Day 213 – WOW I don’t like that number!!

I started my post with some trepidation over the number 13.  I am Irish enough I see a cloud over that number.  I was right.  I had my post all done and accidently closed it…vanished gone…nowhere to be found. SIGH!! That would never happen with blogger.  It saves as you type…oh well we live and we learn right?!!

Time to post some more sketchbookskool homework.  The assignment was to draw some plastic animals in preparation for drawing live animals.  I did it backwards but at least I did it right??  I have lots of animals at my house…but no plastic ones.

I went to Krogers and bought some from their $1 bin.  They stunk. I bought them anyway.  More about the stinky animals from Krogers but suffice to say you can buy them at some Michaels and also at Dollar stores. They dont stink and the Michaels ones have great detail.

I had several pages already painted in my Strathmore 500 Mixed Media sketchbook that were for Dr. Sketchys 2 and 5 minute gesture sketches.  We didnt have any gesture sketches last Wednesday so I decided to draw the animals on those pages.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex

This is my Michaels T-Rex.  I MISSPELLED his name. Seriously. SO I decided to write all over the page. Not happy with the first large drawing I drew him again….also from the front.I looked up T Rex in wikipedia and wrote down facts about him making this a scientific page.


Then I drew the Raffe…hes my favorite…hard not to love them. My toy giraffe is about 8 inches tall!! I drew him from various views like I was going to do with our Dr. Sketchys model.  Rather like the effect.  Then I wrote Giraffe all over the place.  I can’t seem to stop writing on my sketches lately.

Pens used!  Pentel Brush Pen, Lamy Vista Fine and a Stadler.  Also my Noodler Creaper Ahab.  I did add some color to the giraffe.  Burnt sienna and touches of Burnt Umber in the spots.  Shadows were done with Cobalt and Piemonite.

Thanks for looking…lets pray this one posts!!

Day 208 – Dr Sketchys and some InK!!

Every month we look forward to Dr. Sketchys Anti Art School in Augusta.  Its always the last Wednesday of the month at Chat Noir on 8th and Ellis in downtown Augusta GA.  THE most fun an artist can have all month.  Fast sketching, interesting off the wall models – we have had strippers, burlesque dancers, performers, side show performers, automatons, actors and actresses…next month a circus performer.

I arrived with the intention of drawing with my Noodler Creaper loaded with Carbon Platinum Black ink and my Black and brown pentel brush pens plus hmm then I discovered the water brush and the Tombow markers…and it was history!  Most are done in my 8.5×11″ Strathmore 500 Mixed Media journal….LOVE that paper.  Nice and crispy.  Took the water very well.


My Warmup Sketch

First I did a warm up sketch in my Stillman and Birn Alpha with my Noodler Creaper Ahab.  I LOVE that pen…such great lines.  I like to do a quick sketch before I get serious because no telling what I will draw.  I am getting better at quickly sketching body parts…been practicing that since November or so drawing out and about in Atlanta, Key West and Augusta.  Looking at her she actually has the right body shape!! I think I have improved since I started figure drawing a year ago.



Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

This was a ten minute sketch.  I got the figure done quickly and drew in the background…Kind of fun.  I had limited pens to use.  I drew all the sketches first with my Noodler Creaper.  Then I filled in the colors.  I only had a red, a green and a purpley blue Tombow and some grey Tombows, a brown and black pentel brush pen and the noodler when I drew this, And two gel pens….gold and white.  I used a brush pen to let the colors loose…TOO fun.  I had my one and only martini at this time!!  I used the red Tombow for all the skin tones. Some of the brown pentel brush pens for the darks.

It was fun not having all the colors though at first I wished I had brought my portable watercolor box….but later I was pleased with what I had done just using pens.

The gold gel pen was used for the necklace the stockings and the table.


The Valkyrie

Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

Loved the horns…and I discovered a few more markers in my bag.  Three Wink of Stellas – gold, pearlescent and black. They twinkle with glitter.  Another silver gel pen and a  pack of 7 Varsity fountain pens in every color but black…thank goodness they were super on the flowers!! I drew the flowers with the varsity pens and hit them with the water brush!! AWESOME stuff.

I twinkled her with the wink of stellas.  She definitely has the glitter going on!!! You can get Wink of Stellas at Binders in Atlanta.  I had to control myself at $8.95 a marker but oh my is the glitter in them sparkly and wonderful. I used all three of them on her…the black on her clothes, the pearlescent and gold wherever.  Silver gel pen on her antlers.  A picture does not do her justice because she just SpArKLeS!!


Sarah with whips

Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

I really liked the costumes she had. And this pose was one of my favorites.   I get tired of just drawing nekkid people. I like a little fabric to play with….she had a great kimono with alot of gold.  And a huge pearl necklace.  WoW!! All the pen colors are the same as the first one!  I used alot of gold on the kimono both the gel pen and the wink of stella. Also on her necklace. The background is the pentel brush marker and the Wink of Stella Black marker.


Sarah Birdsong

Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

This is my imitation of my friend Ruth’s style. She’s just the most awesome artist with people.  LOVE her work.  You can follow her at BritPeach on Instagram.  Nobody does a better nude!!

Back to the picture.  LOTS of red and the brown Pentel Pen.  Then wetting them with the waterbrush to let them flow.  Gold gel pen on the pearls. Rather like this one the best even though I did it in under ten minutes!

Thanks for looking!!