Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Creative Tuesdays and the theme of "Bread and Jam"

Hello All!  I decided to do a simpler, graphic sketch for this C.T., and I had fun!

First off, the theme was bread and jam.  I thought of doing something sweet and classic, maybe a child wearing a Victorian outfit eating some bread and jam.  But then I couldn't stop thinking about Kawaii-- that means super cute in Japanese, and there are a lot of tee-shirts, designs, and just drawings on the web of Kawaii food, where food becomes anthropomorphic, has cute little faces, and has a life of its own.

So, for my "Bread and Jam" submission, there are two tiny pieces of toast who are friends.  One has to help the other, as you can see from the caption above.  I had fun doing this as it was a fun pun to create, and a fun little scene to draw.  I suppose it's a bit cute yet dark given the predicament of the toast in the jam, but, luckily he's got a friend there to save him from the sticky situation.

With maybe a bit of tweaks and re-drawing, I feel like it could work as a tee-shirt or a silly card design.  I know Mister Toast and others have discussed the merits of Traditional art over Vector art, but I'm glad that I drew this one with lines that I think could translate to Vector-ing, if necessary.  I used a pentel brush pen for the lines, le plume markers for the blue background and some of the coloring (those are like copics but not as much), and watercolor for everything else.

Hope everyone is having a great day!  Here is the link to Mister Toast's website, where you can see his wonderful illustrations and read his blog:

And here's his blog entry to submit for today's theme of "bread and jam," for which there is still a bit of time:

Thanks for reading!  Hugs and take care.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Pig" for Creative Tuesdays!

Hi everyone!  Above is my initial submission for the Creative Tuesdays challenge of "PIG!"  It's done in a looser, more cartoony style than I sometimes work in, but I've been playing around with this (and I think this style works good for one panel, gag-cartoon images where the image should be clear-er to read, without too many distracting details like I sometimes am prone to use).

I sketched this out with a brush pen and filled in with Le Plume (like Copic, alchol based and not water based) markers.  My "Pig" piece has to do with the phrase "When pigs fly," which people (or other animals, I am sure) don't think ever happens in real life.  My silly cartoon has a Pig, actually, doing just that, while being confused at seeing a Pink Elephant, who is in turn confused at seeing the Airborne Swine.

A tiny Pink Mouse is also sneaking up, and has no idea what to make of the scene.  Maybe they were all born bright pink.  Or maybe the Elephant and the Mouse wandered into a vat of paint.  Either way, these animals are all a little skeptical of one another, but I'm sure they'll eventually get over it and play together. Maybe if Piggy is strong, he can pick them up and fly them places.

I just got the aforementioned Le Plume markers over the weekend while attending an Anime convention, and they are often used for cartoon and comic illustration.  So, I thought it would be fun to do a little scene for this C.T. submission in a comic-y format, and put these markers to good use.  I also converted the illustration to a Vector style, to see how it would come out looking more digitally:

I'd wager nearly the same, except the vector would have looked much better if I'd either not colored in the grass and sky I think, or if I'd done it in watercolor, as you can see the lines of the marker in this version.  Oh well.  Living, learning, and verrrrry gradually figuring out the whole digital aspect to art :-p

And now, without further ado, here are the links to the great Mister Toast, and his blog/Creative Tuesday Challenges!

To submit to the theme of "PIG," make sure you do it today, the eighth of July!  Click over to this link to do so:

To check out Mister Toast's site, please go to:

And for Creative Tuesdays overall, please go to:

Hope everyone is doing well, and looking forward to seeing lots of cute Piggies for this challenge :-D

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Creative Tuesdays," and the theme of "I want to go..."

Hello, everyone!  Below is my illustration (a children's illustration) with a double meaning for the C.T. prompt, "I want to go!"


My initial "wanting to go" response was, "I want to go outside and play!"  And, if we're going to get technical-- it is a dream of mine (because of an obsession with Koalas, and a love of traveling) to visit Australia ^_^

So, my full sentence I guess would be, "I want to go outside and play-- In Australia!"  (With a Koala, Wombat, Kangaroo, Bilby, and any other awesome Zoo Creature).

