Scoop

The gnome seems to have tips for getting a scoop!

The journalistic meaning of “scoop” was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this week’s prompt – blame it on having English as a second language (or on following the French presidential campaign?). However there are plenty of ice cream scoops over at Illustration Friday.

Around here, ice cream weather isn’t there yet:
winter evening mist

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Tea

It’s tea time! How about a little picnic in front of the wood stove?

This is my contribution for Illustration Friday’s promt “tea”. This week, my focus was on planning the whole drawing ahead so I could paint everything on the same layer instead of adding bits and pieces using collage. I do like the collage technique, especially to create some shadows. But I have to be honest: sometimes I just tend to use it just because I’m lazy!

Here is what I did this time:
1. Spend more time  than usual drawing the whole thing in pencil, using photos as reference for the perspective.
2. Paint in watercolors
3. Add some lines and texture with color pencils.
4. Use white acrylics to paint the vapor swirls.

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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.

 

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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December Drawings #11 #12 and #13

Help! I’m running late!

Today’s prompt on Eileen’s advent calendar is “sleigh”. There was only time for a tiny sketch today, since before that I had to finish my drawings for the two previous prompts: “holly” and “mistletoe”. Phew!  🙂

Eileen has been more constant than I have: did you see her holly and mistletoe paintings?

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

See you tomorrow!

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December Drawings #10

Today’s prompt on Eileen’s advent calendar is “gifts”. Let’s wrap ’em!

If you feel inspired, Eileen is inviting anyone interested to join, tagging your posts with #adventmcr.

See you tomorrow!

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