Character Sketches of Wonka Kids

Last week Daily Doodle celebrated Roald Dahl and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was drawing a lot of children, but having an established character to draw was a LOT of fun. When you read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the children are introduced mostly through illustration, and are described by their behavioral traits. Charlie is a good boy who loves chocolate and helping his family. Veruca is a spoiled child who wants everything, Augustus is greedy, and so on.

I saw Charlie Bucket immediately. A poor black boy who dressed in very respectable but generic clothing. His mother probably shops at Walmart. His clothes are a little worn out, since he doesn’t have very many. He dresses in a polo shirt and jeans so he looks responsible for his paper route, but won’t get teased too much at school. I imagine he does a little anyway, but that doesn’t bother Charlie as much as the fact he doesn’t get to eat chocolate like the other kids do.

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Sketch of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket

Next were the Naughty Children. Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Augustus Gloop.


Sketches The Naughty Children of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I kept their stories simple in my head while I drew these characters. Veruca would want to be a pretty princess. She probably wins child beauty pageants (because her father bribes the judges) and loves Disney World. I think she has to be in full princess costume all the time, wearing a feather boa, her mink coat, and jewelry (don’t forget her tiara!) and fluffy dress.  The bigger the hair, the better.

Violet is competitive, and likes to keep things simple. She wears a #1 tshirt so no one forgets she’s the best. Her hair is in pigtails so her gum doesn’t get stuck in her hair when she sticks it behind her ears. She’s dressed in jeans and a tshirt, so she’s ready to beat anyone at anything.

Mike Teavee was fun for me to draw. I know he’s supposed to have 18 toy pistols on him at all time, but I drew him with one ray gun and a smart phone instead. I imagined the Mike of today would be constantly staring at a portable video game system and wear earbuds to drown out the distractions of the world around him.  He’d be the sort to Google everything  just to prove he’s right, and if he wasn’t, he’d probably change Wikipedia so he would be.

Augustus Gloop stayed fairly traditional. I didn’t have any updates for him in my head. I drew him after my late grandfather, who was very much like little Gloop. In hindsight, the only difference I might have made was to put more stains on his sweater vest.

Because the children in the book were so loosely described, it was fun to explore a multicultural cast. I think Dahl purposefully didn’t describe the kids in too much physical detail, so that all children could relate. No child wants to be greedy, bratty, rude, and obnoxious, and no one wants to suffer the consequences these children did from their bratty actions. I think it’s important that the good children and bad children have equal opportunity to be represented.

I hope you have enjoyed these sketches :)

Sea Turtle



The sea turtle is complete! I am really, really happy with him. My friend April suggested I paint a sea turtle and he was so much fun to paint! I was really surprised by how colorful turtles are!

You can buy a print of him at my store. (click on the image to link to store)

For the next week, I’m taking a vacation from the internet to really focus on my art and just to get away from the computer and out into the world a bit. I’ve been meaning to do this for a few weeks now, and the timing is finally right. It won’t impact this blog too much, but you may notice my absence if you follow me on Twitter or other social networking sites.  :-) 

Have a great week and see you in August!

Dinosaurs say “Never Give Up”

Dinosaur Summer


The dinosaur painting is complete. If you have followed me on Twitter and Facebook, you know these dinosaurs started as a fun idea of something to paint for my nephew.  It was really hard to do and I got so upset about it that my painting became even worse! OH NO!


Sometimes things are really hard to do, and it is frustrating. Once I got really upset, I took a long break and did other things like knitting and riding my bike to calm me down. While it was tempting to just quit and give up, I’m really proud that I kept trying until I finished the painting. I like my dinosaurs, and I love that when I look at them, they will remind me that I can do anything if I keep learning, keep trying, and keep a positive attitude. Never give up :)



You can buy “Dino Summer” as a print, shower curtain and more at my Society 6 Store




WIP: Fairies and Fundamentals



Earlier this month, I was completely stumped over my work. I felt like I was suffocating,  too restricted by rules.  I said “I’m just going to PAINT something to get this out of my system then I’ll get back to work.” My friend had posted some pictures of his adorable girls and I thought “They just need wings!” and after he gave the okay to use them for reference, I started to work on a fairy painting. I felt like I was on vacation as I swiped my stylus across the screen.

I started sketching. I thought about balance, movement, lines and composition and before I knew it, I finished the sketch , and I was ready to paint. I thought about each brush stroke before I did it, and about the value. I thought “I want the background to look just as interesting as the subject” and painted with the goal that a person could crop any part of the painting and still have something to look at. Values, brush economy, color schemes…

It was at this point I started to laugh at myself.  I had found creative freedom by going back to the fundamentals. How rebellious!

This was what I needed. I work steadily and while there have been some bumps, I no longer feel like I’m trapped in a painting. I can step back, check it, and continue to work with intention. I decided to finish this painting, and then pick up my earlier work with fundamentals in mind. I’m already excited about  it.

Coincidentally, Chris Oatley and co. talk about fundamentals, work flow, and getting attention in his latest podcast. I definitely recommend listening to it if you haven’t already. It’s a good reminder for any artist, and they had a lot of good things to note.

I am almost done with this painting. Below is the environment, and once I’ve completely finished the fairies and the piece, I’ll share the completed painting and some more progress photos


Lips and the Mango Attack

I read online that mango skin and seed have the same oils as poison ivy and that you should wash your mangoes before eating, and your hands and face after eating. I didn’t know that! Well, I washed my mango, I washed my hands and face after because mangoes are a sticky mess, but I didn’t wash my lips.  I woke up with a rash all over my lips. That’s when I went online and learned about the dark side of the mango. :)

Benadryl helped and ointment helped and I thought “This will go away”

Then yesterday my lips swelled up like little lip balloons and my mum took to me to the doctor. I got a steroid shot, some oral steroids to take this week and an anti-histamine.  By evening, my lips were back to normal, and this morning, I still have some symptoms but I feel so much better!

The Mango is now on my “No-no” list of things that give me a reaction.

I have nothing new to show you yet. I have painted some, but my lips took a lot of my attention. Now that I’m better, I’m back to work full-time and will have some new things to show you next week!


Work in Progress
























I’m working on something different for me, and am really excited about it. I can’t wait to share the finished work with you. This picture above is the background that I painted, and the picture below is a peek at some of the details I’ve been working on. It’s my plan to have this painting and the dinosaurs complete to show you at the end of the month. :)



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