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30 Day Marker Challenge, part 4

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The amazing Sadynax gave herself a 30-day Marker Challenge last month, and I decided to do it for April to help get back in the swing of art after my surgery.

I managed to make art nearly every day this month (once I doubled up and skipped a day), and I can definitely see how I got back into using my materials as the month went on. I also got more energy to put into the finished pieces as my stamina returned, so hooray for healing!

Spilled Tea by Amy Crook

Day 25: Draw liquid.

Polar Stars bookmark by Amy Crook

Day 26: Use your favorite colors.

Jigglypuff by Amy Crook

Day 27: Choose 3 colors blindly, again!

Queen of Swords by Amy Crook

Day 28: Use only markers that end in the number 7.

Spring Moleskine by Amy Crook

Day 29: Use cheap markers.

Aquamarine (left) and Amethyst Spear (right) by Amy Crook

Day 30: Redo a challenge you were dissatisfied with and compare the two pieces.

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Moleskine Cahier: Limned

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Limned, customized Moleskine Cahier journal by Amy Crook

Limned, customized Moleskine Cahier journal by Amy Crook

I’ve had a little pile of these Moleskine Cahier journals sitting with my drawing supplies for weeks now, but haven’t been really inspired for what to do with them. I took one to bed with me to ponder one night when I was too wound up to sleep but tired of my usual workspaces, and after a while this idea came to mind. It’s very similar in form to another piece, Growth, but in this case the form itself is a negative space limned by a cluster of silver dots, rather than the painted circle in the first piece.

Limned, 3.5″x5.5″ silver Sharpie on Moleskine Cahier journal, $23 with free shipping.

Cahier Journals sport a heavy-duty black cardboard cover, with visible thread stitching on the spine. Inside each journal you’ll find acid-free paper pages and a spacious pocket for notes or clippings. Size: 3.5 x 5.5 in. (9 x 14 cm), 64 plain pages each, last 16 sheets detachable.

Because of the simplicity of the art on the front, I chose to sign & date this one on the back instead.

Limned, customized Moleskine, back, by Amy Crook

Limned, customized Moleskine, back, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Moleskines, Series and Books
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Moleskine Volant: Clusters

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Clusters Volant by Amy Crook

Clusters Volant by Amy Crook

This is the second of the pair of blue Volant notebooks, in a lighter blue. This one I drew with a more abstract design in just two colors of oil paint marker, blue and black. I wanted to explore the idea of clusters of objects, and interconnectedness, without getting too obsessive about the details. The first clusters I drew at the top were close-fitting and made me think of blackberries, so as I moved downward I tried to add a little more space and looseness to their structure.

Clusters, 5″x8.25″ Sharpie oil markers on a 96-page blank Moleskine Volant. $29 with free shipping.

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Moleskines
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Moleskine Volant: Dragonflies

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Dragonflies Volant by Amy Crook

Dragonflies Volant by Amy Crook

A while back I picked up a 5-pack of Sharpie oil-based paint markers, wanting to experiment with the medium a little bit, and then (like so many such purchases) I totally didn’t make the time. We were talking on Twitter last night about the issue of buying supplies for new media and it inspired me to pull out some blank Moleskine Volants (a blue 2-pack) and play around.

I have a few pieces of dishware from Japan with dragonflies on them, and I’ve always found them fascinating, maybe because we didn’t really have them where I grew up. I have a really limited palette here, so I just toyed around with the various possible color combinations on the three big guys, then added in the little guys for some extra interest. The notebook in this case is a really dark blue that’s nearly black, so it provided a dramatic backdrop for the bright primary dragonflies.

Dragonflies, 5″x8.25″ Sharpie oil markers on a 96-page blank Moleskine Volant, nfs (sold).

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