Archive for the ‘oddballs’ Category

STILL SNARKY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS…

July 4, 2015
Character sketch, AQUARIUS. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

Character sketch, AQUARIUS. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

The pleasure of the small drawing transformed by a weird caption.  Somehow this kind of work did not receive appreciation in high school during lecture. Though I did crack up one history teacher who had a righteous sense of humor.

These are quick conte sketches while watching AQUARIUS, a period drama. STYLISH. Great faces, hipster clothes and ridiculous hairdos. Even the boozer-losers look fabulous. All the junkies have the best jackets…( which was actually not true to my memory). Wish the writers would give Duchovny more zingers, though. Would also appreciate a little more GRACE SLICK in the soundtrack.

CHARACTER STUDY. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

Character sketch. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

The plot seems to find a template in Joan Didion’s THE WHITE ALBUM.

Character sketch. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

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DRAWING MEMORY

June 24, 2015
THE LAST SWING. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTERST. Graphite.

THE LAST SWING. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTERST. Graphite.

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love
a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
VLADIMIR NABOKOV

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER: NEOCOLOR CRAYONS

June 21, 2015
SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D' ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS  ON INGRES PAPER.

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D’ ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS ON INGRES PAPER.

INSPIRATION… SHE NEVER VISITS THE LAZY
David Hockney

True dat.

Another round with  NEOCOLOR 1 and NEOCOLOR 2 wax pastels, applied dry to charcoal paper.

When in doubt do a selfie, it protects the innocent!

THE FINALE: INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH

April 29, 2014

Roz Stendahl invented INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH,  an activity which encourages participants to engage in visual journal work as someone other than oneself. Lots of information can be found here: INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL BLOG.

This month I explored imagery in panels using this year’s theme : ” NO EXPLANATIONS “.

I am no good at dating things.
Some days I did only one panel, other days I could do a page if the idea was clear.
My character drew her dreams, her family history, band posters, and ads for a local diner.

BELOW YOU CAN SEE THE RESULTS! In keeping with the theme, I’m leaving the explanations to a minimum.

IFJM 2014 P1-2. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper.

IFJM 2014 P1-2. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P3-4. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P3-4. © 2014 ELLEN WARD.ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P5-6. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P5-6. © 2014 ELLEN WARD.ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 7 and 8 .ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 7 and 8 .ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 9 and 10 . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 9 and 10 . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 11 and 12 . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 11 and 12 . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

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© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 15 and 16 . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 15 and 16 . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 17  . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

© 2014 ELLEN WARD. IFJM 17 . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

 

 

CREATIVE LIFE

December 29, 2013

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
H.D. THOREAU

MAYBE 1. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

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Creative life requires a leap.

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You have to be willing to find the edges of things.

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There are moments of arrival…

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…and moments of departure.

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The key is experience.
The payoff is in unlocking a door within yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

LOOSEN YOUR BELT BUCKLE

December 13, 2013
FOOD FESTIVUS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

FOOD FESTIVUS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. Inks in a GAMMA STILLMAN AND BIRN JOURNAL!

I am not one to be bored on a long car ride…and I found out that there actually WAS A CHARLES STANDISH! AAAAA!

 

PILGRIM THOUGHTS…..

December 4, 2013
PILGRIM TIMES. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

PILGRIM TIMES. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

….if you name the animal, you probably do not want to eat it…

A sketch on the ride to THANKSGIVING dinner.It gets boring when you are just a passenger.

GO PILGRIMS!

 

PATHOLOGICAL DOODLIN’

August 16, 2013
EMBRACE DENIAL. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN

EMBRACE DENIAL. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN

Some folks take valium. I take a 3″ x 5″ notebook with 3 markers.
More than 3 markers and you make an already complex situation more complex.
Small books are the very best: limits the time it takes to do each page.
Take one to the doctor, your meeting with the IRS, that break-up dinner where you insist ” it’s not you —- it’s me”.

ANXIETY IS YOUR CO-PILOT. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

ANXIETY IS YOUR CO-PILOT. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

Doodling pulls on a part of your self that is ancient. It is the part of your brain that liked to make a hand mask with ELMER’S GLUE, mess with SILLY PUTTY, and draw with Crayola crayons in a hard and waxy way.

FEELIN' LUCKY? © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

FEELIN’ LUCKY? © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

A lot of my doodles tend look like the 1940’s. I have no affinity for that time period but it does seem to have an affinity for me.
Doodling pulls things outta you like a mustard plaster. (There I go again… back to the ’40’s…)

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TRANSFORM YOU RILLNESS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN

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It is very satisfying to make some things visible, if for no other reason than the fact you can throw a dart at ’em.

You can’t hit what you cannot see.

 

 

ROZ STENDAHL’S INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH

April 21, 2013

First you need to go HERE and get the lowdown on the nature of a fake journal.

INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH PROJECT MONTAGE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. MIXED MEDIA

INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH PROJECT MONTAGE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. MIXED MEDIA

The fake journal was a creative challenge, in part because I am not a “ journal keeper” by nature. My sketchbooks are mostly filled with images. Limited “BLAH BLAH BLAH”.

In order to make progress, I set up a few rules:

• I decided that a fictitious narrative would occur naturally and spontaneously as the journal developed. I started with the basic premise that the book was written by a 90 year old woman in 2050 who is a mapmaker. I would use the book to map the city, her past, and perhaps her future. Paper in 2050 is a precious commodity, so she draws over the maps after they are transmitted to the government office that employs teams of mapmakers in the city, NETWORK FIVE.

• A chosen color palette for the project would be limited to unify the look of the project, using materials that are quick and on hand in my studio: TOMBOW MARKERS, COLORED PENCILS, GOUACHE, GEL PENS.

• I chose a working notebook of CLASSIC CREST paper, bound by a smooth plastic binding strip. I ran out of pages, because the initial plan was that each page would have several dated entries. Working in spurts of time late at night, I really needed to work bigger and the maps needed to have some sense of sprawl.

The project developed its own life rather quickly. The first few pages seemed a bit like climbing a hill because I felt they needed to convey a large amount of information in order to inform my working path. Mapping the imaginary city allowed it to become real in my own mind. When the month is over and all the participants have completed their entries I will share some additional images and thoughts. For now, here is a montage of some of the mind maps and imaginary journey.

 

 

 

 

GORGEOUS GEORGE

February 4, 2013
ONE TRUE PRINCE. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. DO not reproduce reblog or pin.

ONE TRUE PRINCE. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. DO not reproduce reblog or pin.

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there’s only narrative.

E.L.DOCOTOROW

George Washington’s myth tells us that he ‘ could not tell a lie’ even though he was a politician– so he may be our one true prince!