10 October 2014
3 October 2014
I decided to try Inktober this year. Not the full 31 day marathon, but the 5k pace of once a week. Here is my first entry, which could fall under the Day 2 topic of "vintage" since Gaston's bird is extinct. Using the same pen doodling style as I used in Metamorphosis. Pigma pen on Stonehenge.
WiP - finished doodle and the original model in a book about prehistoric animals
21 September 2014
"Herman" pen and ink
At a recent SCBWI workshop, Lisa Cinar had our group draw faces. We were given 10 minutes to fill a page. I have done this exercise with her before, but it is always worth repeating. Remember Sebastian?
This time, Lisa added a new spin. We had to ask the character that we created questions like, "How are you?" "Where are you?" "What are you doing here?"
In the span of two hours I had a character named Herman, in the sewer, distraught, holding a fish, and looking for his friend, Gertie, the alligator. It was a liberating exercise and I have the raw materials for a new story.
Herman Underground - charcoal
Here are some other favourite faces in my sketchbook, all in pen and ink:
1 September 2014
Put pen down onto paper and just start doodling. Sometimes, the doodles morph into something interesting. I am not sure if this creature looks more like a fox or a raccoon.
I am sure that this doodling was heavily influenced by graffiti art that we saw in Paris on Boulevard Raspail by Philippe Baudelocque. Baudelocque takes his doodles to a whole other level though...
5 August 2014
un raton laveur à paris
Back home and jet lag is but a bad memory. This drawing was started on our last day in Paris and finished back home: A Racoon in Paris. Watercolour, ink, acetone transfer.
WiP - perspective sketch
A picture book influence
by Beatrice Alemagna
...and Beatrice Alemagna's influence,
the lion at Denfert-Rochereau
See Beatrice Alemagna's work here
18 July 2014
Pen, watercolour, wax, thread on Stonehenge
The above drawing for a wedding card was done while riding the TGV train from Lausanne to Paris. This high-speed train is said to travel at speeds of up to 322 km/h (200 mph). It was likely not going at top speed, but is a smooth enough ride to be able to pull out my on-the-go art supplies and do a bit of drawing. The thread was added in the hotel room where a complimentary sewing kit was put to good use. No scanner was available, so images are from my iPhone.
WiP - tray table down, supplies out
Then in Brittany, shopping for postcards, I came across this neat souvenir keychain...
I think it was intended to be a portable ashtray that flips open with a click of a latch... but look! It also works well as a portable paintbrush holder. On the go, fill with bottled drinking water or whatever you have on hand, and you can pull off a quick drawing. The design on the lid is a spiral triskelion, a Celtic symbol, treated as a colloquial Breton emblem.