Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chill Lazy Days of Summer for Creative Tuesdays!

Hi All,

I am out of town visiting family! So, this will be a quicker update than normal, from my phone. Below is my Chill/Lazy Days of Summer C.T. submission:


It's a Watercolor and Prismacolor sketch of a little Koala, Chilling by the beach, enjoying iced tea, on a Lazy Day of Summer! Hopefully enjoying the Koala-Tea relaxation time (-:

When I next get on the computer, I will read everyone's great entries! I hope this posts correctly. In the meantime, you have until 12:00 AM Pacific time tonight to submit, below:


http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/chillin-with-art-due-tuesday-aug-18th.html?m=1

Happy Creative Tuesdays! All the hugs,

Donna

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Picnic for Creative Tuesdays (As well as another art update, and life/Phantom/B-Day Update)

Hello, everyone!  Below is my sketch for picnic, featuring my Echidna character, and my Raccoon character!  Their picnic is in a Desert Garden:


Echidnas are spiky, hedgehog like animals from Australia.  I've been working on a project with an Echidna character, and he makes friends with a raccoon.  I managed to get a little ink sketch in for Creative Tuesdays, just in time!

It was fun to do a looser, fun cartoon with my characters, as what I've been working on is taking forever and all being done in pencil and Prismacolor pencil, and I love those mediums but they're not as free as ink sketching.  For a #kidlit class project, as well as for myself, I've been drawing a story that features these two characters in a garden of Cacti.  Just to give everyone a feel for what's been keeping me busy, I'm including one of the initial pencil drawings (pre coloring it in with Prismacolor) from the actual main story with Raccoon and Echidna, below:


They are playing in a Cacti garden.  Or, Echidna was hiding, and she surprised/found him, so she's very excited and he's kind of stunned in place, thinking he was incognito (and wasn't).

So, the reason I got my C.T. entry in late, and am even behind in my above book project drawings, as this past weekend on August First it was my birthday!  I had a lot of fun, and I saw "Phantom of the Opera" (my favorite musical, which I have seen... I can't keep track any more, at least eleven times, possibly fifteen? been seeing it since I was eleven), on my actual birthday.  This is now the third time I've seen it actually on my birthday, so, that's exciting ^_^  I saw the touring production at the Los Angeles Pantages Theatre.  I've seen it once before at the Pantages in 2009, and also seen it in New York, London, Orange County, and Las Vegas.  I am a Phan with a capital P and H :-p  

Anyway, this production was amazing and a lot different than the Broadway version (which is what's usually done; this new production changes a lot of stuff).  The Phantom is usually shown as a dark but viable (despite some terrible things he does) romantic lead, but, this version actually really emphasized how scary a person he is.  It was beautiful and sad and you still felt for him, but, this version would be less likely to send a young girl off idealizing someone who, well, shouldn't be idealized.  Honestly, this darker/grittier/in some ways more realistic version of the show is something that it would have been better for me to see, back when I was a teen and on.  

To sort of quote "Batman," this version of "Phantom" might not be the version I thought I deserved, but it is the version that I needed.  I and my interpretation/idealization of the play and story has changed so much in the past ten years :-\  I'm now of the opinion Christine should choose neither romantic option (I find her fiance also problematic and somewhat controlling, as well as less charismatic than the Phantom for his many faults), and instead stick with her true love of singing, but, that will have to happen in some post-modern fanfiction and not onstage :-p The cast was all great, really nice, and we waited at the backstage door afterwards to get photos and autographs with them.  That was very yay!  

Anyway.  I apologize! I'm now rambling and this has nothing to do with Creative Tuesdays (anyone who likes or has seen "Phantom" and would like to discuss it further I'm definitely up for that), but, between having a fun weekend with birthday stuff, being so hyped to see the play and then so caught up thinking about it afterwards/trying to get my main illustrations for homework for Echidna/Racoon done, I am glad got my C.T. drawing done, albeit last minute.

Hope you guys are well, and if you go on a real picnic, to remember to bring Water!  In L.A. where I live and where I'm from in New York (where I visit every two months to see family), it is horribly hot, and drinking lots of water when it's crazy hot outside is always a must ^_^

Lots of Love,

Donna

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Little Critters For "Creative Tuesdays!"

Hey All!

Been away at San Diego Comic Con, son forgive this quick and short and phone post from me.

My little critter is a monotreme! An Australian animal, like a platypus, but not. More hedgehog and anteater looking if anything. Anyway, my dude is doing Yoga. And hasn't gone in a while, so, it's hard :-p

Please check out everybody's work online! I will comment when I get on the computer.

