My goal for the year is to finish all the projects that I have started. This project I started in October. I was doing the my version of Inktober by drawing daily in my sketch pad during October. I drew the outline for this design and then I had to make a large drawing. This drawing was done on 16″x20″ art board using Sharpies, Faber Castell pens, and Sakura Metallic Pens. After the initial drawing and coloring, I know it needed something more. Months later, I settle on the “more” I wanted to add. It is based off Zentangle’s Crescent and variation of Paradox.
My Christmas Cards are mailed. Enough time has passed that most of the cards should have reached their destinations. Now, I can share the cards on my blog.
This year I drew ornaments on 3.5″ square tiles. I selected the high quality tiles, because I wanted to color on the tiles. I keep the color to a minimum because I wanted the ornaments to look delicate like glass Christmas ornaments. Below are a few of the tiles. All of the tiles are located on Drawing page.
I designed the card in CorelDraw. I converted the picture below to an outline drawing to use as a background on the card.
I created an area on the card to put the tile. I have been placing the same symbol with my name on all the back of all my cards since 2004.
The folded card measures 5.25″ square. I embossed several stems on the front of the card, and attached the tiles to the cards with photo corners. I wanted the recipient to be able to remove the tile without damaging the tile. Below is one of the finished cards.
It took me about 10 weeks, but I filled up another sketchbook. Most of the drawings in the sketchbook are mandalas. Here are a couple of drawings that were not mandala, and several of the mandalas I really liked.
On September 1, 2018, I accepted the 100 Mandalas in 100 Day Challenge. On Day 57 of the Challenge, I have made 100 Mandalas. Kathryn Costa’s book “The Mandala Guidebook“ challenged the readers to create 100 Mandalas in 100 Days.
Below are some of the mandala that I like the best from 081 to 101. All of the drawing for this challenge are posted on the 100 Mandala Challenge page.
Mandala 100 was done on 9″ x 12″ Bristol Board using Faber Castell Pitt pens, Chameleon Markers, and Sakura metallic gel pens.
I made it to Day 45 of the 100 Mandala Challenge. Kathryn Costa’s book “The Mandala Guidebook“ challenged the readers to create 100 Mandalas in 100 Days. I posted the first five, the next five, the next 10, the next 20, and now the next forty. Do you see a pattern?
Below are some of the mandala that I like the best from 041 to 080. All of the drawing for this challenge are posted on the 100 Mandala Challenge page.
I like neon colors. The pinks, the yellows, the oranges – how they look vibrant on the paper. Below are some of my latest drawing where I experimented with neon colors, and black and white pens to create drawings and their backgrounds.
The Windmill effect is one of the better ones. Done with Neon Sharpies and Sakura gel pens.
The first background I did with Neon Sharpies and Sakura Gel Pens. The white gel pens did not show as much as I would have liked, but I wanted to keep the lines simple.
Stadler Fine point neon markers were used for this drawing.
Busy with stars!
Cheap neon color pencils and Stadler Fine point neon markers were used to color the circles.
Flowers and more flower. Neon Sharpies and Faber Castell Pitt pens were used. I probably should have used a thicker point pen.
And finally the best for last. This drawing was done on Bristol Board using Faber Castell Pitt Pens and Neon Sharpie Markers.
I try to create two drawings a day; one drawing on 3.5″ tiles (usually a Studio Series Artist Tiles) and one drawing in my sketchbook. The purpose is to practice drawing something everyday, so I can move to more complicated pieces; people, building, landscapes, etc. The drawings below are not complicated, but a quick sketchbook drawing inspired other drawings.
This is the drawing done in my sketchbook. It provided the idea to create a colorful drawing on the 3.5 inch tile. Maybe I should turn this into something bigger and colorful.
This little drawing was done using Sakura Metallic Gel pens and Faber Castell Pitt Pens. It just twirls around the page.
After the little drawing was completed, the idea for the larger drawing began to form. Yes, I created a grid with lines and circles in pencils to keep the drawing uniformed. The outlines of the tear drops were done with a Faber Castell Pitt pen and colored with Neon Sharpie Markers on Bristol Board. The was drawing vibrant, but plain, until the detail was added.
You never know what you hang on a wall will inspire someone. Usually, it is a sign with words on it. For me it was a wall with balls sculptures, made out of circles, hanging on it. This inspired me…
… to create this.
Well, pretty is in the eye of the beholder. Below are some of my more recent drawings that I think are pretty.
Oh my! The last post I did for my daily drawings was on September 8. In case you missed them, below are some of the better drawings (in my opinion.)
The other daily drawings are posted on the Drawings page.