Monthly Archives: September 2014

Pony’s Progress

As you may have seen in my last post I’ve been working on a digital version of my purple pony drawing.  I spent a long time trying to create the same kind of background I used before but I didn’t like how it was turning out.

PPonyProgress3smallI decided to try a more simple background.

PPonyJustFlowerssmallThen I decided to add some clouds.

PPonyFlwrCloudsmallThe horse is wrapped up as a present for a friend who was born in the Year of the Horse.

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Evolution of the Horse

I’m currently re-working another old piece.  Here it is from my teenage/young adult years:

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The red version is my one and only attempt at lino printing. I like the design a lot but my adult self felt the need to have more realistic proportions. Here is how I ruined the design with correct proportions:
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Here is the design without the ugly neck:
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You might recognise the next incarnation:
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And here is the digital version in progress:

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Gigi, duck!

This is for Gigi.  If you want to find out why click here or here.

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Old Cells and Orchids

I finished this piece ages ago but I fell out with it so I didn’t put it on my blog.  I wasn’t very happy with the colour for a start.  I preferred it when it was just black and white.  Then I compounded the problem by putting it in an unsuitable frame.  I gave up on it just now and took it out of the frame.  It was a relief, and, without the frame, the piece doesn’t look so bad.  I’ve still put it away though.

cellsAnd here are some photos of simple and effortless beauty to balance things out.

I was given an orchid plant for Mother’s Day and it’s just come into bloom again. I’m so pleased – just look at all those buds waiting to open. (You can click on the photos to see them enlarged.)

SEPT. 9, ’14 -2ND DAY OF INVISIBLE ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK & MORE—-

This is Invisible Illness Awareness Week and I’m doing my bit to raise awareness of MCS. In case you didn’t see my post yesterday, here is one from Sonda which gives the same message but more LOUDLY! I hope you enjoy her sense of humour as much as I do. 😀

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SEPT. 9, ’14   2ND DAY OF INVISIBLE ILLNESS  AWARENESS WEEK & MORE—-

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HI GUYS—- WELL I’M GOING TO BLOG MCS SIGNS TODAY THAT YOU CAN PRINT OUT & USE—- I HAVE PEOPLE ASK ME –DO YOU REALLY HAVE SIGNS ON YOUR DOORS & PROPERTY SAYING IT IS MCS SAFE & NO TOXIC CHEMICALS?????????????  HELL– YES I DO— I HAVE THEM ALL OVER— & STILL PEOPLE DON’T PAY ANY ATTENTION– I GUESS THEY THINK IT DOESN’T APPLY TO THEM!!!!!!!!  WHO KNOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ALSO HAVE PEOPLE SAY– WILL YOU PLEASE BLOG THOSE SIGNS AGAIN– I NEED TO PRINT SOME OF THEM OUT TO USE!!!! PUT THEM ON YOUR DOORS– YOUR FRONT GATE– YOUR RV WINDOW– ON YOUR BULLETIN BOARD– JUST GO FOR IT– USE HOW EVER YOU WANT!!!!!!!!!!

OK—- HERE WE GO—-

MED REASONS

AWARE

CANARY

BREATHE

PEOPLE KNEW

NEVER LOOSE  HOPE--

CARD FRONT

CARD BACK

PER-FUME

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PEOPLE SICK

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SUPER HERO

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KINDNESS

SMILE

MOTHERS DAY 7

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KNOWLEDGE

THINGS TO DO

HURTS

BRAVEST

SERIOUSLY

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NO fragrance or smoking

HAZARDOUS

CHEMICAL SYSTEM

CCOHS Scent Free Zone

effective enforcement

People with disabilities have the right to equal treatment and equal access

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stupid shit to remember

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PRAYER & PRAISE

PRICE

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SHIT HAPPENS!!!!!!!

SHIT

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SOME TIMES

CRONIC PAIN

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SAY NO

LAUGH

SAVE HUMANS

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CRAZY

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TOXIC PEOPLE

ATTITUDE

DON'T JUDGE ME

DON'T JUDGE

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ACTS COOKIE

WHAT DAY IT IS!!

shit i do

CAN'T BREATHE

AVOID PERFUME

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NO SCENTS AGAIN

FRAGRANCE FREE HOME

PERFUME FREE

PERFUME POISON

THANKS PERFUME AGAIN

thanks for not using

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TOO TIRED TO GIVE A SHIT

DON'T TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY--

WRITE THEIR NAME

SHIT CREEK

the older i get

NO PERFUME SIGN

HUMOR

bad week

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TIREDHAPPY

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BAD INFULIENCE

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gun control

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COURAGE

FAMILY AGIN

dear god

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MCS HORSE SIGN

HOPE IS FAITH

LATER GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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Eau de Colleen

I drew this piece for my blogging friend Colleen.  She’s a talented photographer with a kind heart.  She wants to visit Ireland, land of her ancestors, but she can’t because the trip could kill her.  She suffers from a condition that could creep up on any one of us.  In fact, more Americans are diagnosed with it than with diabetes.  If you want to know what it is, and how to prevent it, then you’d better check out Colleen’s blog.
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I drew this piece in Manga Studio on a drawing tablet called the Cintiq Companion.  Even though it’s digital art I wanted it to look hand-drawn so I avoided using the graphics design tools like grids and rulers.  I must admit to doing plenty of cutting and pasting on the flower grid pattern, fifth up on the right, though. I really enjoyed doing this piece and I’m starting to get better at using layers in Manga Studio.

By the way, if you want to know why the piece says “Eau de Colleen” then you need to check out this post.

Finished Dream

finisheddreamOkay, so I chickened out and stuck with black and white.  But I am using colour on my next piece, which is well under way.