Pet Portrait: Topaze

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Last month our local SPCA ‘Annexe’ had a Christmas auction, where one of their prizes was a pet portrait done by me. I present to you Topaze, a Tonkinese whom I am told is very affectionate! I primarily used Promarkers and pen, with a dash of white pencil and gel pen. Read on for the original photo and initial sketch! Continue Reading

Nature Sketching: Rhinoceros Research

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Last week our homework for nature sketching was to research and draw a ‘large mammal’. During the class we studied from miniature models, subjects ranging from the great Canadian moose to the giant African elephant… while I love our national symbol to bits, the moose is quite the fuzzy animal, and I wanted to try something a little different… hence, the Indian Rhino. As armored as an armadillo, as warty as a toad. Perfect. Continue Reading

Inktober: Week One & Bonus Nuggets!

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So this year is the first year I participate in this thing called Inktober… to be honest, it’s the first I’ve even heard of it since its conception back in 2009. Created by illustrator Jake Parker as a personal challenge, it has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon spanning the entirety of our social media globe! You can read up on it at Jake’s website, but essentially the goal is to draw in ‘ink’ every day of October (there are variations, however). I’ve already been doodling in pen each day for the past while now, so for me it’s more of a continuation of what I’m already doing. Instead, I’m trying to do some speed doodling, and various other ideas that pop into my head. Here’s a wrap up of the first week, with a few extras added for good measure ;)

As a sidenote: I’ve been posting all these (minus the extras – they’re bonus for you blog followers! ) on my instagram account, for those of you who are interested! Continue Reading

Analytical Sketching: Sum Up

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This Thursday will mark the finale of my latest course at Syn Studio, Analytical Sketching. Essentially, it revolved around building up objects and figures from lines and geometric shapes. It really helped me to build upon my basic skills, and I noticed a significant improvement in the ‘3D’ appearance of my comparatively flat sketches. We only ever used pen and markers, which forced us to commit fully to whatever marks we put down. Since then, I think I may have touched a pencil once or twice. Of course, I was already a pen fan to begin with! Here are a few highlights from throughout the 10 weeks. Continue Reading

Pen Stuff: Danbo Doodles

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For the better part of the past two weeks I’ve been trying to rid myself of a concussion, and for the most part I’ve been doing absolutely nothing. As the doctor put it; “just lie back and enjoy the twittering of the birds”. Under normal circumstances I would probably attempt to come up with something at least mildly witty regarding the consequential insanity that comes with the twittering “birds” outside my window, but as my head is still a murky stein of sludge (redundant, I know) I’ll spare what interesting commentary I may have and offer up some doodles instead. Danbo Doodles! Yes, that lovable little japanese cardboard box creature featured in so many desktop wallpapers, including mine. In my current art class I’ve been working purely in pen and gray marker, and these tiny sketches follow the same formula. I actually love using pen (I believe I mentioned that before…) and the additional depth added by the grays is a treat. Danbo is a great subject to work with too, as it’s so simplistic yet forces the practice of perspective (kind of) and drawing straight lines. Anyhoo, here are a few quickies for your viewing pleasure. Continue Reading

Advanced Anatomy: Inkwashing Finale

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Yesterday marked the last day of my Advanced Anatomy class at Syn Studio Art School. We started off with quick warm up poses, but soon moved on to another ink wash session! I think I’ve improved, if only a tad, at this technique, and I hope to do more… because it’s really, really fun. The above was our longest pose, at about 30 mins (including a preliminary pencil sketch). Clearly I need to work on my hand technique. Check below for more!
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Wet Media: Inked Nuthatch

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So there seems to be a lot of ‘wet’ media so far… Ah well. This was done with a Pentel Pocket Brush that split on me, so I used the ‘snake’ tongue to my advantage for the feathery look!

As a wildlife biologist, I have a certain fondness for birds. The Red Breasted Nuthatch is something of a common sight here in southern Quebec (and North America in general, actually) and at ~4-5″ are tiny little things. Adorable!