Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gingerbread House for Creative Tuesdays!

Hi All! I'm late but I'm getting my submission in just under the deadline and I had a lot of fun drawing this C.T, gingerbread house sketch, especially as I'm trying to work with new mediums.

 My little Gingerbread House was built by this Intrepid squirrel who is eating an acorn and admiring his handiwork. As far as the mediums that I did this in, same as usual I worked with ink and watercolor paper-- but the brown is actually 4 shots of espresso! I am experimenting by painting with mediums are not just paint, including different types of tea, wine, and good old coffee slash espresso.

This challenge is due today! So please go to the most recent entry at, and click on the link at www.creatuvetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk, to enter your Gingerbread House. Happy Creative Tuesdays, and thank you, Mister Toast!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Treehouse, Creative Tuesdays!

Hi All,

Once again I am doing this from my phone so I hope it turns out okay! Below is my piece.



My creative Tuesday's is a lonely and sad girl going to hide away and wanting to be away from everybody else. Just her and her tree house. However, she has a little koala friend who is climbing around and knows she is hiding and is concerned.

To submit, please go to the most recent post at www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk.
Due today!

Thank you Michael, and I am sorry mine is so late! Phone is dying but when I get to a computer I will look at everyone's work.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Patterns and Little Red Riding Hood For Creative Tuesdays

Hello, All!  I am so sorry to have missed C.T.  So, I have a few images, for last time's prompt of "Patterns," and this week's prompt of "Little Red Riding Hood." I have combined the themes.

Pattern Piece 1.  I did this for an upcoming "Day of the Dead" show I'm in, and this is actually an homage to a Koala in real life at the L.A. Zoo who died, named Killarney.  I love patterns, and below, is a piece I have full of patterns on the costume, in addition to some images on the bottom that aren't patterns:



Little Red/Pattern Piece 2.  This is my dual submission for last and this week, fully on the Pattern and "Red Riding Hood" theme.  I digitally turned a piece I made called "The Adventures of Little Red Riding-Hook" (as she has a hook for a hand and is in scuba gear) into a pattern.  It's a little Magic-Eye ish, I think:



And, 3.  Original Piece (Little Red Riding Hood): In case anyone wants to see it, the above piece came from this original below:



I am looking forward to seeing what other people post!  You have until tomorrow, Tuesday, to post something.  Please sign up at Mister Toast's Link Below, until Midnight tomorrow Mountain Time

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/09/new-ct-theme-is.html

Thanks for reading and hope everyone is well <3 br="">

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Happy Halloween! #Inktober zine in the works, as well as "Echidna and Echeveria" Accordion Book update

Happy Almost Halloween!

It's my favorite Holiday, and am happy to celebrate with some drawings.  I'm going to be self-publishing a little character design zine of all my Inktober drawings, probably out early 2016.  I'd love to have it out for the Holidays, but it isn't practical with shows I already have coming up and a big trip home soon.

Anyway, below are some Ink (and Jack O' Lantern) Cacti, Punny Ink and Gouache Cats, Ink and Marker DOTD characters I drew to honor my late Great Grandparents, Grandmother, and Grauntaunt, and a Zomb-balerina.  If you scroll past those, you can see an update on Mister Echidna!

 



So, the next pictures are some further illustrations I've done on my "Echidna, Echeveria" project.  It's an illustrated story for kids, and I am going to initially be releasing it as a self-published Accordion Book.

I have seen some great zines created in the accordion book style, and I am excited to draw something that can double as a self-published book, as well as a folded piece of art that can (literally) fold out and stand on its own.  Also, I love the tiny accordion books that I've seen my students in zine-making make, and am inspired to make one of my own.

In my project, on one side, the book will showcase the part of the story where the Echidna gets lost in a Cacti Garden and makes a friend, and be in color (original drawn in Prismacolor pencil).  On the other, it will show another garden, where the animal friends Echidna got separated from, are still strolling through.