I guess since I'm from New York and descended from some serious Yankee fans, I can consider this little illustration of a Wombat as a spirit animal, representing what I myself would want to do if playing in his homeland.  Not necessarily playing American baseball, per-see, but frolicking outside would be nice.  Speaking of, I also styled his outfit after the Vintage baseball outfits, a la what Babe Ruth wore.

This piece's pun is obvious, as he's outside, playing baseball, and the caption is "Wom-Batter Up!" (Heh heh; oh, wordplays).

In any case, this illustration is one I've done as a children's illustration, and I am trying to do a lot more kids' illustrations with puns, that could be hung in someone's room, or other things with a combination of pictures and texts.  I'm also trying to do various pieces featuring Australian Animals (not only Koalas, Kangaroos, and Wombats, but other ones which aren't as well known).  A friend of mine ordered the print of it, which I have to ship later this afternoon :-p 

And now, without further ado, here are links!

To submit to this "I want to go..." theme for Creative Tuesdays, head to this link of Mister Toast's before Tuesday the 24th of June:

And to check out his overall blog, head here:

Lastly, here's the link to my website-- specifically, the section with prints, patterns, and Australian Creatures:

Thanks for reading, and hope everybody is well!

Hope everyone has a G'Day ;-)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Birdcages for Creative Tuesdays

Hello All!  I will be brief; just writing to show I did two pieces for this week's "Creative Tuesdays."  I did one looser and free-er sketch that is somewhat downbeat in nature.  And I took one happy card I'd done with bird-cages, and turned it into a graphic pattern.

Above, is my first, looser sketch.  Called "Freelance hourly bird," this little birdy is dreaming of going outside, but even in the bird economy he works by the hour, is up late working on the computer with coffee, and very much stuck inside his birdcage if he wants to be able to earn enough to finally leave his nest and get himself some birdie seed.

And on a cheerier note, is the pattern I created out of an old Channukah card!  The girl is feeding seasonal cookies to her rooster and chicken friends, and some of them are in pens/the chicken version of a birdcage.  I digitally cut out the image, repeated it, and included a border with hearts and the Star of David.  As you can see, these little birdies and the human are happier, more upbeat, and less reliant on caffeine than the first birdie in a cage that I sketched for this challenge.

Thanks to everyone for taking a look!  I am very swamped like now like my little bird drawn in the first brush-penned image, but I am looking forward to viewing everyone's lovely pieces when things calm down.

Please check out Mr. Toast's blog:

And go here for more of this Creative Tuesdays "Birdcage or Birdhouse" theme, and to submit by tomorrow, June 9th:

Monday, May 26, 2014

Creative Tuesdays: The Joy Of Socks!

Hello All!  Happy Memorial Day, if you are in the U.S. :-D  Below is my submission for C.T. and "The Joy of Socks."

I took an illustration I had done and re-designed it digitally for this theme.  I wanted to turn a completely unrelated to fashion piece, into somewhat more of a fashion illustration-y piece.  So, I did some digital changes on her outfit, and made the background and floor a bit more graphic (I think the original detail was distracting from the main point of the picture.  Apart from the girl's face, the socks are the biggest part of her outfit that stands out. Now, with the purple, black, and white changes I made working on this digitally, I think they pop out better.  And it was a lot of fun to design the sock pattern itself, which works for the theme "The Joy of Socks!"

I am behind and have to get to commenting on everybody's work from last, and this time.  I am hoping to get to everything tomorrow.  Everybody's drawings that I've peeked at are very fun, and full of sock deisngs I'd wear in real life!

So, without further ado, here are important links!

Below, is the link to Mister Toast's Website:

Next, is the link to his overall Blog:

And finally, the link to the entry where until tomorrow May 27th, you can post your "socks" submissions:

Hope you are all well!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Retro" For Illustration Friday

So, for this week's "Illustration Friday submission," I'm submitting an ink and watercolor illustration I recently finished entitled, "A Bilby, and Quokka, and Dingo, Oh My!"

They are Victoriana-styled marsupials, which I felt was appropriate for the theme of "Retro."  I took care to design their costumes according to that old-fashioned and retro period, and even their toy (the hobby horse) is vintage and not one you'd see as readily available nowadays.

