Betsy Tacy Trees

The Betsy-Tacy Illustrations are so fabulous.  They capture the comfort and coziness of the fabled American Midwestern childhood (well, my mother’s anyways).  The girls looks so stiff that they are almost like stuffed dolls.  The backgrounds are American Regionalism, reminiscent of Wanda Gag.  When trying to think of new ways to draw a tree, I stumbled back into these book – and made a sketch to learn the basic lines.

Betsy-Tacy Tree, ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Betsy-Tacy Tree

Character Study

Consistency is paramount for illustrators, so so I keep reading.  So I am working on an all-round understanding of my characters: front, side and back.  Character 1 (Rowena?)

Character study in pencil by Serena Fenton
  Character study in pencil
Character Study - pencil sketch by Serena Fenton
Character Study – pencil sketch by Serena Fenton

Polar Bear

There has been a full month to think about the #pinchpunchpost Polar Bear June 1 challenge, but, of course, I waited until down to the wire.  Well, I exaggerate. It’s only 9:30 pm on May 31…

polar bear challenge - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
 polar bear – ink drawing

Even more Inktober!

Still trying to get images re-post from the Drupal site.  Yes, I could try to rebuild the database in WordPress.  I could also spend a gorgeous Saturday afternoon pounding my thumb with hammer.  Path of least resistance: re-post!

Walk Time

Actually my dog, Lula, looks pretty much like this – especially when I put on my running shoes.  She is ever optimistic.

Walk time - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Walk time – ink drawing by Serena Fenton

Reconstruction: Inktober 1

I am beginning the slow reconstruction of 6 months of blogging.  All of this began last fall when I was away from teaching, on fall break down in Eastern North Carolina.  That’s when I read about the Inktober Initative by Jake Parker and decided, ‘what the heck’.  It would be great to do a drawing a day.

This reconstruction does not reflect the exact order of the drawings, but the spirit behind them.

A few of my first inktober drawings:

Experiments In Robotics
Experiments In Robotics