Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Doodle No. 29 Green Hole with Shrimp

If you ever visit a green hole, be sure to get a souvenir while you’re there. 


Someone challenged me to draw a black hole using a tiling other than the regular square one. That’s why there are triangles. Plankton and 2D RNA structures decorate the surface. The gold planet and most of the little dots shimmers in the light with mica paint. 
4” square

Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, Finetec mica watercolor paint on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Doodle No. 27 Bunny in a Triangle

Bunny spends some time in a Sierpinski triangle thinking about lunch.


3.5” by 5.5”

Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, and mica watercolor paint on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper.



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Doodle No. 28 Moth Fractal

3.5” by 5.5”
Moths and a few copies of my dog, Kepler, inhabit a #fractal. The lizards and other doodles along the sides and top are very much in the style of Marty Kenney. 


The last several pieces I’ve done have a lot of coloring, a lot of pigment. This time I tried to use light colors with a lot of white, in part, to see if it would take less time to color, and it did! I’m sure I’ll go back to my saturated colors though. I love color, but this pink is nice for a change.

Drawn with archival #Prismacolor black ink and Faber-Castell #Polychromos pencils on #Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 


Monday, July 8, 2019

Doodle No. 26 Rainbow Alternating Steps



The rainbows came back. They always come back if you wait long enough. 

The image is 3.4” by 5.6” 
set it in a 5” by 7” black mat.

Prismacolor black ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper with a bit of mica paint for metallic details.
 


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Doodle No. 25 The Devil’s Staircase

The young cashier at the paper store convinced me that I really needed to open an Instagram account. And so I did. I’m planning to use it to share my artwork. So, now you can follow me there, if that’s you’re thing. https://www.instagram.com/gwenbeads/


The Devil’s Staircase (AKA, the Cantor Function) is a weird fractal function that I studied in graduate school. What I seem to remember the most about it is how to draw it. 

The colors were inspired by a Vincent Van Gogh painting “Bedroom at Arles” from 1888.

The image is 3” by 5”. 

Prismacolor black ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 



Yip yip!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Doodle No. 24 Six Holes



How many black holes is too many black holes?

This is one of the largest pieces in the series so far. It certainly took me the longest. The image is 7” by 8.8”. 

Here you can see how the details of silver mica shimmer in the light. I quite like the effect. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Doodle No. 23 Pythagorean Tree and Me


Image size: 3.8” by 3.8”

Drawn with archival Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, 23.5 karat gold paint on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 


Sold

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Doodle No. 22 Bunny and Owl


The image is 3” by 3”. 
The paper is 4.5" by 4.5". 

Drawn with archival Prismacolor black ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 


Sold

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Doodle No. 21 Alien on Picot Fence

Doodle No. 21
Alien on Picot Fence

Get off my lawn!

Some color schemes come easily to me. This was not one of them. I colored until I could color no more. Then I added 23.5 karat gold paint. 

The image is 3” by 3”.

Drawn with archival Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, and 23.5 K gold paint on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 


Monday, June 17, 2019

Doodle No. 20 Tribert’s Network



Tribert got a new antenna for his network in hopes of picking up owls. So far, so good. 

Some color schemes come easily to me. This was not one of them. All of that red didn’t help. 

Image size 2.7” by 2.7”
Prismacolor black ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper

Sold. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Doodle No. 19 Cat Planet



The colors are very 2019, including by Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral. 

8” by 10” 
Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils and Prismacolor black ink on Stonehenge paper

This piece is sold, but you can buy swag if you want!  I made stickers you can find in my Etsy shop here https://www.etsy.com/listing/713103849/doodle-sticker-collection


Also, I designed this piece specifically to be printed on shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., which you can find here. Www.gwenbeads.threadless.com I just ordered a shirt for myself in blue. It’s quite nice for twenty bucks. Sadly, the ladies fitted large is too big for me. So I have it to my sweetie. 


I’m not sure what this contraption does, but it obviously has a lot of functionality. 

Forgive the bit of reflection on the cat’s face. I have it temporarily sealed in plastic to keep it safe. 







Monday, June 10, 2019

Doodle No. 18 SP Controls TP7

Staedtler black ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
Borden & Riley 108 lb paper
5.5” in diameter


This piece is a commission to be printed on coasters and stickers to hand out at a tech show. Since it’s mostly for men, I resisted the temptation to add any rainbows. The stickers and coaster look pretty good. 
Thanks for looking. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Doodle No. 17 Nandor’s Network

Nandor’s network includes a few rainbows and a couple of friends. Overall, Nandor is pretty satisfied with his network. 

