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1. My Shop at Big Cartel

Many of my long time fans know that I do not usually sell my original artwork. Since I am mainly a digital artist, a watercolor or ink drawing by me is a rarity. I recently opened a small shop on Big Cartel to sell an original painting here and there. You can view what is available here. These paintings can be purchased through Paypal and will be shipped to the buyer via USPS. I will sign and date them upon mailing. Please check back as I will try to put up a few more pieces before the holidays.

 

 

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2. Day 31 #inktober Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween 31

Today is the last day of the project Inktober. I have finished it with a drawing every day for 31 days! Thank you to everyone that has visited my blog to view my little sketches. November is the start of Picture Book Idea Month which is a project I have participated in every year since 2009. I will post along the way to let you know my progress. Sometimes I draw as well for the ideas I get.

Thanks for visiting!

 

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3. Catch up post – Inktober Day 26, 27, 28 and PiBoIdMo!

Here is my catch up post! A 3 in 1 :) We are getting down to the wire now, only a few days left of Inktober. I will miss it, but I will have PiBoIdMo to keep me occupied. What is it? It is Picture Book Idea Month. Every day, for 30 days, participants come up with an idea for a picture book story. It is a wonderful, creative project that I have participated in every year since 2009. More details at Tara Lazar’s blog!

Inktober 26

Morning bird & bugs 

Micron brush pen black & graphite

Inktober 27

Witch hat 

Micron brush pen black & graphite

Inktober 28

This isn’t scary…

Micron brush pen, micron 05 black, graphite

 

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4. Catch up post – Inktober Day 24 and Day 25

 

 

Inktober 24

“Do you know which way?”

Micron brush pen black, graphite pencil, and Micron Pigma 05 pen black

Inktober 25

Buzz, buzz, buzz…

Micron brush pen black, graphite pencil, and Micron Pigma 05 pen black

Still playing catch up! Sorry for the delay in posting these. Only two more to go and I will be finally caught up. I am hoping to finish inking 27 tonight and posting in the morning. Happy Monday and thanks for visiting!

 

 

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5. Scarecrow process

Many of my fans, especially the younger ones, are interested in my process of doing my art. Today I would like to show you how I created the #inktober Scarecrow painting that is for sale in my shop at Big Cartel.

Inktober 8

First, I took the original sketch and using my light table, I traced it onto #150 lb watercolor paper. I taped it as securely as possible as I didn’t want either paper to slip! I traced  this very lightly as I didn’t want the pencil to show through too much on the completed painting. I only did the the main frame, as this is just a guide for the paint. When it was traced to my liking, I placed the traced sheet on a board. I secured it to the board using painters tape all around the edges. Using a brush and water  I really soaked the paper. This makes it so it stays nice and tight for the painting later.

 

I let this dry about a half hour to an hour. Once it was dry, I was ready to paint. Hooray! That’s my favorite part. I tried to use very little water, as I wanted nice bold colors for my scarecrow. Also, too much water could cause a disaster of it running. Note: If I had too much water, I would take a tissue and gently soak up some of it. Luckily, this didn’t happen this time.

Once my scarecrow was painted to my liking, it was time to let it sit and dry. I waited about 2 hours just to make sure. I took the sheet off of the board and placed it back on the light table over top of the sketch again. I lined it up perfectly and made sure to tape it securely again so the papers wouldn’t slip.

 

I then traced the outlines, using Koh-I-Noor black permanent ink and a thin, small paint brush. You have to go very slow and be very careful. One slip could mean disaster. I take a lot of breaks at this stage and try not to go too fast.  And here he is, Mr. Scarecrow, all ready for sale in my shop!

 

Thanks for visiting, stop by again!

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6. New shop up selling original art!

Inktober 8Hi everyone! I have looked a long time for a place that I could sell my original art. I finally found a venue that I liked. Big Cartel lets the artist sell on their site and all money from the sale goes to the artist. This is much better than my other shops where I only receive a small portion of the sale. Please visit and check back as I will be adding more originals. The first two up are “Cats of Many Colors” and a watercolor I did from the Inktober Day 21 sketch, “Scarecrow”.  To visit my shop at Big Cartel, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in my art, I greatly appreciate it!

:)

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7. Inktober Catch Up Post #inktober

I’ve fallen behind on posting for Inktober! I have been drawing and inking, just not posting :( Sorry about that! Life happens and I have been way busy. Here are #21, 22, and 23.

 

#21 is a tribute to the albino white tailed deer that was shot by a 12 yo in Michigan. I was very sad to hear about it so I drew a sketch in its honor.

Inktober 21

#22 is a tribute to one of my favorite artists, John Lennon. It was just a doodle I started and then thought it was cool enough to ink and put on the blog. I really enjoyed creating it. I hope to do more like this in the near future.

Inktober 22

#23 is a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. I would like to watercolor this one. Again, this one was really enjoyable to research and create, so I think I will do more rock artists in the future. I love music (my minor is Popular Music) , so it is great to combine two of my loves.

Inktober 23

 

All drawings were sketched with a Papermate sharpwriter 02 pencil, a Micron brush pen in black, and a Micron Pigma 05 black pen.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned tomorrow for the next three to catch me all up!

