Category: Omm… Occasional Manga Mania

I can’t stand the paper in my Reflexions Journal so I don’t feel bad just playing around in it.  It is only fit for dry media so most of my ballpark doodles are in it.  I also was toying with a little manga-type monkey character.  I filled up tons of pages in that journal working on him.  It was fun getting the kidddos input in creating him.

Working on faces, one of a zillion pages…


A few of our prototype monkeys…..


R4 was sitting doing his homework with his book resting on his feet, he looked like a little monkey!!

This is the version of the monkey that I’ve finally settled on. (Ithink)


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Everyday_miniMy EDinM entries for the fifth, sixth and seventh are doing double duty.  They are my contribution to an art journal round robin that I am playing in. Planning and drawing for the round robin has been keeping me pretty busy, so I'm going to let them stand for my EDinM entries for the days I completed them on. 

The theme of the round robin is Journey to the Imagination.  Any time I start a drawing project my children ask if I am going to be drawing chibis.  No matter what I draw, they like the manga the best, especially my chibis.  So for the first spread I did my little chibi alter ego reading the book, The Scarlet Pimpernel and imagining herself as the heroine, MargueriteThe text is from the Gutenberg Project. I played with it in Photoshop then transferred it onto an inked spread in the book using Sheer Heaven paper.  I added in the colored chibis then finished off with some Twinkling H20s paints.  I wish the scan had caught how the Twinkling paint shimmers and shifts colors….



On the sixth I worked on a spread that was inspired by a poem that I love, The Stolen Child, by William Butler Yeats.  I borrowed a line from the poem and changed it a bit to issue an invitation to an imaginary realm.


For the last entry, I drew a firebird since I'm fond of firebirds (obviously XD). and because flights of fancy are imagination in overdrive.  I did this on crumpled masa and pasted it between the other two spreads.


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 Daniel 6:16-23

   16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”    17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.    19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”    21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.”    23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.


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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.               Ephesians 6:10-18


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David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.


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I had fun with this one, my youngest son helped pick out each color….


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Clyde the camel has a dilemma………


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I can’t help it, I looove Shaun the Sheep.  He’s such a baaaad boy!


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The kiddos' baseball and softball games are finished and DH had us making his usual end of season treat for his team.  Each year DH coaches a team, he makes a set of baseball cards for his guys with their photos and stats of all the team members.  R1 makes up the design on his computer and we take the templates to the copy shop and make up the baseball cards.  This year the team was called the Bombers.  When it came time to make the logo for the cards, R2, who was part of the team said, "Mom can draw up a baseball bomber for us!"  Kids– gotta love 'em…

 R2 and I brainstormed for awhile and came up with this idea

I simplified it and added watercolor to get this

We didn't think that would show up well on the grey background of the card so R1 took the scan of my original drawing and colored it with Photoshop

Here is how the cards turned out, excuse my rotten scans and cropping..



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Everyday_mini Had to toss in a little manga doodle.  I need to tweek my scanner setting for pencil drawings, they don't show up well on screen……..


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