The image is 3” by 3”.

Drawn with archival Prismacolor black ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 


This piece is sold.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Doodle No 16 Triple Black Hole with DNA


The image size is 5” by 7”. 
Prismacolor black ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on archival, acid free 80 lb paper

This piece is sold.
Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Doodle No. 15 Pitchfork Bifurcation

Doodle No. 15
Pitchfork Bifurcation
Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
Neenah acid free paper, 80 lb
5” by 7” image on 7” by 9” paper


I have a complicated relationship with yellow. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the yellow and orange bedroom I had as a child. Everything was covered in a print of orange and yellow California poppies, and all of the furniture was painted yellow. Tying it altogether was a huge carpet in a perfect shade of yellow mustard. After the yellow experience, I had more than my fair share for years, and I didn’t like orange much either. I eventually brought orange back into my pallet a number of years ago after a friend successfully convinced me that bright orange is the color of happiness. Yet, that yellow carpet haunted me. With this piece I decided to put my biases aside and go full yellow mango on the background. 

Overall, this color palette is very 2019. Search for “color pallet 2019.” And you’ll find these colors. So if you don’t like them yet, you should reconsider.

The pitchfork bifurcation was the kind of thing I studied in my graduate abstract algebra course. The class had something to do with resolving “bad” points in the solution set for an equation by introducing another variable and changing your point of view. I didn’t really understand the symbolic representations and manipulations very well, but I could reproduce the kinds of pictures in the textbook in great detail. My professor seemed to think that showed enough understanding of the material for me to pass the class. It seems the biggest change between then and now is the cat. 

And yellow. 

And a lizard for Marty. 


This original is sold.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Doodle No. 14 Seahorses Fall in Love

Seahorses fall in love while visiting the second moon of Planet Coral. 



I tried to step away from the rainbows for this piece. The colors are contemporary, including Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Live Coral. One tiny rainbow still snuck in, as they do. 

8” by 10” Prismacolor ink and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on 108 lb Borden & Riley Paper

This piece is sold.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Doodle No. 13 Cusp

I’m in love with my new colored pencils. 
We might run away together. 


Doodle No. 13
Cusp
3” by 3”

Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils and Prismacolor markers on Borden & Riley 108 lb paper

I don’t know what you see, but mathematicians call the point in this surface a cusp. Sure, the algae and aliens make sense, and probably even the diatoms and other microbes, but I don’t know why the mean value theorem is there, or the challah. So don’t ask. 

I colored this piece with my new colored pencils. I purchased a complete set of Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I am now the proud owner of 120 colors in the metal tin. 

That’s almost 50 more colors than my current set of Prismacolors, which is a box of pencils I’ve had for over twenty years. Polychromos are all the rage now in the colored pencil community. People say they are among the best colored pencils you can buy. They’re harder than Prismacolors, which means fewer broken leads and sharper tips. That translates into finer details. Polychromos also have fewer colors with poor lightfast ratings than Prismacolors. So the purples will still be purple many years from now, as if that matters.


This piece is not for sale because it’s a birthday gift for a good friend.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Doodle No. 12 Sending Good Vibes from the Third Moon of Planet Rainbow

Who couldn’t use a few more good vibes and some rainbows?


3” by 3”
Prismacolor ink and Prismacolor pencil on Borden & Riley 108 lb paper

This piece is a gift for a good friend, but I wanted to give it to a lot of people. So I made stickers. Next time you see me, ask me for a sticker.

Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Doodle No. 11 Purple Hole

Prismacolor pencils on Borden & Riley 108 lb paper

3” by 3” because sometimes I like to work small

I gave this one to a friend who works on stuff that goes into space.

Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Doodle No. 10 Coral Hole


3” by 3”
Prismacolor ink and pencils on Borden & Riley 108 lb paper

This piece is sold.

I made this one tiny so I could fill up all the space because filling up all the space is so satisfying. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Doodle No. 9 Inside a Donut

Donuts are more delicious on the inside.

5” by 7” Prismacolor ink and Prismacolor pencils on 108 lb Borden & Riley Paper
Sold.

