I just have a few pages left in the sketchbook I started drawing in back in November. I am going to do full scenes on these last pages -- one of my first scenes is the one below. It is very strange. Maybe this is how my brain is working these days? Very possibly. It seems to be mumblely and jumblely and numblely most of the time.
I sketched animals and bugs today quickly. Nothing earth shattering, but I do like my praying mantis and my newt. The puppy looks sad and the kitten looks mad. I'm a bit lost in the head right now, but I know sketching is a good thing so I will continue.
I want to try and make a few stuffed animal creatures out of some of Maggie's clothes. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow. I really like the two middle sketches here. They're a bit weird but fun.
I painted a couple of watercolor paintings this week with pen and waterproof ink (the Noodlers that I mentioned before). I also painted an angel for some business cards.
I tell you, doing these kind of silly paintings brings me a lot of joy.
I will share a couple pictures below. I forgot to scan the Happy Day painting until after I had it in the frame so I just used the iPad to take a pic. The Angel is cute. Did that one this morning.
Also found out a great reason to keep a sketchbook. Most of the characters below were drawn beforehand in my sketchbook. I just went through it to find what I wanted to redraw for the paintings.
This kind of art is what I've been wanting to do for a long time. It is pen and ink and watercolor. I had to get the right kind of ink -- found some waterproof ink called Noodlers. And I got myself a LAMY refillable fountain pen and converter (which you need to put new ink into the pen). My favorite illustrator, Quentin Blake, uses waterproof ink with a real fountain pen (meaning he dips it in the ink and draws). I couldn't do this. I couldn't control the ink well enough.
I love using a fountain pen, but I needed one like my LAMY that has the ink right inside it.
I love it!
So above is the drawing/painting I did. It didn't scan the best -- it got fuzzy on the right side, but it real life it is crystal clear. I'm going to frame it later and put it in an art show.
No, it isn't some classical piece, but it's fun and it makes me smile. And I am guessing some cat lover somewhere will love it.
I've got to do my quick sketches in the morning. Otherwise, I don't get back to the sketchbook!
I'm kind of wandering around in my brain I think with my sketches these days -- don't have much direction. That's okay. I'll just keep sketching.
I got a fountain pen yesterday that I can fill with waterproof ink -- but the problem is right now it is filled with blue ink and I don't like blue ink....Should I dump it out and replace it with the black waterproof ink I have? I might. I'll let my husband use it for a while maybe.
Anyway, back to the sketches. This morning I drew a few silly monsters and Ziggy and my dog and Maggie's cat. Ziggy is the puppet that makes an appearance every Wednesday at my elementary student Bible group.
To the sketches!
I started with my husband's cowboy boots. Then I drew the first monster next to them. He is saying, "Roar! I'm going to eat you." The monster below him on the left says, "You know, your bunny tail kind of ruins your scary look. Plus, those are boots and they can't hear you." And the next monster says, "At least he doesn't look like a pathetic puppy with a squirrel tail." And the bird on the bottom finishes the conversation. She says, "Boys, stop it. You are all quite ugly and that's enough chatter. Look at my new earrings."
Do my sketches say anything about me? I have no clue. Just wanted to share what I did in my sketchbook yesterday -- a jumbled mess but a happy mess. There's a little picture of Maggie below on the left -- the very skinny person leaping up. In heaven I bet she can leap up and down and sideways and backwards and upside down!
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