2022 Nebraska State Fair

I am usually out of town when the when the Nebraska State Fair rolls around. This year I made it back into town just in time for its very last day. The Nebraska State Fair isn’t just about the carnival rides, its mainly about 4H and FFA. There is livestock, food, crafts, woodworking, quilt and many more competitions. There are food vendors and other vendors displaying their merchandise, entertainers, and concerts. Here are some pictures from the fair:

Five Small Drawings

Sakura came out with new color pens, so I decided I had to test them. Below are a few of the small drawing I created recently using the new colors and some of the old colors. This is the first time ever I tried to draw a peacock, cottage, and gazebo.

Large Mandala 13

I wanted to create something very colorful. I wanted it to feature the five-petal flowers I drew when I was younger. It was drawn on a 16″x20″ black art board using Sakura Moonlight pens. I used every color in the set plus their white pens.

Detail view

Ink Drawings

As a gift, I received a set of Calligraphy Ink with Glass pens. I could have used them in calligraphy, but instead I decided to see how well they did with drawing. Below is a picture of one of the sets I received.

The first thing I did with the ink was to determine the exact color. I did this putting all the colors on a sample sheet. I’ve learned opening a bottle is messy. It contains a little stopper and while removing it you will get ink all over your hands. My solution was to open the bottles using rubber gloves and a baby wipe. Below are my drawings. I wanted to use every color on both drawings.

January’s Tiles

For January, I drew on two tiles per day. One tile was white and one tile black. Some were nice, some were not so nice. Below are the better tiles. I used Studio Series Artist’s Tiles, Micron pen on white, and Sakura pens on black. Shading with a pencil made some of the tiles beautiful.

October’s Drawings and Beyond

In 2009 a trend called Inktober was envisioned. I don’t participate in Inktober, but I do try draw a tangle a day during the month and I like drawing on 16″x20″ art board. Below is my tangle drawing using a black art board and Sakura Gel Pens.

I also wanted to use my Copic Markers, so I created a list for 31 Days of Color. I randomly selected 31 colors from my Copic Markers and created a drawing with 61 sections on a 16″x20″ art board. Here is this list of colors I used.

  1. RV29
  2. BG15
  3. RY00
  4. RV04
  5. W1
  6. B26
  7. G07
  8. BV08
  9. R37
  10. YR23
  1. V04
  2. B29
  3. YG13
  4. B23
  5. Y21
  6. R08
  7. Y02
  8. G16
  9. RV09
  10. BG18
  1. Y06
  2. G17
  3. B05
  4. V06
  5. B32
  6. YR09
  7. B39
  8. R27
  9. C3
  10. Y13
  11. E09 – Border

My drawing for 31 Days of Color resembled a stained-glass window.

31 Days of Color

This inspired me to create another stained-glass window drawing. I used my Copic Markers and a 16″x20″ art board. The big question I had before I started coloring was “where is the light source coming from?” I decided it was coming from the outside, behind the stained-glass. Therefore, the inside had to be dark. I didn’t want to make it black inside, below is the result.

Christmas Tree with Flowers

Merry Christmas! To celebrate I created a Christmas Tree with Flowers that is available for coloring. You may download the coloring page from this link Coloring Pages.

After the coloring page was completed. I decided it would be fun to recreate the tree in Tinkercad as a 3d Design. You may view, copy, change the 3D Design by using this link Christmas Tree with Flowers. If you have any question, please leave them in the comments.

Made with Tinkercad
Up close view of Christmas Tree with Flowers

Flower in Boxes Coloring Page

Its finally here! 18 months later and I have added a new drawing to my Coloring Page . It is available for anyone to download and color. It was so much fun to create and color this drawing. I think I will need to create more drawings. I already have an idea for the next one. This drawing was created and colored using Corel Draw.

Here are a few examples how I colored the drawing. Be creative, color them to you desires. Mostly, have fun.