PERFECTLY IMPERFECT-I may not be the best at what I do, but Nobody has MORE fun trying than I do! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

EDM Gloves, Doodles, Sketches, & a Blue Hound

I seem to have had a temporary block with being creative for the last few weeks and have fallen out of the habit of drawing every day. At least, I hope it's temporary. I have managed to do a few doodles and sketches despite not being able to really focus on what I was doing.

The Butterfly Effect, above, is sort of a zen doodle with red and black markers that I did while just sort of letting my mind wander. It started with the shape of butterfly wings and went crazy. It reminds me that everything affects everything else in this world, like a ripple, for better or worse.

Just a little still life set up with the porcelin rabbit, doll ballet shoes, and a perfume bottle. I love the shapes of the rabbit and the bottle. You probably noticed that I've sketched them a few times. Ordinarily, I sketch something once and I'm done with it. Once in a while I fall in love with an object and honor it more than once with an attempted sketch or painting.

Blue Hound is a doodle sketch and completed another Moleskine sketchbook for me. For some reason he speaks to me and I like him. :)

EDM Gloves challenge-I got these warm soft gloves for Christmas. They are actually a pearl gray color and have a hat and scarf to match. They are one of the last gifts my sister-in-law gave me. I drew them with pencil, used watercolor pencils, then outlined them and made the spirals with a black sharpie.
The sketch below is also of the same gloves with the hat sketched in pencil. Not the best of sketches, but I thought I'd share them anyway.

Hopefully, I'll be back on a more regular basis soon. Meanwhile I hope at least one of these made you smile. :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas Moose, Meece, or Mooses....

Thought I'd share some sketches of a Christmas moose that I did a few days ago. I bought him for a gift last year and decided to keep him. He's the only Christmas decoration we had up this year, and he's been standing on the table for over a year. I didn't feel like finding anything to sketch and he was handy, so he was my model for three days. He was a very good model. He didn't moo or move once. :)

This kind of fits in with the Creative Every Day theme for this year, which is Body. He does have an unusual and colorful body. I just love his striped tights! :)

Sketch one is a line drawing with a pencil in the Moleskine. Some of the lines aren't strong enough to show up in the scan. I had so much trouble getting these scanned that I didn't darken the lines digitally, but maybe you can see.
Sketch 2 is a shaded drawing, which I didn't darken either. It is also pencil.

Sketch 3 is a Zig permanant marker. Yep, I'm still having trouble with the feet running off the page! I actually had to shorten his legs to get this much of his feet on. LOL

Now I'm wishing I had done one in color before I posted! He's very cute with his long burgundy & camel colored striped legs! Hope he made you smile! :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year and some Misc. Sketches

I have been MIA for several days, but I hope you all had a great Christmas and I want to wish you all a very happy New Year. I have missed you all.
The past 3 weeks have held good, bad, ugly, blessings, and trauma for us. They have been busy and bittersweet, but God is helping us to go on. On December 16 my husband's only sibling, Kay, who was the same age I am, died suddenly and without warning. We are a very close family and the loss has been almost unbearable. She was also an organ donor, which was not easy for us either. My father-in-law was sick already and the shock of losing his baby girl was almost too much for him. Kay loved Christmas so much, and already had her gifts wrapped and tagged, that her kids and grandkids wanted to go ahead with Christmas, which we did. It was hard. Kay was so full of life and always doing everything for everybody that she will be greatly missed by many people, besides her family. She left a big hole in our lives, but with God's help, we will all carry on. She would have wanted that.
I have tried to continue sketching every day, although there were some days when I just couldn't. I am sharing some of my attempts with you in this post. I scanned them as BW documents, and I don't know whether that was a good idea or not, but the pencil sketches just don't show up enough.
The first one is an attempt at a Zentangle that I call "Hiding in Plain Sight." One has a bluejay feather with a perfume bottle, which I'm sure you recognize if you've seen previous sketches, and a resin pear. One is a wild turkey feather, which is mostly fuzz held by a doll hand that fell off while I was sketching the doll in the doll challenge. Then there is a page of one white porcelin rabbit ornament jumping all over the page. He wouldn't be still. :) The last one is for Kay. It's a stone angel that I kept from her mother's funeral almost six years ago.
I hope I didn't depress anyone. I just felt like sharing today. :) I also got hung up on a Christmas Moose and sketched him 3x. What can I say? He was fun and he took my mind off things for a little while. Look for pictures soon! :)
Happy New Year All! I pray that it's healthy, happy, and creative for all of us.
PS- If the paragraphs don't seperate when I publish this time, I give up, for now. It's getting on my nerves. Will try to fix it later! Sorry!