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Sharing My Artwork
I'm an amateur artist that primarily enjoys drawing for the sake of drawing. When I'm done with a picture it usually gets stuffed in my covered portfolio.
I've gone through the expense of framing a few but that gets costly and difficult to afford. So, I thought I'd share these digital photos I took of my work before I tucked it away.
My 2 favorite mediums are pencil and pen and ink. I prefer a lot of detail and I think they are the best tools for achieving that. Love pencil - having the ability to erase. When I use pen and ink, I usually just jump in and begin. No sketching or planning. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
I've been feeling real home here on Hub pages lately. I can think of so many topics I'd like to write about but for this Hub I thought I'd just share my hobby. If you could leave a comment it would really be appreciated.
I think drawing people is the biggest challenge but also the most interesting.
Living in the southwest has exposed me to some beautiful Native American artwork. My hubby and I found an old book at a used book store that had some nice quality old photographs of Native Americans and that's what I based this picture on.
This was done with pencil. I really tried for realism with showing the sunlight as it highlighted certain areas of the face. I just found a hub by a talented color pencil wildlife artist who gives explicit instructions on how to draw feathers. Very informative and a lesson I plan on going back and studying.
The Dark Side
I am a fan of vampires and witches and related topics. At least in regard to art, movies, and TV shows.
I started this with vampires in mind - but ended up adding elfin ears - just cause I could. She has a sword in her hand and big ass spider to her right. I just made it up as I went along. I really can't say what she is now...it's one of the best things about drawing fantasy figures - their features are entirely up to you and your imagination. There's no rules.
I did it in pencil and added some red ink to the spider so it wouldn't get lost in the background.
I Adore Skulls
Here are more of the darker art subjects - I love skulls. I find it interesting that a few of my close friends love skulls also. It makes me feel a little less strange about the attraction.
I sketched this design in pencil based on a cover of a incense holder I have. I bought the burner because I admired the design on the cover. I thought it would make a good tattoo design. The flames are pretty popular along with skulls.
Skull Inlaid with Knotted Design
My Favorite - Fantasy and Fairies
Yes, as you can see I love fairies.
Realistic looking artwork is my favorite and I read self help art books to improve on technique. I didn't go to school for art but I do enjoy learning from books that practice the techniques I admire.
I'm more comfortable drawing females - I think they're more interesting subjects. Add some wings and elfin ears and you have a fairy.
Fairy on the Run
Dragons - one of my favorite topics for drawing fantasy creatures.
I've had a thing for dragons for over thirty years now. What other creature besides the unicorn best represents fantasy? Even though unicorns are pretty distinct in their visual depiction, a dragon can be drawn with more discretion left up to the one doing the drawing.
Green dragons, red ones, horned, not horned, - dragons come in all shapes and sizes.
Dragon in Profile
It's rare - but every once in awhile I draw a real subject - A topic not related to fantasy and whimsy. When I was a kid, my Mom would say - "why can't you do a nice landscape"?
She would never hang up any of my "regular pieces". So once in awhile - I'll do something normal. Here's my hanging plant with over sized moth along with a picture I did for a friend who is a fellow dog lover.
I finally decided to give it a go. I opened up an Etsy store a couple of weeks ago and I'm selling prints of my artwork. This way I can offer copies of my work for prices that are more affordable than buying an original. I found a great company online that produces a nice quality copy on professional grade paper. I was really happy with the test prints I ordered.
By the Sea
I love mermaids and mermaid art. I've done a couple in the past but this one that I finished recently came out the best. At first I didn't think it was going to work and then all of a sudden everything improved and I'm glad I didn't decide to toss it when I was only an hour or two into it. I have prints for sale on my Etsy store.
My Short Experience with Tattooing
It's true what they say - just because you're artistic doesn't mean you can tattoo.
I learned from a professional artist who had previously attended art school in Paris and then went on to have a successful hand painting clothing business. She loved making a living with her art but after 20 years, she was burned out on the business. She was attracted to the tattoo business. She taught herself how to tattoo with a kit and a book, opened up her own shop in her garage, and is now a award winning tattoo artist. She's also a friend of mine and she taught me how to tattoo.
I don't really do any of this type of work anymore but here's some shots of my pieces. These were all done on family and friends.