For The Birds

In lieu of an Illustration Friday drawing today, I drew some more pages in my Charlie Harper sketchbook. Today we have the Osprey (above), the Eastern Bluebird and Painted Bunting

And the Burrowing Owl

For most of the outlines, I decided to work on using my brush pen for a little practice. I switched to my .005 Micron pen for the owl because it had so many tiny details and I don’t have that much control when using the brush. I colored with my Prismacolor markers.

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Mixing Things Up

Last week, I posted these inked sketches to Instagram:

I already had in mind that I wanted to cut out the girl in a dress and glue her on a different background instead of just drawing the background behind her, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do yet. Mainly I was just thinking of gluing it to a plain piece of colored paper. Anyway, the next day I colored her in while I thought of what kind of background to make.

I wanted it to be kind of soft in contrast, so I thought perhaps a conté crayon drawing. But that got smudged very quickly while I was working and I couldn’t get as much contrast as I wanted. So I changed my mind and did watercolor instead.

I left her spot blank, because the marker paper is somewhat translucent. So I traced around her with the lightbox and my blue sketcher pencil. I did a rough layout sketch of what I wanted the background to look like, then laid the girl over it so I knew what to draw where.

Once everything I was dry, I busted out the trusty dollar store glue stick to put it all together. I like the contrast between the hard lines and shading of the foreground and the softer, less focused background. It works really nicely together, I think.


I got some sun printing paper for Christmas that I’ve been itching to get around to trying out. Having just finished a giant project I’ve been working on for over a year, I decided today would be a good day to try it.

I had the idea to do some Spirograph designs and some letters. I had more of the spirographs at the beginning, but quickly ditched them when I realized just how many tiny holes I would have to cut out. As you can see, I left quite a few of them uncut in the pieces I did keep.

Some of the things must’ve blown off the paper part of the way through (I found the whole thing upside down when I remembered about it thirty minutes later), but I like how there are the different colors. I think I might use that idea in my next one. I call this one “Alphabet Soup”.

Origami Flight- Illustration Friday

This week’s topic of “origami” made me think of what must’ve been thousands of little paper cranes we used to make in our free time in high school (i.e. When we were bored out of our minds in class). So I thought I’d let one take flight, with some vaguely origami clouds around it.

This week I chose to do watercolor on my smooth Bristol ATC with my usual Pigma Micron liner pen (size 005).

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How Trendy of Me

I am definitely in love with the fact that the 90s are back, fashion-wise. I went to the mall a few times while I was on “vacation” last week and Forever21 felt like home with the color scheme and styles that are being displayed prominently right now. I was wandering through going, “Ooh, I used to have that in elementary school.” I was also frequently saying, “Why are they selling flannel for $20 in the middle of an LA August?” but that was more to do with the 100+ degree temperatures outside the building.

Anyway, every store I went to had major throwback appeal. And, most importantly, it all go me majorly re-interested in chokers. I have a ton somewhere in a jewelry box, but I wanted to wear one right then. And, running out of money quickly for the week, I decided to make one. Right before I went to the mall (again).

It was easy to do, and I decided to add a little wire heart, too:

In fact, it was so quick and easy that I decided to make 8 more:

You can find them in my Etsy shop, only $5 each.

I definitely like the 90s style best. Maybe I’m just stuck in my elementary school style, but I think it’s a lot of fun. Definitely going to do more like it, I think. Anyone else really excited about 90s fashion coming back?

Tiny Bug – Illustration Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Illustration Friday. When I saw the word for this week was “tiny,” I immediately thought of this little ladybug on a leaf.

Marker, colored pencil, and Micron pen on smooth bristol ATC.

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P.S. – I’m back, and planning to switch to a Monday/Wednesday schedule. Illustration Friday posts on Mondays, whatever else on Wednesdays.