As Time Passes With the Beat: An Original Song

Today’s video features not only two watercolor paintings and a Thoughtful Dinosaur comic strip I’m making, but it also features a song I made.

This is the first song I’ve ever composed and made using a program called LMMS. The program is free to download if you want to give it a try for yourself.

Keep in mind, my musical background is from my days playing Taiko. If you want an idea of the kinds of songs I performed, here’s an example from a troupe I was a part of. That’s why, for the first song, it’s pretty much exclusively drum sounds.

Why am I painting two watercolor paintings? Find out…NEXT TIME.

Thanks for listening.

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Who’s This?

forest spirit sketch

This figure keeps appearing in my sketchbook and I’m not entirely sure why, or what to do with them.

Though, the more I think about it, the more I may just make a watercolor painting or some other illustration of them.

Making an Illustration in Colored Pencils

colored pencil art and illustration set up

This post is going to be informal because that’s how I do.

Normally I work with Copic markers (they have SO MANY colors available and are easy to blend, but are pricey like woah).

However, I’ve been itching to do some new illustrations in a technique I haven’t employed for a long while – colored pencils. It’s not that I don’t like colored pencils. It’s just I don’t get to use them everyday because my default when it comes to coloring anything is markers.

So I’m making what I call a “test illustration,” an illustration made just to practice with the tools. Kind of like my Native American woman, my last illustration I made with watercolors.

First thing I did was I drew – and shaded – the whole image with graphite pencils. Continue reading “Making an Illustration in Colored Pencils”

Native American Woman Painting from Start to (Almost) Finish

A little while back I did a watercolor painting of a Native American Woman in a headdress (I’ll get into why I made this painting in a minute). I started with the sketching process, which is documented in this time-lapse video. Then I moved on to the washes…

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I started with the background (always start with the background first). Then I waited for it to dry before moving on to the next color, the hair. Then I waited for THAT to dry before moving on to the next color… Continue reading “Native American Woman Painting from Start to (Almost) Finish”

Decluttering to Make More Art

Today’s episode is a time-lapse feature, showing the making of a new illustration (and a Thoughtful Dinosaur comic strip) while talking about how great it’s been to de-clutter and get rid of stuff.

Yes, I have been watching a lot of WheezyWaiter videos lately, and yes, the spring cleaning bug has bit me. I’ll tell you what, though, it’s been great so far!

By the way, this week only, if you donate any amount through the PayPal button here on the site, you’ll get a piece of art from me mailed out to you. This week only, though!

Thanks for watching.

You. Are. Awesome.