Bird A Week Challenge: Week 10/52

I have been wanting to “play” with the free downloadable paper toys from The Toymaker for sometime now.  I stumbled onto this site – literally, at If you want to spend more unnecessary time on the computer check it out (StumbleUpon I mean – it’s addictive!) – thanks Lorin! Anyway, The Toymaker is a site where artist/writer Marilyn Scott-Waters shares her art. She creates the most exquisite paper toys, and anyone can download them.  I downloaded her “Sun Box” and used it as a  base for my bird a week challenge. I made a “Firebird in a Box”.  I think I made the bird too big; you can’t see the full bird, but it’s coming out of the flames. Nevertheless, it was fun to make:

 I’m still working on my photography/digital graphics skills – the box looks a bit washed out, oh well.

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Drawing Lab 2011: Week 10 Gift Card

This week’s assignment was fun! We were to select two of our favorite artists, and draw two gift cards, one in black and white and the other  in color. I have a number of artists that I like, but two in particular came to mind. Zuzana Chalupova was a Slovak naive artist from Serbia, and Ivan Rabuzin was a Croatian naive artist. I love their work for their simplicity, innocence, lightheartedness, playfulness, and color. Here are my efforts based on their work:


And here are example works from the actual artists: