Sketchy Business

I’ve been pretty good with resisting the temptations of buying art supplies. Sort of.

Okay, I REALLY needed new pencil leads and lining pens. But that’s besides the point.

As far as sketchbooks, I’ve been pretty fortunate to have received them as gifts or freebies and I have a pretty good supply to keep me busy for a while. Some of these sketchbooks…aren’t originally sketchbooks. Rather, lined notebooks, outdated datebooks. And, in my quest to use up what I already have, I’ve been pairing these with regular ol’ ballpoint pens.

Won’t lie – I do sketch in pencil first then go over with pen.

I’ve discovered that doodling with this pairing – as a friend mentioned – is quite freeing. There’s no pressure of drawing something perfect, hey, it’s lined, go wild! Just the motions of sketching with a ballpoint pen is cathartic as well.

The only reason I played Final Fantasy VII

Sometimes it’s just nice to take a break from the obligations of lining and coloring.

Rivaling the strongest woman in the world

Usually I like going this route when I can’t think of what to draw with color. Sometimes I just like the results of my warm-up doodles!

Big, puffy sleeves. I can’t resist drawing them.

Do you like doodling on any kind of surface, whether they’re lined, squared, or dated? Or are you more of a strictly unlined surface kind of sketcher?

 

Getting Inked

It was time I get Inked-tobered this year.

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For the most part of this month, I partially ditched the markers to give some love to the pens. Though…I’m still a bit puzzled with the rules of Inktober – markers have ink…do they count?

Either way – the drawings this month have been dominated by the mighty pens – even those neat little Sharpies and Sarasa I’d compulsively buy. So it’s really my attempt at using up these things.

Round em’ up:

Tea is at 4. Don't bother knocking.

Tea is at 4. Don’t bother knocking.

Marshmallows are harmless, right?

Marshmallows are harmless, right?

Noticeably, I’ve been using the toned sketchpad – thought I’d take advantage of the toned background to sort of minimize the need to color in anything. Plus – I also snagged a white gel pen along the way. They look really neat on toned paper.

Captain Phasma of Tarth

Captain Phasma of Tarth

Remember how I mentioned “partially ditched the markers”? Mmyep. Maybe two colors max – greys, a red or blue.

I have this unwritten rule that every 10 drawings must include Totoro.

I have this unwritten rule that every 10 drawings must include Totoro.

Running theme other than using pens? Seems I fancy drawing Studio Ghibli characters in pen.

I almost went for the blood-soaked version.

I almost went for the blood-soaked version.

Walking soot that live off of sugar - totally not unusual.

Walking soot that live off of sugar – totally not unusual.

Come see more of my Inktober drawings on my Instagram or Twitter!

Have you been participating in Inktober too?

 

Trade me yours….

…and I’ll trade you mine.

Seriously! I’m down for some good ol’ art trades.

If you’ve seen my Instagram or Twitter – particularly when I share any of my ATCs (art trading cards), I’m always calling out that they’re available for trade!

Depending on the order, this can be seen as the animals Minmay slaughtered for dinner.

Depending on the order, this can be seen as the animals Minmay slaughtered for dinner.

So let’s do this!

The theme was... Ferelden stew.

The theme was… Ferelden stew.

See any doodle – ATC or regular drawing that interests you and you’d like to trade for a piece of your artwork? Hit me up!

A Sticky Situation

The awesome thing about where I live – access to a ton of places to get all kinds of craft supplies, sometimes for cheap.

The bad thing – I’m often tempted to buy said craft supplies. Often at a place called Daiso that’s no more than a 10 minute drive from me.

And, one of the many things from Daiso, is the latest thing I’ve been stuck on is washi tape (hyuk hyuk!).

Put a cute pattern on almost anything and I'll likely want it.

Put a cute pattern on almost anything and I’ll likely want it.

First time I ran into these cool things was at a Maido shop downtown – lots of these had traditional Japanese patterns – all lovely, and I had to buy a roll! Only…I had no idea what to do with it other than making greeting cards.

Fast forward a year or two and an Instagram account later and I spot an artist doing some amazing things with the tape that I never even thought of doing.

Inspired, I bought a few other rolls and tried that method. Oh…I tried.

“I’m not getting paid enough for this..”

Not exactly the turnout I expected. So the tape was put aside for a while.

I REALLY wanted to incorporate this tape that was piling up – but I wanted to color my drawings more with marker than to fill the gaps with them. And, plus, I have no sense of style. My drawings would have the same 3 patterns for clothing – no matter what the setting. Sci-fi? Cherry blossom suit. Fantasy? Postage stamp gown!

So just recently, I gave these rolls the perfect role and they’ll be STICKING to it.

Couldn't slice an onion in 15 seconds? Your meal has FAILED.

Couldn’t slice an onion in 15 seconds? Your meal has FAILED.

This tape is applied similarly to those correction white-out tapes. Pretty handy . What with the food pattern I had a bit of a running theme of characters eating or drinking.

A little bourbon for that tea?

A little bourbon for that tea?

