cars and trucks, Illustrations, short stories

My Sweet Chevy

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Once upon a time I owned this sweet car.  It was great and ran great with no problems. I had it for around 10 years.  At the time, it was considered a classic but I didn’t think it was old. I sold it to 2 German guys who flew to Los Angeles looking to pick up cars for their German Classic Car Club they were starting up.  This was my all purpose car and I needed it for everything, including kids and everything that comes with kids.  I got really tired of people stealing parts off of it.  I could not park it anywhere without coming back to find it had been stripped again.  Times change, cars change.  I don’t really miss it because it was a lot of fun when I had it.  Hope it’s still alive and doing well in Germany.

flora and fauna, Illustrations, Nature, Odd Little Stories

California Live Oak Tree, WIP

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This new drawing and is part of a new way of working for me.  I am in the process of writing a story and want it illustrate it.  It takes place in California under a big live oak tree.  There are animal characters that will be placed under this tree.  The big difference about this drawing is that it is completely digital.  I am still pretty overwhelmed with the digital process because I am doing everything from scratch.  I am working on my Wacom Cintiq every day, and every day the environment gets a little easier.

By far the layers and brushes successfully keep me somewhat mystified and even though I am not new to photoshop, I am new to the amazing number of choices I have to work with on the Cintiq.  The tablet is still huge at 24″ and I am slow because I have to process the thoughts of how and where to find things on the interface.  Which of the new brushes do I use and deciding which colors.   Nothing is coming quickly and easily.  But today I feel I successfully captured the light of the California landscape here.

So at the end of today’s session, I merged all my layers into this one piece.  The next time I will add a new layer and that will be the beginning of the animals that I will be placing in the landscape.  I don’t know how I will figure out how to capture the specific point of view I am looking for.  But for now, I am happy.

 

animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, Revising Old Work

Appaloosa in Training

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This is a young girl I knew in California as a very talented and hard working young trainer.  I did this watercolor of her with an underpainting in soft pink tones.  She is resurrected here.  Enjoy.

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animals, Illustrations, scratchboard drawing

Silver Tiger Engraving

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This is a scratchboard engraving drawing on silver paper.  I have gone back and made some changes on the Cintiq.  I sure am having fun on the cintiq  and there are so many possibilities. It’s exciting to realize I am in my infancy here with this drawing tool..  What great things to look forward to.

Here it is in my online store: 

animals, Illustrations, interior design

Portrait of a zebra in graphite, love grey

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\My love for drawing animals continues.  This is a simple but sophisticated graphite drawing of a zebra done on ecru paper to give it a soft tone.  As his stripes leave him, they meander into a background that engulfs his background and camouflages his beautiful face.

Here he is on products from my online store.

flora and fauna, Illustrations, interior design

Love ribbon with flowers

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Here is another zentangle from my collection of pen and ink little drawings that I am digitally drawing and painting to finish them ON THE WACOM.  This one was a real experience because I guess it’s a shock to experience the vivid and true color on the cintiq tablet and  see the paler version  on the internet.  On the web the colors look pale to me.

 

 

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To say the least I spent many hours on this and I worked it through and reworked it trying to learn how I could have done it easier.

 

animals, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids

Baby Elephant and snail

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This is my first full drawing complete on the Cintiq 24″ drawing tablet drawn and edited at the same time in Photoshop cc.  I am happy that |I was able to complete it.  It just started from a little black ink on white zentangle paper and it went from there.  I had to add the snail for storytelling and the yellow light and green background light look very similar.  But I had to move forward because this little guy only has 2 legs so he is a total fantasy.

This is fun and I am learning every day.  I am using a new very tiny separate keyboard which fits under the tablet and that is also a new learning curve for me.  |It is challenging and learning a new language is always difficult.  But of course, it’s fun too.  The cintiq has its own keyboard but it takes a little time to access it.  Also this keyboard is one I can type in spanish with.  I will have to practice to find all the special digits and strokes.

I can see where this little drawing and this series of drawings can be turned into many treatments.  Here is the original sketch in pen and ink along with other zentangle sketches.  The other drawings are waiting to be edited and turned into colored and finished artworks.  Thanks for looking.

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