Forest Folk

My friend has been spending her Spring break drawing Pokémons for her kids, and told me her son was styling himself Professor Oak. I thought that was funny, so I drew him a flunky to boss around.

Meet the Sapling. He’s a very loyal aide to Professor Oak and always does his job with the utmost seriousness.

However…

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A Week of Cephalopods

From knots to… octopodes!

I decided to draw a few tentacles, one thing led to another, and I knocked out several drawings on this theme in just a few days.

Read on to see them all… and maybe a bonus illustration as well.

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Knot My Usual Drawing Subject

I’m not sure why, but I had a mind to draw a bit of knitting. My mom really likes to knit, and maybe I was looking at one of the hats she has given me. But I was suddenly seized with the urge to try out the texture of wooly clothing with my pens, markers, and colored pencils.

I drew this yesterday. The colors are mostly Copics (with a tiny touch of Prismacolor colored pencil). The pens are all Pigma microns, black, sepia, and brown. I really like it. I just like looking at it. I was very flattered when my daughter Cassie tried to feel the little bumps.

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Drawing Therapy

I’ve been busy or, more accurately, heavy with responsibilities lately. Not important stuff, but stuff that had to get done. It’s part of my job and it’s predictable, but it still takes me out of my routine and puts me off my stride emotionally.

As soon as I was able I carved out a little time to do some drawing. I can get an illustration completed in a couple of hours, so it’s a really effective way to reconnect with my creative energies.

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A Couple of Weird Drawings

I haven’t enjoyed a wealth of inspiration lately, but I have knocked out a couple of strange little drawings.

Here’s a big scary monster full of teeth & tentacles. His maw seems to defy space, receding into some unaccountable place not occupied by an external body. Spooooooky!

This was a little drawing I did of a little burrow through the earth. It was really just a little exercise with a pen. I couldn’t figure out what to place at the opening, so I pulled out the colored pencils and drew a sort of cosmic warp storm or something.

It can’t all be happy little lichens and friendly fungus!

Stump Puffball

I completed a drawing of a spent stump puffball today based upon a fantastic picture taken by my mom.

I like the clouds of white spores on the black background, though the arrangement of all the parts is a little strange. That’s because I had initially placed a shadow under the puffball, which I decided was both poorly executed and made it seem like a specimen on a table. The black portion of the illustration was my solution to the problem of hiding that wonky shadow.

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Warm Colors on a Cold Morning

I wanted to quickly transmute my new memories of a weekend in the woods with friends into something durable and creative, so I continued my turkeytail streak and completed a small mushroom drawing during Cassie’s nap yesterday.

This illustration is a sort of collage of mushrooms drawn from a natural grouping. Sometimes I grab one or two from one region, a few more from another, and combine them to my liking. It helps me pare down a large mass of fungi into an elegant little arrangement.

I liked the warm, muted, yellow hues of these mushrooms, and while I didn’t quite have the colors in my small collection of Copics to reproduce what I found in Nature, I blended what I had available to try to capture some of the feeling of the originals. I was also trying to be more economical with my micron pen this time, which is difficult for me, as I like a lot of tiny, busy linework.

I’ve managed to fall into a really productive, creative routine lately, in which numerous hobbies and loves are being mutually nurtured, my motivation is high and my stress low, and I’m happy to share with you the yield of my efforts. If you’ve been following along with my journey by checking out my frequent posts to ToadChapel, I hope you’ve found it enjoyable, too. And thanks!