Author Archives: Madam Doodle

Jewelry in the Sketchbook

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I’ve been drawing some of my jewelry in my sketchbook lately. The one up above is a necklace I wear all the time, at least once a week. It was fun to color because it has both opaque and translucent gemstones.

I wear the second necklace less often, but often enough to keep it in my frequently-worn box. I thought it would be interesting to color because of the purplish sheen it gives off when light hits it. Plus, this one has a gold-tone chain, so I had a chance to color both gold-tone and silver-tone.

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Both were drawn with pencil, traced with multiliner, pencil erased, then colored with Copic marker.

I’m happier with the first than the second.

I hope to fit a couple more pieces of jewelry on this page!

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Free Coloring Page – Festive Fanoos

I’m pleased to offer this free coloring page for your enjoyment.  This is my interpretation of a fanoos lantern, a decorative object popular in North Africa and throughout the Muslim world.  Muslims commonly associate the fanoos with the holy  month of Ramadan.  Others simply appreciate them for their classical, ornate beauty.

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Fanoos Ramadan – Free Coloring Page – Click Image to Open Printable .pdf 

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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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Pens & Markers!

Pens & Markers!

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