Otto and Mia

A couple of days ago my sister-in-law Rachel sent me the cutest video of Otto spending some quality time with my niece Mia. It’s short, but it always puts a big smile on my face. In fact, I can’t stop watching it, so I thought you might like to see it too.

Happy Friday!

Video Blogging

Late last night I was catching up with the blogs I follow, and I saw Paulette’s video post. It was really charming, and since I’ve thought about video blogging before, it inspired me to just go ahead and try it out.

I had a few false starts and learned a few technical details along the way, but by Try 5, I had a video that I didn’t feel too embarrassed about posting.

As I say in the video, I think this might be a fun thing to do from time to time to share little odds and ends, maybe show off the mail art I send & recieve (since I still haven’t gotten my act together to write a post about it), and perhaps show you some more behind the scenes views of how I make art. If you’re very lucky I might even have Otto & Kasi join me sometime for a special guest appearance.

What do you all think? Is this something you’d like to see more of? Do you have any other topics you’d like me to talk about, or things you’d like me to share?

Sketchbook Project: Conclusion

I finally got my video uploaded! I tried vimeo first, but their size limit is only 500MB, so I had to go with youtube. There are two versions of the flip-through video. I’ll post the longer version here that includes commentary and runs a bit over 11 minutes. I also uploaded a shorter version with no talking.

Keep an eye out for the one page that I forgot to scan at about 01:30.

Did you see it? It’s the green and blue drawing I think looks like a loom.

I took a couple of photos of the drawing tools I used in the sketchbook.

Pencil Steps
When I started the project, the colored pencils were all about the same length. Obviously I used some colors more than others, although I don’t know how apparent that is from looking through the book. I based one of the drawings in the sketchbook on the length of the pencils.

Compass Set
I rediscovered this old compass set that my father used when he worked with maps while doing fieldwork in Geology. I found it just in time to draw some circles in the sketchbook. Also shown in this photo are the pencils and erasers I used. Mostly I used the 0.3mm mechanical pencils with HB lead, but occasionally used the 2B wooden pencil.

That’ll do it for the sketchbook project. It was a lot of work, but I had fun coming up with ideas and filling in all the pages. It was good practice to be focused on one project for a couple of months, and overall it was a very rewarding experience. I’ve connected with so many great artists through this project, mostly via twitter. The variety of top-notch artwork being made never ceases to amaze me. I’m so happy that DC was added to the tour–I get to check out all the awesome sketchbooks in person! Well, maybe not all since there are over 28,000 of them, but I imagine I’ll be spending quite a lot of time at the gallery while the show is going on.

Sketchbook Look

One of my sketchbooks has been hiding in my purse for a few months. I started drawing in it this summer, and intended to sketch in it when I was out and about and had a spare moment. Either I didn’t go to many places, or when I did, I didn’t have time to sketch, because it’s been mostly unused since the end of July. I found it again when I was switching from my summer purse to winter purse, and decided to sketch in it the other night.

I had finished quite a few sketches in the book during the summer, and the thought of scanning them all in to share seemed rather tedious, so I decided to make a short video where I flip through the sketchbook and talk about the different sketches a little bit.

I hope you liked it.

I’d really love to hear your feedback about this, so let me know what you think. Would you be interested in seeing similar videos of my sketchbook after I’ve drawn in it some more? Should it be shorter? Could you see the drawings well enough? Any feedback is very welcome!