really didn’t matter anyway.  I’ve gone in and added the white paste to the eyes and used white to show some hair strand-stragglers.  Will need to enhance those more.  She’s almost done and almost “woo-worthy”.

March 15, 2013

Blonde Beauty….whittling

I’m running out of “w” adjectives or verbs to describe this drawing and I finally settled on whittling.  Because drawing is a bit like sculpting with color.  Can anyone relate?

About 90% done with the eyes.  I will need to go in and show some shininess with white in the pupil….but I’ll wait until the end to do that. (picture showing the wax build-up around the nose reflection, ugh!)

Worked whittled the nose today.  The thing most interesting about noses in these types of drawings is…..we really don’t have to “oversketch” it.  We have to let the shadows tell the story.  Kind of against my instincts!

March 11, 2013

Blonde Beauty….wingin’

Most of the pattern details and all were winged (made up).  Cuz a scarf, is a scarf, is a scarf….the specific details wouldn’t make her or break her.

I must say, working with all this color is fun.

Need to build up a lot more of that eye shadow.  I’ve erased twice already because things were getting muddy.

Very similar picture to the one above.  It helps me to see it on the monitor to judge just what needs to be done next.  Remember….I can’t trust my initial instincts.  Things are not always as I think they are when drawing.

March 9, 2013

Blonde Beauty….wrestling

Wrestling with contour coloring here.  Lots of little color changes in that scarf.

Colored everything in with watercolor.  It was like doing a paint-by-number.

I have zero-confidence in my ability to do a face strictly in watercolor.  Just did a wash base then brought in the colored pencils.  Way more control this way!

Now she’s looking more humanoid.  Those eyes were a bit freaky

March 7, 2013

Blonde Beauty….wash

Well, it’s been about a week since I sketched….and I was driving everyone around me crazy.  So, off I went into my “someday stash” of inspiration pictures.

Started this with a watercolor wash.  I think this helps to add dimension to the colored pencil portion.  Granted….it’s non-erasable so I have to go light.

I would’ve preferred not drawing a face since those are such a challenge.  But lots of the face is hidden here and since it’s not someone I know, the little variations aren’t going to bug me so much.

Every time I start a sketch, I get overwhelmed.  But…’s just a bunch of sections.  If I can keep that in mind…I will enjoy this.
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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