Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bridie's Book

I really love the variety of books that are coming my way this round. Bridie's book is really tiny and really dainty and something about the size and the colors she picked for the cover made me wanted to make stuff that's dainty and tiny. it was really neat to finish working in it really quickly.
Ned has the flu, and he's been sleeping for like 20 hours a day for a couple of days, so I had a lot of drawing times, but my brain wasn't really in it, because it was on all the things that he couldn't take care off.
Somehow, before I even picked a topic, I filled in on my pages, and also, I think I messed up and did one page too many.

This page was for one of the challenge groups me and Steve are in, which I also recommend everyone who wants to draw all the time, but sometimes need a prompt or a nudge. The word of the day was migratory birds.

This was a combination of 2 words from another group, I made a really dumb mistake here (as I said, free time, no brains) The words were fungus and Hearth goddess, which I misread as Heart goddess. I only noticed my mistake after the drawing was almost done.

This is the half page, it was also for the second challenge group. The word of course was Kali.

And in the pocket - yet another challenge, for the first group. The word was "Art Nouveau", which is one of my favorite period in art. But somehow this little horse paper doll came out more Scandinavian style.

Hopefully Ned will be all better and my brain be all back by the next book I get.

Monday, April 3, 2017

In Aya's Book (Feb-2017)

Hi all - starting with the 1st book I had (Aya's) during February.  Didn't realize we had this forum until last week.  I will catch-up...

This space/cat is the 1st full-page I finished. 

I tried be be intentional with my color choice on the facing page  in hopes of tying it all together a bit. 

I then opted to write a repeated phrase ("We all take so much for granted.") extracted from my writing to fill the the negative space around incredible rabbit Aya left for me on the collaborative page.  

Next as an homage to a great sketch Aya did of the legendary Judith Butler which she posted on Instagram, I took a turn trying to do my own.  The prelim sketch was pretty wonderful; the finished project is a bit off - my portrait skills are in need of further honing.  Anyhow, if you don't know Judith's brilliant work on gender theory, do check it out! 

On International Women's Day I did another homage of sorts, to the pop-wonder known as the pussy-hat and to as many creative inspirational women I could think of.  Did I miss one of your favorites?

Lastly, I drew the banner above and added my own text: "You find comfort in measurement." to it as a prompt for Ballookey to finish.  

So happy to join your great project...I look forward to seeing each of your work!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In mary's book

As you can see from the drawings, I was trying to avoid making invoices for jobs we just finished shooting, so there's even more details than usual.
All the texts are from the beautiful poem by Neil Gaiman, Instructions.

Some of those were also challenges on Facebook groups, the dragon on the half page with Steve was for "dragon rider", The wolf's skeleton was for "Bony", The girl on the right was for "Flamenco dancer and cherry blossom" and the one in the middle was for "Fashion". The bloody wolf, at the bottom of the half page was "leader of the pack".

In mary's pocket - I got the oil paint which I never used out of the drawer to make a portrait of my mother in law's dog, Lulu, that just passed away. so I made Mary 3 tiny paintings on wood slices. They are for the last 3 lines of the poem:

And then go home.
Or make a home.
And rest.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Round 5, Month 2, Mary in Bridie Rollins Book

Bride Rollins' 1st half collab
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My collab with Bridie Rollins
this is done with monoprints, cut up and glued into a sketch
2-page spread
coming storm/monoprint with pen and ink
Keith with Cardinal
this is an intaglio transfer print subsequently colored with colored pencil and pen and ink
2-age spread
monoprints with pen and ink
1st half of a collab for Steve Spetseris
Envelope front
envelope back
I also included a small pocket item for Bridie, but forgot to photograph it and have already mailed it.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Look what I just got!

Mary's book!
The art in it is absolutely amazing, and I hope I can do it justice.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Circus in Steve's book

This is how I met Steve:

Because there was no Moleskine Exchange in ages, I joined a few groups on Facebook that gives a weekly, a daily or a bi-weekly creative challenge, and people draw or paint according to specific prompt. Steve was one of my favorite participant in a group called Daily Drawing Challenge, in which a guy post a daily photograph and everyone use that as a reference. I quit that group pretty shortly after, because the lack of diversity in the images was pretty depressing, but me and Steve became Facebook buddies and we both do a lot of those group challenges.

So in Steve's book, all the drawings were results of some challenge or another. Also, just because I have an easier time working with a topic, this one became "Circus"

This one was for an Israeli group called Daily Speed Sketch Israel, The first group I joined probably over a year ago. Each day there are 3 words and participants draw some combination of them. In this case it was Unicycle and Compass. You have to draw in 1 color only, and in half an hour or less. I only did a part of it in half hour and finished it later.

The one on the left was for the same group and the words were Acrobat and Blowfish, on Saturday they actually do allow color! so when I finished it, it had a purple background, but I added the text and diamonds after.
The one on the right was for a different group called Daily Spitpaint, each day they give 4 topics and people choose one and draw it in 30 minutes or less, that's the only limitation. The topic here was "Lion Den".

This is my half page, it was also for Daily Spitpaint, and the topic was "Fat Rat"

And in the pocket - a very small paper doll that I made for yet another group, called Daily Sketching Workout, which have one topic everyday and also it's a group that started by an art book publisher and each week they pick a drawing and someone get a book in the mail! the topic was "Butterfly Wing".

I don't do all the groups challenges everyday, but I try to get at least one everyday, it's a really good way to get me drawing. I highly recommend it!

First pages in my book

It's always so much easier to me to work with a topic, and with this one it was "The White Rabbit".