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Funny Face

I wanted an interesting face to draw/paint, so I Googled “funny face”, and I was drawn to a certain black and white photo of a man contorting his face just so.  I thought, “That’ll do”, broke out a piece of ACEO and a brush pen, and went at it.  Of course black and white won’t do, so I added a touch of color.  Here he is:

Brush pen and watercolor on ACEO

Brush pen and watercolor on ACEO

Murray

Here’s another mini-portrait on the back of a business card (my niche).  It was modeled after a photo of Bill Murray from the web (photo credit to Ben Margo – AP).  The business card, being so narrow, makes me tend to elongate heads.  So, it ends up not looking a heckuva lot like Bill Murray (sorry, dude).  Here are the process shots…

Began with a light sketch

Began with a light sketch

Inked in with Pentel brushpens

Inked in with Pentel brushpens

Finished off with watercolor

Finished off with watercolor

Tommy

Another miniature portrait on the back of a business card.  This time, during lunch at work.  Good thing I can shut my door.  It’s my Uncle Tommy.

"Tommy", watercolor and Kuretake #8 brush pen on the back of a business card

“Tommy”, watercolor and Kuretake #8 brush pen on the back of a business card

Why So Blue?

Right after dinner is a good time to doodle, if I’m gonna do it at all.  Before that, I’m usually doing the dishes, then cooking dinner.  Usually, I’ll have right at 45 minutes, to an hour after dinner and before giving the boys a bath, and if I’m quick, I can get a bit in – usually in the sketchbook.  This night was no different.

I got out the Speedball India ink and the dip pen & nibs, and used my daughter as a facial model to sketch out the face.  I used a small brush to paint in some of the thicker lines, and to fill in a bit.  After that, just went crazy with the color.  I like painting like this.  No care for color choice, other than BOLD.  Things flow so much more freely when I don’t seem to care about the outcome.  There’s a lesson somewhere in there, I think.

India ink and watercolor in the Moleskine sketchbook

India ink and watercolor in the Moleskine sketchbook

New Artist Pens

I don’t have much to show lately. We’re expecting twin girls in August, so it’s been a bit busy around the house. And at work? Forget it! I’ve been limited to the sketchbook, and even then, not so much. But I wanted to say “hey” and let you know I’m still alive. 🙂

I follow Urban Sketchers, and in their “Art Supplies We Like” I found a set of pens I thought I’d try out: Faber-Castell PITT artist pens

After the purchase, I had a go with ’em. Here’s what happened:

Faber-Castell PITT pens and watercolor in my Moleskine sketchbook

Faber-Castell PITT pens and watercolor in my Moleskine sketchbook

The 2 characters in the upper right-hand corner are some Skylanders dudes my boys wanted me to draw. Fun!

Rick

Been a while, eh?  Very busy, that’s all.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on another miniature portrait of a coworker on the back of one of my old business cards.  I have an entire studio in my basement, but never, EVER, get down there, and this little cards are perfect for watercolor.  Portable, too, which is great for carrying around in my backpack with the Koi watercolor set and my waterbrush pens.  Just great for creating-on-the-go.

So… here’s Rick.  I think I’m gonna give this one to him.  Can’t quite get the nerve up to hand out the others.

Rick - watercolor on the back of a business card

Rick – watercolor on the back of a business card

Some Abstract Fun

My boys love to paint, too.  Our youngest, Owen, asked if he could paint earlier this week, so I took out some ACEO watercolor paper and the Koi pocket field sketch box, and he went to work.  I added some black brush pen to it, and here’s what we created…

Owen Abstract - Watercolor & brush pen on ACEO

Owen Abstract – Watercolor & brush pen on ACEO

Pretty dagum cool, don’tcha think?