the Gnome Gourmand ACEO

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Ink, watercolor, and watercolor pencils on watercolor ACEO blank. (Might be Arches paper, might be Strathmore). Followed, as I keep forgetting, by a terrible scanner that has no idea about yellows. Or blues. **sigh!**

Not thrilled with this–should he have some of his hair visible? How could I better the lights? That really is a creamy almost-yellow tablecloth… I do not know how to draw/paint napkin rings yet…. Much to learn! Finished? Maybe. As far as I can work with it? I think so. (I just added more watercolor pencil work, some of which stayed dry. I tried to deepen the shadows. PLEASE, all comments, critiques, suggestions are WELCOME!)

Done for the prompt Gnome in gourmet restaurant at Sketchfest 38. For sale over there.

Oh yeah: Art copyright © 2013 Kirsten Talmage

New Buddy? (The _nice_ armadillo)

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Black ballpoint on 60lb smooth Piccadilly sketchbook paper. Done for the prompt “the armadillo was very nice, once you got to be friends” for Sketchfest 38.

Original for sale over at Sketchfest, to help support the site: http://www. ellenmilliongraphics.com/ sketchfest/ sketchfestart.php? id=11192

Oh yeah: Art copyright © 2013 Kirsten Talmage

Origami Fairy (for Sketchfest)

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Next time, I’m pulling out that old origami photo calendar with stuff in it by Robert Lang. But for a sketch over a morning coffee? OK. (2B mechanical pencil on smooth 60lb Canson sketch paper; scanned about 4.5 x 4 inches of a large sheet). Didn’t clean up the scan, so some of those speckles might be on the paper and some might be on the scanner. Not quite sure. If I clean it up sometime I’ll do prints.

Original for sale over at Sketchfest, to help support the site: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestart.php?id=11025

If any one has (or develops) REAL origami of this, I would love to see it (and try it).

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.

Star Geese (WIP)

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I did a fast pencil-and-paint sketch on totally the wrong paper for Sketchfest today. (Thank goodness for work breaks!). You can click the pic to see it bigger. The prompt was “it’s full of stars” and this is so much a WIP that it doesn’t even really express what I was seeing in my head. I don’t even know how to do what’s in my head. Nor do I really know where the geese go on the paper. But it tickles my brain!

I’m happy with the wings. The advantage of working in a Bird museum with a small library is lots of handy reference material. My bird-body clue is coming along nicely. Anyway, I hope to make something based on this. In meantime, a sketch, and happy to have it! More random nattering about how it’s made over at Sketchfest proper, if you’re curious.

 

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