Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We Love Boomerangs

This has gotta be my favorite shape, the dependable non-expendable bendable triangle! I think I'm obsessed with it because it was the Formica design on the countertop in my parent's kitchen when I was growing up, and I spent many happy hours watching my mom prepare meals and treats over that countertop!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Another Day, Another Background

I'm still experimenting with backgrounds, this one has a little more detail. The butterflies seem to go with the flowers on her dress. It has more of a folk art feel to it, with the single-weight line work, almost like threads or embroidery. I would like to re-do this in a more simplified style with varying line weight, but for now, I'll let it rest. I want to go on to another background since the more I do, the more I feel comfortable creating a singular style.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Miss Mod with a background

She looked so lonely with all that white, so here's a background to keep her company.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mod Girl with Mondrian Dress

The sixties were a time of bright colors and artwork on fabric, like this Yves St. Lauren's classic Mondrian-inspired dress. Years ago, I purchased a reproduction of this dress at Target. I wish I still had it. More than that, I wish I still had the figure to wear it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mod Girl with Square Purse

Remember those white Lucite purses that were all the rage? I don't really recall ever owning one but I do see them in vintage stores and they are just so adorable!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mod Girl with Purse

Ya gotta love green and pink! This mod young lady has become a bit more stylized than the previous one.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mod Girl with Hat

I'm still obsessing about my previous 60's project. I had so much fun with it, I wish I could share the end results, but I'm still waiting for the illustrations to post to my client's webiste. In the meantime, I'm doing some additional figures for my portfolio. I began with my trusty 1968 JC Penney's catalog and selected a figure to draw - the model on the far right, in the blue dress advertised for $12.96! I don't know why I picked her, she is not particularly engaging, nor do I find the dress interesting. There was just something about the pose that I wanted to explore. I tried to use my ink pen but was not very successful. So I redrew her head, and redrew additional features, thinking I could patch them together in Photoshop, which I did.

 Before you leave, check out the JC Penney catalog photo again. What the heck is that object in the lower right hand corner? A flying saucer? A slow cooker? And who let that pigeon into the shoot? Are they standing in mud? Quite the photo!

Monday, August 6, 2012

More Field Guide Illustrations

A few more sketches of our fine feathered friends - a cardinal,  a wren, and a finch. I love the sound of wrens in my backyard since they remind me of my grandmother. She used to love wrens and would imitate their noisy chittering songs, making all her grandchildren giggle.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Field Guide Illustrations

 I'm working on a project that has taken a turn in a new direction, so these drawings that I created will no longer be used. That's OK - now I can show them to you! They are rough sketches. I will show you the new and improved versions when the project is completed and posted.

Meet Mr. Owl, Ms. Hummingbird, and Senior Blackbird.