Doodle Swap 13

I participated in Doodle Swap’s 13th Swap!!! Inspired by the Pottery Barn Kids Dahlia nursery bedding pattern (shown first), the other doodles took off from there with the thought that I would select a few to recreate on a much larger scale for Baby Dragon’s nursery. Which I’m planning on posting pictures of when their done and hung.

 

You can see them in more detail on Flickr!

I hope you enjoy them! Would love to hear your feedback and comments!

Cheers!

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Doodle Swap

Having been on a creative hiatus, I really wanted to participate this go’round since I really missed being a part of the swap. Having an almost 11 month old has been incredibly time consuming, but have been really motivated lately to get into the creative groove. This Doodle Swap didn’t have a theme but chose to do Tablescapes. We had a Reveal Party recently and have an upcoming first birthday coming up that I have been scouring the party planning blogs for ideas for to incorporate into my party planning. I love planning.. I love putting together lists.. I love sketching out tables and where things are going to go.. One of my many quirks! but I love it! Here are the seven doodles I did for the swap.

 

I hope you enjoy them! Would love to hear your feedback and comments!

Cheers!

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Spring is Here!

Spring Time 2012
It’s so refreshing to be able to go outside in flip-flops and a t-shirt and be greeted by slightly cool breezes and warm temperatures. My husband and I love being outdoors and take full advantage of our deck when the weather is nice. We’ll put up the canopy and dust off the furniture so we can sit, relax and rejuvenate ourselves from being little moles all winter. This year is a little different as far as just going outside to relax. We had to plan our time around our 9 month old Little Monkey’s sleep schedule but it worked out great this past weekend! We had a few hours during the day to just sit and soak in the sun, and after he went down to bed for the night, we stoked up a fire and enjoyed some laughs with our neighbors on the deck. Of course, we brought the Little Monkey outside too during the day! He loves being outside and gets a kick out of the wind blowing in his face. It makes him giggle!
Yesterday, we all went for a walk around the neighborhood so I could hunt down the perfect cherry blossom tree with fresh green leaves, and little did I know after walking around for a little bit, that they were right next door in my neighbors side yard! Go figure. I had never noticed them there before! I thought I’d have a little fun picking out the spring time colors too! Happy Spring Time Everyone! What are your favorite springtime moments?!

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Excuse the Construction Mess

Wow! It has been ages since I’ve posted on here. A lot has happened and am hoping that a lot more will be happening, including updating my site to be more of what I’d love it to be. I’ve been given the opportunity to follow my dreams and am working on making them come true! There will be continued changes and updates to the site and will unfold my plans as they happen. I’m so excited, anxious and nervous but am so grateful to my family, my husband especially, for being so supportive and being my motivator. Cheers!!!

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Doodle Swap 8

This round didn’t have a theme.  Most of this series were subjects taken from notcot.org, notcouture’s section with a few from style.com and a few doodles created entirely from nothing.  I used a .001 prisma pen on bristol paper.  Enjoy!

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DoodleSwap7

This is long overdue, as is a lot of stuff that I want to  post on here, but I have a really really good excuse for my lack of blogging commitment.  In due time I’ll share it with you, but trust me it’s a pretty good excuse.   OK, on to what this post really is about!  Doodle Swap 7′s theme was “dreams/nightmares.”  This series of doodles are what I think inanimate objects dream or have nightmares of.  Wouldn’t you dream of yummy pieces of bread if you were a toaster?  :D   Cheers!

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DoodleSwap #5: Hand Lettering & Typography

They’re done and they’re snailing their way to their new owners!  This theme brought back a lot of memories from when I was a kid who had nothing else to do but doodle.  I went through a phase where I would create calligraphic illustrations/graphics of my friends name’s or initials, which was about the same time I was really getting into hip-hop and their graphic and artistic styles back in the late 80′s, which was a huge influence in my style at the time.  This theme also forced me to take a closer look into the world of typography and its art form.  I think I have three to four pages worth of font sketches and ideas, but struggled with the execution for some reason.  I originally wanted to create a series with the theme, but was running out of time, so decided that since random is what I do best, I’ll do whatever comes to mind.

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DoodleSwap #5 Flickr Set

Hope you enjoyed this set!

Cheers!!!

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Sketchbook Swap: Just a Girl

Here is my latest sketch for the ATC Monday Artday Sketchbook Swap. It was a quickie since the past month or so have been insanely busy at work and am catching up on personal projects. Now I’m off to doodle for the doodle swap! Enjoy!
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Illustration Friday: Muddy

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It’s been awhile since I’ve participated with Illustration Friday by posting something. Every week for almost a year or so that I haven’t participated, I’ve always illustrated typographically the topic of the week. This week I thought this would be a fun topic to do, and wanted to share!

