I'm getting back into my own drawings - and it may as well be chooks. This is a holiday sketch of Pooki, our matriarch chicken, queen of the Pekin flock. You shouldn't have favourites, but let's just say we love her a lot...
And this is a sketch of one of our younger folk; getting to know all the little bits of a chicken's face.
It's Monday morning, my freelance day, and I'm officially working from my new space! Unfortunately, so were a whole colony of ants - they were setting up nest in my folio drawers (*horror!*). A warning for backyard studios in Brisbane: fill gaps, and check the studio every day for ants. I've been doing this, but they're persistent (who wouldn't be, it's a haven in here). I seem to have won today.
Graphics for Conservation is a great guide for producing graphics for papers and presentations. It covers graphs/charts and maps, with really practical advice.
How cool is this! Realistic sculptures of animals, from crocodiles and whales, to wasps and rabbits -- and you're allowed to touch and sit with them, to get a real sense of the animal.
See SF Zoo Sculpture Learning Garden
Here's a sneak detail from a more complex figure that's in press.
Underpainting using digital watercolour brushes is fun. Simply make your drawing layer "Multiply" mode, and use free digital watercolour brushes to paint on the layer underneath.
I think the best thing about this technique is that you can take an older drawing and jazz it up to go into a book or presentation (whereas you would have kept it black and white for the journal paper).
Painting is almost finished - those cute little window and door panes don't seem so cute anymore...!
I made this red Christmas garland last night, from scrap fabric. I cut it into strips and then tied each strip (single tie) onto a red ribbon, sliding them down the ribbon to bunch them up. It was very quick to make - only an hour or so. What I like is that it's very soft and bountiful - I find that most bought decorations are coarse and scratchy.
I made the felt decorations (a heart and a chicken) with my niece last New Year's Eve - good thinking, eh?
Both the garland and felt decorations were made from scrap materials bought at Reverse Garbage, for any Brisbane people looking to make some things over the holidays.
Science and nature illustration, from a garden studio.
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