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In between projects for others, and looking for new employment, and catching up on household chores, I have made my own fun. Here are a few sketches and trifles from the last month.

Here is a pandemic birthday card for myself, animated clunkily in Photoshop.
I rescued a large old window from a parking strip, and now have plans to paint something like this on the glass–in reverse! Why? Because I like to make things difficult.
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Art Sale 2020!!

I am cleaning out my studio space to make room in which to do more art, and I have some 30-odd pieces of art I need either to sell soon or bury in peat for a future civilization of lemming-people to shrug at.

A purchase today will save these from uncertain fate! With frame as pictured or without if you really hate frames, or if like me you expect the peat to do its job. All available at a discount: $15-$75 plus shipping! If you live in King County I can deliver or meet you somewhere. I have priced these by size instead of by how well I thought they turned out, which I am given to understand is more fair: 11×17 is $75, 8×10 is $30, and 4×6 is $15.

The images below have a reference number written on, please email this to me at stevievanb@gmail.com and we can make arrangements promptly!
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Snapshot of a drawing of a confident pedestrian woman.
“Beerwen” from the “My Patronus” series, 2018. For sale, $75

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Dream Small (2017)

I made a new side project this week, against better judgement--a twitter account dedicated to art people make based on dreams they had. Don’t worry, it’s not serious, but I did use it as an opportunity to try to correct and crop these snapshots of the drawings I made for a little art show I hung up at Chaco Canyon in Greenwood in 2017. I should have scanned them before framing, but live and learn, I guess!

Here they are arranged in general chronological order of when they were dreamed.

Ink drawing of a little girl in a red sweater engulfed and swept away by a giant wave as her parents call from the shore, telling her they don't have time to do this right now.
Swept Away, 2017. Ink and marker.
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100-Day Project: Faces (9-16/100) – comic book character portraits

I’ve been working on a comic book for some time, and am finally making progress on a manageable, short version of it. So, in service of this 100-day Project, I’ve double up a bit and have made some character portraits to use as reference as I go along. I’m still not sure this is the best style to complete the comic in–either for expression or for speed. But you need to know what people look like in order to simplify, I suppose.

First up we have Ute, a sort of old lady immortal werewolf character, smoking her pipe.

Photoshop portrait of an elfin old white woman smoking a pipe
Ute detail, photoshop, 7-28-2020
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100-day project: Faces [7-8/100] – mermaid alert!

Last week I tried to rustle up a donations drive to support the protestors getting their heads bashed in by local and federal law enforcement in Portland and Seattle, offering free mermaid artwork to those who participated. Only one person did! Let’s hear it for a real one, my friend Amanda. Here she is as a Mermaid.

Photoshop drawing of Amanda as a mermaid
Amanda as a mermaid. Photoshop, 7-30-2020
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100-day project: Faces [5-6/100]

Busy days here in the heatsink of Seattle, news helicopters floating over the neighborhood for the protests. It’s a wild world, hopefully on the verge of a better one. I’m just at home half-assing home improvement projects and melting into a puddle of irritable, sunburned sweat.

Here are the two faces I drew on Friday and Saturday to stay on top of this 100-day project. My worry is that if I skip a day in order to do something extra good the next, I will not remember to get back on the face-a-day train. What’s the difference between knowing your limits and fearing them?

A pencil sketch of a middle aged white man with glasses and a jocular expression.
A sketch of one man in a photo from Shorpy.com, 7-25-2020. From “Bovey Blasters: 1941” by John Vachon, https://www.shorpy.com/node/25498
a pen sketch of an actor shouting in anger
A sketch of the actor who once played Shaggy in “Scooby Doo”, seen here as an accused murderer and angry cuckold in “Twin Peaks: The Return”. Papermate Flair Pen, 7-26-2020