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Catching Up

Hello dear readers,

My, my, it’s been a great long while since I’ve made a post here!  It has been a busy, productive, and creative time for me.  I’ve been keeping up my new website, have started an Instagram account, have been completing several commissions, and somewhere in the background, have been working on creative writing.

But I would like to take a moment now to catch you up on some of my latest creative projects.

The Christmas Drawing.

As always, we made our annual Christmas card with a new drawing of mine.  We then went about making a card to fit the drawing.  That’s always great fun!  The original drawing is 10 x 10 inches drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens.  We did something whimsical this time, which was a lovely change of pace.

 

Snowman CR

The finished card:

Finished Cars Front Resized CR

I’ve also been working on commissions.  Below, you’ll see a pair of 12 x 12 inch sheep drawings that I recently completed.  They were drawn in ink (brush tip gray tones for the soft areas and Sakura Pigmas for the details) with white charcoal for the wool and highlights.  They were really fun for a change.

Pair CR

 

Portrait CR

 

I’ve also been working on a commission of a Great Dane portrait.  I love Great Danes – I hope one day to have one of my own.  This was such a fun portrait!  Her name was Lila, and sadly, she had passed away.  It was an honor to get to draw her.  This is 8×10 inches in my usual pen and ink.

 

Lila Finished CR

 

And, most recently, I was commissioned to create a Charging Bull wire sculpture.  Did I ever have fun making this guy!  I so enjoyed creating the sense of action in this piece.  It is made with dark annealed wire of gauges 16, 18, 19, 22, and 28.  The horns are embellishments I found in an art store.  This is a big fellow, measuring 12 inches long by 6 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide.  He weighs over 6 1/2 pounds.  What fun to make this piece!

There are probably other artworks I’ve done since my last post, but these are some of the highlights.  Next on my drawing board is a series of three sheep drawings that I’ve been commissioned to do by a friend.  It’s been busy, but a happy busy. 🙂

Be sure to visit my website to keep up with my latest projects.  Thanks for checking in!

 

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Norman Finished

My little monochrome friend is all finished.  Fortunately, I did manage to finish this drawing before my art show last weekend.  The show, I’m happy to say, went very well and I had a great time!  If you visited my booth at the Banbury Art Crawl, thank you very much for stopping in!

After thoroughly pushing the darks all over, as well as finishing the shoulder, thinning out the whiskers, and adding some other last-minute touches, Norman is complete.

Norman

– Measures 8×8 inches.  Drawn on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens.  005 was, as usual, the most frequently used size, as well as 01 and a touch of 03.  For the tiny changes in light and shadow in the white parts of the fur, I actually preferred to use a 005 pen that was mostly dried out.  It leaves much smaller dots since it is getting dry, yet it is still very consistent and trustworthy.  It helped a lot in those faint, tiny dots you see around the nose and mouth, as well as the throat and chest.

Norman Finished - CR

Here are some close-ups.

Thank you for looking!  I hope you enjoyed watching this drawing take shape, and would love for you to join me in my next drawing work-in-progress! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP 3

Norman is continuing to shape up.  Not my actual cat, but the drawing, that is.  My cat is currently sitting on my printer, where he doesn’t belong.  I’d tell him to get down but…look at that face!! 😉

Anyway, I’ve gotten the nose, whiskers, cheeks and chin in place, and am working on the shoulder.  Since Norman’s fur is so stark white and deep black, it’s interesting trying to balance the values in this drawing.  The darks need to go further, and the whites are not as bright as my mind tries to tell me.  There’s a lot of shadow in those whites, and I need to keep going back to darken the shadows and keep it looking right.

On a side note, I’m having trouble getting my scanner to work, so I’ve had to settle for photographing the drawing.  I love my camera, don’t get me wrong, but it’s almost impossible to photograph a piece of white paper without getting a shadowy part of discoloration due to tricky lighting.  The details look a little gritty and harsh, unlike the original drawing…  So the photos aren’t the best, but you’ll see how the drawing is coming along, anyway.

Two updates in one post today. 🙂

Norman WIP 6 CRNorman WIP 7 CR

As you might have noticed, there’s a very firm cut-off point on the right.  I’m debating cropping the drawing down to a square format of 8×8 inches instead of the original 8×10.  I think it would be more dramatic that way.  And Norman is very, very dramatic.

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP 2

I’ve got Norm’s eyes in place now.  I wanted to build the values very gently, so I used a 005 size pen, and a somewhat dried out one at that.  I keep the older, well-used pens because they create smaller dots while still being consistent in their performance.  They are not good for building quick values, but for delicate work, the worn-out pens are the best.

