Sunday, April 29, 2012

Computer Doodle #1: Strolling through the park

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Strolling Through the Park

Wacom tablet

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

One of my first doodles on my Bamboo tablet. Pretty simple and done in less than 10 minutes.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sketch: Drawing Practice. Standing and Sitting

Sketches

Drawing Practice: Standing and Sitting

pencil

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

I was actually debating whether or not to even post this, since it was just 'practice rubbish', but decided to in the end. I try to draw a little bit every day, even if it is just 'rubbish'.

Sketch: The Scribbling Resident

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The Scribbling Resident

pencil sketch

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

 

Last week, I visited a Starbucks in Charlotte (near Presbyterian, on E. 7th Street, if you're local). Across from where I was sitting was a guy alone at a table, wearing green scrubs, his hair cut in a flattop, and a Marine Corps tattoo on his arm. He had earphone buds connected to an I Pod and was scribbling furiously on his PAD, as if he was determined to get as much writing in on his precious coffee break.

Reminded me when I did the same thing in the teacher's lounge while I was student teaching.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Art: Portal to Other Worlds

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Portal to Other Worlds

oil

© 2011 by A. Dameron 

The round door is known as a 'moon portal' in Chinese architecture.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Art: "Dreams, Memory, History"

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Dreams, Memory, History

pencil, acrylic ink

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

The memory box is in the shape of a (red) Chinese food take-out box. The three words in Chinese script are "Dreams, Memory, History" and there is an emerald and a sapphire embedded n the clasp on the top. A sea-green tea pot is at the left.

New Art: "Fujiko"

Fujiko

Fujiko

acrylic ink

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Post: "Kirin/Girin"

Kirin

"Kirin/Girin"

acrylic ink

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

 

A kirin (girin in Korean hangul script) is a symbol of prosperity and serenity in East Asian mythology. The Japanese version here has another name "The Japanese Unicorn". It has the antlers of a deer, the scales of a dragon and the tail of a lion. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Art: "Russian Firebird"

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Russian Firebird

acrylic ink

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

My version of the Russian Firebird of mythology. Its name is written in Cyrillic: "Zhar-pitisa", literally 'bird-heat'.

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Art: Bennu Bird



Bennu Bird
acrylic ink
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

The bennu bird is an important deity in Egyptian mythology. It takes the form of a river heron, either blue/black or purple/gray. This bennu stands on a 'bennu column' of gold with a verse from the Book of the Dead: "I am the Bennu Bird, the heart-soul of Ra (the sun god), the Guide to the Tuat (the Underworld)."

In the upper right are the hieroglyphs of its name 'bnn' (a foot, and two wavy lines like water). There are no written vowels. Egyptologists think the original word may have been written 'baanana', but it was first thought to be 'bennu' and it stuck.


All original writing and art copyright A. Dameron 2000-2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Art (creative process, WIP and final): "Fantasy self-portrait"

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Fantasy Self-Portrait

pencil sketch

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

 

 

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Fantasy Self-Portrait

acrylic ink, watercolor pencil

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

Again, here is the original pencil sketch and the final inked drawing.

New Art (creative process, WIP and final): "You Promised..."

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You Promised...

pencil sketch

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

 

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You Promised...(final)

acrylic ink, watercolor pencil

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

Here are two versions of the same piece. The first is the WIP pencil sketch. The gravestone is based on the Japanese haka (family gravestone). The second is the final drawing after line art and inking. I posted both to show the creative process involved in this one.

Monday, April 9, 2012

New on my main website: Annie's Gallery

New on my website, Annie's Gallery! Some of my favorite drawings, paintings and multimedia I've done, all in one place!

Here is the link to my website: Annie Dameron, Artist and Writer. Posted are my poetry and writing samples, links to my e-books and free chapters (PDF download). 

If you're a writer, artist, or other creative, I have a links page on site. If you'd like to be included (free, no charge), drop me a message w/your information, and I'll add you to the list. 

Stop on by and say hello, and I'll return the gesture! :-D Annie

Work In Progress: "Fire Amber"

Fire_amber

Fire Amber

oil

©2012 by A. Dameron 

 

This is a Work in Progress...still have to work on shading and details, but I wanted to at least get the main blocks of color down.

 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring Flowers #1: Lily

Lily

Lily

oil pastel

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

The graceful lily is beautiful, fragrant and heralds the coming of spring. It symbolizes the renewal of  new life, It is popular at Easter time and for weddings.

Spring Flowers #1: Bamboo

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Bamboo (1)

oil pastel

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

The bamboo plant has many uses: building material, mats, furniture, paper and writing utensils, among others. It is a hardy plant that grows quickly in the right conditions. Pandas eat them almost exclusively. It is one of the Chinese 'Four Treasures'.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ladies from Asian Myth #3: Ma Gu (Goddess of Longevity)

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Ma Gu (Goddess of Longevity)

colored pencil, metallic pencil, marker, prismacolor blender

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

 

Ma Gu is the Chinese Goddess of long life. She is usually portrayed as holding peaches, wine or fruit. She brewed a special wine for the Queen Mother of the West, and so earned her title. Ma gu xian shou is a play recreating that scene.

According to another myth, Ma Gu was the daughter of a cruel general. He forced his workers to work through the night, only letting them rest when the rooster crowed at dawn. Ma Gu learned to imitate a rooster's call, so she crowed early to allow the men to sleep. Her father found out and wanted revenge, so she escaped to the mountains, where the Queen Mother of the West transformed her into the Goddess of Longevity.

My picture shows Ma Gu walking on water on her way to the Queen Mother's birthday banquet, bearing a bunch of peaches. The rooster sits near the peach tree and announces the dawn.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ladies from Asian Myth #2: Yuki Onna

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Yuki Onna

colored pencil, metallic pencil, marker, prismacolor blender

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

 

Yuki Onna is a spirit in Japanese folklore. She appears as a woman wearing a white kimono on snowy nights. The stories vary: sometimes she is a vampire, draining the life force from men. Other times, she takes the lives of unlucky travelers who freeze to death in the cold. Still other times, she represents the silence of the winter. In any case, if you see her in the night, prepare yourself for a one-way journey to the hereafter.

Ladies from Asian Myth #2: Yuki Onna

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Yuki Onna

colored pencil, metallic pencil, marker, prismacolor blender

© 2011 by A. Dameron 

 

Yuki Onna is a spirit in Japanese folklore. She appears as a woman wearing a white kimono on snowy nights. The stories vary: sometimes she is a vampire, draining the life force from men. Other times, she takes the lives of unlucky travelers who freeze to death in the cold. Still other times, she represents the silence of the winter. In any case, if you see her in the night, prepare yourself for a one-way journey to the hereafter.

Ladies from Asian Myth #1: Chang E (Moon Goddess)

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Chang E, the Moon Goddess

colored pencil, metallic pencil, marker, prismacolor blender

© 2012 by A. Dameron 

 

Chang E is also known as the Moon Goddess in Chinese mythology. She became immortal only by stealing the Pill of Immortality from her husband, Hou Yi. The Queen Mother of the West had rewarded Hou Yi for his great service to Mankind by granting him the Pill of Immortality. Chang E took it instead and flew to the moon. She was banished to the Winter Palace on the moon, and the Pill of Immortality was transformed into a jade hare, which became her only companion.

Chang E's festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, during the Autumn.