18 July 2014

Drawing at High Speed

Pen, watercolour, wax, thread on Stonehenge

The above drawing for a wedding card was done while riding the TGV train from Lausanne to Paris.  This high-speed train is said to travel at speeds of up to 322 km/h (200 mph).  It was likely not going at top speed, but is a smooth enough ride to be able to pull out my on-the-go art supplies and do a bit of drawing.  The thread was added in the hotel room where a complimentary sewing kit was put to good use.  No scanner was available, so images are from my iPhone.

WiP - tray table down, supplies out

Then in Brittany, shopping for postcards, I came across this neat souvenir keychain...

I think it was intended to be a portable ashtray that flips open with a click of a latch... but look!  It also works well as a portable paintbrush holder.  On the go, fill with bottled drinking water or whatever you have on hand, and you can pull off a quick drawing.  The design on the lid is a spiral triskelion, a Celtic symbol, treated as a colloquial Breton emblem.

4 July 2014

Acorn and Oak Leaf

wax, watercolour, ink

Continuing to play with candle wax as a resist for ink and watercolour.  Mmm... beeswax smells good too.

WiP - frisket stencil

WiP - wax resist and watercolour

WiP - fountain pen line work

WiP - two finished cards and stencil

25 June 2014

Dragon et Mr. Suisse


This drawing is not by me, but I wish it was.  This is my 7-year old's pencil drawing.  It is page 4 of a 6 page story that goes something like this:  A fierce dragon and witch terrorize the city of New York.  A Noble knight tries to fend them off, but the dragon eats Mr. Chevalier.  A chipmunk, Mr. Suisse, challenges the pair to Karate, and wins.  Dragon and witch die.   The end.

This image caught my attention because even without reading the story, you immediately get what is going on:  chipmunk challenges dragon to fist fight, dragon snickers at his puny challenger.  Such characters!

21 June 2014

Wordless Sequence


... and knowing your character.  These are two familiar faces - Sebastian and his granddaughter, Eliza - developed for the exercise to illustrate, "I Don't Want to Travel."

The above was submitted for the Tomie dePaola contest at SCBWI.  The challenge was to create a four to six panel sequence that had a beginning, middle, and end with a character of our own invention.

Image above used a combination of collage with pen, ink, and pencil.  Below are some process shots.

WiP - original sketch on trace

WiP - background and frisket film

WiP - cutouts of Eames chairs

WiP - chairs collaged onto background

WiP - Sebastian and Eliza inked


10 June 2014

Lemony Made

... and the product to go with the labels

Yesterday, the labels were made.  Today, three batches of Lemon Curd were made to fill 18 small mason jars.  Here is the recipe for one batch:

Lemon Curd
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 large lemons or 4-5 small lemons)
2-3 tbsp lemon zest (from same lemons)
dash salt
4 egg yolks
4 whole eggs
1/4 (4 tbsp) cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 tbsp heavy cream

1.  Heat sugar, lemon juice, zest, and salt in pot until sugar is dissolved.
2.  Beat together yolks and whole eggs.  Pour in some hot lemon mixture into eggs, and mix well.  Pour eggs into pot and stir continuously.
3.  Stir in butter pieces until melted.  When mixture starts to thicken and coat the back of a wooden spoon, turn off heat.  Cool slightly.
4.  Pour curd into mesh bag and sieve into a large clean bowl.  Stir in cream.
5.  Serve or use in favourite recipe.

8 June 2014

Lemony

Jar label

Food and art go well together.  One inspires the other, and you can't easily draw on an empty stomach, right?  Here is a label that I decided to make for one of my favourite sweets, lemon curd.  Sometimes, I use lemon curd in a fancy tart recipe.  This time, I am making 18 canning jars' worth as a contribution for a staff appreciation luncheon.  The recipe is a stand-by from Baking Illustrated, and very similar to the version found in, The Secrets of Baking.

Original is pen, ink, and stamp on stonehenge.  The leaf stamp was carved from candle.

WiP - lettering

WiP - leaf stamp carved from candle


23 May 2014

Next 100 Drawings - Bunnies to Colour

Drawings 117-125

While we were waiting for a class to finish, my youngest asked me to draw some bunnies for her to colour.  That day I had my "art bag" handy.  Above, nine variations on bunny in pen and coloured in with felt-tip markers.