Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Ho Ho Ho," for the Christmas Themed Edition of Creative Tuesdays!

Hello, Everyone!

This week's Creative Tuesdays we had an option of three sets of Festive Words or Christmas Phrases we could use in our submissions.  "Ho Ho Ho," "Good Tidings," or "Christmas Wonder."

So, for once, I did not draw a Koala for my submission (although the temptation to create a Santa Ko-ho-ho-ho-ala was tempting).  Because I love wrinkly dogs, and I met one that inspired me last week, my piece has a Shar-Pei Santa.  I met a Shar-Pei puppy, she was adorable, and now I am working on a couple of different Shar-Pei pieces.  First one below.

My friend who saw me working on this remarked that these are the least "ho ho ho" looking dogs there are, but, I disagree.  Their eyes are super puppy-dog-ish, and if they pout the wrinkles appear to exaggerate their mood, but overall I think they are cute and cheery, wrinkles and all.

In this design, I wanted to make it a Christmas-y one that also blended elements of doggy things, hence the Gingerbread Bone he's sitting on, and the Gingerbread Bone Lettered "Ho Ho Ho."  In addition to the Christmas-y pattern around him, I also gave him a Santa Hat and a Snow-Dog.  

(If this Shar-Pei had magical powers and was hiding away, maybe he'd have a sad sibling sitting outside his doggy door, sadly singing, "Do you wanna build a Snow-dog??"  "Frozen" reference for any one else into animation and/or that particular movie, which, I still probably sadly like just as much as my elementary school aged students).

This was such a fun illustration to make!  I will be doing a holiday fair at one of the places that I teach, so methinks I will print up a few cards and prints for sale of this doggy.

And now, for some links:

The overall Creative Tuesday Blog run by Mister Toast is at:

The link to submit today (the last day) for the worded Christmas themes is at:

Below is my Instagram link for any C.T. people I am not connected with, in case you are on and want to follow one another:


And finally, the link to my website.  I'm linking to the section this my Shar-Pei will go into, even though I haven't uploaded him there yet.  Even more fun, is that I am using my Yoga Koala (for the found object assignment) that I created here for C.T. as a bit of a logo on my site, which I just re-did.  He can be seen at the top left corner of all the pages.  Thank you for the inspiration, Mister Toast!


Thanks much for stopping by, and hope everybody is well (-:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Minty" for Creative Tuesdays!

I finally got my entry for "Minty" done just in time, and I quite like my little character so much that I might want to re-draw her again as a regular character, or possibly sculpt her!

My "Minty Marsupial" is below:

She is a "Merry Minty Marsupial." as she's so Christmas-y and Seasonal.  As per the theme (and what I explained over on my Instagram page), she is a Koala with Peppermint ears, Peppermint leaves making up her skirt, holding a Peppermint candy-cane, and drinking Mint Tea.

Also, last month of October was #inktober for people online who wanted to draw and tag their ink work with that hahtag.  This month apparently a popular hashtag is #dinovember.  I love Dinosaurs, and while I will in the future just keep posting actual Dinosaur character drawings, this one is my second #dinovember drawing as the koala is wearing a shirt with a Christmas-T-Rex.  Also eating a Candy-Cane.  Or should it be a Tea-Rex, given the C.T. theme?  Hrmmm, just given myself more ideas of silliness...

Anyway, without further ado, some links!

Here's the link to the overall Creative Tuesdays Blog:

Here's the link to submit to "Minty," for this week's challenge.  You have until today, Tuesday November 4th, so there's still a tiny bit of time!


Below is my Instagram link for any C.T. people I'm not already connected with on that site, to get connected with in the future:


And lastly, here is a link to an event I'm doing this weekend!  It's Saturday and Sunday November 8th and 9th, out in Pasadena (near Los Angeles), and it's called DesignerCon.  I'm Booth 1031.


I've been going mad trying to draw originals, print cards, and make Sculpey figurine toys for it.  I'm making a lot of Koala characters for it, and I think I may just add Miss Minty Koala to that lineup :-D Creative Tuesdays is such a fun co-op, and I love how it gives me lots of ideas and inspiration that carries me through the two weeks in between each theme and everything we create.

So, that's all for now.  Thanks for reading, and hope everyone is super well!

