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.

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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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.

A tribute to Talia.

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Brave, stoic Talia passed away yesterday at age 13. after a very long and hard fought battle with neuroblastoma. I drew this picture in tribute to her and the incredible impact she had on me, as well as countless others.

Talia helped raise much needed awareness for an all too common and devastating disease. She put a face and a voice to the cause. To paint a picture number-wise of how important it is to spread the word: the funding for pediatric cancer clinical trials is currently $26.4 million. To compare the National Cancer Institute funding for AIDS research was $254 million in 2006 and for breast cancer it topped $584 million. Something about that picture desperately needs to change.

I drew a picture. And Simply Three!

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As you can see, Simply Three is awesome! Check out their Kickstarter campaign here and help them reach their goal!

Joshua James portrait drawing

I’m a huge fan of Joshua James’ music. So, I decided he’d be my next portrait subject! I think that there’s still some work I’d like to do to this one – if I ever get around to it!

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