Friday, November 4, 2011
Good heavens! I haven't posted in forever! But I have been making art. I made some coptic bound books for a friend. Of course to do that I had to make some paste paper...
I took a wonderful workshop in gelatin printmaking. Thank you Linda Germain!
I've also been making some fun foam stamps. Waaaaay fun. Thank you Melanie Testa!
And drawing some.
And spinning some.
And knitting some.
And reciting sanskrit mantra two times a day.
And most recently I've been eating waaaay too much Halloween candy...
Monday, September 19, 2011
Two Donkeys Monoprint
Originally uploaded by Deb Dugan
A monoprint card I made for a friend who runs a donkey and mule rescue organization. I did this from a drawing of two donkeys who live not too far from me.
This type of monoprinting is quite fun and does not require a press (a good thing because I don't have one...)
The thing I love about monoprinting is you never quite know what you'll get. I kind of like the uncertainty of it.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Originally uploaded by Deb Dugan
An experimental piece of art and an experimental blog post. I just learned that you can post to Blogger directly from flickr! Well that simplifies things.
This is Lab 19 from Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sonheim. I used pen, pencil, colored pencils, and Copic markers. I usually work more representationally so this was a real stretch for me. Also using various media, especially markers, was a stretch too. But I think it turned out rather fun. And it looks very much like my dog!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
|Page 2 - a work in progress...|
|Page 3 - the hind end of a lizard|
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Everyday Objects are so accessible. There they are, right there, waiting for us to draw them. You could even make it a series, say, to draw all the mugs in your house or at work or the ones at the coffee shop or in a meeting. Or if you have a collection of vases. Or whatever you have lots of. Candles. Pillows. Art supplies.
As the great Danny Gregory says, Everyday Matters! (This was the book that got me drawing on a regular basis. Thank you Danny.)
And Happy Birthday Mike Dugan! :-D There will be cake ~
Monday, July 11, 2011
A work in progress following the instructions in From Art Journaling to Art DVD/Download by Jane LaFazio. I'm having such fun both working in my watercolor Moleskine sketchbook and then using the images to create a whole new piece!
The video is divided into convenient chapters and Jane gives wonderful lessons in materials and techniques in the first couple. I've been drawing a while and am fairly familiar with materials and drawing, but her pleasant and gentle instruction is a great reminder of good things to keep in mind while drawing. I also like her way of working lightly in pencil first and then redrawing with a waterproof pen. It takes a little of the angst out of directly drawing with a pen.
In the next chapter she uses a water-soluble Tombow pen, which I love. The effect of drawing with the pen and then touching the line lightly with a moist brush or a Niji waterbrush can be really wonderful. It produces lovely shadow and tone. I've worked with a Tombow pen before, but I wouldn't have thought of adding color to my drawings afterward! Really nice. In that same chapter she talks about composing and finishing pages and she shares more great techniques for doing just that.
The real fun for me began in the chapter "Using Your Drawings in Mixed-Media Artwork". She traced some of the images from her art journal using a waterproof pen (she covered the art journal page with clear plastic to protect it - good advice) on some art/craft tissue paper and then cut out the image leaving a small border. She then took a separate piece of watercolor paper she had pre-painted a light background on and glued the tissue tracing down using soft gel medium. Like magic the tissue paper disappeared and she had a lovely line drawing on her paper. After the gel medium dried, she then went in and added color using colored pencils and watercolor crayons. I imagine you could use regular watercolor too. I haven't tried that yet. This is how I did the piece above: I used images from my sketchbook, colored pencil, and Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons.
She gives great instructions in this same chapter on carving stamps for printing on paper and fabric and shows absolutely lovely examples of how she combines her images and techniques on linens and quilts and all sorts of things. She also shows how to make stencils from sketchbook images using freezer paper and how to use the stencils with paint sticks to add color to fabric. Tons of inspiration!
I'm off to do some more drawing so I can have more images to play with ~
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
I have to post something today, it's my birthday! :-D All I have to show are some images I gathered for my Moo cards. Moo cards are half the size of regular business cards and you can have several different images on one order.
While working with the images in Photoshop I found that I really like the way some of the cropping came out. I think they are kind of fun and that I'm going to enjoy handing them out.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I downloaded Jane LaFazio's wonderful workshop, From Art Journaling to Art. The idea is to work in your sketchbook, drawing and watercolor painting and to then use those images in your art. Wonderful techniques and lots of inspiration! I haven't quite gotten to use the techniques that incorporate my sketches into other pieces yet, but I'm looking forward to trying them out.
|Meyer Improved Lemon|
|Apples in a Bowl|
Monday, June 6, 2011
Finally getting to upload some images for my donkey project. I've done some block carving for a possible illustration for the SYALER Donkey & Mule Show brochure and flyer. The image on the right is a proof to check the carving and to see if I need to fine tune the image (or to start over completely...). I like this one so far and I added some color with colored pencils to the image on the left. I may remove some of the lines from the background, although I like the way they make it look like an old woodblock print. I'll wait a day or two before I make that decision.
I have another drawing of a mother donkey and her adorable baby that I'd like to make into a printing block. It's a little larger and slightly more complex, but I think it might make a wonderful illustration.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Here are a couple of initial drawings I've done this week in preparation for getting down to the real design work.
|Miniature donkeys. Pencil in sketchbook.|
|Pencil in sketchbook.|
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I think the last three Labs in Unit Two will require me to find a life drawing class or an open drawing session somewhere. I've been wanted to get back to life drawing and this may be the motivation I need to find a class or group.