Showing posts with label Illustration Friday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Illustration Friday. Show all posts

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

IF / Return

The word this week on Illustration Friday is RETURN.
So if I choose to post this bunch of experiments all together I could say say something like
"These little characters are the beginnings of my return to a love of experimenting with animation",

Or I could write
"The cats watched and waited for the return of Freddy the mouse and his twin brother Dexter."
Or I could say
"The rainbow goose returned alone after his long journey. He ran through the fields just outside the town hoping his sweetheart would have arrived ahead of him."
"The surving octupus and a few fishes returned to their home lagoon to delight in the purity of clean water after so many months of swimming around deadly oil spills in the ocean."
And I could also write
'Albert returned to school with his wonderful painting rolled up and safe in his back pack ready to show to the class."
Dear reader, if you are still with me I would give you a big hug. Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

IF - Vanity Paper Doll & Happy Thanksgiving

Annie has little vanity. She just appeared the way she is. Lucky me!
When I was young we didn't have Barbie dolls. Instead if we were lucky we had books of paper dolls to cut out and organize and play with. I am sure there are children out there who don't have Barbies.
I have been thinking about starting a paper doll blog. In the meantime, while I make up my mind, I am posting a paper doll I drew up yesterday. I can't figure out how to post a .pdf on google blogs so  instead I will post the large jpeg version.  It is Free for anyone to have fun with. You can save it and call it up and print it out.
If you click the image it should come up larger.

This is an experiment and in cutting it all out I discovered that Annie is very fine and requires good cutting out skills. Also I put too many tabs around that don't fit arms and legs exactly and can be left out. Use your judgement. This is an experiment.
Don't try to cut out her fingers and be careful with scissors around the arms and keep the base rectangle shape. Fold it around and tape the base so she will stand up.
A pipe cleaner or a pencil taped to her backside will help a lot and or she could be pasted to a card stock for added strength.
I am going to add a coloring page so that kids can color the outfits. And Annie needs friends and more wardrobe items.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. If anyone finds this  to be fun please let me know. I will add to this today as I progress with a line drawing coloring page for kids.

There! A black white Annie for coloring.
And you can find the pdf file .

and thanks to Celeste Bergen for telling me about how to do this.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

IF / Bottled

After the fierce singing competition, four finalists stood  in front of the audience holding their award boquets of spring blossoms. Gerty, Nancy, Helena and Annabelle bottled up the high excitement of their emotions as they waited for the judges to make the final decision. Each contestant was determined not to cry if declared the final winner of the Snort Hall of Fame Singing Championships.

For Illustration Friday's word of the week. Bottled. I know. I am stretching it a bit.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Drawing Sweater with Painter11

I thought I'd post the drawing process of the previous illustration. And I added a sweater to the little dog. It was fun to do and while I sketched out this sweater theme, I had no idea what it would turn out like. But isn't that the way with just about everything we make? A cake? A poem. A paragraph. A creative story. I guess the thing is to keep on going just to see what happens.
Later post
It looks like ROXIO photoshow, the software and website I have an account with is down tonight, Thursday, March 4, so I am not sure when it will be back up.  My apologies to anyone who might be by to check out this little video. Hopefully it will be up and running again soon.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

IF / Sweater

For Illustration Friday this week.

What To Do If You Are A Sweater

Be wooly and warm.
Snuggle up to chins.
Tickle a little.
Be soft.
Wrap around cold shoulders.
Cuddle a tummy.
Lie in a drawer all summer long
or under a bed in a pile of stinky socks.
Ball up with fluff balls.
Get tossed into the give away pile.
Live in a plastic garbage bag filled with old clothes.
Be lifted up and out.
Be washed and folded.
Be found by someone who loves my colours and softness.
Be worn for two long winters keeping my new owner warm and cozy.
Be found by moths.
Be nibbled at bit by bit, strand by strand.
Become thread bare.
Be tossed into a rag pile.
Be found by a jewellery maker who makes felted jewellery.
Be felted along with other wooly bits.
Be added to pearls and bright buttons in a necklace.
Be bought by a distinguished gentleman of good taste.
Be presented to his lady as a Valentines Day gift.

I guess I couldn't stop! I know. Strange story. Thanks for bearing with me. But it is raining and raining and raining in Vancouver today.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

IF - Resolutions

Albert sat up all night on New Year's Eve writing his list of resolutions for the year ahead. His art was on the top of the list. He knew he had to focus and make himself finish one project at a time. It was obvious he had started too many projects. Multi-tasking was not working. Even the latest research showed that multi-tasking didn't work. Albert knew he was proof of that fact. He mumbled to himself  over and over "2011 is my year to get organized!"

This illustration fits the IF so I thought I'd post it. It is from a story board I developed a few years ago. Maybe my resolution this year will be to do something with it.

This was drawn in pen on paper. Then the sketch was scanned into Corel Painter11 and reversed to white line on black. Then I filled it all in with pastel and pencil brushes.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Illustration Friday/Music

With music as the theme for this week's illustration friday here is Christmas Bird singing Jingle Bells, the only song he knows so far.
 After a while his singing gets a little tedious. But he means well.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Santa and his photographer Eddie led the reindeer down to the fozen pond. Eddie instructed them to line up in a way that would balance and look good for the Christmas card photo. But just as Eddie pushed the camera shutter button Santa toppled over. As Santa fell to the ice beneath him he realized he'd filled one pocket with extra donuts causing him to become unbalanced. Fortunately the donuts cushioned his fall.

Unbalanced is the word for Illustration Friday.
I welcome comments from any visitors who might come by.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

IF FAST Halloween Witch

ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY word for this past week is FAST. So better late than never.

She knew there wasn't much time before the Ancient Binder of Great Spells would be lost forever beneath the depths in the Lake of Black Skulls. She could see shards of moonlight shining on the lake just beyond the hills below. Pressing her bony fingers into the wood handle she screamed at Sweep "Faster. Faster!" But she knew that Sweep was flying as fast as an old broom could fly.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Unfold - Illustration Friday

A project is unfolding as I go along. I have been glued to my computer trying to colour illustrations from my original line drawings (with green) for Gynn, the little book I did so many years ago. I am not sure about trying it in digital this way. I might just go to watercolour or pencil crayon. Comments would be welcome. This coloured version is the third version and the one I like best so far. But...I am just not sure.

I came across a great UK Illustrator's blog today. I think I will follow her blog along. She is inspiring with her energy and wonderful children's illustrations. Her name is Lynne Chapman and her blog is here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

IF - Cracked

Illustration Friday again. This week's word is CRACKED. Sometimes I don't know when to stop. But I had fun with this.
Drawings scanned and then colour added and clean up in Corel Photo-Paint and CorelDRAW.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Illustration Friday - contagious

I thought I'd try taking part in Illustration Friday tonight. This silly little idea was in my head all day and it wouldn't let up. The word for the week is CONTAGIOUS.

This is my interpretation of the word.

It reminds me how I feel when I walk into a room of strangers.