Sunday, August 21, 2016
Making jewelry pieces (done with the Summer Line up, working on a stunning new Fall line up). Many of the pieces I use, I find them at the local Swap Meet and wire wrap vintage found objects into jewelry. No one else on Etsy does this; no one else wire wraps beads as small as seed beads. And not to worry. I am still working on the Sprites drawing series, finding my pencils, just need to find time to finish Shoten Zenjin, and then it goes to Ink! These will be up for sale on Etsy also~ :)
Kimberly M Zamlich
I started off with the Pterosaur exhibit first, then proceeded to my favorite section~the Age of Mammals. It blows my mind to think that many of these large animals lived here~right in California~and that we had the American Lion, which was a third bigger then the African Lion. I drew a lot that day, and my brain was fried by the time I got to the Lions. Check out the progression of skill: Pterosaurs, roughly drawn in semi darkness, had lunch, blood sugar went up, here I get the cleanest drawings in the Dinosaur Hall, then my brain gets tired and the two last pages, the sketches get looser. I've got eye and brain fatigue.
Which is frustrating since we finally get to the Big Cats and my brain is fried! I don't know what it is~when I get to the Big Cats, the Lions, the Sabors, I get teary eyed. They are my absolute favorite. All curves and tapers. Beautiful inside and out. All paws and teeth. Out of all the bones I've ever sketched, the prehistoric mammals, esp. the Big Cats grab my imagination; they are so majestic and are the epitome of incredible design.
Sunday, July 03, 2016
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Shoten Zenjin 2: The Scorpion Goddess. This is a mash up of Alphonse Mucha, Anime and Selket, the Egyptian Goddess who guards King Tut in the Afterlife (a figure of her was found in his tomb).
I unwittingly started with a half used pencil in my pencil box to start on this final pencil, and after wildly searching around, found out I had no more. I explained my dilemma to my friend, Sergio, who started looking for "Berol Verithin Eagle Colored Pencils", Ultramarine Blue 740, and he said "I don't think they make them anymore." Time to Panic. Okay, Try not to Panic. He found a box (YESSS!!!) online and sent them to me. Ripping open the package, heart beating, I blow the dust off the box, glue yellowed and cracked...musta been hanging in someone's garage for years...sharpened and continued...Interestingly enough, this is an older version from the one I had been using (prolly from my Disney Days late 90's) and slightly more yellow in the formula (teal-ish) but much smoother...Back in Business...
The final tight pencil is being drawn on one of my favorite papers~Borden and Riley Parchment (a heavy trace paper) and I love this because it has such a lovely tooth and can take unbelievable abuse, erase, draw, erase. Prismas (the last one Winter Turns to Spring final tight pencil was drawn with a black Prisma) are a bit too crumbly but the Ultramarine 740's are smaller, can take a little more pressing, loves the tooth of the Parchment and still scans well for PS. (Berol may have been an offshoot of Prismas back in the day) Don't know what I will be using after this box is gone.... :(
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This drawing is done on one of my favorite paper surfaces, Borden and Riley Parchment paper, heavy weight. It's a thick trace paper with a marvelous and forgiving tooth. It can take a lot of abuse, erasing, redrawing, erasing, redrawing. I've also tweaked the face just a wee bit in PS.
Kudos to a website that I just love, love, love and now can't work without finding powerful references: Pinterest! This design is greatly influenced by Nouveau jewelry and architecture.
Monday, May 09, 2016
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Happy Mom's Day:
A few rare hours left to myself. Both beloved parents have succumbed to cancer, my brothers live elsewhere, I am trying to finish up with my divorce and have separated myself from the other half's family. This leaves me in the unique position of being left alone during all holidays. (My daughter is usually with her dad on weekends and holidays). I am so lucky no one came knocking on my door as I just relished my madness of solitude and hid from anyone in sight. Listening to music, sketching, designing, resizing, life gets no better~
This is the next concept drawing for Sprites of the Forest, tenatively Shoten Zenjin 2. Stay tuned as I nail down the next tight drawings for this.