Its been quite the hectic few months. Mostly because my fiancé and I bought a new house. So with the stress of buying a house, closing on it, painting inside and moving, I haven’t really had time to post this new drawing page. I actually created it several months ago, but I finally had a moment to sit down and get it uploaded onto etsy. You can find it here if you would like to color it yourself.
I drew this several years ago, but it’s still one of my very favorite pieces. I labored for hours sketching in by pencil, then inking over the lines. After that, I just started laying down layer after layer with my Prismacolor pencils. I just love how everything melded together and how saturated the color is. My only disappointment is I went a little too big on the scale, so it doesn’t fit in a 8×10 mat without covering up some of the drawing. But if that’s my biggest concern, then I just can’t complain.
And while I was scanning this picture, I accidentally hit the copy button and out popped a black and white version. I quite liked it too. I like it when accidents produce good results instead of terrible ones.
I was scanning through my pinterest page for zentangle patterns and I just got inspired to try some new patterns. So out came the paper and the markers and then there was a completed drawing. It had a lot going on, so I thought my usual go to of multiple colors wouldn’t look good. Monotone it was! I just the cool grey copics for shadows and the blue-violets for the rest.
I’ve decided that I miss strassing shoes. Last week I spent some time strassing my cover for my Windows Surface and I just love how it turned out. I’m going to have to take some pictures. But in the mean time, I’ve decided to reopen my etsy shop with strassed shoes! Just as a refresher, here is a quick view of my gallery.
I’m not really sure if you call this a Zentangle or ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art.) When I first drew this little mushroom, I was thinking of going the traditional route with a red cap. But then I wanted to do something Alice and Wonderland-ish, so I was going to try purple and pink. But when I sat down to color it, it just didn’t work. So I just went rainbow. And how can you ever go wrong with rainbow?
This one started out much differently in my head. I wanted to go for something kind of woodsy with snails and butterflies and other assorted critters. But that’s not what the Zentangle told me was going to happen. And I always listen to what my drawings are trying to tell me! So instead, this is what I ended up with. Though, if you noticed, a snail did sneak its way in.
I went shopping this weekend. I wasn’t supposed to end up near the Blick Art Store in Seattle this weekend, but happened. And since I was there, I just had to get something, right? So I decided it was time to pick up the pack of Copic Multiliners. They come in a whole slew of sizes, and I wanted to play with weight of the lines.
It turned out darker than I planned, but I still think it looks good.
I drew this phoenix years and years ago. I was thinking about getting a tattoo, I knew it would be of a phoenix. I ended up never getting the tattoo (ouch, needles!), but I did draw a whole slew of phoenixes, which someday I’ll actually fine and scan in. But for now, here’s a black and white inked drawing. I may color it in the future.
Seahorses are such strange looking critters. I love to watch them at aquariums either zipping along with their little fins or trying to find something to cling onto. Just their shape is fascinating, as it just doesn’t seem like the most efficient body structure. But hey, who am I to argue with Mother Nature? I’m sure seahorses have a very specific task to fulfill.
None the less, I wanted to draw a seahorse. So that’s what I did. I elongated the spikes a bit, and I think it turned out like a warrior seahorse. Maybe King Triton should use them to pull his sea shell carriage instead of dolphins. Thought it would probably take a ton of little seahorses to achieve the proper aquamotion locomotion. But I digress….