Took part in Ellen Million’s Sketchfest again. Always fun and inspiring. The Eclipse seemed to be a popular prompt again this month and I got 2 drawings from that, one of which I played with colouring in GIMP, plus a couple more.
Prompts were Eclipse Dragon, My Black Cat, Beautiful Beast, and Total Eclipse.
And Ellen featured my Beast on her blog too! thank you Ellen 🙂
I recently did a study portrait of my cat and liked it so much I finished it into something more graphic-y and made it into a t-shirt. I got comments about cats and amazement when I confessed it was something I created. I enjoy doing pet portraits and usually try to draw or paint at least one portrait of all our pets. I have done portraits for others as well.
So here are a few images of the animals I have painted and drawn!
This month’s Sketchfest was July 21,22, and 23rd, and I was struggling with this one. The prompts I worked on were Abyssal Mermaid, Butterfly Dreams, and Solar Eclipse.
I was most happy with Butterfly dreams, but I would have to say most inspired by Solar Eclipse because I decided to redo it a couple of times over the last couple of days.
I did the extra Sun/Moon images on water colour paper, so perhaps one day I will work on coloured versions.
and the winners are:
First Place- This is Angelic
Miserere by Nathalie Chavieve
Second Place- Heaven sent!
Spirit Guide by Michael Durst
Third Place- Awesome!
Celestial Glory by Michael Durst
Congratulations Michael on snagging the 2nd and 3rd place positions!
Everyone submitted beautiful work and I think the voting did show the best in the theme set.
A couple other favourites of mine for honourable mention:
Archangel Michael by Maya Gusarina
Being Of Light by K S Rankin
Tortured by Josh Hertzenberg
Angel Cloud by Marty Fancy because who doesn’t see angels in the clouds sometimes.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
I had a dream once, a while ago now, where it was a post zombie apocalypse world. I was in a job interview, and the lady doing the interview asked if I had anything else to add. I felt I should confess, and I admitted, “well, I have shot a few people in the head.” She replied “Well, I don’t know very many people who haven’t.”
We finished season 3 of iZombie a few days ago but the theme song is still running through my head. Such a fun show. I didn’t know what to expect and there are so many zombie related shows out there and many of my zombie related dreams are not entertaining, but Rocky had a coworker tell him about this one so we gave it a try. Kind of campy, definitely comic book, and I have a weakness for things comic book.
The whole song is pretty cool.
The show utilizes music well, and I like much of the music they use throughout the series. I can’t remember if they have used The Cramps “Zombie Dance” yet. My favourite zombie related song.
EDIT: I found out later after I posted this blog entry, that George A. Romero has passed away. As father of the zombie movie this post seems kind of a tribute to him. Funny that my favourite movie of his is Knight Riders, a tale of Knights of King Arthur, but with motorbikes. It stars Ed Harris and has no zombies. R.I.P Mr. Romero.
Last year I saw people I follow on Facebook and Instagram tagging some sketches with #junefae and #juneicorn and it looked like they were having some fun. I wasn’t sure if it was a specific thing where people in the know could go to participate or needed an invite, who it was affiliated with or anything. This year I figured, I don’t know how to find this stuff out, it seems to be a free for all, so I am just going to challenge myself and participate in my own way. So I did. I managed a fairy and a unicorn for every day of June and a couple extras that I didn’t like at the time and started over, but decided to polish them up a bit and share anyway. I am not happy with every sketch I did. Some are rush jobs, some are experiments that didn’t really work out to my taste. On the other hand I did get a few images I like and can work with. I worked in various styles and sizes with various materials. Some are done, some are works in progress, and others are just going into the idea file or the lesson learned file (yes, the trash, I do throw out some things I make). I found some coloured pencils that had multicoloured lead that I tried out for the first time. I also worked on grey toned paper, which is something I hadn’t really done, and found I really liked. Some of my usual kind of work with the inked line drawings, I hope may one day be colouring pages or something I may work on more to become a coloured image. So here I present in a collage, all the sketches I did over the month of June!
I missed posting my June Sketchfest contributions. I have been working on a month long project with the internet art challenges #juneicorn and #junefae, which I hope to post about when I get that organized, but it distracted me from posting my Sketchfest 88 contributions. Because I was working on Unicorns and Faeries most of my prompts reflect that, as I planned to used them for the challenges too. The prompts I chose were Dragoonicorn, Being of Light, Winged Unicorn, Litha and A snow-unicorn stomp. They are in varying stages of completeness.