Under the Sea Theme – Days Three and Four

Well… I skipped a day. It’s finals week(s) here and I haven’t had much time for anything but studying, but I took time out to start a proper series on this really neat theme. Here are my second and third efforts:

Silence I
Silence I
Abandoned Ship I
Abandoned Ship I

I really enjoyed creating both of these pieces. The bottom base sand color was a surprising two-color mix of Pyrrhole orange and titanium white, which turned into a lovely coral color. I intend to continue on in this series until next week’s theme.



The Cold Dive – Under the Sea Theme Day One

The Cold Dive

For the first day of the undersea theme I decided to do a marker drawing of a penguin to combine the ‘under the sea’ theme with the drawing challenge from creativebug, which was to draw a bird. Obviously the marker drawing, after I had sketched it out, turned into a pastel painting. My Sennelier pastels were sitting on my shelf somewhat disused and forlorn because I have been working more with acrylics and colored pencil as of late, so I decided to give them some love and brave the dust. I think it is somewhat successful, but I might desaturate and roughen the ice boulder in the center of the painting; it distracts from the main focus, the penguin. The reference photo I used was much darker and had very little contrast, so the colors are somewhat fanciful.

Weekly Sketch Day 7

Wondercity Goes to Sleep

Ah, the last day of this week’s theme, ‘City of Wonder’. It’s been a good theme, but it’s time for a new one… I really ‘wonder’ what it’s going to be! This little painting is on a tiny canvas, and you can barely see the little elephant looking on as her city goes to sleep. I have since covered it in iridescent paint, but that doesn’t photograph well. If you wish to purchase this painting(lol) it’s on sale for $15.00 unframed plus shipping to wherever you’re at. On to the next theme!

Weekly Sketch Day 6


Little sketch of the Craterian theater in Medford done in Prismacolor French grays on Golden  pumice medium-coated Crescent RENDR paper. It was fun to have a little more tooth on the paper, but it ate up the pencils fast for too little effect. Think I’ll keep my pumice for pastel works.

Weekly Sketch Day 5

Another day, another sketch! Today I was volunteering at Rogue Gallery and decided to just do a quick marker sketch in a sketchbook that was kindly provided during a presentation by Oregon College of Art and Craft Assistant Director of Admissions Devon Simpson, showing us the amazing work that the students of the college produce! It’s a simple sketch, and only took me about five minutes with 6 Copic Sketch markers and a Copic Multiliner:


It was fun to draw though, and I appreciate the information given in the presentation too!

There are only two more days left of this theme, but I feel like I could explore it for a long time… maybe it’s time for a theme of the month, or year…



Weekly Sketch Day 4

Today’s daily sketch was done with another sort of abstract theme, and just a quick sketch of an idea:

The City Cried at Dawn

It was done on Crescent RENDR paper in Polychromos pencil.

#weeklysketch Day three – Reflections

For day three of #weeklysketch I wanted to delve even further into the abstract idea of cities that don’t necessarily meet our expectations, hiding little secrets and unknown places:

Reflections I

This particular piece was done, once again, on Canson RENDR paper, using three Copic markers.

City of Wonder Day Two

For the second day of the weekly sketch theme ‘A City of Wonder’, I decided to flex my colored pencils skills:

Dreams of the City of the Imagination

This image was drawn with Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils in the sketchbook I’m using for all the weekly sketches, a Canson RENDR wire bound. I’m surprised by the versatility of this paper, being primary for markers and illustrations, and how much tooth it has for dry media. It worked fairly well for light pastel application and colored pencil equally.

The photo of the drawing was edited with Photoshop Mobile for size.