I've had vintage children's books with Edwardian or Victorian-styled costumes cats, dogs, rabbits, and other more immediately recognizable creatures-- and they always inspired me.  But one thing I've been working on lately is a theme of Australian Animal Illustrations.  Finding those in Victorian costumes is a little harder.  And in my illustration, these three are either less known, or less appreciated, creatures of the Outback (for once in my life, not a Koala to be seen)!

The one riding the hobby horse is a little Bilby girl.  Bilbies are a sort of rabbit-like rodent with a mouse nose and tail, with bunny ears.  In Australia, they're endangered-- so people are encouraged to buy Chocolate Bilbies to support the "Easter Bilby" (and not the bunny), as proceeds from said chocolate go towards saving the animals.

The Quokka has gotten popular recently in memes for being cute and smile-y looking in appearance, and mine is smiling while eating a cookie.

And lastly, is my Dingo, the second girl of the group.  They have a bad rep, and can be violent (they are similar to wolves and coyotes), but they are wild creatures and they can also be beautiful- and they play an important part in the Australian ecosystem.

Plus, the great thing about cartoons, illustrations, children's illustrations, comics, and any kind of made up story-- is that realism can be suspended.  Perhaps my Dingo is like the Sharks from "Finding Nemo," but without a chance of relapse.  She's a Vegetarian Dingo who loves her little friends and wouldn't eat them :-p  To paraphrase "Finding Nemo," "Marsupials are Magnificent- Not Meals."

In any case, I'll have prints of these for the comic-con, "Special Edition NYC," coming up in June.  June 14th and 15th at NYC's Javitts' Center.  Got to finish some more comics and prints before that show!  So many things, so little time.

Finally, for links:

To submit to this week's topic of "Retro" for "Illustration Friday," go to:

To see the section of my site with this piece, other patterns/designs, and more Australian Animals, go to:

And for an introduction to neat Aussie Animals, go to:

Thanks for reading!  Hope everyone has a great week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Oak Tree for Creative Tuesdays

So, here's my first C.T. submission in a while!  I'm so glad it's back, and I missed seeing everyone's work, being inspired by themes, and being excited for each time Mister Toast would come up with a different prompt..

My piece this time around is a little different stylistically from what I usually do.  I tend to go heavy on cross-hatching and details, and I wanted to do something a little more free.  So, the above is a sketch I did with Pentel Brush Pens, mostly, and a couple of markers I had in my bag from teaching earlier.  It was a lot of fun, and next time I will use watercolor paper.  The drawing paper I used was quite thin, and pulled a bit with the weight of the ink.  Anyway, I tend to work in super small and thin lines, so for a change of style/less wear on my hand, I let my wrist go free-er for this drawing.

Obviously these oak leaves are stylized, but I wanted to get the feel of the leaves (hence the quick and freely rendered lines), and to include acorns.  There are a few places the acorns are hidden.  And the bark also has hidden things (as hiding animals in bark is something I love to do, and submitted for a C.T. theme a while ago- I'm hoping to create more drawings, either like the one above or the one in the link below, featuring animal characters and neat hidden things):

Anyway.  Since 2013 I have had more dealings with raccoons than I can comprehend.  They are so cute, but so destructive, and ever since my experiences having to help re-home some, I find they're popping up everywhere in my own drawings, and also my life- I have now endless sightings of raccoon children's books, toys, advertisements, and I even noticed a raccoon change-purse in JFK when recently in NY to see family.  But, I know from experience they like to climb Oak Trees.  So, in my Oak Tree, one is snoozing, and the other is thinking.  It's a little hard to guess since it's cryptic, but he's thinking, "Aw," and then there's a picture of an acorn in his thought bubble.  So, that's a pun where he's saying "Aw. nuts."  Since the other one took his favorite spot and is sleeping in it.

In any case, it's now time for some other links!  

Here is the link to submit to "Oak Trees" for Mister Toast's Creative Tuesdays (due Tuesday May Thirteenth):

Here is a link to my site overall, where random raccoons can also be found:

And, finally, below is a link to Alexandra of Blue Chair Diary's Etsy, where her art can be bought:

 She is an amazing artist, with inspirational and sweet watercolors that are rendered with fine ink lines.  She is also married to Mister Toast!   I wanted to link to her Etsy so people can not only see her work, but support it.  She deserves all the love and support possible right now.

Hope you are all well, and looking forward to talking to the longtime C.T. members again, and meeting some new ones.