a few more sketches…



It rained today. Totally beautiful. I think my favorite bridge in Portland is the Fremont, partly because I drive it almost everyday, but also because it is so high up you can see all around- the city, the river, the mountains… just breath-taking. Of course, being originally from So.Cal, this is totally awe-inspiring because where I grew up the only marvel was the ocean. Don’t get me wrong, the ocean is beautiful…but there are much more pretty oceans than the view off Huntington Beach Pier.
I may be biased though… I definitely have a preference for a city scape with bridges and a sparkling lights.
In any case, even though I have the WORST night vision, I do think it’s beautiful to drive at night.

Actually, funny story… when Josh proposed to me in San Diego, CA, it was at night. He kept trying to guide to what I saw as these dark, ominous alleys where there were no people (he insists there were tons of people around and that they weren’t as freaky-dangerous as I thought or thought I saw). I almost ruined everything because I was arguing that I didn’t want to get murdered!

Ok, enough of that…

I sketched some more… the scene I drew here of with the fireplace (yes, that’s a fireplace) is on hot press watercolor paper…. I found it while rummaging around beneath Josh’s art-desk. I remembered how much I adore hot press vs. cold press and had to draw something quick so I could try it out again. :)
If you’ve never painted on hot press, try it sometime. I love the way the color sits… and shines!

Anyway, happy sketching…
I have to get through some novels I’ve been addicted to so I can focus!!!

:P
I can’t wait… for Friday!!!
Having a day job can be tedious… but well, such is life. Hopefully some day soon, I will have secured more freelance work and will be able to confidently work exclusively on illustration.
Well, cheers all!! :)

About maiskemble

I am a published author/illustrator of children's books. I live and work in Long Beach, CA with my husband, comic book artist/t-shirt designer, Joshua Kemble.

One comment

  1. the top left and wee dog are gorgeous!

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