:-), Donna

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Found Object" for "Creative Tuesdays"

I've had a lot of fun doing this one!  My found object was one I get a lot of use out of (an eraser).  At first I was blocked on what to do, but then I realized I could use an actual block for my submission for this theme.  Observe, below:

As I've been getting into Yoga into the past couple of months, I though it would be fun to do a Yoga illustration, and incorporate the eraser as a Yoga Block!  As you can see, my trusty muse Fuzzles the Koala is the Yogi in this picture, smiling, stretching, and wearing some Yoga-Friendly Threads.  

I've kept this picture all in black and white, in honor of #Inktober.  I used an XS tip Fabercastell Cartooning pen, and also a Japanese Brush Pen.  It's beginning to fray a bit, actually, which gave it some cool effects for the shadows and the fur of the Koala.

And finally, for some links!

Here's the link to the overall Creative Tuesdays Blog:

Here's the link to submit to "Found Object," for this week's challenge.  You have until tomorrow, Tuesday October 21st, so there's still a bit of time!

And lastly, I'll be posting this to Instagram later, and will include my link for any C.T. people I'm not already connected with on that site, to get connected with in the future:

Thanks for reading, and hope everyone is super well!

:-), Donna

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Pie" for Creative Tuesdays

As I posted via Instagram for those of you guys on that site as well, My entry includes Pie (Sweet), Pi (Mathematical), and Pie (Pizza, given that as one who dwells originally from New York, we often refer to Pizza as "Pie").  Here it is below:

I also chose to keep my cartoon sketch black and white because it's October, and online there's a thing going on called "Inktober."  Mister Toast is doing it too; yay for #inktober!  :-D  

It's a challenge to try and do a drawing every day in October, but the caveat is that the drawing has to include ink!  So, I used gray (or light black, as the packaging says) and black ink to draw my Raccoon.  I also drew it in a sketchbook I found and didn't realize I still had, which has textured, natural paper, which you might be able to see some of the texture of from the above photo.

I think he is a Math teacher, and perhaps amateur chef (who forgot to take off his hat upon entering his classroom).  Regardless, he happily brought some pie in for his students to try, while wearing a mathematically appropriate shirt for the occasion, and drawing about "Pie" and "Pi" on his blackboard.  While, secretly dreaming of Pizza.  It would be appropriate that this Raccoon was from New York, as they are critters who have overrun the suburban areas of NYC.  I've mentioned on the blog before, probably, about my dealings with these cute, but unfortunately destructive if they get into your attic, little (or sadly usually thirty to fifty pounds; not that little) guys.  I try and make cartoons and art about them as an homage/peace offering/incentive for them to do their thing in the forest, and not my house.

In any case, I loved looking at everyone's work!  I'm going to include a few links below.

If you are like me and getting this in late, below is the link to submit to this week's challenge for "Creative Tuesdays," of "Pies!"  Mister Toast has a fabulous illustration of a cute little boy carrying a ginormous, sky-high pile of yummy looking pies.

Here's the link to Creative Tuesday's Overall Blog, run by the fabulous Mister Toast, and posted to by a variety of really cool people and artists:

If any of you guys are interested in seeing the similar (but shorter) post/write up of this piece on my Instagram, that link is below:

And for anyone who is also on Instagram, I'd love to follow you/be C.T. buddies!  Link below.

Thanks guys!  Grateful for the inspirational themes, awesome people, and fun challenges of Creative Tuesdays, as always.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Red Apples" for Creative Tuesdays!

Hi everyone, eep, nearly forgot to submit this!  Been so busy with health things and changing life and then also working, I almost forgot to get this in.  But I had a great time doing this "Red Apples" challenge for Creative Tuesdays!

I decided to do a character design, of a girl with an apple inspired ensemble, apple scrunches, and an oversized (and ultimately, shrunk and edible) apple in her hand.  I decided to size this "Extra-Large," so my apologies if both my images below go a little bit outside the blog frame.

I may or may not have mentioned this online, but in addition to my own cartoons and drawings, I also teach at different afterschool programs in and around L.A., where I live (I visit home to NY pretty frequently, and would love to do a workshop there, but have not yet had that chance-- would be fun).  I teach kids how to draw comics and cartoon art, and it's a lot of fun!

