Above is a sketch of Frankie, played by the talented Lily Tomlin, from the TV show “Grace & Frankie.” The illustration is done in Laurentien coloured pencils (or pencil crayons, as some may say). Yes, the same coloured pencils that I used all through elementary school.
I found them a little difficult to blend and after a while the tooth of the paper would not accept any more pigment. While I do not think I will be completing any masterpiences with the Laurentien coloured pencils, I will be using them again. After all, I have a huge tub full; waste not, want not.
Back in 2010; I liked the style of ink illustrations. Sometimes I would outline my illustration in pencil, overlay the ink and then erase any residual pencil marks. Sometimes I would wing it and use ink from the get go. But the majority of the time I would do a combination of ink and Red Copying pencil.
I was living and studying in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the time and did many illustrations from in and around the city; such as the ink drawing at The Forks in the image below.
I did quite a few illustrations in this style including a series of fan art inspired from the TV series “Lost” which I was addicted to at the time.
I am still a fan of this style, but for the most part have veered away from it in favour of more realism and more colour.
Lately, I have been drawing with coloured pencil and with the popularity of adult colouring books, the medium is everywhere! Very exciting.
I started using them while pregnant to minimize my risk to toxic solvents. I like how easy they are to travel with: no water or brushes needed, no drying time and just a pencil sharpener required.
The owl drawing was completed with Derwent Coloursoft (36). I will always remember when I bought them at a local art store. Being a coloured pencil newbie, I asked an employee, “How many do you think I need to start.” The employee gave a small knowing smile and said, “With art supplies, it is never a matter of need, but of want.”
How very true! And after working with the medium, I want more.
Above are some graphite sketches from May 2014. For other “Supernatural” fans out there, the characters need no introduction, but for everyone else, the top one is Sam and the bottom one is Lillith in one of her many forms.
I came up with the idea for this card last year, but Christmas came and went before I got the chance to make and distribute it.
Today, I decided to put the plan into action. I printed out the template (the one I designed last year) onto cardstock paper. Using a window as a light table, I traced the lettering onto the front of my card.
Then I cut out the light bulb template with an xacto knife and traced it onto coloured paper. After cutting out each bulb, I glued them to the card.
I used a Prismacolour marker to draw over the lettering.
I decided that it looked unfinished so I filled in the word “Merry” and added sliver sockets to the bulbs. It’s a simple card, but I like how it turned out.