Jan 27, 2012

Portrait of Night-time

“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes…”
~Lord Byron

My “Portrait of Night-time” design is up for voting at Shirt.Woot.  If you've made a previous purchase from a Woot site, you're eligible to vote -- and trust me, every vote counts!  Thanks so much!

Jan 25, 2012

The Tablet of Prosperity

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
~Anne Bradstreet

A couple of days ago, I sat at my computer drawing as usual, when my tablet [digital drawing pad] suddenly stopped working.  My trusty ol' workhorse, the Wacom CTE-640, pulled a Gone With the Wind on me and died in the traces, so to speak... I mourned briefly before ordering a fancy new tablet online -- sentimental sap that I am.  What followed was a very long day and a half, in which I realized that I am extremely addicted to using my tablet for any and all artwork.  Getting out pencil and paper to sketch felt like using a charred stick on a cave wall.  I'm not even kidding.

Fortunately, my new Wacom tablet arrived today!  My husband helped me get it all set up and working, and man, it feels good to be back in business.  It'll take a while to really get a feel for the new stylus/tablet, but thank goodness for tablets.  "Prosperity is welcome", indeed.

"Twirl of the Hourglass" is a sketch I did this afternoon for IF's "Twirl" theme.

"Black Cat", a very rough sketch from memory of Blackjack, our trouble-makin' little cat.

Jan 17, 2012

Floating in the Deep

Howdy, all -- hope you're having a wonderful 2012 so far!  I just popped in to let you know that my "Octoballoon" design is up for voting at Shirt.Woot.  Allons-y!