Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Charybdis & Illustration Friday: Round

Charybdis, pen, watercolor & acrylic ink on watercolor paper, 7 x 10", 2011.
I'm continuing to work on the Sketchbook Project with my theme, "Uncharted Waters". So far every page has been a water creature from various world mythologies. This time I drew Charybdis, the whirlpool from The Odyssey.

Charybdis was the daughter of Poseidon who was changed into a sea monster by Zeus. The whirlpool is caused by her swallowing water three times a day. She was the downfall of many sailors!

This drawing also works for this week's Illustration Friday because whirlpools go 'round and 'round and 'round and 'round...

PS: I finally got with the times and made a Facebook Page! I know a lot of people who follow this blog have had one for ages. Like my page or post your link in the comments so we can find each other!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RedRock Fashion Illustration

RedRock, graphite, watercolor & acrylic ink on watercolor paper, 12.5 x 16", 2011.

I took some time to work on Illustration Rally's fashion illustration rally. It's in collaboration with RedRock which is a fashion label from the UK. I really had a lot of fun drawing the clothing on this illustration. They specialize in re-working vintage clothing; I wanted to give the illustration a retro feel, but still look appealing to a modern-day customer.

Here's a close-up:

and a peek at my preliminary drawing:
I don't usually draw fashion illustration, but I saw this as a good opportunity to try something new and maybe expand my portfolio.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holly Go-Lightning & Illustration Friday: Vanity

Holly Go-Lightning, graphite, watercolor & acrylic ink on watercolor paper , 15 x 15", 2011.

I finished my Audrey Hepburn illustration! It also fits with this week's Illustration Friday. Holly Golightly was certainly vain... although I think that that was just a cover for all sorts of crazy.

I LOVE Audrey Hepburn movies; she's such a classy lady. My favorite is probably Sabrina, but Holly was so fun to draw.

I usually photograph my drawings, but this time it's scanned (and stitched together by my multi-talented boyfriend, Zack). The scan is certainly a lot neater than my usual photography!

If you'd like to see the preliminary drawing go here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Blue Men of the Minch

Blue Men of the Minch, pen, watercolor & acrylic ink on watercolor paper, 7 x 10", 2011.
 I really need to get moving on the Sketchbook Project to finish by the end of January deadline!

My theme is "Uncharted Waters", so I've been drawing mythological water creatures. This time I drew the Blue Men of the Minch. The come from Scottish mythology and are said to cause shipwrecks and storms. They are a little like merpeople .... except they're blue! They can be outsmarted by clever sea captains by either answering a riddle or speaking in rhyme and making sure to have the last word.

I had fun drawing the beards... I guess you can tell!
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