Blue Bonnet girl

I created this using Faber Castell art pens and Prismacolor premier pencils. I wanted to make something to enter into Illustration Friday this week. The topic is vintage so I thought about a Blue bonnet girl.

Of course with it being summertime she should be doing something outside. Catching bugs with a net is also a vintage activity. I rarely see kids doing this anymore. I suppose they are on their phones or playing video games. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

I was quite cruel to the bugs I caught mostly due to curiosity. I’ll let you decide what this blue bonnet girl does after she catches her prey. The flowers are the only witnesses and they are not telling.

Sparkle for Illustration Friday

I decided to try to do the Illustration Friday challenge for sparkle. It was a lot of fun to do. I am still in my “cartoon style” and I like the freedom and forgiveness this style gives me, especially when I am trying to get back into the swing of things. I had a much elaborate picture in my mind for doing this but time was a real constraint. I thought of doing an old woman decked out in sparkle jewelry. I really wanted to do a more realistic skin detail of all her wrinkles in black and white with colorful bright gaudy jewels. But like I said, I really wanted to make the deadline to submit this so this idea will go on the back burner for now.

Fun illustration of my mood of the day

I have had this mood many times. I start my day full of energy but it drains quickly. I drew this fun illustration toward the end of the day when I felt like my body was weak but I keep pushing. I also tend to be clumsy at those times. I usually start bumping into walls and most likely have broken a dish or two. I drew her stepping on a cat. I don’t own a cat but I love drawing them. I can see myself stepping on the poor thing on accident.

I created this illustration on my Wacom Intuos 5 touch. I love drawing in a cartoon style sometimes. Especially when I want to show a mood or emotion. My style swings dramatically between cartoon and realism. I am new to the blog thing and I read that it is better to stick with one certain style. Even though I do seem to have a weightlifting theme going on at the moment. Well, I decided to show all sides of my personality and to hell with what anyone says. Which is the whole point of creating art in the first place.

Heavy drawing rules

This is an old drawing, but I think it is a good one for my first post.  This was an assignment in a college drawing class.  We were supposed to make a weekly drawing of any subject.  I put it off until the last minute because I couldn’t find a subject I wanted to draw.  I love figure and portrait drawing, but I didn’t have a model.  I didn’t want to do another self-portrait.  I found a fitness magazine with a photo of this weightlifter.  I just loved his expression and the light and darks of his form.  I finished it in about 3 hrs using graphite.

I felt really proud of it until I showed it to my teacher.  He said it looked too real and asked how I came to draw it.  I told him that I used a photo from a magazine as a reference.  POW he gave it to me.  He said to never use a published photo because of copy write issues.  I was clueless about copy write rules and I still get confused today.  I felt like I was a cheater when I wanted to do was to draw a nice picture.  I received a B which was the only time I never made an A in an art class. I never realized that there were heavy drawing rules.

Since that class,  I  never used a published photo not even for practice because I felt too guilty about it.  Throughout the years,  I have seen many artists use popular images in their pieces.  There is the fan art controversy as well.  It is my opinion that if you are not going to sell it or mass produce it then fan art should be ok.  I still have the guilty feelings come up when I think I am not being truly original.

So what is your opinion with these issues?  Is it an issue for you at all?  Leave your comments below if you would like to discuss this.