Monday, October 14, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Ravens

Late Sketchy Sunday (I had family over this weekend. I can never get ANYTHING done with family around.) Have a bunch of ravens! From the same batch as these other raptors, all sketched at a raptor rescue center...

And now the question of the day: Why is a raven like a writing desk? (Ponder that as you drag through Monday and everything else will seem simple.)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Turkey Vultures

More raptor sketches from the same batch as these guys... Turkey vultures! These guys are reeeeeeally weird looking. They have these big holes in their heads, I'm not sure what they're for - the better to smell you with, I guess?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Falcon and Goshawk

Quick (late) update... More raptor sketches from the same batch as last week, this time a bunch of tiny doodles of a northern goshawk and a peregrine falcon. (Sketched at a raptor rescue center quite a while ago.) Personally I think falcons are among the coolest birds ever.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Whatever Wednesday: Canadian Geese

Seeing as it's going on Autumn and the geese are about to be passing through, how about some goose sketches? Done in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and park, as usual (there's always at least a couple of geese who hang out in the park year-round.)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Golden Eagle

Delayed Sunday post due to IlluXCon... I almost missed it this year due to lack of planning, missed the bus on Saturday, but managed to get there just in time on the last day (Sunday.) I blasted through on a whirlwind tour, bought way too many books and prints, chatted with a bunch of Really Cool Artists, including Donato Giancola, Michael Whelan, Julie Bell, Roger Dean, Mark Zug - who needs to make an art book dammit, Tom Kidd, Kinuko Craft, lots of other amazing people too numerous to mention, including some homies who I'd never met in person, so that was fun... I was running around on no food and an incipient migraine, though, so I was probably pretty dazed and incoherent. I'm not even sure what I said to Roger Dean, I was fangirl-spazzing and talking too quietly as usual and he was hard-of-hearing, so it was a strange conversation. But still, OMG Roger Dean!

One thing I noticed was that a lot of people paint super-smooth, with thin paint, and get some sweet results. Now I'm wondering if maybe I should try painting smoother. Except I like straight-out-of-the-tube paint and paintings that look like paint, too. So I'm torn. Maybe I should try it just to see how it goes…

Awesome show overall. I wish I'd had a chance to catch some of the talks and other events, though. (I also wish I'd brought a portfolio along - some people asked what I do, and of course when you try to describe that it involves a lot of hand-waving and sounds silly.) Next year I want to try maybe doing the full five days. Definitely needed more time.

Aaaaanyway. Yes. Blog. Delayed Sketchy Sunday post featuring some oldie-but-goody sketches of golden eagles, from a raptor rescue center (from the same batch as these guys here.)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Restarting With More Doggies

I'm back. The big deadlines and heat waves of Summer are cleared away, so I guess I'll try reviving this blog... Of course there are now Autumn deadlines to contend with (and, apparently, another heat wave, what the hell?) so I think I'll try for twice-a-week updates for now to keep it manageable. Sundays and Wednesdays, approximately. Let's kick it off with more dog doodles, shall we? I've got a ton of those, accumulated over many Summer days of hanging out in the park. See cute doggie, sketch cute doggie, that's me!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: More Doggies!

Pff, I keep taking work out to the park thinking I'll get some sun and be productive at the same time, and then I end up sketching cute doggies instead... It must be Summer. (Sooooo many cute doggies in my park, though.) (I hope you all like dogs because I'm rapidly accumulating dog sketches...)
Dogs in the Park

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Golden Queen

Whoops, almost forgot, I meant to post this here, too...

BEHOLD. Her Majesty in Solid Gold! Just a little something to mark the fifty page point of The Wayward Queen… What better way to do so than with a solid gold statue of the Queen! Complete with tourists. And Seagulls. And gold filigree on every available surface, because you can never have enough gold filigree.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Doggies!

Tis the season to sketch dogs in the park again... So, here's an assortment of random doggies!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sketchy Sunday - iPhone Critters

So, this Saturday it was raining, so I thought I'd go to the Brooklyn Museum and check out the Sargent watercolors (excellent exhibit, by the way - check it out if you're in the area! Several rooms of watercolors that make you say "how does he DO that!?") Anyway, afterwards it had stopped raining, and was rather balmy out, so I thought I'd walk through the park. Since it was a museum day, I had no sketching gear with me. So OF COURSE all the critters were out in full force. There was a night heron posing and catching fish right under a footbridge, and a raccoon crossed the sidewalk right in front of me and then paused halfway up a tree to stare - AND ME WITH NO SKETCHBOOK, ARGH!!

So I attempted to sketch on my phone. These are the results. I have to say phone-sketching is one of the most painfully slow and awkward mediums I have ever attempted, so I don't think this will become a regular thing. But hey, whatever works.

(I really need to find a tiny sketchbook to keep in my purse for these occasions, sheesh.)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Sharp-shinned hawk and red-shouldered hawk

More hawk sketches, from the same batch as these guys. This batch includes a sharp-shinned hawk and a red-shouldered hawk (the red-shouldered hawk is the one with the long gangly legs.) Sketched at a raptor center a while ago...

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spring is Sprung!

Spring is sprung with a vengeance! Sure, it started with a few sporadic daffodils and whatnot, no big deal, and then WHAM! all the magnolias and cherry blossoms at once in the past couple of weeks. This always happens. And I never get to sketch and photograph all the stuff I want to because it's gone before you can even blink. I've been catching some of it, though.

So this is what's happening all over the place now (click the photos to see them at a decent size...):