Tag Archives: Colored Pencil

May 20

Natty

Her understated natural beauty is the perfect complement to Prada’s natty coat and a whimsical hat, which were featured on the cover of a New York Times fashion insert. Tomorrow is my third work trip to southern Oregon this year. It was during the 2nd that I started this – months ago. I have a […]

June 02

Olympian

Simone is my second portrait experiment in Procreate, and also from an editorial feature in The Gentlewoman magazine I used for the Rodarte sister I posted. I experimented with several layers and am getting the hang of being in the right one and how to choose when to add a new layer, but this small […]

February 04

Secret

She looks like she has one. In the flight magazine photo it’s based on, the woman is more skeptically amused. I tore out the photo on an Alaska air flight to San Jose last weekend to squeeze in some art time. I have been at a new job for nine months now, and it still […]

September 16

Kinda Sorta

It resembles me enough for my Urban Sketcher compatriots to recognize me. Kinda Sorta. When I need to sink absolutely into Introvert Recovery Time, drawing and an audiobook are my go-to strategies. I unearthed my Ursula K. Le Guin audio short story collection The Birthday of the World and sank into my little storyboard Moleskine […]

July 07

Mortician

Finishing this felt like a best effort at making the dead resemble the living: there is no light left and the face has a flat, painted Barbie Doll quality. A last ditch effort with gauche felt like busting out the “full coverage foundation” to camouflage serious skin tone issues. Over the last week, this gal’s gone […]

May 20

Poseidon

My  morning obsession of the past week: The Sea God, 1977, from a compilation of Romare Bearden’s collage interpretations of Homer’s epic. The underlying grid  and the bold shapes and colors scratch a deep itch in my brain.  I actually was writing early morning letters two Saturdays ago and pulled out stamps I’ve had for some […]

January 24

A Sole’s Revenge

The last time I cooked tilapia in my small apartment, I was firm in my resolve to eat fish in restaurants. Yet, time passes, memories fade. The tilapia was bad, but this little bastard (only $2.95 -wild caught!) is violating every porous surface in my house. It won’t go away. I challenged it with slabs of slow-cooked bacon, […]