Computer’s-eye view

Today you get the view from my computer’s camera of what I’m working on. Can you spot the cicada? I’ll give you a hint: it’s front and center.

Insect Illustrations in progress, graphite and ink on paper
Insect Illustrations in progress, graphite and ink on paper

Take THAT Drawing Challenge…

I’ve forgone the drawing challenge for the past few days in order to complete a commission for… well… this. Kind of a sexy cowboy thing going on. I don’t question, I just draw. 😉

graphite drawing of man's stomach and jeans and hand sexy cowboy
Sexy Cowboy, graphite on paper, 11 x 14″

Drawing Challenge Day 14

For day 14 of the Drawing Challenge I was supposed to draw my favorite fairy tale. I personally really enjoy fairy tales involving bears. One is The Bear collected by Andrew Lang in The Grey Fairy BookA princess is sort of turned into a bear. Another tale describes a girl who runs off with a bear. They’re both great. Disney’s Pixar “Brave” involves bears in a similar fashion. All good!

Here’s my drawn fairy tale:

pen and ink drawing of the bear, a fairy tale
The Bear, a fairy tale

Day 13 of the Drawing Challenge

Day 13 of the drawing challenge calls for a comic. This drawing challenge has held me up for a few days. I adore comics but am never quite sure how to cram the stories I want to tell into a small comic panel. I get caught in one depiction of a human and end up – much later – with one nice drawing of a character, unable (or unwilling?) to reproduce them the seven more times I’d need to.

So… here is the kind of comic I can produce. You should be able to click on the image to see it a bit larger.

pen and ink comic strip about birds and ikea
the Burds

Day 12 of the Drawing Challenge and a Knitting Pattern

Day 12: Draw your most recent accomplishment.

This is a drawing a lace shawl that I designed recently. The shawl was inspired by the architecture of the Eiffel Tower  and is composed of lattice lace sections, ridge sections and rows of eyelets to suggest the scaffolding and platforms of the tower.

This shawl is the first knitting pattern I’ve written but it was enthusiastically received when published on Ravelry.com. I am very pleased to say that there are more than 130 shawls in progress (or already completed) right now. To me, that is an accomplishment I can feel proud of.

This drawing obviously does not do the shawl justice, but you may find it interesting nonetheless. I have become an avid knitter over the past year and a half, such that I am often thinking about how to paint and draw knitting. Who knows how these different art forms might intersect in my future!

graphite and ink drawing of knitting
Knitting

Here is a photo of the actual shawl. For more information about it or to knit it yourself, follow the link above and join Ravelry! The website is free and this pattern is also free – for a limited time.

photograph of dinner in the eiffel tower lace shawl by jessie dodington
Dinner in the Eiffel Tower ~ A Shawl
photo of lace shawl knitted dinner in the eiffel tower jessie dodington
Dinner in the Eiffel Tower