Monday, August 31, 2015

Untitled Horse

I don't really have a title for this yet, but I have at least figured out how I am going to try to finish it. Going to use my Graphitints, so graphite, but if I want I can use water on them. Its not 100% correct, the tack had to be modified slightly, but if I wanted 100% I would have just traced a printed copy of the photo. Nothing wrong with doing that, just felt like drawing a horse rather than tracing one.

And yes, I don't have a problem when a person traces an image, skill still shows in how the image is finished. Yes, I do think a person should have at least basic drawing skills, should know colour theory and walk before they run when it comes to art. Nothing will help a person with finishing a piece of work if the basics are not there first. But tracing can be another tool to help those skills develop if used right and not abused. Nothing beats practicing drawing what is actually right in front of you.

Music Monday

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Sketches

I haven't decided if I am going to paint this, use graphite or coloured pencils once I have it drawn out. Leaning towards graphite since its been awhile since I have used normal pencils for anything. Will decide once I finish the line art and once I find out what paper I have left to use.

Linking to Sunday Sketches :)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

After a Hard Days Work Update

This is going to take even longer than normal lol Working on an etching seems to make my eyes worse, so this is probably going to be a few extra weeks in the making. My left eye does seem to be getting better, able to shut it completely now for a few seconds, but working on anything with a lot of detail, seems to make it worse.

I actually thought I had really messed this up the other day, but getting back to the tack outline today, realized I can fix what I messed up. Normally I wouldn't etch areas I am not going to work on next, but I needed to know where the tack lines were so I can work on the horses body. And I really need to fix that ear, looks so odd to me right now lol

Weekly Book Wrap up August 29,2015

Only finished one book but also finished half of Uncle Tom's Cabin. As long as I manage to finish at least one book a week until the end of the year, I sould reach my goal of 90 books no problem.

 LolitaLolita by Vladimir Nabokov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautifully written. such wonderful prose for such a dark subject matter.

View all my reviews

 TBR this week if I finish Uncle Tom's cabin:

 Evelina by Fanny Burney

Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald 

I really should finish this since I started reading it in January. And its as if its a bad book, just can be a little slow at times.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Moby Dick Poster #1

Spent all day working on our summer project, not that it looks it lol More than likely I will not be going with this idea for the final poster, but it shows I am working on it.

I think I prefer it without the text tho, just wish the whale was solid white but I am working on that.

Flower Friday

People are probably sick of seeing daisies lol This is probably the last of the photos of them for awhile since they are starting to die now. You can tell its turning into Fall, not that we had much of a Summer before it tho :p

Nice bright oranges and reds :)

Not sure why the petals are bent, there were a few of them like this, very strange.

Last one, I promise.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday

John and his mom or mum if you go by UK spelling, at what looks like Xmas if you go by the little tree in the corner. John would be about 9 months old here and still has the dimples when he smiles.

Throwback Thursday Art

Another older sketch from 2003 that my scanner had problems picking up. When I say I had a light hand when I was younger, I really mean it :p

A very tall dragon with a very  little stick figure,  really like the wings on the dragon.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Finished Rottweiler

I did end up finishing the Rottweiler puppy today :) Pretty happy with the way he turned out. Up next, possibly a horse. Actually, I need to practice colouring fabric first :p

Monday, August 24, 2015

Luka #4? #5?

The ear isn't done, almost but still needs a bit of shading. Hopfully I am going to get this finished tomorrow, but that depends on whether I also work again on the summer project we have due the second week we come back.

