Preston, the bear I gave away

Preston was a Christmas gift I sent to a friend, who was then kind enough to have him pose for a photograph so that I could draw him.

I think Preston’s shades of blue and green fur were hard to capture with the shades of pencil crayon I had, but I do like the way the fur effect and the shading comes together to create a shocking effect! Continue reading


The Rose Quartz Cat (Maybe?)

I’m not sure if this little cat figurine is actually any kind of quartz at all. Like Clip the Rockin’ Unicorn, I got her from my mom at Thanksgiving 2015, when she was giving away a lot of things to declutter her place.

I did this sketch just lightly with graphite pencils, and I like the way I was able to capture the unusual shapes and add some nice shadows. Continue reading

A puzzle in shapes and colors

A still life from the same 2015 trip… my friend brought along a toy puzzle shape that I’d never seen before–similar to the Rubik’s cube, with moving pieces and colored surfaces, but instead of a cube it was shaped as a dodecahedron–the shape of a twelve sided die, with regular pentagons for each side!

I like the way I was able to use color in this drawing to show the shapes fitting together, and used outlines to suggest the brown table background without drawing it all in. What puzzles me most, though, is the pink shape over to the left–I remember that the grey one on the right was a nail clipper, but I’m drawing a blank on the pink. Continue reading

Georgian Bay

I resolved to do many drawings while travelling with a visiting friend… a few of the sketches from that trip are in T for Toronto.┬áThis one was the day after we left Toronto and took a boat trip to Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay. We landed at Honeymoon point, hiked through some of the trails on the north side of the island, and then returned to grab snacks from the cooler and draw…

I’m glad I tried something new with this drawing–and there are several recognizable details!. The stupid boat kept turning around, which was very inconsiderate of whoever was sailing it! Continue reading