Oh hello! I am still making things, just at a lazy summer pace. I’ve been practicing my letters on the iPad; nothing exciting to show for it, though. I really want to get better at watercolor flowers like these, too.
I have a longer vacation coming up in a couple weeks, during which I don’t have major plans beyond spending time with Tim and the kids and visiting the lake. Hopefully that leads to more drawing time, too.
I’ve updated my Etsy shop with lots of new work, and even stickers!
I’ve been working on this one for about a week on and off. I outlined the letters in Illustrator, then moved to Procreate on the iPad to draw the flowers and foliage. It went through a lot of iterations before it started coming together. An earlier screenshot:
The behavior of our nation is disheartening, to say the least, so this is my response; trying to make lemonade from lemons.
I’ve had this concept floating around in my head for months. I eventually came up with this, which I like:
But I’ve had a rainbow version of the above stubby-legged pony saved as a draft ever since. I came back to it last week, and, armed with some of my newly practiced lettering skills, tried my hand at it again.
This one has a bit more of the color and sense of movement I was looking for.
I love it when I first get into a new technique or practice, in that early stage where I’m experimenting and figuring it out without the pressure to know what I’m doing or to make something perfect. I suppose the secret is bringing that mentality to whatever I’m working on, whether I’m new to the technique or not.
These came about from doodling on my phone while the TV was on in the background (Maine Cabin Masters, for the curious).
An update on my self-punishment: I gave up on trying to color the interior of every element and went with the ones that were already mostly enclosed, leaving the rest to line art. The result, in three colorways:
I’m conferencing in Boston this week, so there’s not much time for drawing. I’m working around that by sketching rough notes for each of the sessions. In the meantime, here are some random doodles from the last few weeks, in no particular order.
I’m still not quite satisfied with this one, but I’m tired of staring at it, so I’m putting it up for now. I really like the letter shapes for “Mulder”, though.
Originally I thought I’d borrow from another one of my drawings for Scully’s profile. I’m not great at drawing faces; I’d probably get better with practice, but that’s not where my interest lies right now.
So I half traced, half drew her from reference (photo below). It’s funny how one tiny detail being slightly “off” can make an otherwise normal-looking face just plain wrong. I went in and fiddled around with her eyes as I was writing this.