We have to write a 2000 to 2500 essay the first semester. I'm screwed lol I have no idea how to write an academic essay properly. What saved my butt with the last one was the research and the bibliography. Research has never been my problem, its writing it all down the "proper" way that is :p

Music Monday

Sunday, August 23, 2015

17 Days Later

So, its been 17 days since I had my jaw joint replaced. Healing good and I can eat bread now. Well, I can eat it very very slowly and only if I squish it :p but its a start. The nerves on my face are going haywire trying to repair themselves. So while it is frikken painful its a good sign, still look like half my face is frozen tho. My vision is still fuzzy and still need drops, but there are signs that is improving too, as long as I don't read too much and strain my eyes. Which sucks when you are as much of a reader as I am. The area where the stitches are is looking good, hard to say how much of a scar it will be now. I'm thinking more than the last time due to how the cuts where sewn shut but time will tell with that. Anyway pic update, puppies before the photo as usual :p




The muscle on my neck is still really swollen, feels like a huge lump when you touch it. I need to dye my hair :p

Sunday Sketches

Very quick drawing of a horse. I'm out of practice with horses it seems :p Blame all the dogs and birds I've been drawing lately lol

And one of thr dragons I have laying around :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Looking cute. As cute as puppies are tho, no way I am getting another one :p Too much energy for me.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up August 22, 2015

Only managed to read one book this week (must read faster), but am about a third of the way through Lolita. Lolita is wonderfully written, it actually is a great book, if you can get over the subject matter enough to see that the book is well written.

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

ok thats it, I give up on King for awhile, the only reason I finished this was because I had more than half of it finished before it really started to go downhill. Just too predictable, characters made no sense in what they did and I found the main characters just full of cliches that I thought didn't work. The bad guy in the story was like a cardboard cutout written by someone who just finished reading about serial killers/mass murderers and decided to put all of their traits together into one person. And the ending...setting up for a poor sequel with the bad guy?? Pass

View all my reviews

I have pretty much lost all faith in King's books right now. Which is a shame since I have bee a fan since I was probably 12. This week I am going to try to finish Lolita and I also started to read Uncle Tom's Cabin. And at 522 pages I ore than likely wont finish it this coming week :p

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rotti #2

Update on Luka. Pretty happy with it at the moment. The eye is only a centimeter in size, so hard to really get any detail in it, must not work so small again lol its difficult to get any detail done. I should have done this on A3 paper so that the dog was bigger but I don't have any big pieces of the Fisher 400 paper left, and can't get anymore until my student loan comes in.

Flower Friday

Too many seeds in the trough? :p Meh, couldn't be bothered thinning them out so we have a burst of colour in the backyard. Makes for some nice photos with the newish lens.

I really should draw or paint some of the photos John took, (I can;t really use the camear right now due to fuzzy vision :( ). Would be a challenge to see if I could get the colours as bright as the actual flowers.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rotti #1

Started a drawing of the Rottweiler puppy we had in Ontario, who is still going at 10 at my dad's. Moving a little slow but still moving. Pastels on the background since using coloured pencil on the background would eat up the whole pencil. I am going to use coloured pencil again for the dog tho, easier to get detail and I have pencils I need to use up.

Cropped the kitten, looks much better now. You win some, you lose some. Part of being an artist, you learn and move on and hopefully improve :)

Throwback Thursday Art

This was so light my scanner had a hard time picking up the lines lol I use to sketch 10 years ago with a very very light hand.

This was dad's Dalmatian fishing in a pond. You could see him stalking the fish in the water with his eyes, plunge his head in and often come up with a decent sized fish. Sometimes he would be the only one who caught anything.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Kitten Update

I really wanted to get this finished today but my vision has gone too blurry to continue. And now when I look at this, all I see are mistakes so don't want to finish it lol The eyes, while I like how they are coloured, look very odd shaped, which is something I should have noticed earlier. The thing is, they match up the photo, so either the cat has odd eyes or I messed up somewhere in the drawing. Oh well, I will finish it since its almost done, and then on to the next one.
Or I could just crop the image like this, which I actually like a lot, so maybe I wont finish the image. Just crop it and call it finished :)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Maple Leaves

I know I posted the maple leaf totem poles before, but I don't think I posted what I did with them. Thought they could be used as road side attractions, so stuck them in some random photos from Canada. Could probably have spent more time on the shadows, but since they were just mock ups of what I could do with them, I wasn't too concerned. Which is probably why I got the mark that I did lol received a  C3, which means good but I'me sure I could have done better.

