Daffodil Copic Marker Rendering

daffodil-2 Last week I bought a container of daffodils and found time to create an illustration with my fine black markers.  It was great fun to add color to the drawing using my Copic markers.  I was actually on a phone meeting, with the flowers on my desk, when I completed the first quick sketch to organize how the flowers would fit together.

quick-sketch-aThe drawing below is on marker rendering paper. I started with a light pencil drawing and added the fine line marker on top, erasing the pencil when I was done.  Notice the bee started on the left side and then moved to the right in the finished drawing.

first-drawing-aHere are the flowers that I used for my visual inspiration.

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Drawing a Mug with Perspective Instructions Video

Here is a 10-minute video that I created for my perspective drawing course this semester that is using the Exploring Perspective Hand Drawing book.  It has step by step instructions for drawing a mug shape and adding the mug handle using perspective drawing techniques.  Check out the finished drawing below. Enjoy!

3.5 Mug from Stephanie Sipp on Vimeo.

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Bird Sketchbook Journal

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Happy New Year!  This year I am challenging myself to create a sketchbook journal with drawings of birds that I am seeing in my area.  I have enjoyed bird watching for forty years and look forward to having birds as my sketching and drawing inspiration.  Here are a couple of images that I have created to get started.  The collage above has an Eastern Screech-Owl and the two birds below are the White-Breasted Nuthatch and the Greater Pewee.

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Carolina Chickadee and Junco Illustration

holiday-bird-2016-finalEnjoyed creating my holiday card this year with two North Carolina mountain winter birds, the Carolina Chickadee and the Dark-Eyed Junco.  It is fun to have bare winter trees because it makes it easier to see and identify the birds.

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Interior Sketch One Point Perspective

Class drawing 2One of the great things about teaching a perspective class is getting the opportunity to practice drawing an interior space.  The image above is a visual inspiration from my how to perspective drawing interiors book and has the added finishes and textures.  The bottom drawing shows some of the guidelines such as the box on the floor that the chairs are drawn from and the center vanishing point at the right bottom corner of the artwork.

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The Imperfect Three Pear Illustration

pears-threeThis past weekend I was inspired to do a quick color illustration with three pears came home from the grocery store.  Love that the size, color, and value are all different.  Since this is the first time that I rendered pears using Copic Markers, the results are not quite as successful as I like my work to be.  On the other hand,  it is always good for me to work with a new subject so I can be expanding my rendering skills.

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Red-Winged Blackbird Marker Illustration

red-winged-black-bird-imageIt was fun to practice a bird illustration with my Copic Markers.  This is a Red-Winged Black bird hunched down on top of a Sorghum plant. When using the darker marker hues on the bird, I was careful to include lighter highlights.  Also, when I added the first gold marker to the background, the value was too light. I decided to add a taupe marker right on top. This created a better value against the bird and the two different marker hues added more interest to the background.

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