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Here are some recent pieces!

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Obviously, I’ve been into the Art Nouveau style. It’s always been an inspiration for me, particularly the work of Alphonse Mucha.

I’ve always wanted to do a portrait of Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and today was finally the day! Spent an hour and a half or so on this and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Anne and Gilbert

Several times a month I sit down to draw and have absolutely no clue what the subject should be. I’ll spend a bit of time (aka 1-2 hours) exploring google images until I find just the right thing to sketch. With the new Anne series being released (LOVED the first episode), I decided that maybe a portrait of Anne and Gilbert from the classic miniseries would be perfect right now.

I start with a really loose sketch. You can see here that I’ve started to define the look of Gilbert, but Anne is still looking a little rough.

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Here you can see that Anne has joined Gilbert in looking less like a scribble. I like to get the main linework onto the page before I go in and start adding the details – shading, texture, etc.

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Below are several more progress pictures. While I typically begin with the eyes/face, there really is no rhyme or reason to the progression. I’ll work on one section, then move to another, and then return to where I started.

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Below is the final sketch before I decided to add a quick watercolour pencil background.

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And, the final product!

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Drawing is really a pleasure when you’re working on a project that makes you happy, and Anne of Green Gables always makes me happy. Anne is a kindred spirit, even if she isn’t real, and Gilbert Blythe is every Canadian girl’s dream boy.

 

Lettering Poppins

Since October of last year, I’ve been very much into doing daily art challenges. In February, I decided to give myself an extra challenge, and try doing some lettering each day. I found an instagram account (@olssoncreative) with a great selection of prompts based on everything Mary Poppins. It was a fun month, and I really enjoyed myself. Here it all is!

My favourites are typically the ones that featured watercolour, or just simple black. And! Best of all is that a friend liked them enough to request I send her all of them! 😀 February was fun, and I’m already cooking up ideas for my next monthly challenge, though I’m not sure yet if it will happen in March, or if I’ll take a break and wait for April. Stay tuned!

AT-ATs in Fall

My second thrift store painting project centered around a painting of a lovely fall scene. As I tried to figure out what exactly I would be adding, I was certain it should be Star Wars related, but it did take me a bit longer with this one to decide what sort of characters or ships I should put it. Eventually, it just became obvious that a couple AT-ATs would be perfect.

Again, I used just pencil, pencil crayon, and pens.

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Working on a painting that included water offered a new challenge for me, in that I had to make sure to also draw the reflection of the AT-AT to the left. This one also hangs in my living room right now, and I’m always happy to see it each day.

Classical Star Wars

A while back, I saw some pictures on the internet of upcycled thrift store art. Someone had taken an old painting they’d found, and added a huge octopus into the scenic lake to make things more interesting. I wish I could remember where I saw this so I could link to it.

Ever since I first saw that type of fun art, I knew I had to make some of my own one day. Finally, that day arrived last year when I found two perfect victims at my local thrift store. I quickly decided that Star Wars would be my theme, and then I went to work!

I used a mix of pencil, pencil crayons, and pens.

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They turned out even better than I was hoping, and they’ve been hanging proudly on my wall ever since. This has become one of my favourite types of project to work on, and you can bet that any time I’m in a thrift store, I’m on the lookout for more paintings to liven up.

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Random pieces I worked on recently.

First, I decided to redo an old drawing I made back when I was in high school. It’s pretty obvious which is which. The new version is incomplete, but I’m happy with the progress.

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Next up are some small watercolours I did of Lizzie and Darcy from my two favourite versions of Pride and Prejudice. The above pair are Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and the bottom pair are Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen.

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Painting Bette Davis

Bette Davis is one of my favourite classic Hollywood actresses. The first time I ever saw her was in the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, and if you haven’t seen it you really should!! She is amazing as a delusional former child store trying to reclaim the glory days while simultaneously torturing her elder sister, played by Joan Crawford who was Bette Davis’ real life enemy. I’ve drawn Bette a few times over the years, but the other day I felt like it was time to try painting her.

I wanted this to be a simple painting, so I wasn’t going to attempt to recreate her skin tone or eye colour or anything like that. In the end, I worked with one brush and just 3 colours (gold, pink, and blue).

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I began by sketching her portrait. Next, I used a gold colour to shade as I normally would if I were doing a full colour painting, piling on the colour in places where shadows occurred. The result of just this step was something I was really please with, but I wanted to keep going.

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Next, I began layering on the pink and blue. I didn’t use these colours as extensively as the gold, as I just wanted them to create little pops here and there.

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In the end, it almost came out with an old-fashioned type 3-D look which I really liked and will be using again at some point. In person, the painting is quite vibrant and interesting too look at, though the paint is laying on the page a bit too thick in some spots.

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I love it though, and will enjoy keeping it in my private collection as a tribute to one of my favourite stars.

Valentine Suprises

I’m horrible at surprising Bryan (my favourite husband) with gifts. I always accidentally spill the beans, need him to buy it for himself, have him tell me exactly what he wants/needs, or I just can’t hold in the secret any longer. This year for Valentine’s though, I KEPT THE SECRET!! And it was a good one, too.

First of all, I made him a really (in my opinion) awesome card. Bryan and I are both fans of The Simpsons and an episode that we both love and quote on the regular is “I Love Lisa” (season 4, episode 15). Ralph Wiggum doesn’t receive any Valentines from his classmates, and Lisa, feeling sorry for him, quickly hands him an extra card of her own.

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Unfortunately this causes Ralph to latch on to Lisa, culminating in her publicly breaking his heart.

Anyways, as I said Bryan and I love this episode. Another thing to know, is Bryan hates greeting cards. He would prefer it if nobody gave him cards ever. Unfortunately for him, I love greeting cards. I love receiving them and I love giving them. This year though, instead of buying him a card which he would then throw out, or not buying him a card and feeling like I forgot something, I decided to make him the card from this episode. I forgot to take any in-progress pictures, but here is the final result:

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Bryan LOVED it.

Next up, I wanted to make him something unique. We’ve been buying glass Coke bottles to drink from lately, so had a bunch of the empties plus bottle caps laying around. I decided that I would take a bottle and 2 caps, and make him a neat Fallout Nuka-Cola ‘replica’. I use the word replica loosely, because I had a hard time finding a really good reference picture to use so I kinda just did my own thing.

This project took about an hour, and 3 paint colours – red, white, and black. I painted over the Coke label on the bottle and caps and then free-handed the Nuka-Cola logo. Once the paint was dry, I poured some black paint inside the bottle and shook it up and spun it around until it was coated to look like it was full of pop. Then I pounded the less bent of the two caps back onto the bottle and I was done.

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Again, Bryan loved it!

Both of these gifts really surprised him, which means I won Valentine’s Day this year. Though, to be fair he bought me tickets to see Beauty and the Beast which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT GAHHHHHHHHHHH.

I also made him a couple love coupons, but I’ve done that before so it wasn’t too exciting. Here they are anyways though!

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Thanks for reading!