This was sketched in a Moleskine with pencil.  The mud was created with watercolor pencils and brushed with water, outlined with a blue 05 Micron and colored the other parts of the lettering with a white pencil.

Cheers! :D

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Doodle Swap Doodles

Think I’m still waiting on a few more doodles to come in, but wanted to share what I’ve received so far! :D   I love doing swaps!  I get to flex my creative muscles and wait anxiously at the mailbox for little packages of doodliciousness!

If you want to participate, head on over to http://doodleswap.blogspot.com!

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There’s also a doodle flickr group  called ‘The Doodle Swap Project’ if you wanted to check out all the fun stuff everyone’s done!

Cheers,

Michelle!

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more Art Monday Sketchbook Swap sketches

I meant to share these sketches done in the second and third sketchbooks. atc_sketchSwap03

The sketch of the balloon has a little story behind it.  My husband and I were in our front yard cleaning up last spring, and as we were talking and enjoying the weather, my husband tells me to turn around.  I turn and as I’m doing that a balloon that had been riding a gentle breeze, and had floated right into my arms.  I was so amused, but even more amused when looked at the balloon to find that someone had drawn a smiley face on it.  I still smile to myself when I think about it!

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Cheers! M

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ATC Sketchbook Swap

Been a busy doodler lately!  Kind of nice to feel productive and post something here to share.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I am participating in a sketchbook swap with some of the members of Monday Art Day.   I received Bearuh’s and Michelle Lana’s sketchbooks a few weeks ago, and here are the sketches I did in them.

This one was done in Bearuh’s sketchbook…

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…and this is one was done in Michelle Lana’s sketchbook.

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Doodle Swap #4

I signed up for the Doodle Swap #4 in the fall, and met the deadline today to send them all out! Kinda like how these turned. Hope everyone that gets them enjoys them too!

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Attitude

Upset

The Look Back

Peace

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Bored

Honey

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Monday Art Day ATC Sketchbook Swap: Sketch 1

I’m participating in the Monday Art Day Sketchbook Swap, and wanted to share my first sketch.

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Monday Art Day Fall 2009 Sketchbook Swap

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Bunny

Found this quick digital painting I did quite a few months ago that I meant to share on here, so I’ll do it now!   This was done entirely in Photoshop, with several different types of brushes (some you may recognize I’m sure!)  to practice using different textures, tones and colors.

Bunny in a field

Bunny in a field

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Doodle Swap

This past September I lovingly placed 2.5 x3.5 hand-cut cards into handmade envelopes, placed inside a larger envelope shared with a note to the receiver, hoping that they would enjoy the contents.  On the cards were doodles done for a Doodle Swap hosted by Mary of Diversion Design.  I saw her open invitation via the HOW Design forum, and had to sign up!  It was so much fun to use every second of my day to think creatively.  I used this opportunity to really let my mind go.. which is the reason why the doodles are so random in style and technique.  Here are my doodles!

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Doodles Set Two

The last four were extras, and one I couldn’t quite part with yet.

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As Promised! Mr. Fisherson’s and Mr. Turtle

Last winter a friend asked if I would help her with stage design for her Little Mermaid ballet. Me being in a complete design funk, could not refuse this opportunity to be creative.
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This was my first attempt at stage design, and learned a LOT from this experience. We were on a limited budget, and did what I could with paper and limited resources. These were some of the sea creatures created for the set.

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IF: Contained

Just a quick freehand ink doodle for this weeks IF theme: Contained.  Before I dozed off I had to get one more drawing in and without forcing myself to think I came up with this doodle using a prisma pen, and nothing else.  I cleaned it up the edges, and added a tiny splash of color in PS.  To balance the odd shape, I duplicated the image a few times and placed them around the original, using the white space as a border.  

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IF:Balloon

Just a few sketches done for Illustration Friday’s 11.28.08 theme, Balloons!  This didn’t quite turn out the way I had it in my head, but am pleased with it being a preliminary sketch.

I have also added a few more balloon sketches, one quickly done while I waited for my husband to leave work (sorry for the bad photo) and the other done almost a year ago.  Here’s a link to a recent balloon related post!

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Glorified Beet

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Glorified Beet

This is Mitsie the Glorified Beet. She’s having an awesome day!

This was sketched onto a aceo sized bristol board, colored with watercolor pencils, watered, and then outlined with a gel ink. I’m sad that I over-saturated the edges causing some separation, so I’ll have to redo this on a watercolor paper.  My scanner is having a sick day, so I had to take a photograph, which isn’t showing the artwork in all of its glorified beetly glory, but wanted to share.

Cheers!

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