Self-portrait

drawing, painting

This is a self-portrait I did today using pencil and watercolor. I’ve drawn self-portraits before, but never done it with watercolor. It’s really small, the paper is just slightly bigger than a postcard, so it was pretty easy, but  I like how it turned out.

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Blueberry Meringue Pie recipe illustration

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I made an illustration of my Mom’s Blueberry Meringue Pie recipe for They Draw And Cook website. For those who don’t know it, it’s a cool collection of recipes illustrated by artist from all around the world.

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My Mom’s original recipe had black chokeberries in it, but we’ve made it with other berries such as black currants, cranberries and blueberries. The latter is my favorite, so the blueberry version is what I chose to illustrate.

I’ve done some food illustrations before, but never a complete recipe, and the process turned out to be really fun! So I’m pretty sure I will be doing more of these.

And here’s a photo of the actual pie I took before drawing it:

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A dragon for Illustration Friday

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This week’s topic on Illustration Friday is Dragon, so I just couldn’t resist and made this illustration:

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another marker illustration

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Made another drawing with my new markers:

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Here’s how it looked before I added color to it. I kind of like both the colored and the black and white version.

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Three marker drawings

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I bought myself some art markers a while ago (a few Copics and some of a less expensive brand). I’ve never used these before, so I’ve been experimenting a lot with them lately. Here are some of my drawings:

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My latest paintings

drawing, painting, sketchbook

Haven’t posted anything here in a while, so here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

  1. Made a Millennium Falcon painting for a friend:

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I drew it in pencil on a black canvas first and then painted it whith white oil paint. It took quite a long time because of all the details, but it was lots of fun. Here are some in-progress photos:

 

  1. Also I’ve been painting some watercolor sketches:

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  1. And apart from that I also joined an illustration marathon by Ellina Ellis (it’s on Instagram #денькрокодила). So far I’ve done two of the topics, the first one was kings and queens and the second was little bird.

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Fish and bear paw – can’t have both

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While preparing to a Classical Chinese class today, I came upon a popular chapter from Mencius (4th century BC) that mentions a hard choice between two of his most favorite delicacies, fish and bear paw, when he can’t have both. The choice is supposed to be a really hard one (and he chooses bear paw, which is supposed to sound really logical to the guy he’s talking to). This chapter is included in all the Classical Chinese textbooks, so I’ve read it many times, but each time I see it I still find it very funny, because I have this picture of the great philosopher standing in a supermarket and choosing between some fish and a packaged bear paw.
So this time I just couldn’t help it and made an illustration.

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The bubble reads “I can have both an once! Isn’t it wonderful!!” in Ancient Chinese. And the sign on the shelf is a typical Chinese supermarket sign that says “buy one get one free”.

pumpkin sketch

drawing, sketchbook

I got a beautiful pumpkin for my birthday a couple days ago, so today I made a sketch of it, and I like how it turned out.
I might try a watercolor later to capture the color too.

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black paper sketchbook

drawing, sketchbook

Here are some spreads brom my sketchbook. I’ve been really into drawing on black paper with white pens lately.

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sketchbooks

drawing, sketchbook

Here are some more of my sketchbook spreads that I did after watching Lisa Congdon’s class on Creativebug.

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Here’s the link to the class:
https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/more-sketchbook-explorations/more-sketchbook-explorations-gel-pen-drawings-on-colored-paper/?auto=1