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Munchies May

At some point in April I decided that May was going to be Munchies May.

So for every day in May, I drew a cute kawaii item of food. Mostly every day. Sometimes I did more than one in a day, and occasionally I missed a day. But I did 31 drawings, all in May.

As you can see, I actually finished them quite a bit before the end of May. That’s because before I’d even finished the second piece, I’d decided I wanted to make some these into stickers.

I was super eager to get the series finished, so that I could pick my favourites and turn them into stickers.

I picked 9 desserts, and 9 savory food items. And now I sell them as individual die cut stickers, and also as very cute sticker sheets, which you can buy here.

More Advert Palettes

This advert fell right into my criteria for art palettes.

To be fair, there’s not a lot of criteria. Pretty much just – rainbow.

So I took the screenshot to Procreate and colour picked some palettes. More than one because those vans have shadow and highlights.

And then it sat in my Procreate projects for ages and ages waiting for me to get round to doing some art with it.

Before I did, I spotted another advert for the same game, with a different rainbow. So I had to grab that and turn it into a palette too.

And eventually, I got around to the art.

And then I used them to mess around with some repeating patterns too.

Birthday Presents

It’s very nearly my birthday, so now is the perfect time to show you one of the presents I got last year.

Any unicorn is a winner gift for me, and one that came with rainbow pens? Even more awesome! I swatched them on the back of the canvas, to make sure they’d work. You’d think they would, since they came with the kit, but you can never be too sure.

And then I just started colouring. I didn’t really have a plan. Just filling up the spaces in the background without having two sections next to each other be the same colour.

As you can see, I also coloured his mane in the neon rainbow. But I didn’t want to do the unicorn’s body that way. Partly because it would all just blend and not stand out, and partly because the pens were practically empty.

So I went with metallics instead. And doesn’t he look gorgeous?

Colours of the Month

My last Colours of the Month update was a year ago, not that anybody is surprised, so let’s continue from there.

Of the ones that I’d missed, I got round to September 2020, eventually. October and November are still in my “to do” folder. Then December 2020 to April 2021 are in the last update.

I’d missed May, June, and July 2021 but I’ve done them now.

August was missing, so I went back and found that one and did it.

September 2021 was the last one of the last update, and then we continue on with me not doing October. That’s in my pile.

December is in my pile to do.

I have no idea where April is. I can’t even find it on the Marker Universe Twitter thread. So we’ll just ignore that one.

In the last few months, and some of the catch up months, you might have noticed a trend. I’ve been using the colours as clipping masks for mandalas and zentangle pieces, and I love it. So I’ll probably keep doing that from now on.

Mandala Madness

In July 2020 I wrote about loving the symmetry tool on my tablet and the Ibis Paint program I used.

Well, since then I got myself an iPad. And I’ve been doing a LOT more digital art. And I may have a small addiction to mandalas.

Procreate annoyingly only has an 2, 4, or 8 section symmetry option. Ibis Paint let you pick any number up to 36 I think. I’ve been thinking recently about downloading Ibis Paint onto the iPad specifically for mandalas. I’ll let you know if I do.

In the meantime, please enjoy this gallery of a million mandalas. (Hmmm, alliteration. Maybe that should be a challenge.)

Wile E. Coyote & the Road Runner

When I posted my Animal Alphabets update last year, I mentioned I wanted to go back to a few of the Fan Art series ones that I missed.

Well, I did do Road Runner, and I did Wile E. Coyote as well. I’m not sure where I got this idea – I’m pretty sure I saw a half and half image on Pinterest somewhere a million years ago and thought it was a great idea.

These two characters were absolutely perfect for this.

I love this piece so much. I really want to do more pieces in a similar style. Some of my planned pairings will be fine – like Jack Skellington and Sally.

But I’m not sure how Sulley and Mike will turn out.

Buzz and Woody should be okay though.

What other iconic duos should I add to my list?

Colour Collective Update

Since I’ve started blogging again (and keeping up with it so far, yay me) I’ve updated you on the Animaloonies challenge I do regularly, and the Animal Alphabets one, and the Scribble Into Art one. But there are more art challenges that I do regularly, so lets update you on another one.

The Colour Collective is a Twitter that posts a pair of colours every week, for you to use as a palette and post your art on the Friday. The last update I did was a year ago – I’m really good at this blogging thing.

These are going to be in no particular order, because until recently I just collected them and used them randomly, rather than doing them every week.

I did a couple of pieces where I used two palettes.

Then in July I decided that since I’d collected a whole bunch of palettes that I still hadn’t used, I’d start a series.

I embarked on a Zentangle Colour Collective Alphabet. Each letter has the first colour of a palette as its main colour, then a Zentangle pattern over the top in the second colour, with the pattern name beginning with that letter.

I’m not complete yet, but I have used all the colour palettes I’d collected, so now I’ll be doing them weekly as new ones are released.

And that’s up to date! Except…. that when sorting through all my images I found these three palettes.

I could have sworn I’d done all of them, but I have no corresponding art for these three in the blog folder. It’s possible I just forgot to copy them, so I’ll have a look through my Procreate and do another post later.

Fluffy!

If you noticed a major increase in digital art in recent posts it’s because I finally got an iPad this year. I got it in February, and there was gonna be blogs about using it, and learning new skills and stuff. But then.. well, I’ve already gone over that.

I will be doing some posts about the digital art, but I just wanted to do a photo dump first. Because I found fluffy brushes. They’re so awesome!

These first three were tutorials by Bardot Brush that came with a base sketch.

And then these ones were tutorials too – but without sketches. They’re by Fooarc.

And the rest were all me.

Facebook Spam as a Palette

You might have noticed that I love any excuse for a palette challenge.

So when I saw this on Facebook, that little lightbulb went off over my head.

I didn’t click on it, but I screenshot it (obviously), then in Procreate I highlighted the first colours I’d seen – I was completely honest with myself too.

Then I selected colours to use.

Then came the fun bit. Art!

What do you think?