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.