Monday, August 31, 2009

Sudden whims

I had a random craving to play around in Photoshop today and I came up with a couple of little collages that I was happy with.  The diagrams are from an old gardening book and show a compound umbel and corymb (which I had never heard of before).  The background textures are a piece of wood and an old piece of fabric.  I did the repeats with a custom brush - my favorite thing to do.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Small collages

I can't seem to stop making collages.  These are 4x6" little things.  I'm loving the thickness of the papers and how they change things from a 2D composition into a 3D object.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday drawing

Drawing all these leaves is making me happy.  I'm trying to pretend that fall isn't on the way because I'm not sure what I'll do after this big draw-and-paint-all-the-weird-plants project.  I should figure that out before winter hits, huh :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Why do I love regular old graphite pencils so much?  In my drawing classes, I always wanted to use pencils for everything and the teachers were always making me use something else.  There must be something in art professors' contracts stating that they must always force students to use charcoal.  It's probably a big conspiracy with the charcoal mafia...

But pencils are great.  I love using them and they always feel so comfortable and natural to me.  I feel like I have to fight with a lot of drawing tools but not these.

Anyway, this is 9x12" on more Stonehenge paper.  I'm also in love with Stonehenge (in case you couldn't tell).  It always erases so cleanly and I love the thickness and texture of it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My creative space: the finished pieces

I felt like giving the creative space its own post and putting these up separately.  I don't know why.  Anyway, here they are.

My creative space

I had a little itch to do some more collages before getting back to drawing again, so here they are.  6x6" with some of the same source materials as last time, but with the addition of some bits of color from watercolors and colored pencil.  

More spaces (or add yours) at Kootoyoo!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blog post over at Paper n Stitch!

I'm very excited to tell everyone today that I have a nice blog feature over at Paper n Stitch!  Check it out right here.  Thanks, Brittni, for letting me be a part of your lovely blog!  

Friday, August 14, 2009

Studio binge

After finishing off my big research paper last night and turning it in, I thought I deserved some studio time.  I put the two collages together pretty quickly and then I felt like I could settle down to do the drawing.  Drawing is 8x10" and collages are 9x12".  I don't have any wise words about these, I just needed to make something, you know?  I had a good afternoon.

Friday, August 7, 2009


So here's two of the collages I was starting on a week ago.  Top one is 9x12" and the bottom one is 8x10".  I printed out the magazine pictures, some scanned wood, and I did a little spray painting with some little stencils I cut.  It's nice working on this kind of project because I could work a little at a time in between doing schoolwork and reading.  I'm not sure what I think about them yet...I'll have to let them sit for a little while and look at them again.  I definitely had fun messing around with them, though.  I've got a few more pieces of paper with spray paint on them so they will end up collaged too.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A new (to me) tree

So this is from a tree that I've been watching all summer that's growing at the edge of the woods next to our house.  It had tiny little flowers on it in spring, but I didn't think they were that exciting.  Now it has little round berries on it that start out green and turn shiny black.  I looked it up and it appears to be a cascara or Rhamnus purshiana (had to cut and paste that - my Latin spelling is not so great).  I like the groups of berries and the angles of the looks very graceful to me.

I was trying to find a way to incorporate a little more color into a strong drawing without taking away from the drawing too much and this is what I came up with.  I like it - what do you guys think?  I'd like to try this again, but I have to say I do still love my plain pencil drawings too.  I think drawings are looked down upon a little bit and I want to change that :)