Monday, July 16, 2012



Can't think of anything to say about this, so I'll just show you the pictures and get on with it. Birthday card!

11.5 x 5" on watercolor paper

First it looked like this:

Then I used these to finish it up:

And that's it! Something that I learned while doing this, which now seems like common sense but oh well, is to go with smoooooth smooth paper when you're using a dip pen, as shown in the photo above. I was using Canson "traditional surface" watercolor paper because originally I thought I would use watercolor rather than acrylic to add some color, but my pointy nibs are so sharp they would sometimes scratch up and catch in the surface of the paper, and that was no good. So! Hot pressed watercolor paper next time, lesson learned. If anyone has any other pen and ink tips, leave them in the comments. I'd love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Spring 2012 Remnants

Hey folks! Been cleaning up and organizing my piles of classwork from last semester, and I realized I've got some stuff I never got around to posting. So here it is!

In-class studies from portrait painting:

yes, she had high eyebrows

Mad Men style

And some Sustained Figurative Concepts in-class work:

 Looking at these makes me want to break out the oils and pastels. Maybe I will! Stay tuned!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Dad days

Birthday and father's day card! Inked with a brush, man am I rusty in that department. Took forever. Fun though!