Week 2: 30 Faces / 30 Days

So… week 2. Looking back on the week, I can see some real progress.

I struggled with color and was so down about it, I initially could see no progress in the color work, but thanks to fellow artists’ comments on Sktchy, I was able to look with fresh eyes and see the progress in the 3rd color attempt this week!

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Day 10

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I am excited to be able to now identify a bit of progress with handling color, [thanks Sktchy Artists!] and will be working more with color next week. As for today’s picture [below], the anatomy was complicated enough, so back to my go-to medium, graphite… which will leave me some time to try and clean my sorely neglected house.

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Day 14

Stay tuned for more next week!

30 Faces / 30 Days

So I am so happy to be participating in the February Sketchy challenge: 30 Faces / 30 Days. It started on Monday February 5th. The idea is each day all the participants get the same photo, plus some cool art tips to try while making the daily portrait. Once finished, we all post our pictures online. Oh and there are online video tutorials. So far there have been two and they are amazing!

This is such great practice. It gets my butt into the studio and I feel I am improving every day. But to really see the learning curve [or lack thereof], I decided to post the pictures I’ve completed in weekly groups. Here are the week 1 pictures:

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Day 3

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Day 6

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Stay tuned for the next installment of 30 faces / 30 days… and seriously, for inspiration check out Sktchy on facebook , and at the Sktchy blog.

Sending this Puppy to Australia!

Are we there yet

SO this month I’ve been prepping my submission to the 18th Annual Twitter Art Exhibition AKA TAE18.  Here’s what I’ve got so far… I think he’s adorable!

The exhibit accepts one postcard sized submission per artist. The work is donated to be sold for charity. This year’s charity is Pegasus Riding for the Disabled in Canberra. This is my first year participating and am really excited to be supporting Therapeutic Riding!

Playing with Medieval Themes

 

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If subtle is more your style, you can always display the reverse. Or flip it over as the situation warrants!

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Catitude!

SO… it all started with an antique French button. Add some digital magic and voila!

Hello Green Eyed Cat:

Zazzle has just added plus sizes. Their print services are so amazing that I had to try my hand at plus size t-shirts.

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Here is my Green Eyed Cat t-shirt. Hard to believe that image started out as a little antique silver button.

At my shop, the green eyed cat keeps popping up on all sorts of items…Like this 20″ throw pillow, with one side featuring a salmon background, and the other a blue violet background. So adorably girly!

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And my all time favorite Green Eyed Cat Glass Coasters.

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These coasters remind me of my grandmother’s cordial glasses, with their silver stems and translucent glass bowls in a rainbow of rich pastel hues. I was so fascinated by them as a child!

Clockwise from the upper right: in cat’s eye green, blue violet, salmon, and teal. A fabulous hostess gift for the cat lover on your list.

 

I Love this Little Guy!

U is for Unicorn plate

This adorable baby unicorn was found in the margin of a medieval manuscript, climbing up a vine entwined around an illuminated letter. Of course, being a MEDIEVAL little unicorn his original expression was pretty sorrowful. Well, this guy was just too cute to be sad, so I did some digital magic to give him a cute smile… and here he is!

The perfect gift for the unicorn lover young or old, this plate would also make a magical baby shower gift.  U is for Unicorn is the newest listing in my Etsy Shop.

But I couldn’t resist making more items featuring this adorable creature.

 

In addition to these light switch plates, I created some really cool items at my Zazzle Shop:  Brooklyn: Edge of the Sea , including this great wall clock:

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a cosmetic case:

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a cross body bag :

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a women’s long sleeve tee, and a girls long sleeve tee.

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You could say I got carried away.. but I think not. This baby unicorn is just too cute for words!

Two more new inspiring quote light switch plates featuring this baby unicorn are also available at my Etsy Shop

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Dragons over Bohemia

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I  think the backstories of some of my finished pieces are interesting in themselves, so I decided to share them on my studio blog.

Dragons Over Bohemia Pendant Necklace.

Perfect for Halloween, or any time you’re feeling a tad bit ghoulish, this necklace features artwork from the oddly eerie Book of Miracles, published in Augsburg in 1552, and just recently rediscovered.

The Book of Miracles is composed of 169 large watercolor and gouache illustrations chronicalling miraculous, bizarre, and legendary occurrences from biblical times to the present times of the author.

Here, featured on this pendant, is the plate Dragons Over Bohemia. According to the accompanying text, Dragons, both large and small were observed flying, en masse over Bohemia in 1533. This phenomenon is reported to have lasted several days.

For more detail on this and other work available at my shop, visit me at SerraCraft .