Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Birds in Color

Here are the colored pencil versions of the two sketches I posted yesterday. The birds are more brilliantly colored in real life--Crayola colored pencils (the only ones on hand) can only do so much :). Still, you get the idea.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Blueberry and Kiwi

Over the weekend we visited relatives in Pennsylvania who have 3 birds. I sketched two of them, Blueberry and Kiwi, in pen and ink. Couldn't resist adding color (they're gorgeous birds!), so we made copies of the original sketches and I used colored pencils to liven them up (I may post those another time). They were great models, despite their rather lively personalities. I'm also planning to experiment with some Photoshop color/patterns/effects on the sketches. So...you'll probably be seeing another version or two of these cute birds. (Kiwi once bit me, but we're now on "speaking" terms again. And I keep my distance...)
PS: Robin, thanks for your encouragement!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


This is my latest Zentangle effort. I'm calling it "Growth III." (I vaguely remember doing earlier drawings called Growth I and II.)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Basic Black and White

"Someone Is Watching"

"Happy Hearts"


"Big Top"

Since taking a couple of Zentangle classes recently, I've been doing more drawings in that style. Although I love adding color to them (by hand or in PSE), I'm appreciating them more these days in their traditional black and white--crisp, high-contrast, dramatic. Here are a few of my recent attempts.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sidewalk to the Future

I did this zentangle-style drawing last weekend (black on white) while sitting on our deck with Nelson. I asked him to come up with the name, which he did. I then used the "invert" function in PSE to make it white on black. Cool!

NOTE: The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Outer Banks Seahorse

Not a real one, of course, but one that I drew using a nature photo for reference. I used Pitt pens for the color.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


This is a "zen"-style drawing with a few Photoshop effects added.