Follow along as I bring whimsical and charming creatures to life. This website documents the process, thoughts, and challenges along the way.
Timelapse video of Rebecca Ruggles working on the Quirky Bird paper sculpture. Shows how handpainted papers were cut into individual
Quick little critter drawing of a rare dingo. In Procreate on the iPad, I like to start with some shapes
Added more feathers and details to the eyes. All paper is painted before being placed onto the sculpture.
You see these critters everywhere, intensely studying their phones and throwing back three shots of espresso. It takes a lot
I brushed mixed media paper with streaky blues on one side and yellow on the back. Then this painted paper
Completed the Teacup Pop-Up design, and the printable template is available for download on Popupity.
I bought a pack of these little 6×6 canvas boards on my art supply birthday shopping spree and decided to
Mimicking James Lake’s cardboard sculptures and wanting to explore using paper as a sculpting medium, I cut strips of cardstock
At art group this Wednesday, I worked on sculpting a hummingbird. Adding each teardrop in a shingle pattern to the
Been enjoying doodling with layers. Imagining a scene with a background, midground, and foreground. This one was inspired by the
CosClay can be painted directly with acrylic paint, and the coverage is very satisfying. For the first coat of paint,
The round plaque was made with a piece of cardboard cut in a circle and covered with rolled sheets of
I’m sculpting my new 4-month-old Jack Russel Terrier puppy Buttons as a Christmas gift for my beloved Mr. H. I
I’ve turned by teacup pop-up card into a printable DIY project anyone can make with basic paper, scissors, and glue.
After drawing and coloring all the parts in procreate, today was the first time printing and assembling the parts to
With the paper mechanics worked out today I refined the tea cup design in Procreate. Dainty tea cup with a
Started designing a tea-cup pop-up card for Popupity. In the early stages, it’s helpful to work out the folds and
Final version of the courthouse illustration.
Progress on painting Tucker. Painted dark base color then dry brushed lighter shade next. Colors mimic a mallard duck but
Sculpted with oven baked CosClay over a wooden peg. Tulip loves waddling thru the tulip fields. Now that it’s backed,
Using a photo from my phone imported into Procreate and traced with black pen I was able to quickly capture
Procreate sketch of bird walking with his flying friend the butterfly. Working on bent legs in motion and adding shadow.
Drawing in Procreate of a opossum with stubby arms and a round belly. Tried different fur texture and eye colors.
Satchel is a tea cup bobber of legend. Holding his spoon tight as he crosses the deep sea with giant
I sculpted Peaches out of polymer clay over a wooden doll peg and then baked in the oven. I then
Giant giraffe paper sculpture in progress. Using Joni’s Ultimate Paper Mache Pattern blown up to 36″ and printed by PDF
Just took a quick online course with Lisa Glanz ‘Using Procreate with Illustrator to Enhance Your Vector Drawings‘. In the
Draw one scene and then draw the next as your answer to what happens next. It’s like drawing improv. Reflecting
Working on characters holding things. Adding the thumb helped in this case.
Fall came on in a snap, time to wear my favorite knitted hat with the ear flaps and pom-pom. Bunny
This is an idea for a totem pole of pigeons drinking their first cup of coffee. I see this developing
Working on sketches of birds and character side profiles. This flamingo is inspired by a Ukrainian artist Marli Toys (Etsy
Working on side profiles in this sketch.
Restored and hand painted my childhood art chair with acrylic paint and POSCA pens.
Always comforted by a hot steamy bowl of ramen. Working on drawing my critters holding things to help express their
Discovered that graphic paper comes in different colors! Using white transfer paper, I could apply my paper drawing to the
Hung my daily doodles up on the wall so I could catch any patterns or ideas, plus I feel like
Made a paper template to work out the design for the art chair. Was much easier to think things out
The magic of a road trip adventure; the wind in your fur and all the new aromas.
Weekend getaway to Trinidad, CA to take in the forest and cool ocean air. Saw my first bright yellow slug
Making woodblock texture using paint pens and watercolor paper. So bright and opaque. U can layer over colors and block
Doodle with watercolor and POSCA Paint Pens. Experimenting with layers and textures.
