Saturday, November 30, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 30!

Here it is, just under the wire, the last sketch for my Sketch A Day Month! This has been so much fun, I do believe I'll do it again next year. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit!

Friday, November 29, 2013

SkaDaMo - Day 29

We cut down our Christmas tree today. It was beautiful out on the tree farm, with little Georgia O'Keefe clouds in the sky.

SkADaMo - Day 28

I'm thankful for the little things, and the mightiness held within.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 27

Was today pie day at your house?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 26

Evening relaxation with the sports page and Buster.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 24

This was just an excuse to use some beautiful fabric we got at a fundraiser for the Women's Global Education Project recently. They do awesome work educating women in Kenya and Senegal.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 22

The Illustration Friday theme is Shadow, which triggered a memory. When my son was little and got tired of walking, I'd challenge him to try to step on my shadow. It would quickly turn into a weird chase, with me distorting my body to make my shadow harder to reach. (By the way, he's much harder to trick into complying these days.)  Don't forget to check out my fellow sketchers here!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 21

Quick one tonight - just felt the need to exorcise a demon.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 20

Well, I spent far longer on this than I had planned, but in my defense, I had fun!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 19

Time for another sharp turn! This quick sketch of an orangutan is done with markers, colored pencil, and oil pastel. I hesitated sharing this, since it's so messy and loose, but what the heck. (By the way, I'm a little obsessed with orangutans.)

Monday, November 18, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 18

Birding about. Just for fun.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 17

We've had some weather today. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 16

Only time for a quick one today: self-portrait with tail. Black Flair pen on notebook paper, fooled with in Photoshop. I used to love reading "The Littles" books when I was, well, little. As I recall, they were very vain about their tails. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 15

More loosey goosey work, this time a fat, happy terrier. India ink and watercolor on a notecard.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 14

And now for something completely different. The experimenting continues. It's fun! Don't forget to check out my fellow sketchers here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 13

More experiments in working loose. I actually sketched 7 turkeys and I like this one the best. It also happens to be the loosest. Have you ever seen a real turkey up close? They're REALLY ugly. We saw one at a farm once and burst out laughing at how ugly it was, whereupon Ol' Tom gobbled angrily and charged the fence, as if to say "You wanna piece of me?" Yes, Tom. Yes, we do.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 12

Feeling a little less ambitious this morning, I went the safe route and sketched a familiar subject, Buster, who sleeps a LOT. I could fill an album with sketches of Buster sleeping.

Monday, November 11, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 11

If it seems like I'm all over the map style-wise with these sketches, it's only because I am. I've decided to use this exercise to do a little experimenting, comparing tight and loose styles, to see what feels right for a possible new direction.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 10

Parachute playtime at preschool.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 9

Did you ever try to talk to a child only to have them look at you with pure suspicion? It always makes me feel so guilty!

Friday, November 8, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 8

By request, an armadillo. Playing knight . . . in armor. Get it?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 7

Tis the season! Our lawn is covered in golden leaves. It's a beautiful sight. An even more beautiful sight was the little girl down the block carrying a giant Sycamore leaf, as big as her head. It was one of those delightful little moments that brings an internal smile to remember.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 6

It's been cold and rainy all day here. A perfect day for a bowl of soup and a nap. I'm having fun with this sketch-a-day challenge! You can check out my fellow sketchers here.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SkADaMo - Day 5

This is a twofer, also covering the Illustration Friday topic, "Secret." When I pondered on that subject a bit, I thought of a hilarious story I heard recently on The Moth Radio Hour (which, if you've never heard of it, is great to listen to). It's a story about boys coveting rare Lego pieces, and hiding them in their cubbies. Having spent many years in the land of Legos when my boys were young, I knew exactly the pieces described. You can listen to the story here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

SkADAMo - Day 4

This was a quickie - it's late and I'm tired. Last night I pulled into the driveway and surprised a chipmunk with my headlights. It couldn't decide which way to run, and for a second I swear it froze and looked right at me. Just as I finished this sketch, my dog jumped up next to me and, curious to see what I was doing, sniffed my sketch with his wet snout, smearing it all over. I did what I could in Photoshop. Like I said, it's late, and I'm tired.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

SkADAMo - Day 3

Relax, Rabbit. We turned the clocks back. You've got time.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

SkADAMo - Day 2

Halloween's over. Have at it, friend.

Friday, November 1, 2013

SkADaMo 2013 - Day 1

Who doesn't love a creative challenge? And for some masochistic reason, November is loaded with them, just in time for the holidays. There's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and PiBoWriMo (a picture book idea a day), and now, thanks to Linda Silvestri, we have SkADaMo. The challenge is to create a sketch a day for a month. So I'm in! Anyone care to join me?

I spent today at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference downtown (environmentalism is my other passion), which inspired this first sketch. Kids and nature, that's what makes the world go round, right?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Back to School Band

(click on art to enlarge)

Yikes! Four months since my last blog post! Looking back, I guess it WAS a busy summer, between family stuff and work stuff. Now that the school year has begun, the days have taken on a more regular rhythm, and I'm finding time to catch up on things (like my blog).

Back to school means back to band for some kids. I've always had the utmost respect and sympathy for music teachers. They have to suffer through a LOT of bad music to shape those beautiful little diamonds in the rough.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Proud Garbage Picker!

This is a little something from a story I wrote about a proud garbage picker. It was inspired in part by my son, who used to take an extra long time walking home from school on garbage days. I once heard a "thump, thump, thump" outside my studio door, only to find him gleefully rolling a big black car tire up the stairs!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Soon-to-be-Kissing Fish?

Or, if you prefer, "There are plenty of fish in the sea, but I only have eyes for you." My rep, Nicole Tugeau, challenged all of her illustrators to come up with a tropical theme for the Valentine's Day promo this year, and when I think tropical, I think fish. (Maybe it has something to do with my fair skin. I prefer to be underwater rather than under the sun.)

To begin with, I just scribbled lots of ideas down, until I came up with the deep sea secret admirer. That decided, I quickly drew my first sketch.
At first I like it, and was almost ready to go to final, but after letting it sit for a while, I decided I wanted to do something a little less cartoony. I began sketching alternative fish, playing especially with the eyes and mouth. Then I decided to play up the lovey-dovey angle by making the main fish more feminine. (Click on the image for a closer look.)

When I finally found the fish I liked, I plugged them into the original sketch with Photoshop. Then I tightened up the scenery and added the heart-shaped bubbles. Finally, I changed the valentine. I had a sudden inspiration from a Mother's Day card my son made me years ago. 

Very effective, don't you think? I know it melted MY heart. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!