Sketchbook

Bold-Haired Ladies

I just finished day 207 of my 365 sketchbook project, and it's fun to see themes emerging as the project progresses. Lately I've been feeling really drawn to detailed faces with bold & simplistic hair. It's a sensible progression for me from my trend of creating completely bald ladies to ladies with just simple hair. I love the pop of color and interest it adds, or the sketchy look of leaving the hair as a bold, black outline with no filling. I've also noticed that I am completely enamored with circles, which I didn't even intend to show with these particular images, but you can see it nonetheless. 

Days 206 + 207. I used a photo by @emilysoto of @ninioma as reference for the portrait sketch on the left. Her work is INCREDIBLE. I'm really feeling these bold-haired portraits. ❤️😍

Days 206 + 207. I used a photo by @emilysoto of @ninioma as reference for the portrait sketch on the left. Her work is INCREDIBLE. I'm really feeling these bold-haired portraits. ❤️😍

Days 200 + 201. I used a reference from @kat_in_nyc for the portrait on the right. ❤️

Days 200 + 201. I used a reference from @kat_in_nyc for the portrait on the right. ❤️

Day 179/365. Acrylic.

Day 179/365. Acrylic.

Day 172/365.

Day 172/365.

Days 192 + 193. It felt weird not posting yesterday, but I like the way the full spread photos look putting two days together. What do you think? Went into my photo archives for the portrait on the right. She's a beautiful, creative, and good-hearted friend of mine who I miss shooting and hanging out with!

Days 192 + 193. It felt weird not posting yesterday, but I like the way the full spread photos look putting two days together. What do you think? Went into my photo archives for the portrait on the right. She's a beautiful, creative, and good-hearted friend of mine who I miss shooting and hanging out with!

These two are not part of my 365 sketchbook, just extras I worked on over the weekend.

These two are not part of my 365 sketchbook, just extras I worked on over the weekend.

I can see this bold-haired ladies theme morphing into a series of larger completed paintings or mixed media pieces at some point. For now I'll let it simmer and develop. 

If you aren't following along with my project already, I'm posting it regularly on Instagram! I've recently moved to posting the full spread every other day versus everyday, and I post many other creative things I'm working on in between. Let's be pals!

The Lost Boys 1-10

I feel like I've been a bit absent in my art world lately, but that may be because I've been ramping up my bnnk work for the past couple of weeks, and preparing for le animalé birthday festivities which are now underway! Wooo.

After finishing the 10 Lost Girls in my 365 sketchbook, I accidentally started a series of Lost Boys. Why not? I'm glad they showed face, and I love how different they are from the girls.

Day 115. Unintentional, but today Lost Boy Ricardo came by for some air time, too. He's a wicked trumpeter who is getting really fed up with constantly misplacing things lately. His favorite food is cornbread. Acrylic, white charcoal, and white gel pen.

Day 115. Unintentional, but today Lost Boy Ricardo came by for some air time, too. He's a wicked trumpeter who is getting really fed up with constantly misplacing things lately. His favorite food is cornbread. Acrylic, white charcoal, and white gel pen.

Day 116. Well I suppose now I can't make 10 lost girls and not 10 lost boys. Here is Mickey. He likes to garden.

Day 116. Well I suppose now I can't make 10 lost girls and not 10 lost boys. Here is Mickey. He likes to garden.

Day 117. This is Lost Boy Llayn. He has a pet polar bear and counts all of his steps through the forest. He's at step 4,356,87... Wait, he lost count! A long time ago, actually.

Day 117. This is Lost Boy Llayn. He has a pet polar bear and counts all of his steps through the forest. He's at step 4,356,87... Wait, he lost count! A long time ago, actually.

Day 118. This is Saldon, a man who lives high up in the mountains. He loves riding his bike down the mountain and then floating back up on the wings of mighty birds. His favorite snack is pears.

Day 118. This is Saldon, a man who lives high up in the mountains. He loves riding his bike down the mountain and then floating back up on the wings of mighty birds. His favorite snack is pears.

Day 119. Fer - he writes operas in his spare time and rides a new bicycle every year

Day 119. Fer - he writes operas in his spare time and rides a new bicycle every year

Day 120. Almost 1/3 of the way there! So fun. Here is Jacoi, and I would tell you what he does but it's kind of a secret. I can say that he has about 41 hairs on his head.

