Sunday, December 3, 2017

Advent Calendar 2017

Leading up to Christmas, I'll be posting my annual Advent calendar drawings.  It's been a good way for me to spend some time in the hope, joy, and wonder of the season.  I'll plan to update this post at least weekly.

Each drawing space is small (about 1-5/8" high) and it may look a bit fuzzy or faded above.  For a better view, click on the image.

If you might like to try something similar, click here for more information, or here (my friend Sybil's blog) for 2017 template formats, including my calendar grid that I'm using.  Or click here for my eight completed calendars from past years.

For a listing of words, sources of words, Copic colors, and other materials used,  see below (or click on "read more" to see it.)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lenten Calendar 2017

It's been several years since my last Lenten calendar, and it felt very good to create one this year.   I used a cross template drawn by my friend Sybil, adding a few lines and a "Lent 2017" heading.

The drawing spaces are quite small, typically 3/4" - 1" wide, and in my post, the image will look a bit blurry, so please click on it for a better view.  Each day's space is very simple - a word or phrase chosen from the daily scriptures or prayers in a Lenten meditation booklet, with a simple drawing or just a bit of color.  I like the little icon spaces and the overall color and energy that emerged.

If you'd like to consider this for next year's Lent, click here for more info, including several templates.  Sybil posted her completed 2017 calendar here.  For all of my Lent and Easter drawings and calendars, click here.  For my Advent calendars, click here.
  • Copic markers
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.3, 0.5, and 1.0 black
  • Paper: Neenah
  • In filling in the template, I moved back and forth unevenly from the bottom, saving the spaces in the cross for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.  So I'll list my words by row (row 1 is at the bottom) instead of by date.
  • Cross: (starting from bottom) Ash Wed. We are dust. And God loves us.; you welcomed me; entrusting; (Holy Saturday) no words; (Left to right) Love one another; good; how very good; Hosanna; (Top of cross: Easter Sunday) Risen!
  • Row 1: wilderness; connect us; bound by love; all things in common; our hope for healing
  • Row 2: mighty to save; fellowship in Jesus; love one another; we are God's field; where 2 or 3 are gathered
  • Row 3: humility; no words; if we satisfy others' needs, he will satisfy our needs; embrace and hold fast; he is our peace; revive my soul
  • Row 4: we are created in God's image; do not fear; show mercy; no words; keep us; your will be done
  • Row 5: in one spirit; serve one another; Christ the true bread; compassion; no words; that we may have life
  • Row 6: no words; do not be afraid; varieties of gifts; glorify; grace to love; persevere
  • Row 7: peace be with you; encourage one another; break every yoke; no words

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yellow-Orange Flowers with Long Leaves

Many months ago, getting to know my then-new drawing software and tablet, I doodled this shape of flowers with long leaves.  Just the line drawing; no coloring.  My lines are very jagged, because I didn't adjust the line-smoothing properly, and at the time, I didn't like the drawing.

I didn't save the computer file, but I printed it out.  Recently I came across the printout in a pile of papers, and I decided to photocopy it onto Neenah paper and color it.  It's really much nicer than I thought.  The lines and shapes have a graceful flow that I'm very happy with.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year 2017


For the start of a new year. a doodled green "New" in a beautiful verse from Isaiah.
  • Copic marker colors used: Y15 (airbrushed), G07,14,17, YG05
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.2 and 0.5 black
  • Paper: Neenah, cut down to 4.25 x 5.5"
  • Words: See, the former things have come to pass - and new things I now declare.  Isaiah 42:9a