The actual washi tape was a bit more tricky to apply as  background. My first mistake was sticking it DIRECTLY onto the drawing – and, as sticky things will do, it stuck onto them and I had to gingerly peel it off after cutting away the excess.

*Is secretly amused that Rio thinks he's sleeping with two different women*

*Is secretly amused that Rio thinks he’s sleeping with two different women*

Pretty sure other artists use washi the same way. And I had to figure out the method without having a character’s face be ripped off by a pattern of flowers.

“No one must know that this smutty novel also has pictures!”

And then – what? Wax paper? Of course! This is what they use, right? Either way it works perfectly – I could lay a piece over the drawing, stick the tape on, slice out the extra, and peel it away without wrecking the drawing!

From some movie...Star...something.

From some movie…Star…something.

Still needs a bit more work, but now my drawings have interesting backgrounds! I’m loving washi tape much more!

Take a look at my other doodles with washi tape backgrounds on my Instagram.

Know what else is cool about this stuff? You don’t even have to go anywhere fancy to find them – the latest roll I got was from Target! I think I even saw a pretty good selection at a Staples.

Do you use washi tape? Where do you stick it?

Art that gets me wet (sorta)

I want to talk about my on and off again relationship with my watercolor set.

It's not you, it's me.

It’s not you, it’s me.

We had our awkward moments. Then I thought we were getting serious.

Then markers came in so…we decided to take a “break”

Then we kind of ran into each other and did some catching up.

I don’t know. This is getting complicated. One day, it feels like, yeah…this is the ONE.

And then we don’t talk to each other for days.

We are still talking about watercolors, right?

Man, I love this set. I don’t use it as much s I’d love to – I’m getting there. Seeing other artists out there using watercolors for their manga-esque pieces really inspired me to pull out the set more often.

Water you wading for?

Water you wading for?

Sounds cheesy, but it really is like having an entire set of water-based markers….with all the fun of mixing and watering down to get that color you need.

Snow White with a cosmetically-challenged apple.

Snow White with a cosmetically-challenged apple.

I learn the hard way – very often- that watercolor is something that requires patience. A LOT of patience. I love the layering of tones – but waiting a bit for the previous layer to dry can get me antsy. Being too impatient just results in blotchy bleeding and me drowning my sorrows in an entire bag of Cheetos.

 

"Please draw me a dreamy handsome companion soon!"

“Please draw me a dreamy handsome companion soon!”

Still, though, I love the results. They’re particularly fun to use when making greeting cards and ATC (artist trading cards). Probably because I like to work on smaller surfaces!

MAOW!

MAOW!

"You, me, and some Ferelden stew. What do you say?"

“You, me, and some Ferelden stew. What do you say?”

If you’re curious about this particular set – it’s called the Sakura Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box. It’s crazy handy and, for people who like to have their stuff strewn about like me – cleanup is hardly cleanup.

Did I mention TRADE? I DID, didn’t I? If you’re interested in a trade of art things, come chat with me!

 

Your Childhood – The Unruining

At least…that was kind of my goal last week.

In keeping with weekly themes, I finished off last week with “Nostalgia”. Nostalgic mostly, of course, for grown-ups around my age! And maybe some of our parents who had to bear with our naggings of wanting the new toys of the time.

You could say that my video game gals theme led into nostalgia since many of the characters were from classics. So I looked back on favorite characters I had as toys or watched frequently.

Leading off the week was a slightly altered version of Roxanne “Roxy” Pellegrini of The Misfits from the Jem cartoon. I’m pretty sure I started drawing her after my occasional mental rages over the so-called Jem “movie” that’s coming out. Seriously, don’t get me started…

"Out of my way. Get out of MY WAY!"

“Out of my way. Get out of MY WAY!”

Out of all the Misfits in the cartoon, Roxy was and still is my fave. Stormer’s the obvious darling – and I love her character too – but as far as just raw badassness, Roxy takes that title. Ok, sure she was in on a lot of murder attempts (as all the Misfits were), but she didn’t come from a privileged background and had that no-nonsense meanness. And she let an orphan teach her to read – then continued to be an asshole.

Ok, this one…I’m letting slip only because it was Macross Monday. And when I say Macross, I mean the first Macross – or Robotech as many of us remember. Juuuust ignore the N7 and you got your standard Valkyrie ace pilot.

If she were in a classic Macross love triangle - would she go for the dude or the chick?

If she were in a classic Macross love triangle – would she go for the dude or the chick?

Fine, fine – to be fair this uniform was based off of the Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie rather than the series. I picked this style uniform since it had more armor-ish parts to it – especially if I was doing a crossover with Mass Effect.

Oh mah gah. Strawberry Shortcake. If there was one classic toy I had a lot of, it was this one. I think about her now and squee over how adorable she was. Back then I probably thought she was so badass because she had strawberry everything. I probably thought she got to eat candy and jam all day since…there weren’t any grownups around except for those bad guys. Welp, this is how I remember her:

Go ahead, smell your screen!

Go ahead, smell your screen!

I’m still trying to figure out if toys we loved back then really were better or we’re just getting crotchety. Because I seriously don’t dig Strawberry Shortcake’s modern makeover. She looks a little too normal.

