August 15, 2016 0

Off-Model George Jetson

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, sketches

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Bernie Mireault and his Jetsonian efforts inspired me to make a doodle of George Jetson, unencumbered by reference to the real thing.

August 15, 2016 0

Dig Pigs

By in ballpoint pen, comics, montreal, watercolor, watercolour

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This morning I was annoyed at all the construction noise outside, so drawing this felt like a good way to get rid of my frustrations.

The title “Dig Pigs” is from graffiti I saw on one of this city’s ubiquitous “ROAD CLOSED” signs. It made me laugh.

August 10, 2016 0

Colour Pictures

By in color, montreal, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

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August 4, 2016 0

Goths

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, brush pen, heads, pen and ink, sketches

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Some strange types, on a loose sheet of typing paper. Do they even call it “typing paper,” now? Copy paper, I guess. I still like drawing on it with pens.

July 27, 2016 1

Further Sketchbookery.

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, color, pen and ink, pencil, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

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I need to find a better title for these sorts of posts, because the headings are getting a little repetitive. Anyhow, I bought a new sketchbook, and here are some things I’ve been drawing in it, recently.

Faces, science-fictiony things like monsters and spaceships. I’ve been working on work a lot, and can’t show those drawings yet, so this is what you get for the time being.

It rained a bit, and I was impressed by this old lady with a bag on her head, peeping out of one of the handle holes.

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July 13, 2016 0

Two-Two-Two-Oh, rue Parthanais

By in black and white, montreal, pencil, sketches

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Drat, forgot the little fruit juice bottle full of water, so this is pencil only. This is the artists’ co-op on Parthenais street. Someone trusted me enough to let me watch their bike as I sketched this. Glad they weren’t away for too long.

July 4, 2016 0

Digital Watercolours

By in digital, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

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Kyle Webster has an excellent selection of digital brushes that work with Photoshop. Here’s an early effort. It’s a pretty good facsimile of something I could have knocked out in a couple of minutes (minus drying time) in “traditional media,” but it’s nice to have these tools.

June 28, 2016 0

Mrs. Birtwhistle & Mr. Boggedy

By in black and white, cats, pencil, sketches, women

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Bonus blackwinging. Mrs. Birtwhistle and Mr. Boggedy.

June 28, 2016 0

Blackwing-ing It.

By in black and white, pencil, sketches

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My friend bought a box of the famous Blackwing Pencils (read about them at this link.) They were deluxe pencils made for animators and artists in the 20th century, and the company went out of business. Now they’re being made again, for the same market that buys Moleskine Notebooks and other pricey stationery items.

I do like good art materials, but can’t always afford high-end items. But as with this beautiful rag paper I inherited, I believe in using things up, rather than putting them on a shelf somewhere.

Still, I’ve had lots of fun with the pencil my friend gave me, as you can see here. It is very pleasant to use. But I’m not sure if it’s worth paying almost $40 for a box of twelve.

UPDATE: My friend who so generously gave me the pencil notes that it’s really only about $30 for a box of 12. That’s around $2.50 per pencil, and not out of line for arty things such as that.

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June 28, 2016 0

Neil Smith Doodle

By in black and white, brush pen, heads, men, sketches

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For someone who draws as many faces as I do, I find it hard to hit a likeness. But I’m happy with this little face of author Neil Smith I doodled in the margin of the Esplanade Editions book catalog.

That glossy paper is very comfortable to draw on with the pentel brush pen. Hope I can do more like these. I’d like a whole collection of authors.

June 25, 2016 0

Squirrel

By in color, paintings, sketches, watercolor

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Squirrel in my friend’s tree.

June 22, 2016 0

Digital Dalliance

By in color, digital, heads, women

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I hope I’m not wasting my time trying to paint digitally. My line, which I think looks nice enough in watercolour or little pen and ink drawings, to me doesn’t look so appealing in digital.

Still, this post gives me hope. It’s from a “famous” digital artist, discussing how her drawing has improved over the past 12 years. I’ve only been doing it for a little while.

June 19, 2016 0

“FOOT”

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, pen and ink, sketches

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This is a little sketch I drew for my friend, on a scrap of scratch paper. She thought I was trying to spell the word “FOOT” with the background handrails, and the bike wheels. But this is just a coincidence.

June 17, 2016 0

Various Sketchbook Pages

By in color, heads, horses, men, pencil, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

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Various items from the sketchbook. I’m trying to work out of my comfort zone. The last two are more like what I usually enjoy doing.

I love horses. Worked at a horse farm for one summer.

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Trying here for more “frosty colours, rather than the warm tones I often use. I’ve got better ideas about this now.

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