Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Montana Avenue Art Walk - July 16, 2015

I'm so thrilled to be taking part in the annual Montana Avenue Art Walk again this year! As always, there will be music, food, fun, and artists galore! Please stop by 1308 Montana Avenue from 5 to 9 pm. Thanks to Evelyn Lauchenauer and all the lovely people at Berkshire Hathaway for inviting me. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Meet the Artists - Tonight at Century Books

If you weren't able to come to last week's opening, I hope you'll stop by Century Books tonight to meet me, Steve Marosvolgyi and Bruce Hedges. The event starts at 8 pm and there will be wine, food and live jazz with Krys Mach. Hope to see you there tonight, May 2 any time after 8pm. Century Books, 1039 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Group Exhibit at Century Books in Pasadena

I'll be taking part in a group exhibit on Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. at Century Books in Pasadena.I hope you'll be able to come to the opening; if not, please be sure to visit Century Books next time you're in the area. This used bookstore, owned by Judith and Steve, is housed in a lovely old building on Green Street. In addition to books, the store features art exhibits in their upstairs gallery, live classical and jazz concerts, and other cultural events. 1039 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter's Eve

Somewhere in the frozen north, a girl and her fox gallop through the snowy landscape. Only the soft pad of the fox's paws break the frosty silence.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The 4" x 4" Sketch Challenge - Halloween Edition

This is the first in my new series of tiny sketch challenges. I thought it only fitting that, given the season, the theme should be Halloween. The rules are simple: make a small piece of art (4" x 4") with a Halloween theme. Use color, black and white, paint, pencil, charcoal, photos, collage - whatever medium you choose. And you don't have to be an artist to take part - it's just fun to try to make a picture in such a small space, like writing a one-line short story or doing a gesture sketch in life drawing. If you decide to join the challenge, post your tiny masterpiece on your blog or website and send me a link in the comments section so I can share. Oh - I just remembered one more rule - have fun!

This challenge is also posted on Facebook, and I'm happy to say some of my friends took up the gauntlet with style.

The first entry is from Suzy Block. She combined the 4 x 4 sketch challenge with her Doodle-A-Day project to come up with this fearsome pirate and his sweet Mini Me. Visit Suzy's Monkey 2 Monkey Blog to view all of her Doodle-A-Day entries.

Illustrator Kat McD has really gotten into the Halloween spirit by painting the Man in the Moon's face and using a couple of cleverly-placed clouds to suggest a ruffled collar and wisps of clown hair. I wonder if that's the Great Pumpkin he's watching over?

I really love Laurie Young's entry: a cute little trick-or-treater with vampire fangs and a bat headband.

Look at the way the moonlight silhouettes the witch's hat in this mysterious and moody entry from illustrator Steven Corvelo Those hauting yellow eyes really pull you into the picture.

From the mind of Jake Gordon: the Big Three of 1930s Universal Studios horror flicks: Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Wolfman.

Carah Smith's image evokes a sense of frantic danger, with the jagged wings of the bats mimicking the jagged teeth of the leering Jack O'Lantern. And is that a horde of zombies on the horizon? Yikes!

Mary Peterson has a unique take on the usually gloomy Edgar Allen Poe. This sunny yellow background makes him look (almost) cheerful!

This big-eyed black cat by Lois Keller reminds me of that old Groucho Marx quote: "A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Little Witch on a Scooter - From Sketch to Finished Illustration

I scanned my original sketch at 300 dpi into Photoshop, then used a few standard Photoshop Dry Media Brushes (graphite pencil, charcoal pencil, and #2 pencil) to color it in a soft black, orange, and brown Halloween palette. As I worked, I made some changes to the original drawing, mainly to the cat and the little witch's face. In the sketch, the cat is facing backward. I turned him around so he is now facing forward and visually engaged with the little witch. Originally, he was a long, lean critter, but I decided to change him into a plump, sleekly satisfied black cat. I made the witch's face softer and wider and moved her hair so you can clearly see her sweet expression. In addition, I made her feet smaller (no need to give the poor girl boats for feet!) and added the pumpkin lantern as a finishing touch. Finally, I added texture by scanning in a sheet of watercolor paper. I scaled it back to 12% and placed it on a layer behind the drawing. I multiplied the drawing layer so the texture shows through. My goal was to retain the original feel of a hand-drawn illustration, and I'm pretty pleased with the results.

You can find "Little Witch on a Scooter" at my Etsy shop, Raven and Renn.