alphabet, animals, dogs, fonts, kids, storytelling art, whimsy

I am not a Chiwawa dog in Spanish

 

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This little guy is a welsh corgi.  Of course he is.  Once upon a time a little girl wanted him strictly because she thought he was one of cute Mexican dogs they call a chiwawa.

He made a little ruffled bark and told her, “No, I am not a chiwawa dog.”  She took him
home anyway.  They lived happily ever after.

I have combined my  love of fonts; this one is Dino Kids, with pencil sketching and digital ribbon and bow, drawn on my Cintique by Wacom.  enjoy.  purchase

alphabet, songs, whimsy

Little Darlin’

    I am following a little dream and a little experiment.  I’m matching vintage songs with my drawings, sketches and cartoons.  I’ve been wanting to do this forever.  So now is the time….here we go.  My hope is that when people of a certain age… 60 and above, see the verse, they will associate it with the melody.  Hopefully, they won’t be able to get the song out of their heads.

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alphabet, greeting cards, Holidays, Illustrations, thoughts behind the work

Holiday cards update

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The gallery I am in now is new and we are learning what people like and what they want.  So we are happy that customers have been requesting Christmas cards. Living in Mexico has taught me that you have to get used to the unexpected.  Examples would be not being able to get  my favorite art supplies.  Solution:  try and try again and eventually learn how to survive by being very inventive and learning how to make substitutions.  Now that I have a full year of living here under my belt, I can honestly say nothing is easy but if you persevere, you may find as I have, that you will succeed.

I have learned that Mexican people don’t mail beautiful big cards often, or little, or not at all. This came as a shock to me and I got kind of scared when I realized it but, over time, I’ve learned how to fix this situation.   You can discourage me but you can’t kill my persistence.  These cards can be framed, given in person and make wonderful inexpensive gifts signed by the artist.

So here is the first collection with more in the works.  So far the gallery is loving them and believe it or not, this may be a rather new and unusual idea for the art-loving Mexican crowd.  They are an answer for expats to shop here and get what you had in mind and can’t find in general stores here.

I now have an excuse to play with fonts I love and their glyphs, photoshop and printing.  I am using the large HP scanner/printer HP7610.  Adobe photoshop 2018 cc.

The bottom line is that these are all my original artwork.  I do all the painting and drawing,  photography, and digital editing and I also do my own printing.  Why?  I like my own preference for high quality prints, rich colors and luscious heavy ecru paper stock.  These are my way of establishing who I am here in Mexico.  I have to say, for this job, I have worked very hard and now I can continue on this path and I am very grateful people are appreciating the effort.

p.s. the ripples on the photos are sun reflections from the glass top table.

alphabet, fantasy illustration, kids, Revising Old Work, simple photoshop, Uncategorized

a b c alphabet letters

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These three little letters were an idea I had a long time ago and I did not forget about them.  I love drawing and sketching little critters and I hope I can get a complete alphabet one day of little marching letters.  When I drew them the sketch had little white feet of some kind and I carried it through here in the photoshop drawing.

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The red and green above are the original ideas which I managed to save from oblivion.
I love the little legs and I think if I can be consistent throughout the alphabet on treatment of this kind of nice flowing design, white feet, treatment on their heads and eyes especially and the thick and thin variety in the black lines, I hope I may actually have something here.  I did do an alphabet a long time ago and here is one letter done in scratchboard and gold.  I can’t find it right now but it will show up.  It was pretty awesome.

Of course, I know I’m going about this in the wrong way because these should be done in vector in AI and to do them as bitmap in photoshop is pretty labor intensive.  But….I wanted to get the idea down why I still remember it.   Also I have lots of brushing up to do in Illustrator and photoshop is right now easier for me.

 

alphabet, fantasy illustration, fonts, Holidays, Illustrations, kids, Odd Little Stories, scratchboard drawing, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary with text

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From the nursery rhyme the 1st paragraph of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary is illustrated here. This painting is a digital drawing and painting of my own idea. I have tried to use colors and text that engage a nostalgic mood. Mary, Mary was quite the contrary miss, I think.

What started out as a cool idea and something nice to do on a quiet Sunday ended up being a 6 hour project….from the idea to the photoshop drawing and painting to the addition of text.  I made 2 versions, one with text and one without.  I ended up only listing the one version with text online.

What can I say except I love drawing like this and playing with text.  When I moved from the U.S. I left all my fabulous books and films behind.  For 40+ years, I had collected “primers” which in my collection, dated back to the 1880’s.

They were old beautiful books that I treasured and cherished. Primers were children’s elementary readers.  Heads up on this one.  The vocabulary, language in general was very sophisticated and advanced.  I had a 5th grade reader which was equivalent to what would now be 1st year high school.  There was no photography and dot printing had not been invented yet.  So all the art was line art only.  That is where I learned the fundamentals of drawing in grey scale by not using grey scale but using line art and the idea that drawing was an optical illusion.  The width of the lines conveyed the tonal values.  That led to my 30 years of drawing in scratchboard. I drew for over 25 years only in black and white and I am not ashamed to say it.  I also learned about scale from primers.  Think about this:  Convey a mountain with a few people on top of it…don’t forget to include the clouds, the weather, the country, etc etc .then ask yourself if it conveys a mood as well as giving all that info?  The  storyboard was alive at the turn of the century for sure.  All the rules and success of animation are in the old primers.

All of these principles have basically never changed.  You become a better artist when you learn digital media because basically art is science.  Photoshop and Illustrator are basically science and math is your friend.  After one month of working hard and trying to remember my old skills, they are coming back.  Now that I have the desire to use typography, this is just another icing on the cake.

Here is a product with this 100% digital art.

 

alphabet, fantasy illustration, fonts, thoughts behind the work

Going big with small art

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This is a small scratchboard that I drew a long time ago as a commission for someone’s wedding anniversary.  It seemed funny and goofy at the time.   I’m using it as an exercise here in working with the text.  I put it against a big black frame and used the new font I just purchased called Nauticus Script Bold.  It just seemed to fit the subject.  I think this works and I’m getting encouraged again.  So maybe I won’t quit exploring text.

I love the way the spaces seem to work together.  It is intriguing.  The words are a pun on “your wish is my command”.  My eye keeps going back and forth between the very even spacial treatment in my command to the wider spacing in your kiss.  I did not adjust the kerning.  I need to think about this more.

The very big image is a new bold try for me.  Here it is on a product.