“Wake pies and make the dead”

30 06 2015

Just discovered Pushing Daisies a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with it and watched all the episodes and bought it online. It is so sweet and colorful and just … different, in a good way. How was this cancelled after 2 seasons?!

So I wanted to draw screencaps from the show…you know how people take an animated screen shot and do a “re-draw” in their style? Even though this was live action… and I learned that I have a hard time diverging from source-material style.

Emerson's face is always

Emerson’s face is always “can’t even.” I just love him.

Starting on the right side (above), I tried to go in a different direction than the screen capture, but by the time I got to Emerson, it had pretty much become a simplified style of what was on the screen…. that gradually got more involved…

Ned and Olive

Ned and Olive – and oh, hello, I drew a background!

Lee Pace has fantastic eyebrows, and I might have gone a *little* overboard with their caterpillar-ness. I couldn’t help it. Oh well! … and then it got more involved …

Chuck being earnest and Emerson being

Chuck being earnest and Emerson being “can’t even” once again.

Compared to original screencap:

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Screen shot from Pushing Daisies via my lovely iPhone camera

And my initial first layer sketch:

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Anyway, it was fun! Everyone should do a screencap draw at some point. Just open a blank canvas in Photoshop, open the screencap photo, set arrange to view 2 horizontal – so you can look at the photo above your canvas while working – and start drawing! And no color picking – that’s cheating. Now if only I could get a good shot of Pigby!





The Keys

25 06 2015

Way, way back in January (I know!), I went to Key West for the first time for a friend’s wedding. Apparently winter is their busy season – usually warm, sunny, and the perfect escape for northerners sick of cold. Surprisingly, it was cold, rainy, and cloudy almost the entire time we were there. Still, it’s a cool place… and, disclaimer: I only had my cell phone with me, so not the sharpest pics…

Such clear water! We don't have this back home at all!

Such clear water! We don’t have this back home at all!

View from our hotel, the Lighthouse Court Inn

View from our hotel, the Lighthouse Court Inn

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A horse of a different color...many different colors

A horse of a different color…many different colors

Seems appropriate

Seems appropriate

Most unique Walgreens

Most unique Walgreens

So many pie-related items!

So many pie-related items!

..key lime pie, that is...

..key lime pie, that is…

no idea who the artist is, but pretty cool

no idea who the artist is, but pretty cool

also don't know artist of this piece, but pretty nice. This one's lifesize.

also don’t know artist of this piece, but pretty nice. This one’s lifesize.

They are EVERYWHERE!

They are EVERYWHERE!

This guy was walking around by the aquarium. We didn't go it, but he still let us pet this lil gator.

This guy was walking around by the aquarium. We didn’t go it, but he still let us pet this lil gator.

Shoulda' bought one! No shortage of shell shops in the Keys, that's for sure.

Shoulda’ bought one! No shortage of shell shops in the Keys, that’s for sure.

Okay, sorry for the me pic, but this tree was too amazing. Can't grow them like this in Jax.

Okay, sorry for the me pic, but this tree was too amazing. Can’t grow them like this in Jax.

Sunset on a beach? Doesn't get much better.

Sunset on a beach? Doesn’t get much better.

Blue Heaven - really poor pic, but really great place. Even the locals recommend it. We went for brunch and had the BEST avocado omelet.  Try it!

Blue Heaven – really poor pic, but really great place. Even the locals recommend it. We went for brunch and had the BEST avocado omelet. Try it!

You pass this bridge on the way in/out (only 1 way)...

You pass this bridge on the way in/out (only 1 way)…

Sigh. Prettiness.

Sigh. Prettiness.





Cornwall Mini Canvases

18 06 2015

mini canvas key

Sorry the pic is messy – but this is sort of a work-in-progress situation. I have all these mini canvases I gessoed and am going to try doing 4 mini paintings from photos I shot in Cornwall (England), starting with this lock close-up from Mount Edgcumbe. Going to try an outdoor scene next – I may need a smaller brush first!





Return to Jax Zoo

15 06 2015

Went on a photo trip to the zoo one cloudy day in April with a photo meet up group. It was pretty awesome! Got a lot of great photos to use as refs for future paintings that I’m keeping to myself, but here’re some others:

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Pretty good for through a fence, yeah?

Pretty good for through a fence, yeah?

Here he is being cute with his toy. He kept carrying it around and sticking his head in it.

Here he is being cute with his toy. He kept carrying it around and sticking his head in it.

Was using a telephoto and never managed to get a clear shot of these 2, but they were fun - kept fighting over these sticks.

Was using a telephoto and never managed to get a clear shot of these 2, but they were fun – kept fighting over these sticks.

shines like a rainbow

shines like a rainbow

Cuteness!

Cuteness!

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Hungry!

Hungry!

This adorable pair were part of a trio of sea lions there only through May. They had a sea lion show that was fun - very educational and cute. I can't remember if they said they were rescued animals or what...I remember being concerned a bit about animals being made to participate in a show, but felt like they were treated well from what I could see.

This adorable pair were part of a trio of sea lions there only through May. They had a sea lion show that was fun – very educational and cute. I can’t remember if they said they were rescued animals or what…I remember being concerned a bit about animals being made to participate in a show, but felt like they were treated well from what I could see.

She's got me beat on balance skills.

She’s got me beat on balance skills.

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Classic Florida, right here.

Classic Florida, right here.





Try an Apple

10 06 2015

Try an Apple

More practice with lineless art. Hard! … And I just realized the color looks totally different here than in Photoshop! I don’t know how everyone does it; it takes me forever and still looks sloppy. Also not liking my attempt at a background above. The struggle is real. I saved a version below I added final details with black and like it much better.

try an apple black





Humanities in Medicine – Photo-Inspired Painting

12 05 2015

I’ve posted before about my involvement as a volunteer with the Humanities in Medicine department of a local hospital. This is a great program where volunteers work with patients at the bedside, family members in waiting rooms, and hospital visitors at “drop-by” table events (e.g. for Valentine’s Day) to encourage them to make art as a means of healing, positive distraction, and just plain fun!

We had a session recently led by the coordinator’s son, an independent artist in California, and an intern to try out a new project. Photos of campus scenery are glued (using something like Modge Podge) to a piece of watercolor paper. Then you can create whatever you like around the photo.

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We had colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and watercolor crayons to work with. I like representational art, so naturally I did an extension based on the image. Others did abstract colors, shapes, or a motif based on the image.

This may be challenging to do at the bedside because of the set up (anything involving water is tricky, especially when patients only have a tiny table they can access usually with food/drinks on it), but for a drop-by table event, pre-glued images could work well. Most people who don’t think of themselves as artistic have a hard time creating work from scratch, so the image would provide inspiration and a starting point.





Quick Bird

25 04 2015

jungle bird








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