Monday, June 29, 2009

Update from the Studio

Hello Readers!

Well, I've finally made the transition to the new computer, printer, scanner, etc. Just bought super-fast technology and amazing graphics programs for half of what I spent in 1995. Can't believe how far we've come in this technological world!

I thought technology is supposed to make your life easier, but I've spent 3+ weeks trying to figure out just what I needed; 2 days to set things up; and now more waiting for the main graphics software to arrive. Seems that (for my graphics suite) you have to register your purchase online; get a license to own the software for one computer; then wait for them to send you the CD in order to load the software on your computer! Huh?!!!

So right now I can't do any graphic stuff on this new computer yet. Still have my old computer hooked up and will use that until the new stuff arrives.

All this to say that my "creative" time has been spent doing computer stuff instead of the hands-on art stuff I really like to do. That's why you haven't seen anything new in here for a while. Not to mention that school is out for the summer and I now have my 6-yr-old home all day. We're going to have an art day this week, so I'll post some photos after that.

Hope you're all enjoying summer!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Update on Walnut Ink Demo

Check out this gorgeous book my friend Luce made from her walnut ink pieces in that demo I did! Beautiful, isn't it?! Luce is so talented. Take a look at her new blog to see what else she's been up to! (
And you can scroll down to my earlier posts "More CCC Study Group Images" to see what the piece looked like before these.

New Doodles

I'm getting busier with work, so the blog has been taking a back seat. And I've been busy researching and getting ready to buy a whole new computer system, including all new software! Can't wait to try out all the new goodies I'll get with that. My old iMac is fast becoming a steam engine.

Here's a watercolor sketch; a letter done in sumi ink; and a doodle done with sumi on white, and reversed in Photoshop. I added the little red square in PS.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chicago's Printer's Row Lit Fest!

Each year, the Chicago Calligraphy Collective participates in this book fair held in downtown Chicago, in the old "Printer's Row" district. Chicago has a long history in the printing arts, and this area used to be home to some of the biggest names in printing.

CCC members volunteer their time and talent to hand-letter bookmarks for passers-by. For a mere $1, these customers get to enjoy watching seasoned scribes create beautiful bookmarks. It's such a lot of fun. This was my first experience as a volunteer, and I absolutely loved it!

Here are a few photos of some of my special CCC friends doing their thing!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sketching Exercise #1

I've always been
drawn to the
sketches of
Michelangelo and
Da Vinci. I love their
somewhat loose,
yet realistic
rendering style.

This sketch was
done in conté

Sketching Exercise #2

I love to sketch
with graphite pencils.
The more contrast,
the better!

Here's a black and
white sketch of an
ordinary paper bag.


Seagull on Navy Pier, last week.
I like seagulls, even though some
may consider them "flying rats".
They're very graphic, with their
black, gray and white coloring.
And those bright yellow feet!

Two Weeks Since My Last Post!!!!

Can't believe it has been that long! Haven't been doing art as much as I'd like. Sometimes paying jobs (graphic design ones) have to take precedent. :-)

I recently unearthed some of my drawings and paintings. I've been wondering what some of them would look like with Photoshop filters, or just tweaked a bit with the brightness and contrast feature. This painting—zoomed to show detail—was originally done in an oil painting class. The assignment was to create a monochromatic using one color (redundant, I know!) with the addition of white and burnt umber for highlights and shadows. (On left.)

After scanning the photo into Photoshop, I played around with the contrast; the "replace color" feature; and isolated some of the fruit in order to tint with color. (On right.) This is a very rough idea. Haven't gone in to clean it up yet.