IF: Citrus

I made it this week, Hoooray! I'm really happy that I could make some time this week to participate in IF. It's been a little hard lately, I know I keep saying that. This was designed to be the front of a card. It was sketched out on textured lined cream cardstock, outlined in pen, and colored in with watercolor colored pencils. There's some tweakage to be done, but I love how the banner at the top turned out, overall, and being spot-on with the hand-lettering. (I never can get that right.)

Here's another little sketch of something goofy I like to do when eating oranges. :D


Geisha on a Cliff

Watercolor (in progress) done from a doodle. The idea was to show a geisha losing her virginity for the first time, by showing flowers flowing from under her dress in the wind. When I had finished up with the sketch, it looked like maybe she had let one go and was bashfully saying 'oops, I tooted'

Even though that's what it looks like.. I really like how the flowers and lines flowed from the dress. I may just carry this over to the watercolor anyway!



arrr.. matey..

Still trying my hand at digital painting. I finally was able to devote some time to it! yay!
The sketch was scanned in this evening, and digitally painted in Photoshop. The middle piece is a chip from Vegas. A friend had gone recently, and brought me back this token chip.. and who better to guard the chip then a swash-buckling peg-handed pirate.

Hope ye like me bootie.. aarrr.. :)


IF: Remember

This is an old old drawing I did for an art class. It must have been right when I started high school from the look of my signature. I grew up as a foreign service brat, and had lived in Zaire for a little more than a few years before moving back to the U.S. I really had a hard time adjusting, and really missed many things about Zaire. We had moved months before the country went to crap, so we were lucky to have left when we did.
I still remember a lot of beautiful things about the country. This drawing shows Zongo Falls. We had driven four hours from the city out into the country where some parts of the roads had been washed away. Sometimes when we past little mud hut villages, the children would come out running after our cars to just smile and wave at us as we went by. My experience at Zongo Falls was exhiliarating. Everything was so natural and as it was. Even the restaurant that was located upstream seemed in its place. They served authentic Zairian food, and it was delicious. I ordered Chicken Mwambwe, a kind of spicy tomato stew, and Fu-Fu, a leafy green local favorite. Afterwards a guide took us on a hike towards the falls. He lead us to about the middle portion of the falls so we could see the water coming over the ledge and into the crevice. My brother, friend and I dared to walk on the slippery rocks to look over the ledge a little more and to be in the mist of the falls. So that was some of what I remember of Zaire. A beautiful country and lots of memories!