Day 120. Almost 1/3 of the way there! So fun. Here is Jacoi, and I would tell you what he does but it's kind of a secret. I can say that he has about 41 hairs on his head.

Day 121. Vlayvin, an active guy who has a taste for honey dew ice cream and fried chicken. He volunteers on the regular.

Day 121. Vlayvin, an active guy who has a taste for honey dew ice cream and fried chicken. He volunteers on the regular.

Day 122 and my 8th lost boy. This is Klaus. He's sleepy.

Day 122 and my 8th lost boy. This is Klaus. He's sleepy.

Day 123. Next to last lost boy - tomorrow is my final one! This is Chomps, he plays guitar and has both a degree in engineering and a butterfly farm of 6,948.

Day 123. Next to last lost boy - tomorrow is my final one! This is Chomps, he plays guitar and has both a degree in engineering and a butterfly farm of 6,948.

Day 124. This is Walter. He's a pretty good guy - he told me to paint a hummingbird tomorrow. 😄

Day 124. This is Walter. He's a pretty good guy - he told me to paint a hummingbird tomorrow. 😄

For all of these guys I used a blanket of acrylic paynes gray + titanium white acrylic accents, then went over with a white gelly pen for lines and details, and finished up with a white charcoal pencil for some shading. It was fun being whimsical and quirky with these guys, and 10 is the perfect number for me to feel satisfied and ready for something new. Since Lost Boy Walter yesterday told me to start next with a painting of a hummingbird, that's what I'll be working on today. Join me on Instagram to follow along with where my project is going daily! I just passed the 1/3 mark! 

The Lost Girls 6-10

Last Monday I shared the first half of my Lost Girls subseries in my 365 sketchbook, and over the following few days I finished the set with girls 6-10.

Lutria, an unusual 6'4 princess with a hand for a pet.

Lutria, an unusual 6'4 princess with a hand for a pet.

Today's Lost Girl is Eva - she and her snake tell fortunes in countries that have 5 letters.

Today's Lost Girl is Eva - she and her snake tell fortunes in countries that have 5 letters.

"Uma", a warrior full of secrets and a wicked collection of earrings who doesn't like to get her feet wet. Practicing drawing a profile from memory and made some good feats on that today.

"Uma", a warrior full of secrets and a wicked collection of earrings who doesn't like to get her feet wet. Practicing drawing a profile from memory and made some good feats on that today.

Lost girl Zabba and her frog. "Pineapple frog isn't so sure about this".

Lost girl Zabba and her frog. "Pineapple frog isn't so sure about this".

The 10th and final Lost Girl is Es. She is a master of the sea who enjoys a swim with the dolphins or a good coloring book with a nice cup of tea. 🐬🌊

The 10th and final Lost Girl is Es. She is a master of the sea who enjoys a swim with the dolphins or a good coloring book with a nice cup of tea. 🐬🌊

I'm feeling a lot more comfortable in my sketchbook in the past few days. I still feel awkward about limiting myself (100 days of paynes gray), but at the same time I enjoy the challenge to keep it fresh and interesting. There are so many things one can do with the theme of a color. Just have to think outside the box.

When I finished the girls my idea was to paint a solid block of paynes gray with acrylic and then use whites of sorts to create something on top of it. Unintentionally, a lost boy emerged, so I've decided to spend the next 10 days creating Lost Boys to go with the Lost Girls. I like that they are almost inverted, and that the guys actually have some semblance of hair, whereas the girls are all bald.

Day 115. Unintentional, but today Lost Boy Ricardo came by for some air time, too. He's a wicked trumpeter who is getting really fed up with constantly misplacing things lately. His favorite food is cornbread. Acrylic, white charcoal, and white gel pen.

Day 115. Unintentional, but today Lost Boy Ricardo came by for some air time, too. He's a wicked trumpeter who is getting really fed up with constantly misplacing things lately. His favorite food is cornbread. Acrylic, white charcoal, and white gel pen.

Day 116. Well I suppose now I can't make 10 lost girls and not 10 lost boys. Here is Mickey. He likes to garden.

Day 116. Well I suppose now I can't make 10 lost girls and not 10 lost boys. Here is Mickey. He likes to garden.

I have to admit, The Lost Boys are flowing a bit easier than the girls were. I'm glad for something to be more free-flowing again. It will be interesting at the end of the year to see the ebb and flow of energy and inspiration throughout the project.