Wednesday, October 9, 2013

From My Messy Desk: Part Two: More Sketches On the Drafting Table

Hello you wonderful people! How are you this week? Halloween is coming ever closer, which leads to the best thing about this scary day....horror movies and chocolate! I'm partial to "The Shinning", but if you want cute scary I'd suggest "Paranorman", which is insanely cute and has one of the best heartfelt endings ever.

Which leads me to this drawing you see up there. This month's auction over on Femme Thou Art Collective is "Grimm's Fairy tales" and Halloween just a few weeks away made me think of Little Red Riding hood.  Which is a nice combination of sweetness and darkness.  I like the original French Folk Tale, which in that case the wolf is really a werewolf and there is no wood cutter in that story, but for this illustration, I wanted to put in Grimm's version as well.  I made it really detailed, so I hope I can finish in time.  The auction starts on the 21st of this month.  Doing this made me realize that I really have to improve my skills on drawing animals.  I found trying to draw the two wolves really difficult, to make them look right. So it's to the library! Tally-ho!

Here's the other sketch I'm also working on getting finished:

I call this "Tangled", as I was going for the idea of a summer nymph caught up in her own growing spell.  Weird thing about this one was it was already there is my head, and it just wouldn't let me get anything else done until I sketched her out.  It was the strongest impulse I had, and I haven't felt such a pull like that in a year. Which is awesome.  I think I might make thins into some fancy writing paper when it's done.

I wish I had more to show you guys, but I've been in a bit of a depression for the last two weeks due to some situations and I haven't been motivated to do much of anything else, other than just sketch.  I won't go into it, cause I'm not out to make anyone as depressed as I am. *laughs*

So my dear friends...

I wish you a very happy week ahead and the coming weekend. Love you all! Cheers!


  1. You call these sketches and I call them stunning drawings! I'm working on a christmas card at the moment, the girl in my picture's hair is long and wavy and I'm having fun adding details to it. I hope the 'situations' make a turn for happier times soon!
    Jess xx

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous work and details! Your work always inspires - and I LOVE that you are covering fairy tales - Grimm is a favorite of mine! xoxo

  3. hello, I am sorry that you have been depressed, but it sure is good for your sketching ;-) These are amazing. I also find animals challenging. Yours look wonderful. All the details inspire a leisurely look at your art!

  4. Sweet Erin....
    I do so love your art! Little Red I think will quickly become my new favorite!
    Your wolves look great :)
    I've found myself in a bit of a slump myself.....not sure what caused it....but it sucks to feel lousy, doesn't it?

    I hope you are feeling better soon......I'm sending you a big hug (cuz I need one, too) to help :)

    Much Love,

  5. Oh Erin! Your work simply is stunning...both pieces are so full of detail and such gorgeous compositions. I am wishing you well as you move forward through the low time. Be good to yourself and take the time for YOU. We are here and I am just so happy when you share with us your process and your beautiful work. There will never be pressure from us! Hugs to you Erin!


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