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Here are some life sketches from February and March.
February sketch-out at the conservatory. They had a Chinese New Year exhibit with foo dog statues and bonsai and other things I didn't have the time to sketch.
March sketch-out at the Royal Alberta Museum. They have a collection of stuffed animals that are more interesting to draw from than photos.
And I'm working on a personal project, doing some chapter illustrations based on the book "The Girl Who Soared Above Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two". I love the Fairyland series and it has such rich visual imagery that I thought it would be fun to do an illustration for each chapter. These are the first two chapters:
I've just finished inking the third and am working on the underdrawing for the fourth. I need to finish the thumbnails for the rest of the chapters soon because I don't think the library will let me renew the book again...
Random sketches from imagination:
Orchids in ballpoint pen:
Life sketches from April:
Downy woodpecker and dead tree branch, from some photos I took last year:
As always, love the pen stuff. Especially nice to see such a great variety of line weight and style. Keep going on those illustrations for the chapter book, cool idea!