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Trudy the space explorer 

Trudy the space explorer 

She’s going where no woman has been before! 

Don’t you wish you could just jump in your space ship and travel to an interesting  planet.

Imagine that,  Instagrams of the latest delicacies of Neptune,  Mars, and Uranus!? 😁 .   Maybe one of these days in the future huh! (like about a zillion !)

Meanwhile we watch on as Trudy checks out a new planet in the Delta quadrant.  (yep I’m a star trek nerd!) 

Trudy the space explorer
Trudy the space explorer

Mab graves draftmatic pencils &  yupo notepad

Mab graves draftmatic pencils &  yupo notepad


I’ve just received my order from the most amazing artist,  Mab Graves.  

Nope,  it’s  not artworks but mechanical pencils,  draft/matic pencils,  along with a lovely yupo notepad of paper.  And it’s all soooo niceee! 

cute sticker stamps,  because it’s so pretty,  der! 

Already been using the pencils and they’re bloody brilliant!

If you’re into using pencil,  then hurry up and buy! The yupo paper I’m still to get my head around.  Feels quite silky and luxurious though.  I’ve heard it takes a bit getting used to though,  gulp! 

Ok update,  the paper is super cool! Easy to use,  very different to drawing on normal paper.  Love it,  it’s very forgiving,  and i imagine pencils love it too if they could speak! 

Visit  mabgraves.Com to see her work. You won’t be disappointed,  especially if you love  baby dinosaurs,  cute little animals,  children,  each and every one with adorably  odd and strange personalities.

Back in full swing!

Back in full swing!

After a small hiatus of mucking about with the new art name (Violet and Darby) – I’ve decided to start investing more time into this site with my normal nuttier drawings, keeping V&D open for my softer stylings.

The catalyst was a social media workshop completed, and they’ve suggested it’s quite okay to do both, keeping my brand separate for each.  We shall see how it goes, because having two art sites and posting to both different artworks,  kind of does my head in!!    Stay tuned, for more fun, as we’ll ride this painted pony all the way to her rainbow stables!

Finding your Zen

Finding your Zen

A strange calm always settles over me when I begin to draw or paint.  It’s not that I lead a super stressful life, but for some reason drawing and doodling, painting etc, just tends to settle my mind into a hypnotic and restful state.

Just as my appetite is whet when I think of certain foods, my mind almost salivates at the inkling of an idea to draw, and I am enticed into sitting down to place it down on to paper or canvas.

I think over time, I’ve been coming to realise where my true happiness lies as well in my art style, and this has helped in being confident (mostly!) at what I want to draw.  Of course as many Artists will know, being completely happy with what they produce can be a real demon to battle.  But for the most part of late, I’m happy, and even though I still need to improve in almost all facet’s, I still can sit back and feel relaxed and zen like in what I begin and finish.

For those who don’t draw or struggle with that zen feeling, I read a great article here giving 10  Tips to Finding Your Zen – hit it up for more info.

Latest drawings in pencil and a digital piece below.

Digi Spidey Boi

Digit spidey boy #digital #drawing #art #doodle #sketch #popart #lowbrow #illustration #igers #picoftheday #photooftheday #instaartist #graphic

Reluctant Beach Babe

Reluctant beach babe #art #beach #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artwork #inkdrawing #beachbabe

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry blonde. I'm a bit chuffed with how her hands turned out. I suck majority and usually hide then at all costs. Today i can deal with this effort. =) #draw #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #pencildrawing #pencil #strawberryblonde #portrait #il

Complicated thoughts

Complicated thoughts

I’ve started a bit of a collection with work doodles… it seems I do some good alright stuff when I’m seated at my desk and two great big screens.  Whenever I have a break – coffee, lunch… I lay down a sketch / doodle.  It seems to work for me!

Halp…! My doodles are taking over!

Halp…! My doodles are taking over!

I love drawing.  Or should I say doodling.  It does seem more and more these days that the only time I do have for art is for sketchy, quick stuff.  I know that I should really spend more time,  but finding the time to devote to such endeavours is becoming hard to find.  Therefore most of the art I produce is quick – with no planning.

Is this a bad thing?… perhaps if I’m not careful, all my art will be a mish mash of doodley scribblings with not much substance to show for my talents.  I worry too that I’m not really progressing further with artist skills. In saying this though,  I had a look at some early stuff from 2009, and there does seem some improvement in my portrait creations.

At any rate, as I said, I really only create art/drawing/doodles because I enjoy it.  I’m not out to win any illustrative prizes or accolades.   So I guess I’ll just keep going the way I’m going – well maybe until I win Lotto and can spend all my day painting and drawing. 😉

Illustration Friday’s weekly topic is “Hat”

Illustration Friday’s weekly topic is “Hat”

Illustration Friday’s weekly topic is “Hat” and I have to say,  I’m a bit of a hat fan.  Esp looking back at styles from the 1940s.  They were a huge fashion statement, and  I wish they were still an important accessory today!  They made everyone so much more glamorous,  mysterious and downright gorgeous!  #illustrationFriday #sketch #doodle #drawing #illustration #portrait #1940s #style #fashion

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Millions of zoodles!

Millions of zoodles!

It’s been a fun couple of weeks, we had Australia Day happen, and I felt inspired to create a very cute doodle of a Quokka... a small marsupial animal only found on an island just off our coast.  They are the cutest and happiest creatures on earth!

More doodles and sketches at my other website or instagram account @violetanddarby  www.violetanddarby.com.au

Millions of doodles and zillions of sketches

Millions of doodles and zillions of sketches

Hi there, It has been awhile since my last post!  And if you check my other website www.violetanddarby.com.au or my @violetanddarby instagram – you’ll see I have indeed  been very busy.

Here are some images I’ve done lately.. as usual mostly doodles and sketchy sketches.  Loads of friends and family birthdays, which always means lots of fun drawings!

I have begun a new commission though, and it is an abstract.. Jungle Abstract though, so it should be kind of fun!

Bluff – Quobba Station Trip

Bluff – Quobba Station Trip

Another amazing holiday, spent up North of Perth.  Warm weather, amazing snorkelling and fishing, and the scenery … so beautiful.  Pity there wasn’t any surf… but I guess you can’t have it all!

Here’s the art and a few snippets of the place we stayed at.

Lily #munsters #pencil #yvonnedecarlo #sketch #doodle #drawing #doodlersanonymous #artwork

A photo posted by Sandy Gaskett (@violetanddarby) on

Carry on being Fab #drawing #illustration #lowbrow #journal #pencil #portrait #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #fab

A photo posted by Sandy Gaskett (@violetanddarby) on

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