I’ve also got the second ear further along, too, as well as the values across the head and cheeks.  He’s taking shape. 🙂

Norman WIP 5 - CR

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP

Happy New Year!

It has been quite a while since I’ve had a pen and ink work-in-progress to share, so at last, here is something new.  I’ve been meaning to draw a cat in ink for years.  I’m a cat person, but tend to end up drawing dogs.  Oh, I love dogs, too…but there’s something about the quiet presence of cats that I find so soothing and comforting.

You’ve seen me draw Oliver…twice in fact.  Both times, it was in scratchboard.  I felt it was high time that I draw my other lovely housecat, Norman.  Norman has been my pal for a few years now.  He is a gorgeous tuxedo cat with such beautiful, perfect markings.  He’s stately and beautiful…and yet, he is a complete clown that makes me laugh all the time.  There’s something in his playful actions and wide-eyed expression that makes me think he is just slightly insane.  I love this guy! 🙂

Here is my reference photo of him.

Norm

And here are the first three installments of this WIP.  I started with a pretty detailed graphite outline, and then began with the ink.

This is 8×10 inches in size, and I’m using Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.  I’m using Sakura Pigma Micron pens for this.

Norman WIP 2 - CRNorman WIP 3 - CRNorman WIP 4 CR

Thank you for looking!  I hope you’ll follow along in the progress of this drawing.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  I am hoping you have a warm and cheerful season and remember why we celebrate this time every year – because Jesus was sent to save us from our sin.  That is truly the greatest gift of all!

Following my own tradition, I have done another drawing to use for Christmas cards this year.  I started in early October and finished it in mid-December.  It is larger than usual, so it took some real dedication and time to complete.  It also has a full background, which I don’t do too often.  One more factor that made this particular year a challenge is the fact that, aside from a few basic references and inspirations, this is hugely from imagination this year.  Was that ever challenging!  The details were slow coming to me since most of them had to be imagined up first.  It was a very good stretch out of my comfort zone.

Nativity

-Measures 8 x 14 inches.  I happened to have a nice frame of this size, and I really liked the idea of a panoramic shape for this drawing.

-Drawn on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.  I started by making a light but detailed preliminary sketch in graphite.  After several long sittings working on the graphite outline, I began to add ink.  As usual, this is mostly done with stippling, though hatching and some other marks were used, as well.  I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens for this drawing, mostly the tiny 005 size, but a bit of 01 was used, too.

Complete Drawing CR

And here is the finished Christmas card.  My mom and I work so hard on this every year, and it is one of the greatest traditions I can imagine having.  I am so thankful for this tradition!

The card-sized prints we made of my drawing were done in a slight sepia tone so it would draw all the colors of the Christmas card together.  The card has, as usual, several layers of card stocks and papers, and brads hold the banner with John 1:14 on the bottom of the card.

Christmas Card 2015 - CR

And here is the top part of the inside of the card, which is “There’s a Song in the Air” by Josiah G. Holland.

Christmas Card 2015 Top Insert - CR

Here is the lower part of the card, the greeting.

Christmas Card 2015 Lower Insert - CR

And finally, here are some close-ups of my drawing.

Crop - CR

Crop 3 - CR

Crop 2 - CR

I certainly had fun with this, and I hope it will bring all of you some Christmas cheer.  Thank you for looking.  Have a Merry Christmas!

 
 

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Rooster

Surprise!  I’ve been keeping this pen and ink drawing to myself, and now that it’s complete, it is time to share it here.

Whether it’s my farm girl roots or a coincidence, I seem to draw a lot of farm animals.  I love the legacy of farming, and the animals that go along with it are a big reason for that.  Plus, bonus, people seem to love farm animals, be it a horse, cow, pig, goat, dog, cat, duck, or chicken.  Thus, my rooster was a long time coming. 🙂

Rooster

– This drawing measures 5×7 inches, and is drawn on Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens, ranging in size from 005 (primarily), 01, and a tiny touch of 03 for those inky blacks.  When I first used Sakura Pigma Micron pens, I felt they were very inky and a little out-of-control feeling.  However, the rich, warm blacks they produce are unsurpassed by any pen I’ve tried so far, and I have a fair collection of different brands of pens.  These are great!

Rooster WIp Finished - CR

A short video of the work-in-progress.

And a couple of close-up photos.

Rooster WIp Finished - Copy CR

Rooster WIp Finished - Copy (4) CR

I hope you like the drawing.  Thank you for looking! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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