Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Tulip in watercolour pencil

Just a quicky, this. Testing out a couple of things.

Oh, and since it will likely be the last post on this blog before the new year: have a happy whatever your plans are.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Winter Tree in pen and ink

A five minute sketch after Christmas supper; ostensibly for the Illustration Friday prompt winter, but really more to test the new scanner I found under the tree.

Christmas tree, that is. There's no scanner hiding under the tree in the doodle. Although I probably should have added one, come to think of it. It would have been appropriate, if somewhat nonsensical.

It may seem a bit odd to receive a scanner to attach to someone else's computer (my father's in this case), but now I'll be able to post things when I'm visiting him without resorting to my point-and-shoot camera and its tiny little flash.

In other words, yay for Christmas scanners...

If not for winter. Sooo not a winter person, me. Too bad I live in it so much of the time, I guess.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Crumpled paper in pen and ink

Not too much to say about this one. I was using it as a line/contour exercise, and I did it with a brush pen to keep myself from worrying about adding shading or anything like that.

Sometimes it's just gotta be about the lines or you get bogged down.

Or at least I do.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Torn in pen and ink

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is mail. I had doodled something completely different for mail and decided part way through posting it that it was way too fussy and I didn't like it.

So I went minimal instead.

Maybe too minimal? Ah well, it's still easily recognisable as an envelope, in any case (and it's given me an urge to spend time drawing crumpled paper, for whatever reason. I'm in the mood for lines today, I guess).

Pitt pen in my small moleskine.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Funnel Web in acrylic

Yeah. I don't paint.

Not terribly obvious, is it?

And should I explain it? Well, if anyone out there knows what a Grass Spider is, that'll help. And the title might as well, now that I've said spider.

Yeah. I don't paint for a reason.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Hand Axe in pen and ink

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is prehistoric, and this is a palaeolithic stone hand axe. It's loosely (very loosely) cribbed from a picture, since I don't happen to have a palaeolithic stone hand axe just lying around. Funny how that works...

Anyway. Hand axes were considered to be fairly basic tools since they didn't need nearly the skill to make that, say, a spear point would need, but they were apparently pretty important multi-use tools. And even if they didn't need fine skills to create, when you consider that every facet is the result of hard, stone-on-stone bashing work, I still think that they're pretty remarkable. And, as I just found out, when you start drawing one the contours can become fairly fascinating. I think maybe I'm going to have to try my hand at an obsidian arrowhead next.

This was done in my moleskine with 01 and 05 sepia Microns.
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