Long beaked Cardinal

Another Imaginary Creature pulled out from the page. I drew the beak long and almost erased it, but left it because it isn’t supposed to be representational anyway.

There’s a lot of angles to this guy. He uses them to hide in oak and elm trees.

I also included what the page looked like before I painted him so you can see where I got the idea for him.

Georgie is about to have a bad day

I have a few “prepped” homemade sketchbooks with patterned backgrounds that I use for characters. Sort of like a staged background. Today I used the background to randomly “find” a character.

This guy almost jumped off the page. But then he looks very terrier-ish so that would be normal for a terrier.

Georgie is a happy guy. Everyone loves him except……

The Cat Bully….

Bunnies are back

I am working on my spring sketchbook again after a little hiatus. Yeah I know, it’s high summer. As I am typing this, a shelf cloud crawls across the sky covering us with a thunderstorm blanket. The palms look like tall thin ladies with their hair blowing behind them. Two sandhill cranes walked by my window with two fuzzy babies. I ran out to take their photo before they are gone. They don’t seem to mind the rain.

Back to the bunnies….These bunnies came from random blobs in my morning pages. I don’t always see bunnies in the blobs but I have a bunch that I can use to finish the sketchbook…though a stray bird or other animal may pop in.

Snowball spotted a juicy patch of dandelions from her favorite tanning rock, but Sandy the fox has her burrow over there. Decisions decisions.

The last is actually the first…

Today is my final 50 Friendly Faces post. I started this challenge the second day and got caught up doing the other days that I didn’t fo backwards to do Day 1 until last week.

50 Friendly Days Day 1 – “Famous face”

Quite frankly, this prompt held me up. What face should I choose? It was the choice that delayed the sketch so long but in the end, I chose an actor who was a Hollywood Legend.

I remember watching his movies on TV with my mom. He was a pretty big deal. My Uncle Joe always resembled him, and still does. Maybe a distant relative.

This legend had some issues in his personal life, which is sad. Hollywood wasn’t gold behind the scenes, especially then. It was dirty and tarnished but the movies they made were stuff of legends, including this fellow, who was a favorite of mine, for all his flaws. I liked him because he made me laugh with his dry wit.

I’ll let you guess. We’ll see how well I did….

Reference Photo used was from an issue of Motion Picture magazine.

This is sketch is in a personal sketchbook for personal use.

Friendly Faces -Day 50

This is the last official day of the 50 Friendly Faces Challenge. (I have two days that I missed that I will be posting the next two days)

The challenge was intended for illustrators to have some “people” in various expressions for their portfolio but for me it was much more. I wanted to experiment more with traditional gouache. I wanted to fill up another themed sketchbook. (I have a goal of six for the year and this is the third one I filled up.) And, I wanted reference sketches for expressions for my portfolio, as well. This was a 5×5 square sketchbook so I was also working in a restricted space and I had to adapt to that space.

This sketchbook and the sketches in it will be something that I can refer back to as fodder or a guide. None if these were touched up digitally and I guess the next step could be to tweak these with software.

In the meantime, the last prompt is wavy and I winged this character, just playing with color and seeing who this person could be and this was the most fun part of the 50 days. The ones I made up. She could be a faerie or elf.

Friendly Faces Day 47

Gettin’ down to the last few of the 50 friendly faces plus two days that I missed that I will be posting in between.

Today’s prompt is “diamond.” I painted a diamond on the page first and then built out my character from the diamond shape, which is a lot of fun!