I went to Lady Jane Craft Center in Ozone Park the other day, just because it wasn’t Michael’s, JoAnn’s, or A. C. Moore’s, and I’m tired of chain stores. They had a lot of very outdated craft supplies, and I wasn’t terribly impressed, but by the checkout they had these dollar bins, and in them I found these:
Usually a set of rainbow sharpies is going to cost $18, $10 if you’re lucky, but these were $1! I’d have been crazy not to buy them, and I’ve been going crazy with them ever since. I’ve almost filled an entire sketchbook in the short time I’ve had them, just experimenting with the ways they can be used (I’ve never done anything in ink before). I made these ladybugs that my daughter keeps begging for:
And I also decided to illustrate Autumn, a poem from an earlier post:
I couldn’t think of a way to illustrate the organic bells line without drawing something nearly identical to the last picture.