Thursday, May 30, 2013

Introducing my SKETCHBOOK


I started writing two stories (chapter book) base on my little characters that I call  Knotties, a play on word with "naughty", which they can be.  Neither stories are completed, but summer is coming, and I   intend to at least finish the first draft to the story of Emma, Queen of Knots , and of course, I'm looking forward to illustrate each chapters.
 In this Sketchbook section I have included some of my Knotties illustration ideas.

Emma LeBrie, the eldest sibling

Jack LeBrie brother to Emma and Mickey

mickey LeBrie, the youngest sibling.

This last picture gives an idea of the scale of the knotties.
Knotties are pint-size children invisible to humans and animals. Only animals with their keen sens of hearing are aware and are fond of their presence.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Color Comps #3

The Magic Box  is an on-line class that I sighed up for though Oatley Academy

Homework Assignment # 1: Color Comp, #3

Hello everyone, 
With this illustration, I wanted to work on a larger format with less details.  Event though my pictures depict a nighttime scene,  I wanted to use strong contrasts. 

I'm also learning to use brushes (about one or two here), while letting some of the line drawing show through.  I added about 35% noise to finish the picture.

Please let me know what your think.  Any suggestions on brushes would also be most welcome.

sleeping boy

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Four Color Composition

The Magic Box  is an on-line class that I sighed up for though Oatley Academy

Homework Assignment # 1: Color Comp,  second try

The more I work with this illustration, the more I learn.
The top left illustration was my first try at color composition.
The bottom right is my second try.  I wanted my subject to become more of a silhouette, and for the bow to be an anchor to the composition, but in the attempt of darkening the figure, the clothing became flat.  I also spend  more time in painting the rocks and chose to leave the hands alone because they were so small; probably a mistake, I should have had dealt with them during the drawing stage.  I Also I wish that I had being more careful to  keep the depth of the cave, while using the orange layer
There are very little differences between the bottom two pictures, On, bottom right one, the sun almost pierces through the mist, the rocks are not as highlighted, and the blanket has less blue at the tip.
I'm definitely learning new skills, and the importance of being patient.
What I do like about the two bottom illustrations is that the face is framed by the two triangular shapes of the bow and the rock.
My favorite is probably the bottom right one.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Atmospheric Light

The Magic Box  is an on-line class that I sighed up for though Oatley Academy

Homework Assignment # 1: Color Comp

Hi everyone, this is my first assignment and it was a great learning experience for me. In fact, I believe that I will make a few more of these exercise for the rest of the month to get the hang of it, as I especially need to learn to work with the brushes, well, everything really.

The Call

In these two inspiration images, I was drawn to the cool and warm colors, especially as the light of the sunset bounced inside the interior wall and furniture.

Here I was drawn to the defused glow, and even though  it was taken during sunset, it actually reminds me of   sunrise.
My subject

adding a background
I chose a teal for my background layer, because I knew that I wanted to illustrate a cold day, while still adding an opposite warm color such as orange.

My first try...

reworked my first layer adding textures to clothing and rock and painted the face.
I added this layer to the first color comp as multiply in the blending mode (25%)

The final illustration.  I think that I can live with this one, I like the edges and the contrast better, and it still have defused lights.


Friday, May 10, 2013

House of Straw

This week's word is Future

House of Straw
The future is largely what we make of it.
When planing ahead, I'm always reminded to first set my priorities straight.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


My Daily Fix


Just a  fun picture.  I guess I was going for the black embellishment as a repetitive element .

Monday, May 6, 2013


My Daily Fix
Remembering Einstein

Single hand
Fingers together

My father was a bird lover, and surrounded himself with bird throughout his life.  He also instilled in me a love for birds. 
This is the time of year when I used to find many young birds blown out of their nest, and while my children were young, we used to rescued them, before the cat got to them.
Einstein was such a bird.  We called him Einstein because of a halo of fine down that covered his head when we first found him.

Sunday, May 5, 2013


This week's word is TRIBUTE

Tribute to the Maker
I made two more version of this illustration where each time the drawing of the bird became tighter and tighter and the colors more controlled.  The focus became more about his plumage  and less about his gift of song as a tribute to God.
As a result I decided to keep this looser rendering with his accentuate  beak, and tight grip to the branch, and let him be.

 (This is an add-on to my earlier post, as I felt that I needed to include the other drawing since I had mention them above)

Second drawing

Third drawing
Tribute to the Maker #2
Tribute to the Maker  #3

Tribute to the Maker  #4

Saturday, May 4, 2013


My Daily Fix
The main reason for this drawing was to draw a face from a lower perceptive, meaning looking up.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Chicken Little

My Daily Fix

I need to draw as much as I need my caffeine, in fact, I find drawing so therapeutic that it has become my daily fix.  The drawings don't necessarily have to be good or polished, just as long as they are fun to make.
Here my daily fix for the day.

Chicken Little

I love playing with different apps,  and though some are weaker then others, I still find use for them by switching back and forth and experimenting and see what comes out.  

I drew this little chick yesterday, using my favorite app: ASKetch ,  and colored it with Sketch Guru .  This morning I transferred it yet an other app, this time, Brushes, and had fun with it.