Saturday, March 12, 2011

Illustration Friday: Stir

Coffee Stirrer, pen, watercolor & colored pencil on watercolor paper, 10 x 11", 2011.
 I thought those little red straw things were called coffee stirs.  My boyfriend, Zack, told me I was wrong and they're called coffee stirrers.  I googled it; he was right.  It's still close enough to the topic, right?

I haven't done a self portrait in a loooong time.  I learned some things from it:
1. I need a hair cut
2. Drawing with pen takes forever!  I think I prefer pencil; it has a "messier" look that I like.

Now I'll have a picture to put in my "About" section!

Here's a close-up:


  1. beautiful line art! i love line art too: here's a sample:

  2. I love this.

    Your illustration is fantastic! The detail in the sweater, and steam...lovely.

    [I must peek around your blog when I have more time!]

  3. nice line work sarah, such detail, appreciate the close up too

  4. very nice one!
    it looks like a dry point engraving

  5. Thank you everyone for such kind words... you are all awesome!

  6. Amazingly accurate self portrait! did you work from photos to get that angle?

    I may disagree with you about drawing in pen, but I can't possibly argue with your results! Nicely done!

  7. Ohhh FDR

    Yup... I worked from a picture. I know people frown upon using photographs, but I don't think they know what they're talking about.

  8. me neither
    in the words of my Animation professor:

    "It's not cheating if it works"

  9. Very nice! I love all the patterns.

  10. Wow, that must have taken a lot of patience. You have a steady hand. I love the textures juxtaposed against the explicit line. The dots in the steam is a nice touch

  11. I really love this - the variation of line weights, the watercolor washes...very beautiful!

  12. This is wonderful. i love your use of textures.

  13. This is lovely, Sarah. I like your lines too.

    Nothing wrong with working from a photograph. It is known as using a reference. ;-)


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