Tag Archives: pen and ink

GM Truck: An Old Gal

I see this beauty around my neighborhood and always stop to admire her. She reminds me of my balloon tire bicycle from first grade (best bike ever). And the nostalgic sound of a solid steel car door slamming shut from the sixties. I’m guessing its a 1940’s era rig. She’s missing an “eye” and although I’ve never seen her in motion, I’m sure she can still turn over because she hauls—note the custom hand-made side rails her owner has lovingly installed.

If I ever meet her owner, I’m offering this sketch. AFTER I get a ride down the street!

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(5.5″ x 3.5″  micron ink pen and watercolor on Moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Dance Lessons

A very silly late night sketch…

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(5″ x 4″  water soluble pen on paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Snowball Juggler

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The little girl on this New Yorker cover is so uninhibited and carefree — not a worry in the world. She’s surrounded by focused adults all trying to push somewhere through the seasonal chill. The little girl pays them no mind. She’s in a world of her own, too. A very different world. This is what I suspect she may be imagining in that playful brain of hers…

 

 

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(5″ x 5″  pen and watercolor on sketch paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Port Townsend View

I was in Port Townsend last weekend for a wedding which extended into beach combing, hiking, sunshine basking, bird watching, cider tasting and general exploring — not a lot of time to draw.

I eeked out a quick sketch from the Northwest Maritime Center looking east across Port Townsend Bay toward Marrowstone Island, another place worth exploring.

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(3″ x 5″  micron ink pen and watercolor on Moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Tiny Tombow® Bunnies

Drawing tiny cartoons with water soluble marker and pulling with water. Here’s how…

Easy Tombow® Rabbits

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(1.5″  each — Tombow® marker and water brush on watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Hawaii Sketches 2016

Balmy Hawai’i is an irresistible  lure this time of year when I’ve about HAD it with the cold-wet-windy weather of Seattle. I easily took the bait again this year when my sweetie suggested, “So, for your BIG birthday, why don’t we go back?” And he treated me to two warm weeks on the Big Island. I know, I’m incredibly lucky, right? Spoiled is more like it.

No “sketch-a-day” like last year (sorry) but I have a good excuse. We were joined by dear friends who helped party me through the first celebratory week! I survived and had a great time. Here are a few sketches managed between the fun.

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BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENT GREETING US AT CONDO
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SHORE PALMS AND SURF
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BECAUSE I HAD TO…
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CHARMING LOCAL HOUSE
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FOREST IMPRESSIONS FROM OUR FINAL B&B
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CITY OF REFUGE
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(All approx. 5″ x 3″ micron pen on moleskine® sketch or watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading.  All rights reserved.

Squiggly Treats

Have I introduced you to Squigglies yet? I don’t think so.

Squigglies are easy to make, and are purely for self-entertainment (ok, or when I’m sharing them on my blog), if I’m bored, or lacking creative inspiration. They’re a terrific springboard for being loose and silly with your arm and eye. They’re also a good way to ease into a day of art.

Take a pen (or pencil) to paper and draw loops, angles, lines, whatever marks you want in a continuous motion in a limited area. I like to do it blind, meaning no peeking until you pick up your pen (or pencil). Then stare at it and turn your squiggly around and around until you ‘see’ something pop out at you. Bring forward what you ‘see’ by adding color, other media, more lines, collage.

After a long day I only have time to create something quickly. So, I do one of these super fast and it really feels like a magical “treat” before I retire to bed.

Try it! You never know what you’ll find in your squigglies. They are magic. This exercise in one from the wonderful Carla Sonheim‘s bag of creative tricks.

Here are some of my recent squiggly “treats.”

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Uncle Fester’s Brother

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Sad Woman

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Puppet and Larva

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Curl Envy

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Bluebird

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Jumping Blue Schnozzola Dog

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Bluebee

(various sizes – all quite small)  water-soluble ink pen and water wash on basic sketchbook paper)

Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.