Monthly Archives: May 2015

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Over the long weekend I had the chance to make attempt number two for my entry into Copic Marker’s Spring Wide plein air competition. This type of art is quite different from my usual style, and I learned a lot.

For this version I decided to leave out the background traffic. I also felt free to pull in the various elements I liked from within my field of vision, rather than making a literal representation of what I saw. I think this represents a big improvement over the first attempt.

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While I don’t expect to become a landscape artist, I found this exercise to be useful and enjoyable, and I am glad to have broken the ice in terms of drawing and coloring in public.

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How Chinese Food is Delivered in Oz

Wizard of Oz Fan Art

How Chinese food is delivered in Oz – Wizard of Oz fan art

This is the result of an amusing thought that crossed my mind.  It was a tossup between Chinese food delivery and OZPS (parcel delivery), but Chinese food containers are a lot more interesting to look at than brown shipping cartons, so I went with the Chinese food.

This was a bit of a quickie, because I knew going in that I didn’t have enough ink to do color it completely smoothly.  But it was a fun idea that I wanted to get on paper right away.  I did not have all of the colors I needed to do this entirely in Copics, but I did have some Blick studio markers in colors pretty close to what I wanted, so I used some of each type in this picture.  That makes this as good a time as any to compare the two.

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Outdoor Coloring – Studio in a Bag

Spring is a beautiful time in Brooklyn.  It is my favorite season for bumming around in a park.  So yesterday I packed up all of my art essentials, and spent the day working on my first attempt for Copic Marker’s plein air competition. It was a beautiful day. It was not a beautiful piece of art! But I learned a lot, and have a long time to try again.

Here’s how I traveled, my studio in a bag:

The clown car

The clown car

It holds all the essentials for a day of coloring at a picnic table

It holds all the essentials for a day of coloring at a picnic table

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Not cookies…

Pens & Markers!

Pens & Markers!

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Something Fun – A Stargate Bubble Wand

stargate fan art bubbles

Stargates are used for lots of important business. Don’t they deserve to have a little fun sometimes? I enjoyed drawing this, and look forward to the challenge of coloring the bubbles. It has also gotten me thinking about the idea of Stargates as playthings. I’m thinking of Stargate yo-yos, hula hoops, basketball rims. This may be the beginning of a series. Or not! We’ll see.

Also, eeeeeeeeeeee-yes! The markers are finally here. Now I can finish up the Crow’s Hoard drawing and the Lollipop Forest drawing. I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t – why am I still typing?

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