Scroll below for some sketches I'm doing to prepare for drawing out this section.  Again, I won't have this finished in time for Christmas, but if you love spiky animals/plants, look for it around Valentine's Day of 2016 ^_^




Thank you all for reading, and have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Creative Tuesdays: Journey and Plum







































Hello All at C.T.!  So I didn't finish my "journey" illustration on time, but, I did combine it with "plum."  I'm using it in the sense of the color, as seen throughout the illustration, in addition to the fruit.  Both that she is holding, and that is printed on her shirt.

This girl is off to a journey (and is dressed for it, as she's wearing a backpack, kicking around a compass-- admittedly probably not the best way to tell direction-- and wearing a skirt patterned in planes), but maybe one she didn't plan for.  This plum she's holding has burst forth with color, and perhaps is taking her to a new land.  I imagine that it's a portal transporting her to a magical world, through a plum-my, deep purple portal.

And now, without further ado, here are some links!  I'll update this when it's time to post the actual linksy link, but for now, please check out the link to this theme and prompt (plum), and below that, to our great collective organizer and founder, Mister Toast's, Blog:

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/08/next-creative-tuesdays-theme-is.html

http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/

Take care and all the best!  Hope everyone reading is well.

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Donna




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Fish" For Creative Tuesdays

Hello, everyone at Creative Tuesdays!  Just like last week, I have been a little swamped (family stuff and I am also working four jobs and running all over L.A. County teaching art and cartooning at art centers/summer camps), so, I digitally collaged together pieces from a piece I had already done for this "Fish" challenge as my new piece, and am also including the original piece which has fish as well as other sea creatures (it's a coloring page from my self-published coloring book, and it is all about the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, CA).

Below is my pattern, featuring Weedy Seadragons (my favorite kinds of fish/seahorses, they're so cool), Catfish, Seahorses, and Jellyfish.  All "fish" just for this challenge!










































And below, is the original page this fish pattern came from, including corals, an aquarium-y girl, and a California Sea Lion.







































And now, for some links!

Here is the link to submit!  I myself am doing this last minute, but, you have until later today to submit your "Fish for Creative Tuesdays" piece:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/07/sign-up-now-for-fish.html

And here, please check out Michael/Mister Toast's blog!  He's the amazing artist, organizer, and leade rof this great collective:  http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/

Hope everyone had a Happy and Safe Fourth!  Too many Fireworks in my neighborhood were painful for my ears and head, but I am hoping the celebrations are a little tamer now that we're moving forward into July.  Happy Creative Tuesdays, All ^_^

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time For Tea And Coffee At Creative Tuesdays!


Hello, everyone at Creative Tuesdays!  I'm so sorry I missed the last challenge.  I was in New York visiting my Mom and Dad, and I had just gotten through visiting my Alma Mater for my College Reunion!  Ten years, eep :-\  But anyway, I was swamped with good things and stressful things, and missed that challenge, but now I'm back.

As for this challenge for C.T., I made a new piece for this challenge (seen above) using compilations of old pieces, and am also including a piece I already completed (seen below the description below), because I think it's too on theme not to <3 nbsp="" p="">
I LOVE COFFEE AND TEA (whoops, caps lock is the typed version of being loud), and I love puns, so, be warned both of my submissions involve bad jokes and marsupials.  Above, I took am illustration of a little teatime Koala I drew (a koala-ty drawing, I hope), and digitally collaged it to be a full illustration with a different part of the same piece it's a part of.  I made a paper doll illustration last year for a class I took that was huge, I cut it down into several pieces, and then folded it into a book.  Anyway, scanning in other parts from the book, I used the section with macarons as a teatime cookie styled border, and collaged the Koala-tea Koala to be in the center of this piece.

Below, is a card design I drew a while ago, that I get printed on Watercolor Printer at a favorite printer, and sell at Comic Cons and Art Shows. The bad joke and tea silliness I hope speaks for itself.


And now, for some links!

Below, please click to submit!  You have until later today to submit a coffee and tea related piece:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/06/sip-and-savour.html

And here, please check out Michael/Mister Toast's blog!  He's the great illustrator and organizer that runs this collective, and you should check out his amazing drawings:
http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/2016/06/creative-tuesdays-time-for-tea.html
http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/

Thanks for reading guys and hope you are well!  So excited to see everyone's great pieces for this.

Donna