[three_fourth]I love dinosaurs. My sister and I may have watched Jurassic Park on repeat more times than I'm willing to admit when we were young. Every line and scene, memorized. I especially love ol' T-Rex though. He's always a little bumbling and awkward. I also find I tend to doodle him/her/it? on the regular, so I started a little Tumblog a bit ago titled Rex is My Friend. Some of the stuff on there will overlap here and vice versa.[/three_fourth]
[three_fourth]I grew up with dogs. Big dogs. But the one year, my sister had the chance to pick out the next family dog and she chose Peaches. A runty, stubborn, turd of a beagle mix. That ol' dog lived about 14 years. Despite being hit by a car. Twice. Attacked by a bear. Twice. Consuming an entire chicken carcass, stuck in illegal hunting traps, sprayed by every skunk in the area, stuck under the porch, and knocked up by a very large collie (let's just say it didn't work out. Little beagles aren't meant to carry collie pups). Yet that dog lived for FOURTEEN YEARS. And lived every day to eat. And was thusly the fattest little beagle dog ever. My grandfather nicknamed her "The Square Dog." While she passed away ages ago, thoughts of her randomly haunted my mind today. Peaches, oh Peaches. You were a good dog, my dear.[/three_fourth].
This week's Illustration Friday topic is Heights. I'm a bit disappointed in the coloring on this. I initially wanted to watercolor it, but my new pen, as I quickly found out, is not waterproof. I went with colored pencils and then messed around in Photoshop because it just looked really pretty gross. A B+W version is up over on my other, less-updated blog, RexisMyFriend.com. Wish I had uploaded the black and white sketch original! Probably could have colored this up quite nice digitally. Oh well. Live and learn.
Quentin Blake I love Quentin Blake. His illustrations won my heart as a little kid with every Roald Dahl book I devoured. He has been a subconscious inspiration of mine for years and am absolutely delighted by this video.
I love this dog. This is Ginger, my neighbor's dog. She loves to sit on my steps and soak up the sun. It's rare that I leave my apartment in the morning and not see this sweet pup. I'm thinking of working up an ink and watercolor illustration of Ginger for my neighbor. I love how the colors turned out in this picture and think with the textures done in ink and brighten up the colors slightly in watercolor, could be a nice piece.
This month has been a mother of a month when it comes to buying pens and markers. I've maaaaaybe spent, *gulp* about $55 on goods. Between a trip to New York which involved treks to Pearl Paint and Kinokuniya (an amazing Japanese bookstore) and the recent suggestion from a friend to check out JetPens.com (damn free shipping with $25 purchase!) means I'm set up with ink for quite awhile. I've at least been using all of my goodies and have had some fun trying out fountain pens. Way easier and more consistent than pen and nib. I definitely see myself making real use of everything I've bought. I've even discovered some new favorites! The Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen and the various gray tones of brush pens are providing ENDLESS amounts of joy. I expect to be posting lots and lots and lots more doodles and sketches.
From left to right and then top to bottom:
- Platinum Preppy Fountain Pens in Fine and Medium
- Tachikawa Comic Nib Fountain Pen - G Model Nib
- Pilot Double Sided Brush Pen - Hard Tip - Black & Gray Ink
- Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen
- Sailor Pocket Brush Pen - Fine
- Zebra Disposable Brush Pen - in Super Fine and Regular (I think)
- Faber Castell Large Marker - Brush Tip
- Tombow ABT Dual Tipped Brush Markers in various shades of gray and black
- Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000 Duo Watercolor Markers in gray tones
Overall my favorites are all the Tombow and Staedtler markers, the Kuretake Fudegokochi brush pen (major favorite!), the Pilot Double-Sided and the Tachikawa Comic Nib. I've no doubt that every one of those pens and markers, though, will be loved and used on the regular. This April was better than Christmas!
With spring here and summer around the corner I thought it was a good time to finally illustrate a sketch I made last year. I've been meaning to make it into a desktop background for awhile now so here it is. If you find you need an additional size, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll hook you up. Enjoy this ice cream treat and hopefully I'll have more in the future! Click to view full size right-click to download:
Created a delicious color palette for a fun pet-project based on an old sketch. Meant to work it up late last summer, but am glad I waited. It's going to be way more fun working on it now, before summer starts. Pretty sure I'm going to make it a desktop/device background series. Completely excited! And craving a sundae asap.