WIP, 8×8″—Watercolors, Micron pen on Strathmore 500 series, 140 lb. watercolor paper.
… come sit next to me.” Said by Olympia Dukakis’ character in the film, Steel Magnolias. Somewhat weary of scrutinizing and drawing the faces I see on tv/internet regarding current events, I turn to spinning the backstory of completely fictitious characters. This guy’s supposed to be an iguana. He likes Ceylon black tea but he’s very sensitive to caffeine so he must limit his consumption. Unfortunately, moderation is not in his rather hefty toolbox, so he’s wired at the moment.
The first sketch of Jared I attempted to do resembled Rose McGowan. It was on a sticky note and it makes me smirk a little when I see it even now, and then I start to feel horrible about myself for smirking. I don’t know if it might affect anybody else this way, so I present that sticky note here for my own (I won’t say, benefit…) purposes:
Five years since my last post. That’s quite a gap. But just because I haven’t posted for such a long time doesn’t mean I haven’t been sketching (or obsessing over art supplies.) My present plan is to pick up where I left off without attempting to fill in the spaces — in those gap years, I’ve posted five International Fake Journal Month collections along with tons of sketches on my Flickr site to which there is a link in the sidebar. Over the winter I had my first book gig and my illustrations for a children’s book are in the can, as they say. When that is published I will be able to write about it and another book project I’m working on.
Meantime, I’ll be conjuring, sketching, gardening and sipping tea with aplomb.
Noodler’s Bulletproof Black in a Lamy Vista EF, DS and WN watercolors in a 11×14″ Canson XL Mix Media pad. Yes, the paper buckles; it’s not the greatest for wet work. But I don’t mind if I slosh beer on it while I splash paint around…
On the last day of Spring, I dunked Stella, the amazing expanding sponge toy into a glass bowl and placed her on the front porch table where Stego was ensconced. She had been egging me on for weeks and because Stego was nearly back to his old tiny self, I obliged. Stella began to grow slowly, but when she made progress, she meant business.
Recently, I found some toys on the walking path near the house and scooped ’em up because they were winking at me. They immediately began to hang around Stella’s bowl and they clearly desired to be drawn. I’ve been keeping track of Stella for a week now and so have the boys. They’d better watch out, though. Stella’s going to get way too big for that bowl.
Freshly-filled pans, clockwise from upper left: DSAureolin, DS Quin. Red, DS Anthraquinoid Red, Holbein Bt. Sienna, DS Indanthrone, DS French Ultramarine, DS Manganese, DS Cobalt Turq., DS Cobalt Violet, WN Opera Rose, DS Moonglow, DS Buff Titanium, Schmincke Payne’s Gray, DS Quin. Sienna, Quin. Gold, DS Italian Deep Ochre, DS Indian Yellow. #10 Grumbacher synthetic round.
Recently, I came across my childhood watercolor tin. I’d been puzzling over the variety of fancy, name-brand empty tins online with the idea of customizing one for my travel sketch kit. The prices were quite daunting, however; I’d much rather spend the money on paint and paper. And food. 😛
This vintage Playtime tin will allow me to bring larger pans and a bigger variety of color with me. Just think: all these many (many) years later, I am getting such pleasure from this item — and the original investment was a mere 29₵! I’d say that was money well-spent. Thanks, Mom!
Noodler’s Lexy Gray & Bulletproof Black, DS and WN watercolor in an 11×14″ Canson Mixed Media pad. 15 June, 2013. Windham, Maine
Daunted by painting flowers, I thought I’d dive back into the pool with a sketch of a foliage plant, the Lemon Trillium in my garden. I wanted to convey the liver-spotting that this plant has but will have to work on that another time. I’m still grinning from my hour of splashing paint around on the front porch. Hell, I’m just happy that I didn’t need to wear my fleece vest today—it’s been so cold in Maine the last month. The notebook is too big for my scanner so I snapped it with my iPhone 4S. The color and exposure could be better, but you get the sketch!
Noodler’s Bulletproof Black in a Lamy Vista, EF and DS & WN watercolors in an A5 Moleskine watercolor notebook. Windham, Maine.
I am now officially a fan of those cheesy “expands by an amazing 600%” sponge toys! So much fun documenting the transformation and prodding the jelly-like and slimy critter with a stick to adjust its position in the vase. Guess I’m just one of those people who never really grew up. It doesn’t take much to amuse me.
Here’s my second sketch of Stego in his early stages of expansion. Finally, he grew so long and heavy that his tail busted under the soggy dino’s weight. Yesterday, I tenderly pulled him from his bath and cobbled his slick tail back on with a toothpick (ouch!). Now he’s on a platter and enjoying a small snack. A good soaking apparently made Stego so very hungry. If it warms up tomorrow, I’ll grab a chair on the porch and sketch’im again as he withers.
Very soon, I shall plunge his companion, Chandra the Sea Star, into an appropriate vessel and observe her progress with pen in hand. What do sea stars eat, anyhow?