Music Monday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Sketching

Might as well stick with the teeth theme I have going on lately lol This is a mold of my upper teeth done quickly with Derwent Graphik Pens, which I really like since they are water soluble, which sometimes make shading easier.

3 of the molds I've had done to make teeth guards to try to protect my teeth from me grinding them, since I was a horrible teeth grinder. My teeth were being ground down. I have horrible teeth, blame the fact that dental work in Canada is horribly expensive. Not costing me anything here so there is no panic trying to find money for a broken tooth, which happens a lot with me :(

10 Days

So its been 10 days since my jaw surgery, the stitches came out on Thursday, so it is much easier now to move my neck even tho I still can't move it normally. Due to nerve damage I cannot close my left eye all the way, doesn't close about 2-3 mm so my vision is really blurry even with glasses on. Should get better, if not I am doomed to a life of eye drops and an eye patch. Here is a photo update after the stitches, with more puppies before and after.


Some people might be wondering why I post about my jaw but not the MS. I think its because to me, the MS while a pain in the backside, its something I deal with every day so don't consider it a big deal. Its always there, so if I did post about it, it would be all the time and that would get boring and grate on people's nerves. The problems I have had with my jaw, more specifically my TMJ, are not talked about a lot and really some people often think the problems they have are normal, or a sign of aging. Often the problem can be fixed or at least lessened if people would go to their dentist about it and get refereed to Maxillofacial.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Grey Scale

About half done with the kitten and the rest of her face is pretty much black so shouldn't take that long to colour.

And a grey scale version which clearly shows that her forehead needs darkening and this needs a bit more shading on the cheekbones but I'm not sure if the paper will take anymore pencil.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up August 15,2015

Almost finished 3 books while I was in the hospital, because really what else is there to do when you are not a T.V. fan but read?

H is for HawkH is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First half of this book I found enjoyable, interesting and it was wonderfully written and then I thought it got really bogged down with going back and forth to T.H. White's story. The story couldn't really make up its mind if it was a story about grief or falconry,or a short bio of White's life. The 3 different parts off this story just didn't work well together.
but worth a read if you are a fan of birds just to see how difficult it can be to train one

Elizabeth Is MissingElizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Clever writing, you really do get a good sense of what is happening to Maud as her dementia worsens, the writing gets confusing at points, but that could have been the point to help illustrate how confused Maud is, (or the hospital meds from my surgery :p). The ending tho was too quick and abrupt, seemed like the author ran out of what to write. Possibly be hard to read if a family member has dementia since it can at times be very realistic as to what can happen

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really liked the humor and all the different characters. Typical story about a grumpy old man, (I don't really think 59 is that old tho), who changes his life and those around him. So very stereotypical but sometimes you just want a quick enjoyable fast read that makes you smile :)

The City & the CityThe City & the City by China MiƩville
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Other than feeling like the ending was a little rushed compared to the rest of the story, I really enjoyed this story of two cities in one place. And lots of Canadian characters, so yay :p

Its a detective story with scifi elements thrown in the mix, and I thought the combination was done really well.

View all my reviews 

Only two books planned for this week since I do have a summer project for Uni I need to try to finish. But the project is book related so expext book related art soon :)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Figured it was about time I read this book which causes so much love and hate in people. Only on page 70, but this is beautifully written.
Mr.Mercedes by Stephen King

I have been reading King since I was probably 12, so have been a  long time fan, I enjoy his stories. But the man cannot write an ending lately. I have been so disappointed by the endings in the last few books of his I have read I am about ready to find another horror writer to read. So I am crossing my fingers that this one is at least OK. Not expecting a mind blowing ending, would just be happy with an OK one :p