MOVING TO NEW SITE


I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not missing, instead I have ventured into the wonderful world of my own website!

http://www.craftyartistkc.com is now live. Although it is not completed, I am slowly transitioning my posts over to the new site. Please please please go check it out and subscribe via email. I will be adding a lot more ways to follow me, but for now, please subscribe via email.

For The Horde!


This piece was so delightful. For those of you who don’t know, I am a long time player of World of Warcraft, a mmorpg made by Blizzard. I have been playing since, what we like to call, vanilla wow, which simply means, World of Warcraft before any expansions. Along with playing the game, I have also been a long-time Horde player, which is the cause for the symbol below. I’m sure I could do better if I drew the symbol more, but I think this is pretty good for my first time.

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I used several pens and color pencils for this, all of which were Staedtler. Staedtler pigment liners for the black, Staedtler fineliners for the red dots, and Staedtler color pencils for the symbol colored in.

If you also play WOW, I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

 

Collaboration – Jeanne Burbage


I wanted to share this collaboration I did with Jeanne Burbage. She is an incredibly talented artist from Canada. She offered up this Valentines Day doodle for her fans on a Facebook group I belong to, Lines & Designs, to color. This is my coloring of her doodle, and although I rarely color my own doodles it was very fun coloring on hers. I used Staedtler Color Pencils found in the clearance section at Wal-mart of all places.

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Please visit her website here and buy her coloring book. There is a wonderful flip through of her coloring book on YouTube, please check it out! She hopes to have a new book out in March. She also has a Facebook page here. Always remember to show your support for artists.

Teal and blue


I have a dear friend who is in love with teal and blues. She is also an artist friend of mine and I knew that she would appreciate and one of a kind art piece for her home. I had so much fun drawing this and perfecting it. it was worth all the time and energy when I watched her reaction when she opened it. 

I am so blessed to have people in my life that not only appreciate my artistic abilities but encourage them as well. This special lady is just one of those memtioned. 

Here is a close up so you can see the detail and shimmer in the finished product.

Black and White vs. Color


So here it goes. I drew this doodle over lunch at work and finished up the coloring at home. But for now, I would like an honest opinion of if you like black and white or add color. Look below and let me know in the comments.

Option 1:

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Let me know! Drop a comment below!

Flower power


I wanted to post this project. It took me 8.5 hours to complete. It is on 11×14 sketchbook paper. The first and hardest thing to do is determine what shape your Mandala will take. I find it easier to do this part in pencil so that I can get my basic shape using my compass. After I determined that this would have a floral patter, I decided to build off the flower to make it not too flowery. I wanted to bring spring back.

Picking out the colors was a lot of fun. I just got a set of 48 Staedtler Color Pencils at Hobby Lobby for $20 USD. This was pricey as far as color pencils go, but it was more affordable than the much sought after Faber-Castell ones. A set of 24 Faber-Castell color pencils runs around $40 USD. The thing I loved most about these color pencils were that they are triangular. At first I was a little weary about how they would sharpen, but everything worked out great with them. The colors are very vibrant, which surprised me, but shouldn’t have because I already love the Staedtler brand so much.

Choosing colors to work with was fun. The blue, pink and purple seemed like a no-brainer as far as spring colors were concerned. But I needed two more that would bring this piece home. The green came next. Seemed natural to have green leaves to compliment the floral pattern. Lastly, I had a choice between yellow and orange. I really didn’t want orange in there because I felt like it would clash too much with the pink, so yellow it is. I couldn’t be more happy with how it all turned out. And being my first floral patterned mandala, I thought it was a pretty solid start.

I would love to know your thoughts on the project. Let me know in the comments below!