Monday, November 21, 2016

Inktober 2016, 20-31

It's almost Thanksgiving so I'd better post the rest of my Inktober 2016 drawings before they become completely irrelevant! 

Inktober 20, 2016
Inktober 21, 2016
Inktober 22, 2016
Inktober 23, 2016
Inktober 24, 2016
Inktober 25, 2016
Inktober 26, 2016
Inktober 27, 2016
Inktober 28, 2016
Inktober 29, 2016
Inktober 30, 2016
Inktober 31, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Inktober 2016, 8-13

I completed all 31 Inktober drawings but did not keep up with posting here!  I'll make a few posts to catch up so no post is too long.  Here are drawings 8-13.

Inktober 8, 2016

Inktober 9, 2016

Inktober 10, 2016

Inktober 11, 2016

Inktober 12, 2016

Inktober 13, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Inktober 2016, 1-7

I'm sorry it's been so long between posts here.  It's October, so it's Inktober!  This year I decided to draw my Inktobers on Strathmore Toned Gray paper because I have had a pad of it for a long time and have wanted to try it.  Here are the first seven drawings:

Inktober 1, 2016

Inktober 2, 2016

Inktober 3, 2016

Inktober 4, 2016

Inktober 5, 2016

Inktober 6, 2016

Inktober 7, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pen and Ink Sketches

Happy New Year!  I've been doing some ink sketching for practice and confidence.  

The top drawing was done with Higgins Black Magic ink on Arches cold pressed watercolor paper.  I used watercolor paper because I wanted to leave the option open to add color, but Arches cold pressed paper has a great texture for inking.  I don't like it if I want the ink lines to reproduce cleanly though, such as with workbook illustrations.  The texture really breaks up the lines.

For this bottom set of sketches, the girl on the right was drawn with Higgins Black Magic and the others were done with Higgins Eternal ink.  For the black solid, I grabbed my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.  The paper was Canson XL which I like for ink drawing because it has a soft texture and takes both ink lines and watercolor well. It's affordable too.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Paul and His Beast

I am excited to share a wonderful middle grade chapter book, Paul and His Beast. Written by Sarah Stup, the book is about a sixth grader with autism who is working hard to be successful in a regular middle school.  It's a great story and gives the reader very thoughtful insight into what it's like to have autism.  

I was honored to create the cover and interior illustrations for the book.  The photo above shows the printed book and I'm including some of the interior illustrations below.


Sarah Stup is an author with autism.  To read more about Sarah, her writings, visit her website at  Paul and His Beast is available through the site as well.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Inktober 2015: Drawings 30 and 31!

We made it!  Thanks for following along with my 2015 Inktober challenge.

During the month, I discovered a few things.  I found out that it was easier for me to come up with the ideas for 31 drawings than it was to find the time to complete them! And since there was no time to over-think what to do for each piece, I learned what I like to draw, what I draw easily, and what I want to work on.  I'm glad I participated.

Here are my last two drawings for Inktober 2015:

Inktober 30, 2015

Inktober 31, 2015