Monday, February 27, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Illustration Friday ~ Fluid

Well, it's not looking how I would like - but I thought I would post up my afternoon efforts at digital painting. In reality I guess it would have been faster and probably better to just colour this with colour pencils - but it's good practice for me I guess. 

So this is pretty much what sprang to mind for me when I thought of fluid. It really didn't come out how I would have liked. And there are a billion things wrong with it - but that's ok - as long as I know what's wrong so I can fix it next time! Ha! And I just realised that I didn't finish her hand. Whoops - sorry everyone. : P

Oh, and here's the sketch. Maybe one of these days I will do it in pencils just for fun. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Piping down the valleys wild
Piping songs of pleasant glee
On a cloud I saw a child.
And he laughing said to me.

Pipe a song about a Lamb:
So I piped with merry chear,
Piper, pipe that song again--
So I piped, he wept to hear.

Drop thy pipe thy happy pipe
Sing thy songs of happy chear,
So I sung the same again
While he wept with joy to hear

Piper sit thee down and write
In a book that all may read--
So he vanished from my sight
And I pluck'd a hollow reed.

And I made a rural pen,
And I stained the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs,
Every child may joy to hear. 

William Blake 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

100 Themes

Well life has been getting so busy with work that I am trying to make sure that I do all I can to keep my hand in the game so to speak, and create lots of opportunities to doodle and sketch. So I saw over at this clever artist's blog, that there is such a thing as the 100 themes challenge. So here we have another opportunity to get some artwork out there! I will try not to think too long and hard about each of these, but will just see how I go.

The 100 Themes Challenge:

1. Introduction - Done
2. Love - Done
3. Light
4. Dark
5. Seeking Wisdom
6. Break Away
7. Bliss
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe Again
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Gray
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Under the Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectations
34. Stars
35. Hold My Hand
36. Precious Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Deep in Thought
52. Sport
53. Keeping a Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger Ahead
57. Fabric
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Barring Passage
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic
63. Do Not Disturb
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Playing the Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. I Can't
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror
76. Apple
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Portability
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. Can You Hear Me?
83. Heal
84. Out Cold
85. Spiral
86. Seeing Red
87. Food
88. Ticket
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle
91. Habit
92. All That I Have
93. Give Up
94. Last Hope
95. Advertisement
96. In the Storm
97. Repeat
98. Puzzle
99. Follow
100. Relaxation

And in the meantime - a picture of an annoyed looking girl. Sorry it's not more cheerful!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Illustration Friday - 'Popularity'

Well, this is my sketchy contribution to Illustration Friday - the theme being Popularity. I figured I would go for a semi-Valentine's themed drawing. I used to think that this would be really nice - having more than one guy like you - but now that I am older and wiser, I realize that it wouldn't have been as nice as it seemed. 

And now I am very happy with my one. : )

Who do you think that she picks for her Valentine? : )

I was hoping to get this colored, but I don't think that it's going to happen this week. Maybe some time in the future. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Flowers are always nice

Well, I felt that I should apologize, because I have been putting up some pretty depressing drawings lately. So to kind of make up for it, I have some flowers for you. 

They were actually given to us from my lovely Mum. 

These are definitely more cheerful. 
Gotta love those bright colors. And Gerberas are such happy flowers. 


In more ways than one.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

It's hard to know how to cope with things sometimes. 
You feel wrong when you cry, 
and even more wrong when you don't.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

January - glad it's over.

Well, I have been on hiatus for the past month. I don't know where January went. Actually, I do know, and I don't really want to go back there for a while. It was a bit of a crazy month for us, and NOT an easy one at all. But now we can hopefully put it behind us.

Hopefully from out of the ashes will rise some half decent creativity.

So today, I got back into some artsy stuff. Finally managed to finish off the t-shirt that I had been painting (much overdue for my friend's birthday - whoops). So below you should be able to see some pics of the final article (yup, sorry again to my friend - I just put the t-shirt on quickly to take a picture. Aside from 2 minutes of me wearing it, it is clean). :D

Apologies for the decapitated head picture - but I was looking a real mess today (I assure you, it has been a tough month, and it has taken it's toll) so I thought I would spare you all the grisly bits.
Aaaaaaaaaand here's a bit of a close up. 

I also did myself a t-shirt today. I needed to do something therapeutic. It has surprised me how quick it can be to make these. Although they are a bit rough at the moment, with a bit more practice I think that I could get a bit faster. And they are heaps of fun to make. I have always liked painting on clothing - because it's practical art. That's another reason that I like quilting (yes, I have two quilts that I am working on at the moment - I am a nana and am proud of it).

So here's the other t-shirt that I did. Just very simple. I just wanted something subtle that I could wear with a nice skirt for work, but was a bit more snazzy than just a plain t-shirt. 

I liked this lemon colored one - partly coz lemon is such a pretty and happy color, and also coz it makes you look a bit tanned and that's always a bonus right?
Let's go from the high angle just coz we can.

And we shall end on an Instagramed detail.
Because I love making these so much I was considering making a whole bunch setting up an Etsy site and giving it a go selling them or something. What do you people think? Would you pay for an individually painted Han-made t-shirt?

Your feedback is appreciated - as always. :o)
Enough from me! Hopefully more drawing next time. 

~ Take care everyone ~