Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More Art Before the Year is Over!

Currently, I'm working in colored pencils on a still life of lavender roses in a beautiful handblown glass vase. I finally get to play with my new Icarus drawing board which gently melts the wax in the colored pencils as you draw and gives a beautiful burnished affect. I have most of the roses done and will next work on getting the vase underway. It's sitting on a glass top coffee table and I'm not sure if I'll include the surface as it may compete with the vase. I also bought a tin of Caran D'Ache Neopastels and will experiment using the pastels on this board!

I've been working real hard this year trying to develop my illustrative style with both the ATC cards and the moleskin journals. I have a long way to go, but I really like the "batik" look of a white outline around vivid color whether it be watercolors, markers, colored pencils or all of them. I plan to try my hand at writing and illustrating a book for children. I have had an idea for a story since last summer that involves a young girl, a flower garden and hummingbirds. One artist friend from my FIG group gave me a 5x7 moleskin and it's perfect to do a composite story in it first.

This past week I finished with a Day of the Dead spread for one of the artists in the first collaborative traveling journals. With the work from the previous artists, the journal seemed to suggest a narrative of a couple celebrating their marriage from church, then posing for a wedding photo, then going on a pirate cruise. Mine shows the lovebirds in Hawaii enjoying a luau!

I also completed and mailed my 2nd collaborative moleskin journal which officially starts with the coming new year. My theme for this journal is Ancient Eygpt and I think this journal will be a stunner when it comes back to me.

Finally, I played with colored pencils + metallic colored pencils on black paper for my December partner. It's a bit different from what I usually do - patterns, but it was fun and I hope she likes it - she collects butterflies.

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