Pen and paper

Art Supplies

While I’ve been laid up with a sprained ankle, I’ve been playing with lettering.  My artist friend Joanne sent me this quote, and it seemed the perfect subject — not to mention a good use of art supplies!  Unfortunately, I don’t know who said it, so I can’t give credit where credit’s due.

The main illustration is Slicci pen and Uni-Ball Vision Exact, with Prismacolor markers (and some old kids’ markers I found lying around.)  The background color splotches are via Photoshop; I would have done them in watercolor, but I remembered just in time that the Slicci pen isn’t waterproof.

I got some lettering inspiration from Jenny Doh’s fun and colorful “Creative Lettering,” and a push from the Illustration Friday theme, “Paper.”


Could you repeat that?

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “whisper.”  I dug up two old illustrations that fit the theme, and then decided to try another version.  Of course, *that* illustration didn’t work, so I tried it again…and again.  I’m still not crazy about it.  (It’s the one on the top right.)  I’ll call this a work-in-progress — eventually, I’ll get it right!

Whisper 2Whisper 5Secrets Possible 2


Stormy weather

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “storm”.  They’re expecting a monster snow storm up north, but here we’re looking at rain — not as fun to play in, but fun to illustrate!

I did a picture book project a while back about two friends, Ming and Bongo, who fall down a muddy hill, and then, happily, get caught in a rain storm.  These are from that project.

Ming Storm

Ming Storm 2

I’ve been working on the same theme in repeats, too:

Raining paper 1Raining paper 2

I hope that if it’s snowing where you are, or raining cats and dogs, you’re warm and dry!

Catching up on Illustration Friday

I’ve been busy with work and holiday-making, but I wanted to squeeze in a few more Illustration Friday pieces before the year winds to a close.  First up, this week’s topic is “Explore,” a favorite theme of mine.  Since I play with map and travel ideas a lot, I wanted to explore new subject matter — the natural world — during the past year.  This is a compilation of a few of my journal studies.


These are my old favorites — ink, watercolor, and pencil on Canson Montval paper, by the way.  But I set off to explore new media for last week’s IF topic, “Stretch,” which I…uh…was still working on this week.  I went with Alice in Wonderland s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g  to new heights, starting out with a brief sketch:

Stretch Sketch


and then trying to turn that into a (semi)finished piece using my new Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Markers and Canson Illustration paper.

Stretch 2


The paper’s a wonderful surface for markers, and the markers themselves are rich, surprisingly blendable, and a lot of fun.  I layered the marker here with Prismacolor Verithin pencil, just to see the effect, and they, too, worked well with the Canson paper.  New art supplies are so much fun!