Wednesday, March 26, 2008

EDM 36, in two parts

I am trying to loosen up.

I took a trip downtown to take care of a few errands, one of them being a visit to Dick Blick, because I was in dire need of new art supplies. (..heh heh...) Really, I needed a drafting brush, but a few other items fell in the basket, including a set of Pitt brush-tip pens.

Here they are, brightening up a little sketch of the interior of my train car into the Loop. EDM 36 is drawing in public, and although I was sitting alone in my seat, I'm considering this public.

Monday, March 24, 2008

EDM 36-Spring is (sort of) here!

The arrival of spring cannot be based on the weather in Chicago. It is cold, gray, and snow is predicted for later this week. It's hard to feel "springy" when you're wearing a scarf and gloves and sucking on cough drops all day. However, it is possible to create your own indoor version of spring, and here is ours.

My son Sean and I planted two trays of seeds, thanks to an idea from kind Scarlett from the EDM forum, and they are thriving. In fact, I am going to transplant them into a larger container and start two more batches of new seeds later today. At some point, it will have to warm up and they can go out and enjoy the fresh air.

(This scan is fuzzy.)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

EDM 125-Draw a bird

I only bought this delicious Cadbury Egg for drawing purposes. It turned out to be a lot harder to draw than I expected, although I enjoyed the process. One person who wished it wouldn't have taken me so long was Sean, who really wanted to eat the egg, but wasn't allowed to until I was finished drawing it. He even came over and licked it a few times over the course of my drawing. When he woke up from his nap this afternoon, I was done, and it was all his.

Except for the part I ate. (This is him eating it.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

EDM 107

I love the Chicago Tribune. This is how I get my news, although it might be more convenient to go to the Tribune website. I prefer the "paper" version of the paper.

At one point, one of my neighbors was taking my paper while I was at work. My crafty solution to this issue was to make a "decoy" paper out of the sections I don't read. I then enclosed a well-worded note instructing them how to order their own paper if they were interested in a subscription, and to please leave mine alone. Problem solved. But next time I might not be so civilized!

A return to watercolor, which I use every so often.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

EDM 44-These are animals

Aaargh! This didn't turn out how I had expected. I drew it on textured cardstock, which was a mistake. That turned out to be the least of my problems though, as my subject was eaten before the drawing was finished. No, not by me. By a young man I thought was taking his afternoon nap, but who woke up and helped himself to a snack while I was refilling my water glass. Much of it is drawn from memory.

Has anyone ever had these before? They're Stauffer's Iced Animal Cookies. Don't bother clicking on the nutrition info-they're bad for you. But they taste deeeee-licious!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

EDM 11-The Purple Glasses

There are my new glasses, hiding in the background behind chapstick, a piece of gum, and my car key. They're so cute, and they fit my face well, but my eyes aren't that bad. Since I don't really need them, and I forget that I have them, they get little use. Here they are, being used as a drawing subject instead of assisting the draw-er.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

EDM 159

A red spatula, drawn with Prismacolors. I was trying to get away from using Mircon pens and doing so much "outline-y" drawing. I like using Prismacolors, but I seem to be sort of addicted to the Microns right now.