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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June 15, 2016 0

Tiny Pict-chas

By in ballpoint pen, cats, color, dogs, heads, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

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More from the sketchbook. “Tiny pict-chas,” as my sis used to refer to them, when she wanted to get my goat.

I enjoy the line made when the black roller pen gets wet, and mixes a little with the colour.

June 9, 2016 0

Auntie Griselda and Friends

By in heads, Portraits, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

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Another sketchbook page.

That’s my Auntie Griselda in the upper left-hand corner. The rest of the people mainly come from magazines, such as “Exclaim,” and those glossy promotional ones you can pick up in cinemas.

I should colour all the drawings, but I guess I’m lazy.

June 1, 2016 0

Comic 2 — Sounds of Summer

By in color, comics, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

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This one took considerably longer than the first one. Then again, I did actually write something, plus there are backgrounds and more figures. Inspired by all the construction noise around here every summer. There will probably be more on this theme.

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May 28, 2016 0

This Page

By in sketches

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May 27, 2016 0

Frustration Funnies

By in color, comics, sketches, watercolor

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I’ve been feeling down about doing comics these days, because it usually takes a lot of time. So I did this thing, and it only took me a few hours. That makes me happy.

I like the rough sketchy treatment. But I will spend more time on the story aspect, next time, obviously.

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