Did I say I had a ton of Strawberry Shortcake toys? Scratch that – I had a crap-ton of SHE-RA toys. Action figures with hair you can comb? Come on – do they make that anymore? Maybe, but they’ll never be as awesome as She-Ra and her hot friends. When I thought I had all her friends and that one bad girl, they come out with another series and then… my mom couldn’t catch up. Sadness.

Where was I? Oh yeaaahhh…the drawing…the nostalgia theme thing.

She lifts huge boulders and hurls bad guys with nary a scratch or tangle. HOW DOES SHE DO IT?

She lifts huge boulders and hurls bad guys with nary a scratch or tangle. HOW DOES SHE DO IT?

I have to say, despite her sword looking a little lame, I’m really proud of this one. Maybe I’ll draw a full figure of her one of these days.

Now we’re going into the realm of magical beasts with powers stored in their guts. Yup – I’m talking about the Care Bears. I didn’t have too many toys of these guys, but I regularly watched the cartoon. Now that I think about it, I was kind of indifferent to these guys. I didn’t exactly love them, but I never disliked them. But – they did come to mind when remembering a conversation I had with a friend about the Care Bears and how they could exploit their powers. Thus…Grumpy Bear. The bear of Wratth.

Shadow defines light. That was Grumpy Bear's quote, wasn't it?

Shadow defines light. That was Grumpy Bear’s quote, wasn’t it?

I’m sure he was there to remind kids that where there’s light, there’s shadow and that true happiness doesn’t come without grief. And if you you insult him, he will unleash his wrath and all will fall into darkness. That was the lesson, right?

Now we come to Rainbow Brite – maybe one of the precursors to magical girls. In my mind, as a kid, she was related to She-Ra, or She-Ra Jr. She had her own castle, her own magical steed, and a bunch of friends who…had…their own color…or something. And magical sprinkles. I watched the heck out of that cartoon, and even then I wondered why she and her friends were shorter than the one normal kid she hung out with. And where were their parents?!

Nevermind that – what the heck went on with her hair? I couldn’t tell if those were bangs or the hair that was being tied back into that ponytail that’s a few shakes away from coming loose. I remember and still am all kinds of confused with her hair. So I took some creative liberties as I’ve already done with everything else.

I was also seriously confused with her footwear. Were those...boots? Or really puffy socks with thick-soled shoes?

I was also seriously confused with her footwear. Were those…boots? Or really puffy socks with thick-soled shoes?

Googling some references of her resulted in some pics of her updated look. Sigh. I suppose she needed a makeover, especially that hair – but she doesn’t feel as magical. I’m sure that’s how a lot of us feel with our childhood favorites – the way we enjoyed them back then was always the best. Guess we’ll have to accept that these things are subject to modern makeovers…

 

…but don’t get me started on the Jem “movie”.

 

 

Crowns and Crystal Gems

I’m back into the swing of things and my Dailies are daily (twice a day if I’ve missed one).

Themes are something I haven’t done since, maybe last year’s #DoodleADay when I had a week of scribbling Daedric Princes. Looking at the recent Dailies, you could say there was a bit of a running theme – namely crowns and sassy girls.

I’m secretly a bit of a goth/sweet/elegant/aristocrat Lolita – and one of my favorite motifs that are often accompanied by lolita styles are crowns. Not just those simple little crowns or circlets, but those regal crowns lined with velvet or fur and encircled with a “cage” of gold and topped with emblems.

Crowns are one of those things I’ve always wanted to draw, but had (or still have) problems drawing them. It’s one of those situations where, the more you draw it, the better you get. So here’s to getting better at doodling these things!

Po-po-po-poker face. My po-poker face.

Po-po-po-poker face. My po-poker face.

A crown fit for a Sweet Lolita. Or magical girl. Or pirate space alien vegetarian biotics engineer with commitment issues who's also a spiderphobe.

A crown fit for a Sweet Lolita. Or magical girl. Or pirate space alien vegetarian biotics engineer with commitment issues who’s also a spiderphobe.

Sweet (and sticky) is the head that wears this crown.

Sweet (and sticky) is the head that wears this crown.

 

While not really crown or lolita related, the next few doodles were still girly and kind of magical. I easily became a fan of Steven Universe after watching the first episode. I won’t get into the why’s of liking it because I’m terrible at putting together words when describing the things I like.

But anyhoo, after watching a few episodes, some fanart was due. Fanart of the fabulous Crystal Gems. The latest I drew was Amethyst.

She'd roll over and fart if you told her your feelings.

She’d roll over and fart if you told her your feelings.

Neither a Crystal, Gem, or remotely magical – my version of Snow White. She’s quite the dreamer, she is. Who is this handsome fellow she’s dreaming about?

For all we know, she's probably mocking her step-mom.

For all we know, she’s probably mocking her step-mom.

While drawing Dailies helps keep my drawing arm moving – I do get blocked from time to time. I could see having a theme for a week giving me some direction. Maybe I’ll give it a go soon!

Do any of you doodlers and scribblers do themed dailies?