Friday, May 27, 2016

Syllabus : Random Characters

I finally got a copy of "Syllabus" by Lynda Barry.  It had been on my wish list since I first saw it.  So I am playing around with some of the exercises in the book.

This page of characters is based on the "Drawing Jam" exercise from pages 108-113.  I only wish I had a room full of people who wanted to do a drawing jam with me ...but I don't, so I had a solo "Drawing Jam".

I went to a couple of internet sites to generate some random occupations/characters.
Here is a good generator for occupations: 

Each character was drawn quickly with a non-photo blue pencil.  I came back later and inked them in with a black Flair pen.

I have also been doing "Daily Diary" pages in my composition book ... I'm hoping that I will get myself into the habit of drawing every day (like I did when I was younger).

Thursday, May 5, 2016

ICAD : Index Card a Day

acrylic paints and Sharpies
I plan to participate in the ICAD (Index Card a Day) Challenge this year.  Simply, it is a challenge to create some type of art on an index card each day.  There are optional themes to follow.  The ICAD challenge starts June 1st. 

More info can be found here:

PITT Indian ink pens
I made these index cards for a swap on Swap-Bot.  It was a 3 day version of the ICAD challenge in which the cards are sent to your swap partner.

colored pencils and alphabet stamps
3 days was no trouble ... I hope I can complete the 61 day ICAD challenge!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Magilla : April to May

Another page from my "Magilla" notebook.  For some reason I really enjoy just slapping paint onto the page, pasting random bits and doodling without a plan. 

I am participating in a 31 Day May Art Challenge at, so I will have more art forthcoming.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fun with Four Colors

I picked up a gridded composition book a couple of weeks ago ... this is my first finished page.  Fun with 4 colors of PITT brush pens.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Magilla : Random Stuff

Another page of random goodies from my Magilla notebook.  Colored pencil texture rubbings, doodles with PITT Indan ink pens, random collage of text and images, rubber stamping, and some Washi tape.

PS: Coming Soon:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Magilla : Stamping Flowers

A page from my Magilla notebook.  The boring part: trying out a new pen in August.  Later: a doodled Mandala.  Then yesterday: I went to town with the colored pencils and the rubber stamp alphabet to fill up the page!

PS: I love the stamped flowers ... but I am now suffering with an "art injury" - a horrible pain in my shoulder and upper arm, most likely caused by the repetitive stamping motion.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Zetti Style ATCs : Bumble Kitties

More March Madness!  These are my zetti-style cards made for Day 8 in the March Madness Challenge at

Collage made up of printed papers with some doodling added.