Anyway, I always write a lesson for us to go over, and this is from my latest lesson on "Character Design," which means coming up with how a character will look in your comics and/or illustrations (and the next step is then making up their story, name, backstory, background, life, so on).

Character rotation is very important, since you need to know how they'll look from every angle.  I had to draw a human character as an example, and as it's "Back to School" time, I thought it would be fun to have my little character be Apple themed.  I literally spent ten hours working on writing my lesson plan this past Sunday, and she was the final drawing/design I made.

Usually I only show this to my students, but below is a sneak peek/screencap of a bit of the lesson's text, along with this girl character.

So, there you go!  I hope you guys have fun with my little educati-stration.  Or is it an ills-ucation?  Ehh, neither of those were my best puns (and I usually pride myself at my bad joke and wordplay abilities).  This was a fun challenge, and I love what everyone else did, too!  

Incidentally, given health changes I am eating apples like a fiend (although more often the Green Granny Smith's than the pure Red; occasionally I'll have a Gala Red/Yellow), so I doubly enjoyed this.

Without further ado, here are some links!

Here's the link to Creative Tuesday's Overall Blog, run by the fabulous Mister Toast, and posted to by a variety of really cool people and artists:

Here's the link to submit to "Red Apples," while there is still a tiny amount of time today!:

And lastly, I have yet to update my actual site with my educational drawings and writings (I need to get on that), but I'll link to my Instagram in case any of you guys are also on IG and would like to follow along on one another's progress/art posts:

That is all, and thanks so much for this theme/for everyone's awesome participation!  Internet collectives like C.T. make me really grateful for how the web makes the huge distance of the world not so spread out and communal afterall ^_^

Monday, August 11, 2014

"Poppies" for Creative Tuesdays

Hello, Everyone!  I missed the "Red Balloon" C.T. prompt, but I am back and did a lot of work inspired by "Poppies."  Really sorry I didn't get online; I was in New York visiting my family for my birthday.  

One of those important (so they say), decade marking birthdays (eeek!) :-p  Anyway I was so busy with family/not getting out to Starbucks to get Internet, I didn't get to make a new C.T. drawing for that week, and I didn't get online.  But I hope to make up for it this time around  ^_^  Below, is my prompt for "Poppies," as well as other versions of the piece.

As you can see, this watercolor and ink piece refers to "The Wizard of Oz," and the scene with the Poppies.  I immediately thought of this story for this challenge, as I'm a fan of the story and the musical.  Plus, when I was in seventh grade, my middle school put on the production.  I played a Winkie, a Tree, and a Poppy, appropriately enough.

My illustration more playful/less dark than the original scene, but Toto, Dorothy, and the Cowardly Lion are still all a bit sleepy from playing in the Poppies.  I wanted to add the Tin Man and the Scarecrow but my watercolor paper was too small; I'm thinking of making it into a Triptych, and adding two more panels where I could add them in one panel, and then the various witches in another panel.  Will see about that later.

Anyway, Poppies are beautiful, and they were very enjoyable to watercolor.  I got a lot of inspiration from vintage "Wizard of Oz" illustration, and worked towards making my piece semi-modern, semi-vintage, in execution.

This image above is how it looked with just the colored inks, before I added the watercolor.  I like the color version best, but I think this version might be useful if I ever tried to make it into a tee-shirt design.  Although, maybe the color would work better.  Either way I wanted to show my process :-p

And finally, I played around with making both version of this piece into patterns.  The patterns are a bit trippy, but I had fun making them and think they look kind of cool.

Color version of pattern:

Outline version of pattern:

So, that's all for now.  I have to leave a comment on my other blog entry and this week's blog entry page, but a big Thank You to Mister Toast for leaving me a super kind comment on my last C.T. entry, checking in to see if I was okay.  I am, thank you so much!  I missed C.T. and am glad to be back for this round.

Thanks, Mister Toast for all your great hard work and giving everyone a platform ^_^  I'll close with some links.

The link to my website, with print and pattern designs (as of this posting my "Wizard of Oz" work is not on there yet, but I am aiming to get it on there by or before August nineteenth):

The link to go to, to submit your own Poppy illustrations, due on August nineteenth:

Mister Toast's Blog (Home of "Creative Tuesdays"):

Mister Toast's Illustration Website Overall:

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and a day!


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.