September Sketchfest

#EMGSketchFest 91 was this weekend. I did 3 prompts and have finished line drawings of 2. How productive was I? Prompts were: Collector of ____ , Harvest Moon, and Witch Queen. I tried using a vintage photo of a real European Noble from Victorian times as inspiration, but it was tricky so we’ll see if I do more work on the Witch Queen. The Collector of Keys and Harvest Moon images are done up to colouring page status. We’ll see if I do add colour to those one day.

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August Sketchfest

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.Sketchfest 90 aug 2017

And Ellen featured my Beast on her blog too! thank you Ellen 🙂

Pet Portraits

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!

 

 

 

 

 

July Sketchfest

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.

Sunface Moonface eclipse-small for webSunface Moonface eclipse v2-small for web

JuneFae and Juneicorn

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!

All the Junefae and Juneicorn

June Sketchfest

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.

sketchfest88 compilation

I think I will be the sun today.

Today I woke up to the song “Lovers on the Sun” David Guetta, featuring Sam Martin, so I figured I would feature some images showcasing the sun.

These were the first images I was thinking of when I started my search:

which lead to these images:

which brought up an image inspired by a dream, from which I wrote this short poem:
I think I’ll be the sun today, in spite of what my mother will say.
A ray of light will be my smile,
I’ll wear a crown of gold
and my dress will be the sky.

which inspired this quick drawing:

i-think-i-will-be-the-sun

which developed into a linocut print:

i-think-i-will-be-the-sun-today

which I coloured digitally today:

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So more than just a song inspired by an earworm today. You’ve gotten some insight into the creative process!

I don’t always go on such journey’s to get to where I go, but often it can work this way. Inspiration comes from so many places, in so many ways. If you are so inclined I would love to see some of your own creative methods.

all images and photographs credit: Katherine Nutt © 2017