Find shirts, mugs, notebooks and stickers, printed on demand, in my Threadless shop: https://gwenbeads.threadless.com/

Thanks for looking. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Doodle No. 8 Double Black Hole

Sometimes, you have to go full double rainbow.

8” by 10” Prismacolor ink and Prismacolor pencils on 108 lb Borden & Riley Paper
This piece is sold. 
 Detail.
Thanks for looking. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Doodle No. 7 Black Hole with Bubblegum Planet and Bacteriophages

Who knew there was a whole planet made of bubblegum? This black hole is plagued by phages and other microbes.

5” by 7” Prismacolor ink and Prismacolor pencils on 108 lb Borden & Riley paper.  
This piece is sold, but you can buy t-shirts and other items with this image here: https://gwenbeads.threadless.com/designs/doodle-no-7-black-hole-with-bacteriophage

Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Doodle No. 5 Dog Planet

There is a planet that is only populated with dogs. One of its moons is all cats. In fact, the dogs on Dog Planet look just like my dog, and I used to have a gray cat that looked a lot like the cat on Moon Cat.

None of this is a coincidence.

There is a little bit of Marty Kenney in every seahorse I draw, and the lizards too. Or maybe they’re crocodiles. It’s hard to know without a scale. The angler fish and the fox just showed up, and I’m pretty sure the spider has always lived there.
This piece is sold.

This is my dog Kepler, the guy in the moon. He’s softer than he looks, which means a he’s ridiculously soft.


Thanks for looking. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Doodle No. 6 Rainbow Black Hole

Black holes collect all colors of light.

And cats. 

This image size of this piece is 5” by 7”. 

Here is the detail of the lizard.  He’s very quiet and doesn’t eat much. 




This drawing is available in my Etsy shop.

You can buy t-shirts and other things printed with this drawing here: https://gwenbeads.threadless.com/designs/doodle-no-6-rainbow-black-hole

Monday, April 22, 2019

Doodle No. 4 Alien Planet

Here is my newest doodle. I spent more time coloring this time and made the colors more vibrant.
This piece is 5” by 7”.
This piece is sold.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Doodle No. 3

Another doodle. The composition on this one gave me a lot of grief. There’s no going back when you’re working in ink. It was everything I could do to not fill the entire page, but I think I’m going to stop and call it done. The design in the curved strip on the bottom left in orange, that design idea was taken directly from one of Marty Kenney’s drawings. And the sea horse. Marty also liked to draw aliens. His aliens look different from mine, but I bet our aliens would be friends if they ever met.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Doodle No. 2

This is my second doodle.

There is a little bit of Marty Kenney in every seahorse I draw. Marty also had a passion for alien handwriting. So the legend on the right was also inspired by his work. 

This piece is sold. 

You can buy t-shirts and other things printed with this image here: https://gwenbeads.threadless.com/designs/doodle-no-2

Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A doodle I made while remembering Marty Kenney

I started doodling again for the first time in a long time. This piece is ink on paper.

My good friend Marty Kenney took his own life a few weeks ago. In addition to being a kind and loving man, he was also an incredibly talented artist. (For those of you who remember the Genie Bottle, Marty did all of the designs for the laser cutwork in the wood.) I recently spent a few treasured hours looking through his sketchbooks. His doodles and designs filled my head to the point that I dreamt about them. When I returned home, I drew this. Some of the design elements here are definitely inspired by his, like the seahorse and the lizards, the squiggles and dots.

You’ll be seeing a lot more doodles from me as I remember my friend.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Star Cluster beaded bead in pink blue olive

Last night my friend Melanie helped me choose colors for this Star Cluster beaded bead. We tried to find a new combination of colors that I haven’t tried before. We started with Pantone’s Live Coral, but ended up with rosy pink, to which we added dark grayish blue and light olive. The olive beads actually flicker in pink. It contains over 450 beads and measures just over an inch from point to point.
Find this piece here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/675222630/star-cluster-beaded-bead-in-pink-blue

Learn to make your own with my tutorial on Cluster Beaded Beads.

Here is a photo of my dog.  He likes belly rubs.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pentacluster Beaded Bead in Live Coral

I always enjoy playing with Pantone’s color combinations. Here is their 2019 Color of the Year, Live Coral, featured in the colors combo called Coral Woman by hep svadja. It’s not exact, but just my interpretation.
Find this Pentacluster Beaded Bead.
Learn to make your own Cluster Beads.

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