Monday, 15 January 2018

Becky makes a mess in Robin's book, "Inspiration"

Robin Balshaw's cover of her sketchbook titled, "Inspiration" asks, "What brings you joy? What inspires you?"

When we travel, I take pictures of tiles, designs, carpets, and textiles. The patterns and colors inspire my doodling. They definitely bring me joy. For Robin's page, I looked at photos of Spanish tiles, Indian rangolis, Suzani embroidery, Tibetan carpets, and Tunisian rugs.

The result, quite frankly, is a bit of a mess:
But it was fun!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Becky doodles Heidi's theme: Recycle/Upcycle/Repurpose

Heidi's theme, "Recycle/Upcycle/Repurpose" let me play with a collage of past images. I used flowers and clouds I'd saved from former illustrations and added them to a revived landscape. I moved pieces around, changed colors, and pieced recycled doodles together to form a new version of one of my favorite old views---our family pear farm. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

"I Am" Becky drafts in Kyle's book

Kyle's theme of "I am" resonated with me. I liked doodling little images of my life. Little things I am. Little things I was. Little things I used to know. Little things I used to do. But, those sketches just never got off the ground. After failed coloring attempts and drafts that were going nowhere and getting more and more bizarre, I just decided to let a work in progress be a messy work in progress and pasted in some drafts:
I am unfinished! (and not afraid to throw in the towel)

Friday, 3 November 2017

Heidi's "Random Objects" in Jeff Pabotoy's Book

Erin's art in Heidi Ryan's sketchbook "Recycle/Upcycle/Repurpose "

Hello, Fellow Sketchers!! 
This month has been awesome in so many ways. And of course, busy. So I was happy to get Heidi's sketchbook so I can repurpose some art. 

This is my contribution this month. It is an ink, salt and tissue paper transfer back ground. 
And the cartoons are of a plane and sad girl drawn in Ink on water color paper. 

I was able to repurpose some painting and sketches I made for a 5th grade project that was just published on

The book is a collection of stories written by 5th graders. So I added some scenes from their stories as part of the cover. It was fun remembering how to use Photoshop and finding new tools. It was fun to do and am grateful for the opportunity to make art. I hope the students get to color in the black and white drawings and make the book their own..... Just like the stories on the inside are unique!! 

I couldn't decide if it should be colored or black and white illustrations. Showing both options to a friend she suggested to leave it black and white so kids can color it. I remembered that SAS Sketchers very own Gabe Haydu, who designed our yearbook last year so kids can color in certain parts and make the book their own.

I know that being in SAS Sketchers keeps me flexing my creative muscles and keeps me ready to say "yes" to these fun projects. So, thank you for sharing your art and inspiring me! 

Keep posting your art!!