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8. Inktober Day 20 #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 20

 

Micron Brush pen black, graphite, watercolor

Some of you may recognize these two characters. Piggy and Chicken have danced before, however it was in the ballet. This is ballroom :)

 

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9. Inktober Day 19 #inktober #inktober2014

 

Inktober 19

For those new to my posts, here is a link to the project I am doing called Inktober. Basically it is to create a drawing with ink every day for the month of October. This little character has shown up in many of my drawings, especially the ones that include my little adventurous mouse. :)

Thanks for visiting my blog!

 

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10. Inktober Day 18 “Deadline” #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 18

Inktober Day 18 – Micron Brush black & Graphite pencil

 

 

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11. Inktober Day 16 “Rain, Rain, Rain” #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 16

On Inktober Day 16, it was raining like crazy here in New England. That was the inspiration behind this little piece.

Thanks for stopping by!

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12. Inktober Day 14: “Cat TV” #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 14

Micron Brush Pen Black
Graphite pencil

#inktober #inktober2014
©2014 Loni Edwards Illustration. All Rights Reserved.

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13. Inktober Day 13 : Meteor #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 13

A falling star last night sparked this piece. I look to nature many times when trying to find inspiration.

Micron Pigma Brush pen black
Graphite pencil Papermate Sharpwriter #2
Micron 05 pen black

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14. Inktober Day 12 #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 12
Micron Brush Pen & Micron Pigma Black Pen 05.

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15. Zazzle Shop update

I just added a new product to my Zazzle shop:

 

Unicorn T-Shirt
Unicorn T-Shirt by loniedwards
Make your t shirt custom from zazzle.com.

It is customizeable in all colors and sizes. Check it out :)

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16. Inktober Day 10 : Computer Monster #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 10

 

Last night I was late at work after the game, trying to remedy a computer problem. Computers can be the most enjoyable experience, but every once in a while the monster rears its head and it can be one of the least fun experiences!

 

Happy Saturday. I will post 11 when I get home from work.

Thanks for stopping by!

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17. #Inktober Day 9 : Unicorn #inktober2014

Inktober 9

A majestic unicorn for today. Created with graphite pencil on Strathmore drawing paper and inked with Micron Pigma Brush Pen in black.

 

I have been really enjoying the inktober event. Not only seeing everyone else’s contributions, but also for my own creativity. I am not one to usually like to ink, but lately I have found it quite zen. I remember telling my fellow comrades on #Zero2Illo that I really hated inking. When asked to clarify why, I found that I really could not answer except that I just wasn’t experienced enough with it. Now that I have been dabbling ever since, I find inking more and more relaxing than frustrating. Thanks to Inktober, I am able to improve my skills even more.

Thank you  for stopping by!

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18. #Inktober Day 8

Inktober 8

“Of course, I will go with you to meet Oz!”

 

Micron Pigma Brush Pen Black and Graphite Ink

Inktober 2014 #scarecrow #oz #inktober

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19. Cats of Many Colors

I have been dabbling with different watercolor techniques recently. This is a sketch I created, then watercolored and inked. I used 150# watercolor paper,  Koh-i-noor watercolors, and a Micron india ink pen.

 

I really like the Koh-i-noor watercolors, as they gave me many options for color combos. Below is a photo of the finished product. I am still in the processing of completion of the new hard drive software, so I will upload it to my gallery when I am able to scan. I might also offer it for sale in my Etsy shop which you can find here. I will announce when I put some items up for sale, including a few coloring books for printing and downloading.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Cats of Many Colors

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20. Inktober 1

Inktober 1

 

My first entry for Inktober! Pigma Micron 08 pen with graphite underneath and a quick touch up in Photoshop. My inking skills are rusty, so I am glad to be having this chance to sharpen them up!   Thanks for stopping by, and check back soon for more Inktober entries!

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21. Inktober 3

 

Inktober 3

Pigma Micron Pen 05 and graphite pencil

One of the best things about living in New England is the beautiful autumns here. The leaves are just starting to fall to the ground and the colors are so vibrant. It is just beautiful. Here is my third entry for Inktober. I am all caught up now. Hooray!

 

Note: Sorry if I spammed anyone on twitter while I was tweaking my feed burner. Hopefully it is all straightened out.

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

 

 

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22. Inktober 4

Inktober 4

 

Inktober 4 – Mr. Bones Dancing

Anyone  who knows me well, knows that I LOVE bones! This one was fun to draw. Since it is that time of year, maybe I will find more inspiration to draw Mr. Bones!

Pigma Micron Pen Black Ink 05 and graphite pencil

 

 

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23. Inktober 5 #inktober #inktober2014

Inktober 5

It is raining leaves! – Micron Pigma Brush Pen Black & Graphite pencil

 

Autumn leaves are falling to the ground here in Western Massachusetts. The fall colors are becoming more and more vibrant. As I walked on campus yesterday, I noticed the leaves coming down, just like rain. Beautiful!

I purchased a black Micron brand Pigma Brush pen. I really loved the feel of it. It is my first time using a brush pen for inking. I love the loose line it allows yet still with the control of a pen. I will be using it again!

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24. Inktober 6

Inktober 6

 

Inky was such a scaredy cat!

Micron Brush Pen Black & Graphite pencil

#inktober #inktober2014

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25. Inktober Day 7

Inktober 7

 

Poor Mort, stood up again!

Micron Brush Pen Black & Graphite pencil

 

 

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