Sketch Fest #36 April 19 ~ 21, 2013

Because we had two Sketch Fest in March, it felt like this month's event came in a hurry.  Although I had a lot of projects on my list, I couldn't resist participating again. ^^  This has been my most productive one since I started drawing at Sketch Fest in January 2013.  I managed to sketch 10 pieces this time around, though not a single one did get finished during the event. :D  I'll get to the already-claimed ACEOs in a day or two, and probably have to tuck away the pencil drawings to be inked and otherwise finished much later.

"Lotus" for the prompt "Lotus Blossom".  I envision soft greens and pinks... maybe a bit of lavender/purple for this ACEO.  Ink on vellum (140 lb).

"Fairy Sitting on a Toadstool" for the prompt "Sitting on a Toadstool".  This is something I've been meaning to do since it's such a classic (if not a bit cliché) imagery.  I like how detailed this ended up looking.  2.5" x 3.5" may not seem very big (sure, it isn't!), I sometimes surprise myself with just how much detail I can squeeze into the limited space.  I'll probably regret it when it comes to coloring in the tiny details. XD  Ink on vellum (140 lb), ACEO.  This is it for Friday.

"Black Lace Angelfish" for the prompt "Black Lace".  This is probably my favorite from this Sketch Fest.  It's  not my usual style or a subject, but it's whimsical and fun.  I am going to ink this drawing so that it will be a black and white simplicity to compliment the complex lace detail.  I'm sure it would look beautiful in a black mat with a juicy fat frame in some metalic shade. ^^  Graphite on illustration paper (150 lb.) 8" x 8".

"Kitten in a Teacup" for the prompt "Compact Sweetness".  When I read the prompt, this was the only thing I could think of -- a kitten in a teacup.  It's super sweet.  The kind of sweet that can give you cavities just by looking at, but hey, I like fluffy kittens, and it's fun to draw them, too.  Ink on vellum (140 lb), ACEO.

"White Kitten in Flowers" for the prompt "white cat with spring flowers".  Two kittens in a row.  I know!  The Crazy Cat Lady caught a Sketch Fest kitten fever~!!  Well, I love drawing flowers, and when a prompt asked for a cat and flowers, I couldn't resist.  Ink on vellum (140 lb), ACEO.

"Ribbons Entwined" for the prompt "Ribbon entwined in her hair".  This is the third in the series of prompts ending with, "Entwined in Her Hair".  I started drawing with the "Stars Entwined in Her Hair", and then "Pearls Entwined in Her Hair".  The prompter has purchased both of these in the past, so I figured that I'd give her something else to possibly add to her collection.  I love drawing hair.  It's a fun opportunity for me to work on detail.  I like how this one came out with areas of a lot of details up top with a lower area that is generally sparse. ^^  Ink on vellum (140 lb), ACEO.  This is it for Saturday.

"Honeysuckle" for the prompt "Honeysuckle".  First one on the Sunday morning.  This one got done very quickly.  I guess I love honeysuckle fragrance and the memory of the scent gave me the inspiration. ^^  Ink on vellum (140 lb), ACEO.

"Forget Me Not"  for the prompt "forget me nots".  Wanted to do something simple with one of these big doll eyed girls.  This will be mostly in the shades of blue.  Ink on vellum (140 lb), ACEO.

"Magnolia Sprite" for the prompt "Magnolia sprite".  I didn't even see this prompt pop up till Sunday morning.  It was added to my list of "tagged prompts of interest" at the last minute with less than 2 hours left to go.  I had the image of a magnolia fairy sitting in a saucer-shaped blossom.  It was just the matter of designing the fairy herself.  I gave her the petal hair and transparent wings.  This will be in shades of pink/magenta/purple.  One of my favorite flowers of spring.   Ink on vellum (140 lb.), ACEO.

The last piece for the event as I had less than 40 minutes left on the clock.  "Black Dahlia" for the prompt "Purple/black dahlia".  One thing to keep in mind, don't image search with key words "black dahlia".  There are some graphic photos of the crime scene that pop up at the top of the results...  I meant to check out the dahlia flower, but instead, the search results were full of the famous unsolved case victim. :(   Anyhow, I'm giving her the skull paint treatment.  I think it would be stunning when colored in white, deep reddish purple, and black.  Most Catrina pieces have roses and marigolds, so this will be a little different. :)  Graphite on illustration paper (150 lb.) 6" x 9".

Well, that's it.  I will be posting the colored/finished versions of these as edits to this post in the coming days. Hope you had as much fun looking through these as I did drawing them. :)


  1. Beautiful work dear!

  2. I am always amazed by what you can do so quickly! Beautiful work, and I am fascinated by the black lace angelfish.

    1. Thank you, Liralen! I was particularly inspired this time. I did notice last night that my wrist was a bit tight from the 48 hour draw-a-thon.


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