Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tomatoes in Colander, with Basil and Napkin

In real life, the small colander is red enamel, but I didn't want that much red in the drawing. The napkin is brown, with faded edges. I made it blue instead, and I like the way the edges look. The table top is imaginary, drawn with streaks of marker to look like light-colored wood.

Copic colors used: When I plan on a lot of layering of my colors, I like to start by coloring everything with a pale base color. Base colors - Stems E000,Y000, Tomatoes R02, Colander C0, Cloth B000, Basil G40, Table E21 (streaks); Colors added on top of base colors - Stems G21,24,E41, Table E41, E44 on E21, Colander C1,3,5, Sanford Uniball silver Gel Impact pen, Basil YG03,63,G07,14,17, Tomatoes R08,24,29,W3, Cloth B1,14,26, Shadow W3,5
Paper: Neenah, 8.5x11"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Geraniums Decorated - Sybil's Coloring

With help from one of her friends, my friend Sybil colored an enlarged copy of my geraniums drawing. Here is her version. I really like it. She named it "Geraniums Decorated" (used with her permission):

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Landscape in Ribbon Frame

This scan (11x14) includes most of the drawing, on 14x17 paper. I used the Copic airbrush to do the sky and the lower part of the fields.

Paper: Strathmore Bristol Board, 14x17, vellum finish (a lightly textured surface - not "vellum paper")

Monday, May 18, 2009

Landscape in Pieces

Ribbons of landscape. Nice shapes and colors. The irregular lines were fun to draw.

Copic colors used: Horizontal C1,3,BV000,00,20,23,31; Diagonal YR21,26,E21,25,B41,45; Upper arc C1,B41,45,E25,G21,YG63; Lower arc G40,YG03,63,BG32,72,75

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Small Landscape Drawing

This is a small drawing on sketch paper, glued onto a 4x6 card. I drew it with pencil and colored it with my markers. No multiliner this time. I like the watercolor effect.

Copic colors used: B000,01, E000,71, G21,24, R02,08, BV04,20, W5. Note: in an effort to keep the pencil from smearing onto my marker tips (which looks bad but doesn't hurt the markers), I tried not to drag the tips across the pencil lines.

Friday, May 15, 2009


We planted geraniums today in the big ceramic planters in front of our house. Vivid reds, pinks, and greens. Then, of course, I had to draw them. A couple weeks later, my friend Sybil colored a copy of my drawing in a different way.

Edited August 10, 2009: Click here for another geranium drawing, several months later.

Copic colors used: Base colors G000, RV000, R000; W0,5, RV14,19,95, Y38, R02,08,24,29, G14,21,24,28, Y000, YG03, E04
Paper: white Crane's card approx. 4x6"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Doodle Toy 2

A doodle that looks like a stuffed toy. Maybe a cat's toy.

Copic colors used: RV10,13, Y13, B41, 45, with lines and dots of RV11,14, B24, Y19.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Airbrushed Landscape

I decided to try a full-page set of masks, trying to learn my new Copic airbrush. I cut curvy lines, then drew around the outside of each piece with my Zig 2-Way Glue Pen. I like the chisel point for this, but the fine point would work too. After the glue dries clear, it is temporary glue.

Then I airbrushed in sections, removing & replacing each mask. I had some blank paper along the edges that I colored with markers. Then it still looked boring, and the upper left sky was too dark, so I tried some lines and doodles with my colorless blender. I really like that effect - little stripes with colored edges.

Copic colors used (airbrushed) Sky B06, BG45; Purple hills BV08, C7, E49; Orangey brown hills E09,37; Green hill G28, YG99, E25; Green-purpley hill G07, R59, Y19, V09; Brown hill (lower right) E29, W7. Lines added with E33, BG45, E25, YG63, and brush tip of "sketch" 0.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Doodling on a Tan Card

Doodling - one shape leads to another. Simple, flat coloring on a tan Crane's card 4x6.

Copic colors used: Sepia multiliner, G24, YG03, R24, B01, E33, YR21, Y38

To try this, click here.