B is for Bear. I’ve decided to start an animal alphabet.
A is for Armadillo. The only attractive thing about this animal is the pattern on its armour. Without getting too fussy and detailed I used a white crayon to make some marks that resemble the pattern and then watercolored over that. It sort of worked. It’s very hard to see the white crayon on the white paper.
Already bending the rules a little, this is a watercolor sketch done near the end of June – but posted in July!
One of the main goals of watercolor month is to raise awareness of the need for art education and supplies for students through the Dreaming Zebra Foundation. I’ve put this link in my sidebar so you can check that out too.
HAVE A MOKIE CHRISTMAS!!!
This is a walnut ink drawing/painting of my friends antique buddha called “The Scholar” – also an appropriate submission for the “Illustration Friday” topic of “old”. He’s a wooden carving and as I understand it they were found in Buddhist Temples. The walnut ink is fun to draw and paint with. It’s also easy to wash out areas that you might want to change. Definitely will be doing more with the walnut ink. 🙂
I was looking for a piece of paper a couple of days ago and found this charcoal drawing tucked into the pad. It was done as an exercise, following the contest guidelines for a contest that I didn’t enter. It’s fairly large for this type of thing and would make a good double page spread. The idea was to illustrate a part of “The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, that hadn’t been done before – in black and white. This is from a section of the book that talks about the boy, Jody, his father and dog watching twin bear cubs playing in the trees. I’m very familiar with these tall and skinny pine trees in Florida, so I thought I could capture the scene.
The Mokie Chronicles No. 18 – Discovery is in response to Susanna Leonard Hill’s 2nd annual pretty much world famous illustrators contest [Deadline Today!]:
Of course, Mokie came to mind (when doesn’t she). 🙂
So, without further adieu, Here is Mokienaught!!!!
Is she chasing the rabbit on the moon? or maybe looking for Pluto?
Show,don’t tell; is a writers chant. It’s hard to grasp sometimes and I found this post by Andrew Reynolds that I wanted to share that breaks it down better than most that I’ve seen.
He also said that, when giving a critique, he doesn’t just tell the person that they need to show not tell, but he shows them how to do it with an example. That’s the ultimate show don’t tell.
Andrew Reynolds post on Today’s Author:
Of course this makes me feel like I should show you something so here is some hand lettering I’ve been working on: Mokie grafitti
Lately my main activity has been remodeling my blog/website because I’ve been participating in the Blogging 101 class here at WordPress. I’ve done several things that I thought I wouldn’t do – like change my “theme” and make a new header, not to mention the new “about” page. Still working on widgets. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
In the mean time here’s a sketch I did of Mokie on my tablet while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, waiting for my husband. I think it was the SketchPro app. It probably could be made clearer somehow, but she’s kind of fuzzy looking anyway. 🙂