To sign up before midnight tonight Pacific time, please go to Mister Toast's Blog at:

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/where-will-this-new-theme-take-you-due.html?m=1

Hope you're all well!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Little Twitters" for Creative Tuesdays


Here I am with Australian Creatures, again!  I have been swamped with projects/working on a personal project with a little Echidna (an Australian animal that looks like a Hedgehog Anteater), and so while I did not get the chance to break out my Prismacolors and sketch a bird from down under, I made a digital illustration using components of a watercolor and gouache illustration I'd done of a Kookaburra, a "little Twitter" from Oz who is a type of Kingfisher :-)

Since I digitally mirrored the original drawing of the bird, it ended up looking like two birds together.  Playing around with color made it ultimately look like a crest, so, I gave it the word "The Kookaburra Kingfishers."  Perhaps it's a family crest, for these little birds :-D  When I get back to drawing, perhaps I'll have my Echidna meet one of these, or a Cassowary, or another winged Aussie Animal.

Okay, so, I barely got this in!  Everyone interested in reading or posting for this avian theme of "Little Twitters," please sign up at Michael slash Mister Toast's blog at:

www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk

Have a great week!  Love what I've seen so far, can't wait to see everyone's work when I pop over to all of your blogs (-:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Aqua For Creative Tuesdays --!!

Aqua For Creative Tuedays! Design wise, I was really inspired by the Cat Inspo Image Mr. Toast initially posted for this theme.

My watercolor and gouache piece has an Aqua Koala (Aqoala?), near water (also aqua), and an Aqua sky and clouds. There are a few cacti, just because I'm getting into, desert plants. Otherwise, this piece is mostly Aqua themed literally with water, and hue wise. Actually, I think my Aqoala looks slightly extraterrestrial-y. From Planet Marsupial!

Lastly, the piece has pops of magenta and a pink ground, as with this art also I wanted to give the aqua hues the chae to pop out against some complementing colors.

So, if you want to draw this Aqua theme, submit to C.T. by today Tuesday June 16th!

Sign up at Michael slash Mister Toast's blog at:

www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk

Happy Creating!

P.S. I hope I formatted this correctly as I am still not using a computer and I'm using my phone. When I'm back online, I will comment on both everybody's Orange and Aqua themed work!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Orange for Creative Tuesdays!

Above is my submission for this week's theme of orange. I more or less went with the use of orange as a color, although there is a tiny orange in part of this illustration, which was done in Prismacolor Color Pencils.

Pomeranians have orange fur, hence my doing a Pomeranian for this illustration challenge. In truth this illustration is inspired by my Pomeranian, who just passed away. She was not mine initially but mine through osmosis, and I consider my first dog. She had a very long happy life (fourteen human years), and she was very loved, she was very fluffy and sweet and silly, and sometimes, a huge princess. I love my other pets dearly but still miss this little lady very much.

Anyway, something she loved more than anything in the world was to eat. She liked to be cute, and then sometimes bratty, and either way bark and ultimately command treats. In this piece, she is dreaming of an orange, as well as an orange colored bone, piece of cheese, and chocolate chip cookie. She never did get chocolate chip cookies in life since its so bad for dogs, but luckily the cartoon immortal version of her can eat what she wants.

Lastly, this Prismacolor color pencil piece shows her sitting on an orange and blue rug, as I wanted to give orange the chance to pop against its complementary color.

So, if you want to I draw an orange or draw with orange the color, submit to C.T. by Tuesday June 2nd!

Sign up at Michael slash Mister Toast's blog at:

www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk

Happy Creating!

P.S. I hope I formatted this correctly although I am not using a computer and I'm using my phone as I am out of town visiting family. I also think and hope that the link went live from Mr Toast's blog, but if not, please copy and paste it into your browser so you can check it out!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fairy Tale Tree, for C.T.!

So, I began this as a Fairy-Tale Birthday style tree (one that bloomed balloons), and I was drawing it at work Saturday on a break, and then my co-worker and good friend asked me to turn it into a full-blown Birthday Card.  Yay, on the spot commission!



So, this is a Magical Koala-Ty Koala-Tree!  Oh, me and my insane Marsupial puns.  Anyway, the card was ultimately for my friend's friend with a two year old Baby, hence, the Koala Momma and Baby.

I think a tree that bloomed things, in addition to flowers, would be magical.  A tree of teddy bears, a tree of hearts, etc.  That's how I got the idea for a tree of Balloons, and, I'm glad it was well received enough to turn into a full greeting card and to get a new home ^_^  I did it with ink and watercolor.

This challenge for Creative Tuesdays was brought to you by Michael/Mister Toast, who is awesome, and runs this collective!  Check out his blog below:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk/

And please, check out the entries for this week, and post yourself if you like, by going to the link:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2015/05/can-you-guess-new-theme-due-may-19th.html

Thanks for reading!  Have a High Koala-Ty Day.  Or Koala-Tea, if you like that better than Coffee ^_^