Two Juncos ACEO ATC

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My stepmom noted she didn’t have any of my art on her walls. I only had ACEO ATC-sized Bristol paper, graphite, and water colored pencils with me. But she had a recently-filled bird feeder.

This was a good combination.

I did three cards for her: this one, a Northern cardinal,and a gray squirrel.

(I have learned, however, that I prefer both sketch paper and cold press water color paper.) (And Dad’s scanner is about as useful as mine.)

Knighting the Wood Duck (draft sketch)

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For Sketchfest #32: Prompt: Swamp “mer”maid from Anke Wehner

Crayola watercolor on smooth Canson sketchpaper. I know, I know! Thus the sketch! part. 🙂 … oh, and then photographed under bad fluorescent lighting and minimally adjusted in Photoshop. Could that be any worse?? Muses, I tell ya.

I hope I can find time to do this on some real water color paper with somewhat better paints. It’s about 6 x 6.5 inches I think. References are Vermont swamps and typical inhabitants. More or less.

Voina

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“Воина на березах” might be the Russian for “warrior (fem.) for the birches”. Hm…

I liked this prompt, and I liked not doing a cheesecake sort of pose.

Soft pencil, sketchbook, some tinting in color pencil, a fair bit of scanner burn, sorta corrected (mostly by more cropping that I’d’ve liked). I can see this in my head in watercolor. Not sure I have time and patience both to get there. Lots of unfinished art thumping around my head at the moment. I think she needs embroidery.

The prompt was Anthropomorphic female Tiger warrior, prompted by: Edward Cammarota, during Sketch Fest #32 (January, 2013)

Not the Grinch (WIP)

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Ink and watercolor pencil on cheap watercolor paper. I digitally darkened him down a bit. Questions:

* Should I apply water to the colored pencil? It tends to smooth and saturate the coors (good) but I have a heck of a lot of blending of colors (and two brands of watercolor pencil, Staedler & Faber-Castell).

* What background? Cut him out and make a collage on some abstract-but-with-perspective print pattern? Figure out how to put in a snowy village? Help!

* Should there be a trail of presents? Where and how to lay those out?

Done more or less for Sketchfest and might become one of our holiday cards.

Art for your very own!

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I’m selling originals! Lucky for most of us, they’re often small.

Here’s how to get one:

Browse the gallery (the deviantArt one is most complete), find something you like (I’ll note there if it’s been sold or given away already), and make an offer. Direct email is best (kir@metasilk.com). If I’ve already listed it somewhere, we may have to go through them (say, if there’s already a bid on it). Otherwise, let’s talk (or email).

OR

Find a listing in my Etsy shop and buy it there. Here’s the shop link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioMetasilk

OR

Bid on an eBay listing. Here’s my eBay list: http://www.ebay.com/sch/elksdotter/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 (I know, ugly URL. Oh well, it works! )

Commissions are possible too (of course). I might even be able to do something small before Christmas. Let’s talk!

Critters Lugging Stuff Around 4: Ill-gotten Gains? (Raccoon and Probable Pearls)

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"Sure hope these are real pearls. Why did I take the ornament? Oh well! Almost there!"


Colored pencil on mat board. I'm starting to get the hang of this!

(Although still not so much the scanning: despite attempting to adjust scan colors with Photoshop, the original is a more lively sage surface. I suppose the LCD computer screen and multiple yellow-tinted curly fluorescent bulbs aren't helping…)

 

Six-spotted Micro-witch (with broom)

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So I had a tiny scrap of matboard. Well, small anyway — about 1 inch across and 1.5 inches tall. Roughly.

Well, colored pencils aren’t the tool with the finest resolution but hey.

I think I’ll put this on stamps. I scanned it at 600 dpi, so I can print it …but honestly, it would look ridiculous on anything larger! Really!

 

Critters Lugging Stuff Around 1: Birthday Puffin

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OK, I suppose this is part of the Critters series. And it’s certainly before the Mouse & the Wren, but I guess that’ll make the original idea Critter #0? Well, hard to say, since I’ve not actually finished that piece.

Oh, this one? This was a quick happy illustration with Crayola colored pencil on ordinary printer paper, mounted to green construction paper (I think) for my sister’s birthday card last year. Why yes, it was a little bit last minute and I was babysitting, why do you ask? **chuckle**

It’s probably not worth trying to print it on anything really since my photo of it was dim and the scan was overexposed, and I have yet to figure out how to balance those two things. The paper is either too gray to the sky and light blue shading vanishes. I think I need more clue on digitizing… Oh well!

 

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