November Colouring Challenge

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A new month dawned yesterday, so it was time to set Novembers Colouring Challenge over on Angela Porter’s Colouring Book Fans on facebook.

The challenge is to colour the template using the provided colour palette.

The template and palette details are only available in the facebook group, so head on over there if you fancy joining me in the challenge!

I can’t wait to see what you do with the palette and template and how different they will all look.

Remembrance

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It took me a couple of days to draw and colour these poppies rising through and floating on the green swirls.

It was a very intuitive drawing, and as I completed it I realised that the poppies are like memories, remembrances that rise with and float upon the currents of thoughts that flow through our conscious minds.  Sometimes they stay below the surface, not forgotten but resting, at other times they rise up singly or, as in this case, in a plethora.  Sad, painful even, in some cases, in others joyful.

Quite fitting as we leave Hallowe’en behind and move towards Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

I’ve added this design to products available in both my Vida Collection and my Zippi Portfolio.

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My art on Zippi

Yup, I have a collection now at Zippi.  I only have one design there at the moment – Autumnly Entangled – but it’s available on a wide range of products including canvases, prints, cards, mugs, phone cases and skins, and more, and all affordable.

Here’s the framed print of this design:

Autumnly Entangled 7 to 11

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Lots of drawing done over the past three or so days and I haven’t had a chance to upload these.

The set of four are approx. 4″ square and the paper has been coloured with distress inks.

The bigger one is drawn on ombre paper for ‘scrapbookers’.  The central image is 6″ square.  It was a bit of a ‘mare to draw; the paper isn’t absorbent and the ink takes ages to dry, which means smudging was a bit of a problem, but I’ve managed to mostly disguise it with patterns.   I need to dry different pens on this paper, as I do like the colours.  If I can’t find a way to draw on it, then I’ll be using it to mount other artwork on and in mixed media and card making endeavours.

Yes, it did seem a good idea at the time!  It could be back to colouring all my own paper again ….

Mandala madness?

Angela Porter Autumn Mandala 02 coloured Sept 2017

Another day, another mandala! Also, an unusual colour scheme from me …

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and my Microsoft Surface Pen and Surface Book.

 

Doodles and zentangles…not digital!

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That’s right!  Not digital, but drawn using Pitt Artist Pens from Faber-Castell.

Something inside me told me I needed a break from playing around with digital art, and that my pen wielding skills needed a bit of a dusting off.

If anything, drawing digitally has resulted in me being a bit more confident and fluid with my pen strokes.  I also realised that it’s a lot easier for me to work out designs on paper (though I’m not happy with all of the drawings above – a bit out of practice, maybe).

I’m  my latest drawings for the Dover Publications project, I have been drawing out the bare bones of a sketch on paper, scanning in and then working on it digitally.  That has helped me with size and layout of the design for sure.

This makes me hanker after a Surface Studio even more, as I’d be able to work on a digital image at a 1:1 scale for A4 drawings at the very least.

It’s not easy for me, it seems, to get my brain around the the fluidity of scale of drawing digitally as compared to the fixed scale on paper.

All the same, I really enjoyed wielding a pen with creativity on paper rather than screen.  It has it’s own pleasures, and challenges, including having to work with the mark you make when you put ink directly on paper; there’s no easy ‘erase button’ to be used!  So, it’s more about going with the flow and the creative opportunities that the permanency of ink results in (creative opportunities being the positive way to view ‘mistakes’; as I was once told, there’s no mistakes in art, only happy accidents!).

Oh, the boxes on the images.  Well, I do intend to scan these in individually and create files for printing out, the boxes being there where a greeting or message or quote can be placed.

Also, each drawing is approx. 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm)

Mandala, 27 July 2017

Angela Porter 17 July 2017 coloured

Inbetween working on a colouring book for Dover, I get to play with mandalas from time to time.  This is today’s coloured mandala.

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Microsoft Surface Book, Microsoft Surface Pen.