Monday, February 25, 2013

Started something in the new sketchbook

I recently broke down and bought a Moleskine A3-sized sketchbook. It's huge. The pages are slightly larger than 11"x16". It's been sitting in my study, waiting. Until this past weekend that is. Since I have taxes and other unavoidable tedious and expensive paperwork looming over my head, my brain has exploded in a huge bout of creativity to help me procrastinate.

I started this drawing on the weekend and started inking it while I uploaded a pile of artwork to the printers for my Wendycards product line.

I think this really should be a painting in dark vibrant colors, but it will have to wait until I learn how to wield a brush better. Until then it will have to be happy remaining as a pen & ink sketch. But I totally envision the final versionas something heavily influenced by Alex Gray.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Today was a busy day

Designed some fabric when I got home from work.

with three different backgrounds. Black, white and rainbow. There will be projects made from this after I get my samples and then yardage from Spoonflower.

Then I went to art class where we drew a skeleton. The instructor, JD, encouraged me to draw what I saw when I got done with the rib cage and said it kind of looked like a fish.  This thing isn't done yet. I'm not sure exactly how it's going to end up.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Inception of Wendycards

As a child, I was always coming up with business names and ideas. It didn't really stop once I became an adult, either. I've been using the name "Wendycards" for decades now, when I'd make a hand-drawn-and-xeroxed card for a particular friend or occasion, and this month I got the idea to turn it into an actual stationery business. I bought the domain, and I'll be working on the site as soon as I clear a couple of things off my plate.

There will be some themed cards: the Love card that I talked about here, and some humorous get well cards, and cards using other drawings I've done in the past, and a lot of neoPagan-themed cards since that's a market I know pretty well and that is under-served, in my opinion.

I will be selling greeting cards of my own designs and other printed paper products. I have a source for reasonably-priced custom printed Post-It™ notes, so I've been working on 10 designs to produce. In fact, I've just finished them up. And here they are:

I will be taking pre-orders once the site goes live...   I'd love to know what you think!

Friday, February 15, 2013

I've been drawing

I put aside the knitting for a few minutes and spent some time getting ink on my fingers and wrangling pixels. I have an idea for yet another business; this one for stationery products, and I started coming up with ideas to produce. Some of the stuff I'm posting today fits that category, some of it is just playing around. You'll have to check back to discover which.

 I did this last night. The part I was most impressed with was my ability to draw a pentagon within the circle without using a ruler and eyeballing the angles. There were a ton of construction lines penciled in to this. If I used a protractor to do the circles instead of winging it, it would be even more precise. Yes, all I see are the flaws.
Circular knotwork pen and pencil. Sketchbook.
This next piece started as words and a box with lines. I think immediately after I got "My new" written, my granddaughter showed up at the house, and I put the book aside long enough to completely forget the object of the sentence. Oh well.
Doodling with Zentangle influence.
This next one I did on the computer (duh!), playing with the sri yantra. I want to blow this up poster size and just stare at it for a while.

And this one I did for my facebook page, based on a blog post by Neil Gaiman: