Friday, May 20, 2011

What's in My Sketchbook?

Feeling run down the last few days ... major migraine caused by sinusitis  ... so this will be fairly short.

20110422 Lion Skull & Flower 2

After last week's Antler sketch, I worked on another sketch from an animal anatomy book.  This one is of a lion skull.  I did my best to follow through but the proportion was a bit off.  I didn't know why I added the red flower but after I finished it, I found the image quite amusing.  It's like the lion was having a good time smelling flowers. :)

20110422 Lion Skull & Flower CU


20110422 Lion Skull & Flower CU 2

While thinking of what to do about the photo, I came across this tutorial for making up a paper flower box.  I thought it would be fun to try out the paper flowers only.  What do you think?

Paper Flower 6


Paper Flowers 3


Paper Flowers 2

The sketch is also for Paint Party Friday (hosted by Eva and Kristin).  All are welcomed!  Do join in to share and support each other.

Cheers and have a wonderful weekend!

44 comments:

Rosie Kaplan said...

Cute flowers and as usual a wonderful sketch book entry.

Sacred Yoli said...

I love your sketch and subject matter! Happy PPF!

Kat Sloma said...

Your sketch is wonderful! The flower adds a lot. Contrast in color, and subject. It balances the piece. Those paper flowers are cool too, thanks for sharing the link.

Cameron said...

Hello Dear Jamie....
So sorry about the yucky sinusitis taking over your head right now.....interesting that you chose a skull to sketch based on the way yours must feel lately...hmmm ;P

I love the use of stippling for the shading...and the red fang and red flower add some interest, for sure :)

Those paper flowers are cute, too....they get addicting, don't they?!

Take care, Sweetie!
Hugs,
Cam

Cynthia Schelzig said...

I always like what you have going on in your sketch book and thos paper flowers look great too!

Pointy Pix said...

i could learn so much from you on how to take wonderful photos for your blog-mine are usually pretty poor and bland but this looks fantastic! the paper flowers are so cute. hope you don't mind if i steal the idea for jazzing up the photos for my etsy shop!

another great skull sketch and i really like the addition of the flower. its like the cylce of nature-the flower in full bloom and the lion being no more.

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi
I am visiting from PPF (this is my first time participating)
Visiting your Blog I have discovered another artist with the most incredible talent.
Wishes
Lynne

Netty said...

Wonderful sketch and love the addition of the bright flower. Such a beautiful balance. Annette

art2cee2 said...

The sketch is perfect and the flowers are wonderful! Too many adjectives? Well, lets just say I love them both. :-)

NatashaMay said...

This is beautiful! I love the red flower too. It livens up the skull. :)

carlarey said...

The red flower is such a great counterpoint to the skull, especially with the little bit of red on the tooth. And the paper flowers are wonderful...have to try that.

Magpie said...

Wonderful drawing of the lion's skull! Is that a spot of blood from his last meal on his tooth? Nice touch!

I love the paper flowers. They look like a pond full of floating water lilies.

EVA said...

The flower (and blood on the tooth) really add a fabulous contrast. An amazing sketch and I love the flowers!

SHERI C said...

I look forward to your submissions! Your art is wonderful and those flowers are so neat! HAPPY PPF!

Gloria said...

Your sketches are wonderful. Love the flower making. Happy PPF!

Pam Tucker said...

Your sketchbook is always something I look forward to. I love everything about this one! The red flower and the red on the tooth -- great touch!

Thanks for the link on the paper flowers. Your presentation is always superb. These little flowers have such possibilities!

I also suffer from the migraines brought on by sinusitis. It has been a terrible few weeks for me. I hope you feel better soon.

Terrie said...

Happy PPF
I enjoy following you and your journal - I like the framing you used with the blue behind the skull. The pop of red is perfect! You're so very talented!

Roban Studio said...

Oooh yet another wonderful sketch to look at. I like the red flower a lot. It gives balance and a surprise to the piece. Very nice. Like all your paper flowers too. Makes me want to throw them up and the air and watch them fall to the ground like leaves blowing in the wind! Happy PPF! :-)

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Gorgeous work...beautiful! And I love how you photographed it amidst all those dazzling paper-flowers...breathtaking!!
Victoria
PS: hope you feel all shiny and sparkly real soon!

Kristin Dudish said...

I love the punches of color in this sketch... beautiful!

(The background texture/pattern adds a lot of interest too)

Get well soon...

xo
Kristin

Julie Prichard said...

The blue color in your sketchbook is mesmerizing! Happy PPF!

Mary Hysong said...

How fun; your sketch reminds me of The Lion King when he explains to the cub that they eat the antelope and then the lions bodies die and become grass for the antelope to eat. Love the recycled paper flowers; That would be a great project, with special words on the petals to evoke the feeling you want the peice to have. Happy PPF.

Tammie said...

I love that you included the flower without understanding why. It makes for an interesting piece.

La Abela said...

Very fun work. Saludos

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love the contrast between the lion skull and the brilliant red flower- it's wonderful! And I can't wait to see what you make with your paper flowers...great FUN!
Happy PPF,
Stephanie

Denni said...

Nice job on the skull, maybe it's remembering the smell of flowers?
I made a bunch of paper flowers this winter and put them on gifts. Your's came out lovely.

Christine said...

I think the flower softens the skull. Nice paper flowers.

Melisa said...

Love the paper flowers and I'm really enjoying your sketchbook each week.

Leone said...

Another fun and quirky sketch. Keep up the good work. Take care.

Sandra Evertson said...

Really Beautiful work!
Sandra Evertson

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!!! this is super fantastic!!! I love it and the cool flowers!!!!

Nelly said...

I love the paper flowers, they are so beautiful.

Heather said...

I love this sketch and I love the paper flowers. Both of them together look great! Love the photos!

Anne said...

I think your sketch looks great. Funny thinking of the lion smelling the flowers.

And as for flowers, the paper flowers are beautiful!

I'm finally getting over my headache. Hope you feel better soon, too!

craftattack said...

Your sketch is great, as are the flowers. Sorry you have been feeling bad, and hope that you are soon better! Take care! Hugs, Valerie

Evelyn said...

I love the way you presented your pieces. Such lovely photos, and great drawings and flowers.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Hope you are feeling better by now.
Wonderful setting for your sketch! Thanks for the link.
Love the background layers and the composition of forms, sizes and colours.

ger chouinard said...

BEAUTIFUL sketchbook! LOVE your paper flowers ... nice presentation :)

WrightStuff said...

Those flowers are so cool - and the sketch so you! You have a great talent!

I see those flowers as a modern art installation... Hmm... I think you should exhibit...

Gerri Herbst said...

Happy PPF. I just love your sketchbook. Your style is amazing, now that you added the paper flowers.Im in love.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Your painting is great, as usual... great work! I have to say the flowers are stealing the show a bit, I love them!! thank you for sharing your artwork and the flower tutorial. :)

Happy PPF!

Julie said...

Very creative, hope you're feeling better.

BahamaDawn said...

great painting!!! and love those flowers!

Eydie said...

I visited your blog to day for the first time.

Thank you for such a beautiful and amazing adventure.

xoxo