Tag Archives: Female

August 29

Sohyun

So long Sohyun. The third and final portrait from my spring copy of The Gentlewoman magazine is complete. I’ve taken a set of @Sktchyapp Procreate courses from Lisa Filion (aka the Pixel Princess) as well as a the Creative Bug portrait-a-day tutorial challenge by Charlotte @blueshineart. Their tools, tips, and techniques are all under exploration […]

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 […]

May 10

Gentlewoman

Finally! And fi-nal-ly, I sprang for my first iPad. I have waited for the perfect pencil for a long time, but Luddite that I am, waiting years on technology is no problem. It’s been worth the wait. I’ve been playing with the layers and features, and watching YouTube videos and generally delighting in having a […]

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 07

Peru & Chicago

The flight from the west coast to Chicago is about four hours. The timeless “right brain” state feels good, shuts down the mental chatter, and transforms long trips into wine and pretzel blips. I finished one of my earlier Scott Schuman fashion portraits with some Derwent Inktense blocksticks that I’ve been keeping in a pouch […]

August 16

Ukulele

Still doing daily practice … but not exactly in art. Earlier in this blog I posted vacation sketches from my first trip to Hawai’i. It created in me a certain hankering for playing music. Easy, laid back Aloha pleasure. So different from the forced march of my jr. high school days of clarinet. The uke […]

February 19

Blue(s)?

Since my class a few years ago, where I was introduced to the “scribble” technique of layering marks, I clip random people out of magazines based on facial planes and easy-to-understand-values. Then, fishing them out again, I wonder who they are. Something about the emotion of this woman says to me opera singer or blues […]

February 09

Form Light

  Form light, and directional line shading were my goals here. The directional lines created an effect I’m not sure I like – like wood or muscle fiber. This page in my notebook took all five of my pre-work morning hours. Monday I did the thumbnails, and Tuesday the outline, which required, and I think […]

February 09

Line That Divides

  This was preliminary homework for working with light and form. We were to trace over the line that divides light from dark on a few black and white photocopies of the lovely PDF photos from the site and color in the shadow shapes.  I decided to use my much loved gel pens and then, […]

February 02

Here’s The Culprit

Actually, there were about four scale and proportion culprits.  My favorite part was when he said “…then you lean back and you look at it and you go (pause) look at the size-a that foot!” I think he thought he was done, but as he walked through the steps he outlined, he had to circle that […]