Today’s cup of coffee – In Tune

2017-08-11 16.02.09

 

Recently I found my sketchbook from last year and started thumbing through it. I came across some old character drawings I did and thought it would really fun to do the ‘Draw this again’ challenge where you take an old drawing and redo it to see the difference in your skill or just to make some changes. The character I chose was one I created when I first got my markers but instead of using markers again, I chose to use watercolor and ink (a technique I love to use).

I decided to film this challenge for my YouTube channel. I also used a much larger paper because I have always preferred to draw bigger and sketch smaller. I charged my very old camera, about a 10 year old by the way, and started recording. I was able to get a the base of the picture and the inking done before it died. Usually, I can predict when it will die so I can stop the drawing and charge it up again. But, from what I can assume, the battery is nearing its end in general so it died before I could realize it, thus sending my pregnant and emotional self spiraling down in a pit of anger.

(Side note- This kind of frustration, that happens more often than it should, could easily be avoided if I just upgraded my camera equipment. This is something I am working towards.)

Through low angry rumblings under my breath, kids giggling at me while I try not to throw the camera through the window, I plug in my camera to the charger and sit and stew in front of my unfinished piece, staring at it, feeling as though I won’t finish. I hear a small thud on my table and I look over to see a fresh cup of coffee and my husband just setting it down and walking away quietly, as to not further irritate his dragon of a wife.

The smell overcame me. I grabbed the cup and took a long sip. It was so refreshing on so many levels. Thankfully, I started to ease up and take a few extra deep breaths. I looked out of the window and saw that my husband went on the back porch to lay out and converse with the kids. My full on irritability had turned into a mild annoyance and I got up and went to sit and talk with everybody. After all, what was staring at an unfinished piece of artwork work and watching a slow blinking blue light on a dying camera going to do for me?

I was able to pull it off the charger and finish recording the last little bit I had left. If you want to take a look, watch below or visit my channel to see that and other drawing challenges. And remember, while you are watching it, that a simple cup of coffee and gesture of love helped to finish that art piece. 🙂

To ink or not to ink….

So I am planning to post every Saturday for Sketchbook Saturdays. I’m sure a rogue post during the week will arise once in a while, but for but not I will post on Saturdays! So put that in your phone calendar and set an alarm!

Currently I am working on a character series not just for a new print book but for videos on Youtube. My channel is currently under construction because the channel didn’t portray me an illustrator like I want. It was more of a portrait artist. While I do enjoy drawing portraits in different mediums, I want to be an illustrator. And the only way to be seen and get better at illustrating is to ……practice illustrations. This may seem like common sense, and it is, but I am going to blame it on ‘mommy brain’ and say I really was just wanting to draw anything I could think of.

So I am practicing some techniques for illustrations. As you can see, the image on the far right is the original sketch. I used a red color pencil instead of a pencil because graphite can mess with the watercolors and ink.

The middle image is watercolor outlined in color pencils. Each area is outlined with a colored pencil a shade or two darker than the paint. This gives the illustration a more vibrant look without the hard lines of ink.

The left image is watercolor with ink. There is more of a comic book look to using this technique but this is the technique I am more used too and have more practice with.

So my question is this, which one is your favorite? If I had to choose, I couldn’t. To be totally honest. I just like the benefits and the feeling of both.

 

The Flash

This is my newest drawing on YouTube. I watched the first season on Netflix and was impressed. I like how they brought the character into our world now and Grant Gustin was a great choice to play Barry Allen. If you haven’t watched the show yet and enjoy comic book heroes, you should check it out. There are mature scenes throughout the show, so depending on how you monitor your children’s TV time, you may want to steer clear of it around them.

Click here to be taken to the video! If you haven’t checked out my Youtube channel and you have the desire and the time, please do so. It’s much a appreciated!

 

 

Want to make a $1 or more monthly contribution? Check out my patron site and get first look at Youtube drawings as well as behind the scenes for the videos!

The taste of foot in mouth

You know that phrase ‘Look before your leap’? If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a word of caution. Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t make accusations before knowing the facts. Don’t dive head first into something. Don’t make assumptions. You know….the good advice that I just didn’t follow this time to the guy with the toothy smile at the store.

(Scene: I’m in the grocery store in a military town to shop for exactly two items. Orange juice and medicine. Disclosure- I have made my hair in the comic so much cuter than it was in real life. Otherwise, it would look something close to a lion’s mane. )

Man: Um, hey, excuse me.

Me: (without looking at him) I’m married.

Man: (Slight pause) Do you think that you are pretty enough where any guy that approaches you automatically wants to hit on you.

Me: (Instant eye contact) No! But am I not surrounded by a bunch of soldiers and sailors by coming to this store?

Man: I’ll give you that.

Me: Okay then (Yay! Victory! Got ya pal!)

Man: I’ll also tell you that the top of your foot is bleeding.

Me: (Looking down.) Just great

Man: (Walking away now with a smile and hint of laughter) You have a nice night!

The blood was caused by yet another bit of sound advice that I didn’t follow, ‘Don’t scratch a bug bite’ (apparently I was feeling rebellious that day). I had stood there using my other shoe to scratch my bites. Given that I live in what can only be compared to a breeding ground for all insects with vampire like characteristics, it’s a wonder I didn’t cause a gash in my leg from consistent scratching.

So that was fun. Not a very eventful encounter with a stranger but considering its duration, there was enough humor in it that made it worthy of sharing. Maybe if I had been a bit theatrical when seeing the blood, maybe I could’ve had the last laugh.

 

 

Want to show some support? Check out my donation page! It keeps you filled with more of my artwork and amazing stories!