Exploring drawing with my POSCA Paint Pens on watercolor paper. I liked the effect of leaving streaks of the paper
… at the 2022 California Mid-State Fair for my Steampunk hat entry. First time exhibiting my artwork for so many
The art group is doing a painted chair session in August, so I’m reviving my little kid’s chair I used
Sculpted flowers with polymer clay as a test idea for my large skull sculpture. Each petal is formed separately, then
Adding a layer of paper mache to my giant skull. I enlarged a skull pattern from a template available at
First drawing attempt pairing watercolor and POSCA Paint Pens. Brushed the watercolor first, then added outlines and texture with the
Making a color chart for my new POSCA Paint Pens (PC-3M) Fine Point. I want to see how the colors
Marshell the French Snail loves dew-dropped ferns and damp musky earth. Bonjour.
Humanity has achieved the most remarkable achievement, looking deep into space with the most sophisticated telescope in existence to capture
Creatures emerge from the page, and I never know what they will be. Like film development, the life form is
Watercolor doodles of three critters inside a round frame. Mason jar lid gang down on the farm. I began by
Today I experimented with making large-scale art using my iPad, the ShopBot, and acrylic paints: I created a digital doodle
Today I picked up on an UFO (un-finished object) that was starting to speak to me again after sitting on
A doodle to capture the wisdom of “a brew will see you through.”
Doodle of my Mother’s painting. It is one of my most treasured things, she speaks to me through it. I
Some people call them crows, but Raven is what they prefer. Doodle with Copic markers and flair pens on mixed
A doodle of this adorable bird with personality to match.
What creatures of the night eat … biscuits. Something sweet and savory for the witching hour.
A doodle inspired by the movie Don’t Look Up!
I made my first comic about a post I read on Austin Kleons blog about “The Pit”. This comic results
The ShopBot has arrived, and it’s been exhilarating getting up to speed on how to use it. I plan to
A doodle about people who have it all and still can’t experience joy.
Jonni at Ultimate Paper Mache has been an incredible teacher to me thru her website and youtube videos. Her work
A video I discovered on Wired Magazine with James Lake, a cardboard sculpture artist from England, ignited some new creative
Cute drawings are my comfort zone, so it’s an excellent place to warm up the creative brain. Today I drew
Unprocessed experiences will rear their ugly heads and work their way into the front of your mind. Old memories were
Daily journaling is when I process the open loops. I absorb images, videos, books, ideas and distill them down from
Using aluminum foil, I made the armature for Bubbles intertube. In working with polymer clay, one wants to avoid making
When unsure what to do next, I think of the advice in Austin Kleon’s book ‘Keep Going’ … make gifts.
I find it easier to draw or sculpt things when I’m not forcing the agenda too much. Keeping things loose,
I’ve been enjoying the challenge of these painting exercises. Painting the same image on three canvases simultaneously forces me to
I’m making progress with my studio setup. I found 48″ long steel flat bar with punched holes at Home Depot.
Artists are not like athletes. We can’t win gold, beat other creatives, or come first. Sport is objective; our craft
This scale texture is very satisfying and tedious. I begin by making various size balls of clay, pressing them onto
Over the years, I’ve had numerous lighting and camera set-ups, and in all of them, I’m constantly tripping over tripods,
Continuing with the Scuba-Saurus I began working on the hands and reptile scales. I experimented with stamping a texture for
My latest sculpture is slowly coming to life as a Scuba-Saurus, a dino with adorable swim gear. Unfortunately, adding the
Dry brushing is so satisfying and addictive; the key is to know when to stop. I fear I’ve gone too
I wanted to go back in time a little and capture some sculptures I made before starting my daily creative
I decided to design my own Christmas design to showcase the year. Looking back over the months, I still feel
Continuing my painting of Maverick, I needed him to be able to look at me, so I added pupils to
Connecting with the image world thru 4up painting.
In documenting and sharing my artistic journey with sculpting, I’ve realized I need a better set-up for making daily videos.
Maverick was baked in the oven for 15-minutes at 275 degrees. Now it’s time to start painting him. I begin
I have a love-hate relationship with ceramics. I elected to take zero period ceramics an hour before school started in
Clover the book-loving fox, sculpted in September 2021.
Covering the neck of the wood finial, I kept wondering if there was more to Amelia’s story than a simple
Time-lapse video of the last touches on Maverick.
Clothes make the bird.
Allowing Maverick's personality to rise to the surface.
A signature stamp with a link back to the artist who created it.