IF: Grow

July 31, 2015
My littlest sister said she had an idea for an epic story–except … the characters were vegetables. I decided to draw an anthropomorphized version. How do you think this Romeo-and-Juliet-as-a-garden-romance will resolve?
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IF: Nature

July 30, 2015
Here's my picture for the Illustration Friday word, "nature". I've always loved the idea of aeolian harps--somehow the wind and the tree playing music together seemed like a fitting thought for this week's theme. It took about 45 minutes to ink and color--and yes, I think I'm getting addicted to recording these videos! 


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The GIFs Told Me!

July 27, 2015
"There's something good coming up in this episode!" my sister will say as we start watching a show. "The GIFs told me!" I always get a mental picture of The GIFs--don't they sound like mischievous little flying creatures?--hovering around and whispering spoilers in the unwary fan's ear. Only solution? Avoid Tumblr until you've watched All the Episodes! 

This is another time-lapse process video attempt--hey, I think my filming setup is improving somewhat--maybe next time I'll be able to keep my head out of the shot completely! Again, I started with a Non-Photo Blue Pencil  sketch, inked with my favorite Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (dark sepia, fine and superfine points) and then added watercolors.The whole inking/painting process took a little over an hour.

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Cinderella's Swing

July 01, 2015
Um, yes, this is a rather obvious mashup of the 2015 "Cinderella" movie and Fragonard's painting "The Swing". But as soon as I saw the movie I knew this needed to happen!

I started with a light sketch in Non-Photo Blue, then turned on the camera when I started to ink with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens and add watercolors and a touch of Watercolor Pencils--but my camera ran out of space so the whole coloring process wasn't recorded. Oops. 

The entire picture took maybe almost an hour to complete?--the video captures the first 45 minutes. It was a good challenge to do the whole thing (except for the blue sketch, which I'd done earlier) in one sitting with minimal correction--just keep scribbling and hope any mistakes can be fixed as you go along--certainly good exercise for any paralyzingly perfectionistic tendencies I may have!

This is my first time-lapse video, so it's kind of an experiment. Hopefully next time I will have learned to keep the camera focused and steady, figured out better lighting--and remembered to keep my head out of the way!

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