Category: Hand Lettering

So I took a class…..

digital, Hand Lettering February 18, 2020

I took a class to learn how to build up my portfolio for editorial work. It was a good class. I stepped out of my comfort zone and did the class projects on Procreate. I prefer to use the good old fashioned way to create art but wanted to see what I could do with digital media. Sometimes it is just easier to use digital because I only need to take my iPad with me as it allows me to travel light.

The subject matter presented to the class were articles about how bad cows (beef) are for the planet and how going vegan and planting trees could reverse some effects of climate change. Seems logical to me that growing more plants, planting more trees, especially food producing trees just make more sense, right? And in light of the current virus running rampant in China, it just seems to make more sense to avoid animal protein, wash your produce carefully and eat better.

Eating sustainably isn’t easy. It’s a tough choice. Especially since so many foods and recipes have something from an animal in them. When coming up with my idea I thought about the different species on the planet that would benefit from choices that I make. You see things in the news about animals like polar bears and koalas and you think to yourself “do I really want to be responsible for killing the planet and these beautiful creatures?”

Changing diet is just one change of many that need to be done. Buying green vehicles, living in a smaller footprint like tiny homes and even a home vegetable garden are just small ways of making a big change.

I don’t know but all I can do is my small part.

Feeling a bit crabby

Carla Sonheim's 365 class, Colored pencil, Hand Lettering, Pen & ink, Sketches, Tombow May 2, 2018

A few years ago I took a year long class with Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple, called Year of the Spark. One of the assignments was automatic writing in little booklets that we made just for the purpose of writing in them. I have done a bunch of them and occasionally I use them as fodder for projects such as the one below….

I had to take 8 pages of writing and boil it down into what I have written on the little poster below. One of my favorite beach creatures are the ghost crabs and I have been wanting to do projects to include them. I hope you enjoy my little crab project.

Remember, leave beach creatures on the beach!

Kangaroo/gift

30 Day 30 Pages, Carla Sonheim's 365 class, Hand Lettering, Pen & ink, Tombow March 21, 2018

I signed up for Carla Sonheim’s 365 workshop for 2018. Everyday there is something in your email. A lesson, a prompt, a quote, sometimes an interview with a variety of artists (visual, musicians, literary). I have found that the random pick (two words picked out of a hat) are great for filling that sketch box in my morning pages.

Today the random pick was “kangaroo” and “gift.” Too bad snowboarder wasn’t in that bag instead of “gift.”😂

Today’s prompt also helped me do my #30pages30days prompt, too!

Horses and yesterday’s Inktober Sketch

Colored pencil, Hand Lettering, Maps, Pen & ink, Sketches, Watercolor October 2, 2017

I spent over a week researching and working on this map that I did as a very belated Sketchbook Skool Assignment.  I was away when the class was “in session” and I mulled over ideas and nothing really inspired me until I saw they were requesting maps for Asia.  Then I had to mull that one over and almost passed that assignment over when I thought of horses.   So I did some research on horse breeds that originated in Asia and came up with this map.


I do have a scanned version so if you are interested in a print, please contact me.

Also, I did this yesterday as my husband was driving us to South Jersey to help my son.  This was my Inktober Day 1 sketch.  I posted it in Sktchy and on my sketch club’s Facebook page yesterday but never got a chance to post it on Social Media…

Making a statement with a sketch

Colored pencil, Hand Lettering, Pen & ink, Watercolor April 13, 2017

Today’s sktchy prompt was Art Activism.

I went to the local aquarium today….I saw some creatures that I know are struggling against human greed and indifference. I took a photo of a snow monkey and used him for my #sktchy30 #day13.

In the sketch, I used the poem “all things bright and beautiful” and added my own stanza to take the place of those that followed …. 

…with Bayer and Monsanto’s evil ways,  when the many tomorrows come, will there be a place for the antelopes to play, or will we have lost our home?

I got to the bottom and it was a little tight writing on the page so the pen burped and I had to try to correct the misfires….