Thursday, May 26, 2011

WIP - Elephant Calf

I've started a new drawing, though it is still in layout phase so I don't have a photo yet. There is a baby Asian elephant at my local zoo, and when she was about one year old I finally got to see her and take several photos. I'll be using one or two of those photos (not the one you see here) as references for this drawing, which will be in charcoal.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Maroon Lightning Clownfish

Last time I wrote about the Fill-A-Frame event hosted by my local frame shop. I picked out a frame and had to make a drawing to fit it. Choosing a subject for this maroon and black frame was hard, but I came upon the maroon lightning clownfish. I figured the fish was appropriate not only for its color, but also for its size - the drawing is 5.8" x 5" (colored pencil). They will have an exhibit of all the Fill-A-Frame artwork starting around the end of this month (slight date change from what I was expecting).

Edit (06/01/11): I should have shared the source of the inspiration for this painting in this post. The Lightning Project is a breeding program for the lightning maroon clownfish. The blog has some beautiful photos as well as a ton of information about raising these unique fish. Many thanks to Matt Pedersen for posting my drawing on the blog!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Sometimes life seems to get in the way. My kids have been sick off and on for the past few months, and we decided to start a mega-spring cleaning of our house (about a month into it, we are only half-way done). I still try to get some drawing in when I can. The commission is temporarily on hold per request of the client, but I do have another project I'm working on until I can resume that one.

The local frame store, where I get all my framing done, is hosting a special event where artists can choose a pre-assembled frame (mostly odd sizes) to fill with whatever they want. All the completed artwork will be combined into an exhibit at the store later this month.

The frame I chose was a small one in a maroon color. I thought I could use one of several animals for it, like the red panda, kangaroo, or red fox. But it turns out these "red" animals are really more orange. So I found a maroon species of fish that I'm going to do instead. I only have a week to finish it so stay posted for the final drawing!