Happy Valentines & a new drawing!

Aside from a few finishing touches I finally finished this drawing. I haven’t been able to work on it very often so it was slow going but here it is! :)

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

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The inspiration for this drawing and the major reference photo was this beautiful picture taken by Hart-Worx. Visit their website by clicking here or check out their Deviant Art gallery here.

An Umbrella for Shay

Today I can say that I am now officially a published book illustrator! My name is even on the cover!

I feel so excited and honored that I was asked by Karen to do this. The style of drawing and the materials used were both new to me and not at all what I’m used to, so I was out of my comfort zone. But that’s exactly why I’m so glad that I made myself give it a try. I learned so much from the experience and was able to feel a sense of accomplishment that I don’t often have anymore.

It feels so odd to type my name into amazon and have this book come up! I will always be so grateful to Karen for taking a chance on a stranger and giving me this opportunity!

The finished piece.

I finally finished this drawing! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out in the end. I really took my time with this one and I got to try out a lot of different techniques and tools that I’ve never used before. I apologize for the huge shadow at the top, the graphite is really reflective in some spots (especially the hair and beneath the chin) and it was practically impossible to find lighting in the house that wouldn’t bring out the shine.

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I randomly found the reference photo that I used for this on this website. It’s an absolutely stunning picture, which immediately made me want to draw it as best I could.

ope you all had a good weekend. xx

Some drawings, some ramblings.

Sunflowers for the friends by Claudio.Ar

It’s been almost a week since I started the morphine and I have to admit, it’s not working as well as I’d hoped. That being said it is an improvement from before, and it’s certainly making my nights a lot more bearable. Perhaps it’s a matter of proper dosing. The fact that I’ve been getting some sleep is a miracle in itself. Spending a day with pain is a lot more bearable if you’ve gotten a decent night’s sleep. I’m tolerating the morphine really well in regards to side effects. The ones I am experiencing are the same as with codeine, only slightly stronger. But, no nausea or vomiting which is what I was the most worried about, so yay! I have another doctor appointment Friday morning to discuss how the new medication is going.

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I’ve been doing some more drawing lately, which makes me happy. I had started drawing this eye but my experiment with colored pencils went very wrong and I ended up having to throw it away. Note to self: don’t do a lot of the work before you try out something new. Experiment first so that if you screw up you don’t throw away something you spent a long time working on. That should have been a no-brainer but alas, at least I learned my lesson!

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As for this drawing, it’s finally finished! I really like to have something like this to work on when I’m bored or fidgety. I pretty much always have one on the go. There’s not too much pressure not to screw it up because it was always meant as more of a doodle in the first place. Then I don’t have to avoid it when I’m not feeling good or lacking sleep for fear that I’m going to muck it up. Muck away!

I was in the midst of a Doctor Who marathon when I started this, that may explain the robotic eye appearance. You’ll undoubtedly notice the pen smears everywhere, I’m terrible for dragging my hand through the ink before it’s dry. I’ve looked in the mirror to find pen on my face many times this week and it always makes me chuckle.

Much love everyone, hope you’re having a great week! ♥ 

10/8/2013

Bangkok Ice Age by Mike Behnken

Bangkok Ice Age by Mike Behnken

Hey everyone! Nothing exciting to report today. I haven’t been getting much sleep lately so my brain’s not too on point. Hopefully today I’ll get some more drawing done than I have been. I’m making some progress with this one, slow but sure. I’ve been trying out some new techniques, one of which is using some old unloved paintbrushes for the blending, in combination with the shading stumps and q-tips. It seems to work really well!

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I hope you’re all having a good day. The sun is finally shining here, it looks beautiful on top of the golden leaves. It makes me wish I knew how to paint!

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The world spins madly on.

Hey everyone, happy Tuesday! Today’s been another slow day, I can’t seem to wake up enough to be good for much. I’m hoping to spend the rest of today doing some drawing. My fingers have been giving me trouble so I’ve been trying not to strain them too much (says the girl as she types). Anyways, below is a picture of what I’m working on right now. I’m really excited about this one!

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I’m too lazy to get my camera out so I just took that picture on my cell phone for now. I’ll take a better quality one when it’s all done. :)

I want to apologize for the changes to the blog, I’m still working on the appearance of things and trying to find the right fit. So, it might change yet again before I’m finally satisfied but bear with me!

A drawing.

I haven’t been able to do much drawing at all the past couple of months but this is one of the two things I managed to turn out.

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I really like the toned paper I got! I wish it was a bit smoother though.

Something different.

Usually I stick to drawing portraits (they’re my favorite) but this time I wanted to do something a little different. The idea for this came from some song lyrics that I really liked (usually that’s how it starts!) and the rest of the picture just sort of evolved around it.

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The lyrics are from an old Waylon Jennings song (not the one below) called “If You See Me Getting Smaller”. They read as:

If you see me gettin’ smaller,
I’m leavin’, don’t be grieving
Just got to get away from here.

If you see me gettin’ smaller,
Don’t worry, I’m in no hurry.
I’ve got the right to disappear.

Drawing what I draw.

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I love these prismacolor colored pencils, they’re so fun to use! I’m starting to get the hang of this.

Colored portrait.

This is my first attempt at doing a portrait in color (Prismacolor colored pencils). I had a lot of fun with it!

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