"Spring Haiku" - colored pencil and black ink - 7x10
I drew this a few weeks ago while on a binge of illustrating with colored pencils and pastel pencils for fun. I colored this one with Prismacolor pencils, a black Sharpie, and a few dabs from a white oil pastel. It's called "Spring Haiku" because it's a spring scene featuring a rat named Haiku. The actual rat Haiku was a beloved pet for about two years, along with her 4 sisters. Sadly, rats usually don't have a long life, but while they're around, they're a source of nonstop entertainment and affection.
Since this is a "process" blog, I'll include the initial ink sketch ...
... and an early stage of coloring.
Finally, here's the little cream-colored starlet herself, and her 4 beautiful sisters. Haiku was always the most outgoing one, as you can see from the way she's looking toward the camera. I'm the happy "mom" in the middle. This photo is from 2007 or 2008. From left to right, the rats are Io, Swivel, Haiku, Treacle, and Nutmeg.