"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 20th Moo Cards

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

Sketchbook Experiments in the Style of Jane LaFazio

Supermarket Bouquet

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
I'm still adjusting to my new scanner.  My old one was so easy to use (sigh).  This one does a pretty good job, but I find I have to do a lot of adjusting to get the colors more true to those in my sketchbook (which of course takes time and then I don't post...).  Scanned work is never really exactly the same as the original, but I like them to be as close as possible.
Apples in a Bowl
This page isn't quite done yet but the reds are so pretty, I just had to share :-D

Monday, June 6, 2011

Donkey Block Print

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.