I have so many lizard sketches and paintings, but when my adorable neighbor stopped by and wanted me to draw her, I thought this could pass as a submission for PONYTAIL. She is a terrific model–she painted while I painted. Far better than drawing someone watching tv. Her expressions were engaged in what she was doing, while tv watchers always come across as zombies.
My son asked if we could draw before he started his homework. I said sure. Of course! So we decided to do something for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is ENERGY. This little creature has just had the first sip of her coffee in the morning… Something I can relate to.
Here is a quick watercolor for my version of URBAN. I had sketched out some funnier cartoons, but I decided on something simpler. I have seen folks hang out frm their apartment windows in the North End in Boston, in urban areas in Italian cities, and from time to time, in New York city. Although I don’t smoke, I stare out the window sometimes myself.
Totally silly. I apologize to any Goth fans out there.
This is a very quick scribble I did before going on a sketch crawl with a friend of mine. It was the first idea that popped into my mind, but I couldn’t resist. If I have time to do another one, I will dig deeper. But sometimes a happy cat stretching in a sun spot is enough.
Although I’m on vacation in a house with two adorable cats and a dog, I wanted to draw something less obvious – like a camel or a catfish. I saw photos of camels that were cute, but the catish whiskers were longer and more dramatic. The pencil I was using didn’t get dark enough, but it’s the best I could do away from my usual art supplies.
This week’s word for Illustration Friday is “Intention.” With a few other projects on my plate, I wasn’t able to dedicate much time to this piece. But I still love this little hopeful elephant, intent on enjoying the new iPad, oblivious to the difficulty which will arise when he tries to use it with his wide feet.
This is my second contribution for Illustration Friday. The word this week is “capable.” The idea of a little girl in charge of something or someone appealed to me. I thought of a little girl getting a line of dogs to sit and behave, or a giant horse listening to her commands. But then I thought of a little girl taking care of her pet dog. So here a little girl tends to the imaginary boo-boo’s of the family pet, confident that her care will help. Although humorous, I am illustrating that we become capable through practice.
An issue I’d love feedback on with this illustration is the race of the little girl. While I have painted many different ages and races in a life painting class, simplifying features in an illustration seems tricky. I want to draw as many different characters as I see around me in New York city. But I also want to be careful that they are not caricatures of a race, and retain dignity. Preferably, I’d like viewers to not even really notice the race difference of the characters I am painting, as that would mean they look natural in their setting.