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Blog posts : "30 ACEOs of June"

Inktober

January 26, 2017

Last October, I participated in the Inktober challenge where I had to do one ink drawing each day of the month. It really was a challenge for me as I'm not very familiar with the medium. But I'm so glad I stuck with it even when there were days I didn't have time. I had to catch up a couple of times, but I got to try many techniques of this medium. I liked it a lot and will continue learning how to use those many different ink supplies.

Here are a few of the drawings I did. I also made a video for all 31 drawings that you can watch here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scratchboard

July 23, 2016

I've been meaning to try scratchboard for a long time now. I keep on drooling over my talented friend Ann Ranlett's wonderful work, and decided it was time to give it a shot. I've been doing a lot of research about tools, surfaces, techniques, watching videos, trying out different strokes... So basically there's been quite a lot of scratching involved in my life in the last month or so since I started. So much so that whenever I drive over a brand new resurfaced road, I have a bad urge to scratch something on it!
I did a few pieces on scratch paper to get used to it, but I'm now ready for the real stuff: Ampersand Scratchbord. Stay tunned for more scratchbord work. This is what I've done so far:




Tiger 56 - ACEO (3.5x3.5") - SOLD



Chat Noir 200 - 5x7" - SOLD



Wolf 8 - A5 - SOLD



Cat 28 - A5 - SOLD



Horse 11 - A5 - SOLD
 

 

 

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Art Snacks

May 16, 2016

One of the most exciting things is my discovery of subscription boxes. I signed up with Art Snacks, and each month I receive a little box with new art supplies to try. It's a lot of fun because I receive supplies I would never buy otherwise, and it forces me out of my comfort zone and helps me be more creative. If you take on the Art Snacks challenge, you have to draw/paint something with all the supplies in the box. I LOVE IT!

Here's an unboxing/speed painting video I did with this month's supplies.

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Monthly challenge WIP 3

November 7, 2015

Slowly but surely the leaves' underpainting was completed. I now have to go over them again to add details.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly challenge WIP 2

November 5, 2015

So much work to do, so little time left!

 

 

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Videos

September 1, 2015

This Summer, I started working on making tutorial videos again. In fact, I ended up adding a video tab to this site's menu.

Here are the latest videos. More will follow shortly as I'm getting back into "work mode".

 

 

 


 

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Tiger and peacock

January 25, 2015

I finally took the time to work on a couple of drawings I'd been wanting to do for a while. It was very enjoyable to just draw for fun. I hadn't done an ACEO in quite a while, it felt strange to work on such a small format again, but quite satisfying to get the immediate gratification of a piece finished faster then the larger ones. I have to do more.

 

Tiger 50 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

Peacock 2 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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ACEO Challenge

June 29, 2014

ACEO #24-30

I'm finally done with this challenge. I'm glad it's over. While it's great to challenge oneself, I think that once more it killed my creativity. I enjoyed it for the first ten days or so. It was fun. But it quickly became a chore. Not so much the drawing or painting part, but the scanning, listing, and posting on blogs, and Facebook page. I was good with posting an update everyday on Facebook. I had to because a couple of artist friends did the challenge with me, so I had to post their work too. And I'm glad of it because it pushed me to be consistent. However, you might have noticed that it was not the case here. I just took the time today to catch up, and added the second half of the month's worth of ACEOs, hehe!
So if I ever challenge myself again, I'll make it shorter. I think 10 days is great to get me going. I might not even announce it, and just do my own thing. That way I won't have the pressure of having to give news everyday. And it will end while it's still fun for me.

So here's my last little series of this challenge. It reminded me of the Pacific Northwest. The seacoast I like so much.

 

Waterscape 4 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

Waterscape 5 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

 

Waterscape 6 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

Waterscape 7 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - FOR SALE

 

 

Waterscape 8 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

Waterscape 9 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

Waterscape 10 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - FOR SALE

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ACEO Challenge

June 29, 2014

ACEO #21-23

Some little sketches I did during some baseball games, while the players were warming up.

 

Waterscape 2 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - FOR SALE

 

Waterscape 3 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

Landscape - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - FOR SALE

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 29, 2014

ACEO #17-20

Back to doing animals...

Siames 6 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Tiger 48 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

 

Raven 203 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Raven 204 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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ACEO Challenge

June 29, 2014

ACEO #13-16

Continuing the little Plumeria series.

 

Plumeria 16 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - FOR SALE

 

Plumeria 17 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

Plumeria 18 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

 

Plumeria 19 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 12, 2014

ACEO #12

Back to watercolor and flowers today.

 

Plumeria 15 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - FOR SALE

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 11, 2014

ACEO #11

 

Corgi 3 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 10, 2014

ACEO #10.

I did this one as a merkitten a while ago. But I thought it was so cute, I wanted to just draw it as a regular cat.

 

 

Tuxedo 25 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 10, 2014

ACEO #9

 

Snow Leopard 14 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 10, 2014

ACEO #8

I started this one in January during the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I finally took the time to finish it.

 

Cherry - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Oil on stretched canvas - DRYING

 

 

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 7, 2014

ACEO #7

 

Cheetah 2 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 6, 2014

ACEO #6.

Almost didn't make it today. I was so busy, and I'm so exhausted tonight. But I just finished this little guy, and I'm happy I did. Phew!

 

Raven 202 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 5, 2014

ACEO #5.

 

Plumeria 14 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Watercolor - SOLD

 

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ACEO Challenge

June 5, 2014

ACEO #4

Going strong.... except for the fact that I forgot to post this one yesterday, oops!

 

Chat Noir 193 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

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