Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Face Cards

No, not the joker and the queen, but the elf! I ordered some cards from MOO with my elf on the front. As usual, MOO did a great job. The paper is nice and heavy and the printing is great. I order all my business cards from this company as well.  With the post cards and business cards (and I think greeting cards too), you can order a different image on each card if you like!

If you use the link I provided above, I'll get credit for referring you, and you will get to try out their neat stuff.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Face 5/100

Here is face #5. I kind of like how she turned out, but I some how lost some of her head tilt while I was painting her. Her tilted head was so sassy in the reference photo, and I wish I'd managed to keep that, but maybe next time. What attracted me to this girl was her gorgeous hair, and I definitely had fun making her curls.
 I used a banking envelope with a security pattern on the inside, and then put on the polka dots using some punchanella and fingerpainting. Kind of messy, but it's all good! I sketched her, but then of course I had to use some gesso to make base for all the skin tones.
I've been painting on my dining room table...which is where I usually do. Late night painting and watching CNN. I chose purples because the documented life project had a prompt for using colors you usually don't use. I rarely use purple or lavender. There is also the second prompt from another week of polka-dots!

Beginning a face...

Here is a start to another face. This will be face number 5. She is from a photo from the internet, but as usual she doesn't actually look just like that person. I like her look though...she has spunk I think!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Route 66!

 Today I started in my town of Pontiac, Illinois, and toured up to Braidwood, Illinois. This is the Old Log Cabin. If you are in town you can grab a great meal at this old eatery on the north side of Pontiac.
 There are some nice information plaques on various sites. This one even has a "passport station" on it.
As you can see, you can put a piece of paper over the disk, and rub over it with a pencil or crayon to make a nice rubbing for your journal or album.
 The next stop was the Ambler-Becker Texaco service station in Dwight, IL. Dwight has done a great job bringing this old station back to life.
 I love the old gas pumps. No doubt you'll see a drawing of this soon!
Another rubbing at the Texaco station. I love stuff like this. If you are a hiker, you can look for a similar idea at national parks...the parks have rubber stamps you can use for free to stamp your journal.
 In Gardner, Illinois you will find an old two cell jail.
  You can go in and get a picture of yourself and your friends locked up!
Glad I don't have to spend the night here!
 This was my destination of the day...the Polk-a-Dot Drive In! It's a 50s style drive in, with malts and shakes, burgers and fries, as well as their famous chili cheese fries.
All around the outside of Polka-a-Dot are stars you can pose with. In fact, there are several more inside as well.
 Betty Boop!
 The Blues Brothers!
 Many of the tables have their own juke box and you can play your favorite tunes. I brought my page along so I could start drawing one of these. It's kind of hard to see, but I've penciled in a general outline, and now I can start inking and painting.
 These things are soo cool...they have the look of an old car...lots of chrome and curves.
Here is an interior shot of part of the restaurant. If you come in the summer you can drive up, and get your food brought to your car. I had fun being a tourist in my own state today. If you haven't done that in a while, you might want to give it a try. It's amazing all the cool things that are in our own backyard!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

 Tonight I'm working on some Route 66 artwork. I went out on the Route, just around Pontiac, and got revved up to illustrate the road.
 This barn is just north of Pontiac, IL. It's a great old advertising piece.
 Here I am at the old state police headquarters. There is a new sculpture depicting a motorcycle cop. There are information plaques that tell about the headquarters and the history of the police on the Route.
 The building is a modern one (check out all that glass block!), and when viewed from the air, it's in the shape of a pistol.
One of the information stations has a passport station on it. These are so great! They are raised metal and you can lay a paper over it and get a nice rubbing to paste into a scrapbook or album. It makes a neat keepsake.

Face 4/100

This is my first try at a face from my imagination. One of Santa's elves! I pasted gift wrap in my Moleskine, then painted gesso over it, and drew in the face. I'm trying to do some of these faster to fit them in because I have a lot of projects going right now. They might not be perfect, but they are done, and it's one more day of practice!

Be the Change...

 This page was for Thanksgiving week. With the self portrait, I fulfilled the prompt to make a page about gratitude.
On the inside, I decided to do the next week's prompt to trace a hand. I've been watching the news about Ferguson, MO, and I decided to document this. I traced my hand on to a map that included Missouri and Illinois. This week's news filled me with sadness in so many ways, and the only thing I  know to do, is to do my own little part to be kind, and to love others. I can see pain on all around this issue, and so many things that need change.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Documented Life/Moleskine Planner

 This is a page that I put in July when I was at the lake. There is a big Native American influence still in the Sister Lakes area. In this area it's the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians. The background of tow of the pages is a beautiful envelope from Shawn Parks-Penn.
I combined the challenges of using a white pen, and adding a tiny photo. This one of Hawkeye and me was taken on the boat on Magician Lake.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Face 3/100

 I started this page using a beautiful envelope sent to me by artist Shawn Parks-Penn. It's so rich! I love it. I veered away from drawing another self portrait, because I found a photograph of a lovely Navajo woman. The link is to the article where I found the photo, and is about several Native American women who are working to preserve their heritage. This drawing ends up not looking just like her, but it gave me a place to start.
 I started with the measurements I've learned from websites and books about dividing up the head for features, and then I used acrylic paints to block in some shadows and highlights. This worked pretty well. Before I was sketching in features right away, but of course lost them when I painted and had to do them all over again after painting.
Next I added her features. I added some whites back into her eyes with a white Sharpie water based pen, and also used it to highlight her lips and the feather and beads. A little bit of final shading was added to her neck and jaw using a water soluble graphite pencil. I think I managed to keep her serious expression.

I paint this on a summer page on a week I went to the lake. The Native Americans in that area are Potawatomi Tribe, not Navajo, but it still seemed the best place to place her in my planner. I'll post a bit more when I finish up that week's pages.