Mischief

It’s almost midnight, and I’d need to add some extra shadows and reflections, then try getting a better photo, but it’s time to call it a day! So, this is the illustration I created for this week’s Illustration Friday prompt: “mischief”.

I got the idea pretty quickly, but started painting a bit late so it was a challenge to finish it on time. Yet I’m so glad I pushed myself ! Painting interiors (especially scandinavian) is on my list of goals for this year. I used watercolor and color pencils. The boxes, the plants, the faucet, the cupboard handles, the gnome, the cat and the curtain are painted separately, then cut and glued on the background. I’m getting better at looking for pictures on pinterest to use as references when I need help with figuring out lights and shadows, perspective, etc.

It’s really fun to imagine a home for my gnomes to live in.

 

Swirling Wind

Blame it on the lack of light and stormy weather, my camera has been sitting in a drawer for some time. I’m looking forward to start snapping pictures of the neighborhood soon.

For now, here is what I made for this week’s illustration friday challenge. The theme was “swirl”.

Internet (And Frugal Art Supplies)

No gnomes this time! When I saw the theme for this week on illustration friday, it was an abstract network that came to my mind.

Here is what I made it with:

  • A piece of cardboard from a post package as a “canvas”
  • Envelopes that once contained tax returns, a letter from my grandma and whatnot
  • Colorful bits from selected pages of catalogues, tracts, museum brochures and recycling instructions. (I keep these organized by colors in a box that’s moved with me in three different places. Crazy ?) I chose only mat papers so that I wouldn’t get any reflections when taking a picture with the flash.
  • Homemade wheatpaste.  It has the perfect drying time for this kind of work and it’s super efficient.
  • Tools: scissors, a scalpel knife and self healing cutting mat. Oh, and washers as circle-drawing guides!

collage making desk

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Some Things

  • some things to remember from this week: a snow storm that left a snow dune around the house, candles on the table every day, homemade chocolate mousse enjoyed in good company and photos snapped for a creative project with my little brother.
  • something on my desk: a pile of greeting cards. I’ve been cutting paper like crazy!
  • something artsy: following the Illustration Friday prompts is not only a great way for me to push myself and make more work, it’s also an excellent occasion to discover the work of very talented artists: this week I’ve been in awe of the work of Tini Malitius, Yacov Kleiman, Terri Murphy, and Nataliya Zhydchenko.

Have a cozy weekend!

Sound

This week’s theme for illustration friday is “sound”. I thought about music and waves, and used random paper scraps I’ve saved over the years. Here is to keeping old envelopes, Christmas party announcements, newspaper subscription forms and old tea catalogues!

After a lot of paper cutting, I am longing for a long walk. But there’s a serious snowstorm outside,that’s been going on for two days and nights now. So instead there will be books, good food and cups of turmeric milk .

collage making process || by marion

2017

Status update: a star still shining at the kitchen window, fresh snow and freezing cold. Oh, and just some extra fairy lights.

While it’s pretty hard for me to be optimistic when it comes the political side of things for 2017, I feel determined not to fall into apathy and despair. And since I know I feel best when I’m being creative, I’ve made a little list of creative resolutions for myself.

Drawing along with Eileen in December was really fulfilling. Now committing to posting a finished drawing every day would not be realistic for me. However I think that every week might work, so I’ll try to follow the illustration friday prompts. This week’s topic is “talk”.

talk_bymarion

In my mind these gnomes were always intended to be made with cut paper collage, so here’s the first one (with messy glue stains, un-erased pencil lines and all!)

I’m really looking forward to seeing what you create this year. I’m learning so much from all of you. Thanks for being around, and happy new year!

 

 

 

December Drawings #23 & 24

The prompts for December 23rd and 24th on Eileen’s advent calendar were “star” and “angel”.

snow angel colored pencil drawing by marion
I didn’t make it today for “nativity”, but Eileen did.
It was a great pleasure to take part in her advent challenge.
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate today, and snowy greetings to all!

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December Drawings #20 & 21

Well I thought I could do it, but I’m lagging behind!
Eileen, however, managed to paint lights, candles, elves, santa’s bag, Santa and Mrs Claus despite the overwhelming holiday frenzy. Wow!

Here are at least Santa, and Mrs Claus posing as Rosie The Riveter.

 

Only a couple of days left! If you feel inspired, Eileen is inviting anyone interested to join, tagging your posts with #adventmcr.

See you tomorrow (hopefully)!

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December Drawings #15

Today’s prompt on Eileen’s advent calendar is “pajamas“. Very fun one! As you can see, it brought back happy childhood memories of winter holidays. It was a great occasion to dress my gnomes in wintry tones for a change.

If you feel inspired to draw or paint along, Eileen is inviting anyone interested to join. Tag your posts with #adventmcr.

See you tomorrow!

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December Drawings #14

Today’s prompt on Eileen’s advent calendar is “snow”. I wouldn’t mind if a snowflake fell on my nose this week!

Speaking of snow, there’s a lot of it on the lovely scene Eileen painted yesterday.

Anyone interested is welcome to join. Tag your posts with #adventmcr.

See you tomorrow!

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