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

EDM 328: Minisystem remote, with buttons

This was another early still life off the Everyday Matters challenge list. For “Something with buttons,” I think it didn’t take me long to settle on one of the many remote controls I have lying around. (This is for the minisystem stereo with AM/FM tuner, 5 CD changer and 2 tape decks! 😉 )

I like the way I used color and shape in this drawing, and it may be the first time I tried to “suggest” the shape of letters without drawing them in full. Continue reading

Clip the Rockin’ Unicorn

Hey! So, this isn’t the kind of animal friend that I usually draw, but I’m glad I did. I got this little wooden figurine size rocking horse/unicorn from my Mom, who wanted to declutter her place a little. I’ve named him Clip, after one of the coolest unicorns in the Apprentice Adept books.

I like the use of shading in this drawing, and how I was able to focus on the shape of the letters in my mom’s name instead of on the left-brain meaning of them as letters. Continue reading

Taos deer with keys

This is the other picture that I drew at the Taos Toolbox workshop at Snow Bear Lodge in 2015–and again I didn’t take a comparison picture. I seem to remember that there were these deer figurines all over the condo units; certainly there was one in the unit that I shared, and when we first arrived it had our condo keys hanging off its antlers. So I put my keys back to draw with it.

And we actually did see some deer in Taos, though nobody in my class ever saw a living bear there.

I like the way I focused on the shapes in this drawing, especially “paired shapes” like the antlers before and behind, and the two pairs of legs, front and rear. The shape of the one key hanging in front of the deer’s body (and just about in the middle of the entire drawing) is nice too. Continue reading

Everyday Matters 320 – A rooster I gave away

This is one of the first still life challenges I tried from the Everyday Matters list. The date I marked down on the page is anachronistic; I suspect it was actually drawn on October 24th in 2015, and for some reason I was thinking of September.

This rooster was one of a whole pack of barnyard animals I got at the local dollar store as gifts for my local Nanowrimo writers. The animal figures are quite popular as prizes for reaching your writing goal at a write-in or winning a word war, and I dropped one into the goody bags for everybody who attended the Nanowrimo kick-off party in 2015.

I really like the effect of the outline in this drawing, and the color, though the mix of graphite grey with the red to indicate shading didn’t work out so well. And I like the shadow on the ground. I didn’t take a comparison photo at the time, so the lighting is different and the rooster is from a different pack, but seems quite similar. 😉 Continue reading

Just an Apple

Another simple still life. I didn’t take a comparison picture of this particular granny smith apple, and–well, I have some golden delicious in the fridge right now, but you guys all know what an apple looks like, right? 😉

I really like the use of hatching and crosshatching for shading and shadow here, and the detail near the top of the apple where the stem comes out! Continue reading

Taos Toolbox Snow Bear

When I went to the Taos Toolbox writing workshop in the summer of 2015, I think that was the first time I’d taken drawing supplies on an extended trip. It took me more than a week to actually use them, but I did do a couple of drawings that I really like at Taos, and so today I’ll share the first. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos for comparison.

In 2015, the Toolbox workshop was held at Snow Bear, a little ski lodge not far from Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. It was a great place to gather and write, with lots of little two-bedroom condominium units and a larger section with a long conference room that we used for classes and to gather for meals. And just outside the conference room, there was this sculpture of a standing bear out on the porch. Several of my writer friends had fun dressing up the bear in different ways, and even though he wasn’t a teddy bear, he was an obvious choice for my first Taos drawing.

I really like the way the shading worked out in this piece, and the somber face.

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USB Christmas tree

I’m not really one for Christmas decorations at home. I live alone, and go up to visit my sister and her family for the day on or around Christmas, and usually I’m too busy to do much around my own apartment. But many years ago, I found this little tree–it was probably actually at a Radio Shack, before they lost that brand and became The Source here in Canada. Including the base, the whole tree is less than a foot tall, and it has a cable you can plug into a USB power source to make the fiberglass ‘branches’ light up and cycle through different colors.

This is one of the first non-animal-friend still lifes I drew after I started drawing bears and other animal friends. I love it as a demonstration of proportion and perspective, and the use of color and shapes as details to draw the eye. Continue reading