Days 27-29

The Fonz meets steampunk.

Day 27 – Does this skeleton remind anyone else of Henry Winkler?  I couldn’t help but think of him as I worked on it.  I think this is one of my favorite skeletons because it looks the friendliest.  Pen on colored pencil.


Day 28 – I forayed into the land of arteries.  I love arteries.

“Deep drinks the warrior’s soul.”

My Brother-in-law has been following my sketches and sent me a link to a poem I did not know, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Skeleton in Armor.”  It’s a great tale of old with some beautiful lines about death.  If you’d like to read it, it’s here.  Thanks, Pat!

Pen and colored pencil.

Day 29 – No longer are my skeleton sketches only of humans!

humans + chickens

So, this got complicated because bones on top of bones represented with little dotted lines turns out to be…  a big bunch of little dots.  Also, look how lumpy the skull is!  Maybe it got hit on the head by a viking.

Pen on colored pencil.


Days 23 – 26

This week included some fun creative projects outside of my sketchbook.  Day 24’s creative piece was a performance at the Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network Conference.  You can see a pic of it here.

Day 23 – Back to skeletons.  Pen over colored pencil.


Day 24 – Playback performance for the Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network and this:

Breakfast art

Day 25 – More skeletons.

Diner sketch

Day 26 – More work on the diner sketch.

With armor

Pen over colored pencil.

Days 21 + 22

After the fun I had creating “Armor” I started to work on a more anatomically correct person/skeleton.  That was the work of day 21:

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Day 21 – A more realistic skeleton.

And then created the body, face, heart glow and armor.

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Day 22.

I am happy with the results and also happy that I have so much to learn and explore with this subject.


Anybody’s and Oliver’s

Day 18 – I made two pieces and ended up feeling both pleased and disappointed with both of them.  The first sketch was inspired by a line in West Side Story.  One of the Jets tells Anybody’s something to the effect of “Why don’t you go put on a skirt?” and she says “Scabby knees.”  Pen on Paper.

“Scabby Knees”

My disappointment with Anybody’s’ portrait (that is a punctuation conundrum) led to a second drawing, a neon sign and menu for the imaginary Dickensian eating establishment “Oliver! The Restaurant” –  wouldn’t you love to have Ron Moody’s Fagin as both server and cook?  I would, my dears.

“Oliver! The Restaurant”

Pen (including gel pens) on paper.



Blue Shoes

“Blue Shoes”

Day 13 – Happy Birthday, G!!! – “Blue shoes I bought from a mobile home/shop on the outskirts of the dusty old olive groves.”  10 points to the reader who can guess where these old olive groves are located.

Pen and colored pencil on paper.