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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. 🙂

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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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Lion

After taking a little break from my wire sculptures, I have finally finished one.  I was moments from falling asleep one night, when I suddenly could picture a lion sculpture.  Some time ago, I bought a package of little metal medallions that I just couldn’t resist.  Luckily, it was a jumbo-sized package, and I must have gotten a couple hundred of these little things.  As I lay there, half-asleep, I suddenly pictured a lion sculpture with a mane made up from these little pieces.  Here is the result.

Lion

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, gold-colored chain for the tail and the base of the mane, and probably more than a hundred of these “coin” pieces I bought.  I attached each coin – painstakingly! – with jump rings.  Thanks to the time taken to attach each piece individually, this may be the slowest wire sculpture I’ve made to date.  It was a labor of love, though.  The ears (they are small and don’t show up until you look a little closer) are made with little metal gears.

– Measures approximately 9 1/2 inches long (from tip of the nose to tip of the tail) by 4 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

To any fellow doo-dad, thingamajig lovers out there, I must say that this lion, thanks to all those metal coins in his mane, jingles delightfully when he is moved.  I just wanted to make that known. 🙂

As usual, one of my cats has made it into the photo shoot.  Her name is Joplin, and she feels she is very photogenic, so I thought I’d snap two photos…one focusing on the lion, and the other focusing on her.  I’m sure Joplin thinks she is the lion.

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I hope you like my little lion sculpture (and the cat 🙂 ).  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Oliver Scratchboard (Finished)

As the time flies by and Christmas gets closer, I have been brazenly spending some of my drawing time on this rather than the annual Christmas card.  However, that project is moving along too.  No peeking!  I’ll share it on Christmas Eve. 😉

In the meantime, I think my portrait of Oliver is finished.  I enjoyed trying to capture his likeness very much.  He’s been my friend for almost eleven years, and every day is a little brighter because he’s here with me.  Maybe I’m becoming a crazy cat lady, but I firmly believe that not all friends have to be human.

Oliver

– 5×7 inch Ampersand Scratchboard

– Tools used are a #11 X-Acto Knife, and a blunter scratchboard tool for the thick whiskers.  I also used a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen for some corrections.

Click any of the images if you’d like to see them larger.

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A few close-ups.

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I hope you like this.  Thank you for following along!  I hope you’ll join me in my next work-in-progress. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 6

Here’s a bit more progress on Ollie.  Slow and steady, one scratch at a time, that’s the key.  I’m making my way down the neck, into all those luxurious layers of kitty fur. Even as I write this, my Oliver is “petting” my leg, jealous of the time I’m spending on the computer and not fawning over him.  Therefore, I will keep this brief and turn my attention back to him.  You’ve got to love pets. 🙂

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Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 5

I’m still picking away at this drawing, and those stripes and flakes in the fur are keeping things interesting.  It’s nice to have the head mostly in place now, and I hope to keep at this despite several other art projects.

Thanks for following along as I go.  I hope you like this. 🙂

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Here is a close up of the fur textures.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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The Bumblebee

Shockingly, I forgot to post this wire/junk sculpture.  I made it quite a while ago, and how I never got around to posting it, I don’t know.

When I buy old, broken and discarded jewelry, I often buy big bags-full of it for a good price if I can.  It’s much better than buying new “fake old” embellishments at art and craft stores, because you never know what you’ll find in bags bulging with tangled chains, jewelry, and so on.  In one of these big bags full of junk jewelry was this large plastic flower pin.  It was a bit time-worn, a bit gaudy, and I just didn’t know that I could use a piece like this.

As you can see, it found a home.  The pin is probably about 2 inches across, and I decided to just let the flower be a flower rather than try to incorporate it into anything else.  I used wire to make the stem and leaf, and attached it to a furniture foot base, which I painted a sunny yellow.  The addition of the bumblebee came to me after the flower was made, and I wanted him to be one of those chubby, adorable bees that dip in and out of flower gardens all day long.

Bumblebee

– Made with 17 gauge steel wire, finer craft wire in silver, black, and gold for the bee.  I also used a furniture leg/foot for the base, and of course, the bright orange flower pin.

– I did not remember to measure this, but I believe the bee itself was about 1 1/2 – 2 inches long, and the whole sculpture probably measures approximately 8 inches tall.  That’s just a guess. 🙂

As you see, Norman made it into the photo shoot.

Thanks for looking! 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Oliver WIP 4

Here’s some progress on my Oliver scratchboard.  I’ve given it careful consideration, and have come to the conclusion that he does, indeed, look better with two eyes. 😉

I’m enjoying this one, even if progress is slow.  My annual Christmas card drawing is also in the works now, so my time needs to be divided between the two drawings.

I hope you like this.  Thanks for looking!

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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