Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Old Art - Take 3

In truth I was pretty surprised at how many of these old sketches I had done. I hadn't remembered the half of them. It's funny what we hoard up over the years and what we forget. A few old sketches and you can be instantly transported into your past. One could wish I suppose that ones art was worth that of a Picasso or some such, but I have never suffered grand illusions about my art. I did it for my own entertainment and just thought it might be fun to share a bit of it here. These next ones were sketches I did off the top of my head to see if I could make faces for future stuffed animals or for making masks.
This was a Hobo or a Monkey, the years have made me forget which. I wanted to make a stuffed doll and was trying to figure out how to sketch up a pattern.
 This certainly was a Hobo, so maybe the last sketch was one as well?! Silly looking fellow isn't he?!
These three crazy cats were all supposed to be masks, but once again they never made it to the actual
production faze. Maybe I got busy or maybe I got bored, too much time has passed for me to remember.
All I can say is, what's with the crazy eyes and teeth?!
This one is so bad it makes me laugh, for it was a quick scribble I did of my husband, falling asleep on the floor in a sleeping bag. This isn't a very flattering rendition of him, believe me, he was far more handsome.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

More Art From The Past

Sometimes it is good to have a blast from the past, or at least it was a laugh for me to see this old stuff. I was 18 - 20 when I did this group and tho I was never destined to be an artist of pencil or ink, yet it gave me many hours of entertainment. I was inspired by many things to do it, be it a tiny illustration in an old magazine, or an article with picture's in the newspaper. Some came just off the top of my head, if I had an idea on something or wanted to design a doll or other funny creature. That I didn't really keep it up seems a pity sometimes but life changes and we must flow with it.

These last two were my attempts to duplicate a quick sketch done by one of my best friends in high school, Cathy Michel. She whipped me up a sketch nearly identical to these in about 30 seconds. She was a truly gifted artist.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Study In Black & White

Among my other sketch papers, to my surprise, I had stashed the only art I have from my days in high school. Who would have thought it?! I took one class in art during my senior year in high school, 1978, and don't remember much about it, other than it was more of an arts and crafts class, taught by the same person who taught all of my sewing classes.

If you are interested in trying this, these were all made by simply using black craft paper on a white sheet of typing paper. I'm sure this would be a fun craft to do with kids too. Just make the cut-outs from the black paper as mirror images or slide-outs and arrange them on the white paper to make interesting effects.
Glue the black paper cut-outs in place and there you have it, an interesting study in black on white. You could even try using colored papers too. Just let your imagination fly!


Friday, March 10, 2017

My Old Pencil Sketches

The other day, when I had recovered from the dratted flu, I set myself the chore of sorting some boxes of papers. I hadn't got far when I came across these old pencil sketches I had done way back in 1979, when I was first hitched, and living on Underwood Mountain in Washington state. They gave me a chuckle so I thought I would share them here with you.

                                          Quick sketch of a horse grazing.
                Here's how to take care of a horse with attitude. Any sledge hammer will do!
  The Cowboys liked egg's, but the cook could have been more selective. Vulture egg's were just too much!
        If your roping horse is too light, just get yourself a plow horse, problem solved!
    Henry and his twenty gallon hat, with barn door to match! Light on horse, heavy on hat!
It's not always the wisest to snooze in the watering hole. It really makes your horse nervous when the cattle drive catches up.