Monday, July 28, 2008

Geo-Metrical! , Sketchbook 7

After drawing freeform flowers for a while, I am feeling a little geo-metrical! I love this Fendi dress and was inspired to draw square groups of triangles in gray and yellow. Mmmmmm...stay tuned for more geo posts.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Draw Flowers, #3

This drawing was done in the same manner as the one before...watercolor background and ink over. After I drew the flowers and bottles, I laid down water in areas and touched the ink to the wet areas for a really pretty blurred effect. I think that it is a nice contrast to the sharpness of the pen and ink.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Draw Flowers, #2

 I have been really behind on this weeks theme- I had a friend in town and then had to recover from said friend's fantastic visit for a few days.  I am also taking a pottery class- I am finding it hard to decide where to allocate some of my creative energy...first, I have my job, which sometimes zaps not only my creative energy but all of my energy. Then the pottery class and the blog have to battle it out for the leftovers (along with the boyfriend, dog, bathing, enjoying the brief minnesota summer...)  Anyhow, I am trying to stay focused and continue on with everything full force!
So- back to Draw Flowers- This was a fun piece- I watercolored the background, then I started with the splats ( I never knew that making ink splats was sooooo super fun- where have I been????!) I like the idea of beginning with imperfection already on the piece. No pressure! Then, I worked the floral in to the splat-work. What do you think? 

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Draw Flowers, #1 (detail)

Draw Flowers, #1

Draw flowers #1: I went crazy and had fun with watercolors to see what kind of shape the flowers would take. I drew over the watercolor with the pen and ink. I love the idea that an ink splat can happen at anytime, therefore removing any attachment to perfection. Once I splatted for the first time, I enjoyed the drawing process more! 
Obviously, these are the flowers that grow in my head...not drawn from life.   That is for another day.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

sketchbook 6, Draw Flowers (detail)

This is my favorite part of the sketchbook page.

Sketchbook 6, Draw Flowers

My theme this week is Draw Flowers. While flowers are definitely NOT a new subject for me (or anyone!),  I am working with pen and ink as well as watercolor. The ink will take a little of the control away from me, which will be good since I can tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. The thin nibs also lend themselves to much more detail than I can achieve with regular pens.  I want to use the watercolor as a background for the ink work.
The sketchbook pages have images from Martha Stewart Magazine July 08...I love the styling with the flowers placed in the different shaped bottles and cups. (Maybe I will incorporate that idea as well) I did some practice flowers with the ink that are on the pages too.

Sketchbook 5, Project 1

Here is another sketchbook page for the hot air balloon houses. I re-drew all of the icons with full intentions of creating a few patterns. However, after creating at work, I find that my computer situation at home is not up to par! I will have to invest in a new Adobe Creative Suite (potentially soon) and a large monitor (probably not so soon).  So, instead of getting frustrated with my Photoshop Elements that came with my printer, I want to focus on drawing and being creative! 
New theme : draw flowers- watercolor + pen and ink