Day 1...Poisonous

So, there is this October challenge that happens each year. It’s called Inktober and artist can post drawings everyday or once a week. Which ever fits your life. Anyway, I always want to take part in this, and always seem to be late to the party. So, this year, I tried to get myself more organized and I’m going to do my best to follow along and draw something that goes with the daily prompt. Today is Poisonous.

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Just Having Some Fun

This is a collage I've been working on for a couple days.  Not sure yet what I will call it.  But, for anyone who is interested, I paint most of my own papers.  I make stamps and also buy some ready made rubber stamps,  and just make as many colors and designs as I can and then start cutting them up and hopefully make something.   I have a rubber stamp that is dots and I use that a lot.  I like dots.  However, the newsprint in the background comes from some old Readers Digest magazines that belonged to my Mother.  She loved Readers Digest.  I found out, much to my surprise that they glue down beautifully to canvas.  I use an acrylic medium to glue the images and papers down.  Then use the same acrylic medium to paint over the whole thing. 

For some reason, I'm really enjoying drawing and creating little mouse creatures.  I like my mice to wear clothes as well.  If I were doing yard work, I would not look this dapper.  But, as you might know, mice have a way about them.

 

 16 x 16 Collage      Melissa Babcock Saylor

16 x 16 Collage      Melissa Babcock Saylor

Something New Coming Soon

So, here is a little sneak peek at some illustrations I did recently.  This book is being published by Benchmark an educational  book publisher.  It is called In Search of a Bean Stalk.  My understanding is it will be available in September 2018.  I'll keep you posted.  Hope you enjoy these illustrations.  They were so much fun to make.

 

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Making a Sunflower

A sunflower just says Summer to me.  So, in honor of the first day of Summer, I've made a cut paper sunflower.  Of coarse a friend showed up.  The leaf of a sunflower is always a nice place to sit. 

 

 "Sunny Day with a Friend"  Cut Paper  10x17               Melissa Babcock Saylor  

"Sunny Day with a Friend"  Cut Paper  10x17               Melissa Babcock Saylor  

A Look at my new Book

Well, at long last it is here!  The book I illustrated called Also an Animal by Lynn Parish Sutton is out and available for purchase.  It is a lovely book written in verse and I think it's just a delight.

Here is a link to the site where you can purchase.

https://new.myubam.com/p/7076/also-an-animal

 This is the cover of the book. 

This is the cover of the book. 

 Here is a look inside the book.  I love the puffin.

Here is a look inside the book.  I love the puffin.

Using up my Scraps

Believe it or not, I'm busy using up some of my paper scraps.  And I have a lot!  Last week sometime, I said to myself....self, what should I do with all these scraps of paper.  I really hate to throw them away. Well low and behold, I started making little houses.  Now, truth be told, I've always drawn little houses in my sketch book or just doodled them on paper laying around and I also adore and love house quilts. Any kind.  Well, it didn't take long and I was sniping away and pasting to my hearts content. I hope you enjoy seeing them.  I had fun making them.

  "A Colorful Neighborhood" 7x7 Cut Paper    Melissa Babcock Saylor

"A Colorful Neighborhood" 7x7 Cut Paper Melissa Babcock Saylor

  "Standing Out in a Crowd"  7x7 Cut Paper   Melissa Babcock Saylor

"Standing Out in a Crowd"  7x7 Cut Paper   Melissa Babcock Saylor

The King of Hearts came to Visit

So, I always have my sketchbook with me.  And not long ago, while on a family vacation in South Carolina (Edisto Beach) I was playing cards and I thought it might be fun to design my own deck of cards.  Here is the sketch and what I ended up with.  This was done fairly quickly.  There is a sketch of the Queen as well.  In fact a couple sketches. The Queen at the bottom of the page looks a bit cranky.  Also, a turtle at the top of the page.  Because I'm always on the lookout for turtles while at the beach.  I've never seen one, only tracks.  They're very sly.

The finished King card is at the bottom of this post.  As you can see I changed him to the King of Hearts from a spade.   Because well, why not?  This illustration was done in cut paper. Using mostly paper that I hand painted and stamped myself.  I did use a bit of sheet music and then employed Photoshop to finish things up.

Hope you enjoyed this visit.

 

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Hello Little Hedgehog

I have no idea how I decided to create a hedgehog in this artwork.  It just needed to be there.  I think he looks quite friendly.  It might be nice to meet up with this little fellow in the garden.  But, then again it would probably give me quite a start.  

At any rate,  this piece of art was done in cut paper.  It measures 11 x 16 and is made with mostly papers I have hand painted.  In the foreground are lines to indicate grass.  That sort of design is made form lino printing with ink and then painting over in greens and yellow.  There is also a bit of scrapbook paper and some old stamps used in this piece as well.

 

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Happy Easter

I may have posted this Spring rabbit on my other blog, last year.  But, I still like it a lot.  So, Happy Easter everyone!  I hope your day is filled with many blessings.  If you have some sunshine, go out and enjoy it!

 

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A Few New Things

It continues to rain in beautiful Albany Oregon.  But, it is Spring after all. 

I have finished illustrations for Also An Animal by Lynn Parish Sutton, published by Kane Miller Books.  It should be out soon.  I also just finished illustrations for In Search of a Beanstalk put out by Benchmark Educational Publishing.  Not sure when that will be out in the world. 

So, now I'm back to just having fun with my art.  Here are a few new pieces.

 

 Mouse Reading in the Garden   cut paper 12x12   

Mouse Reading in the Garden   cut paper 12x12

 

 Red Dog  collage  16x16

Red Dog  collage  16x16

 Girl with her cat Friend  collage  8x8

Girl with her cat Friend  collage  8x8