Sunday, December 30, 2007

Drawing at SFO

My plane was an hour late, but I didn't mind...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

People 5XII07

Some sketches of classmates... The hamburger guy in the corner is inspired by a book of robot paintings I saw recently by Ashley Wood.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Self Portrait 16XI07

I've done so many portraits in charcoal lately, I thought I'd try one in acrylic... it's nice to pick up a paintbrush once in awhile.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Look out my window...

I've taken to staring out my window and drawing whoever comes along. Take a look at some of the people of San Francisco...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Medici Villa...

"While this building was being constructed Cosimo de'Medici decided to build his own palace, and he therefore explained his intentions to Filippo (Brunelleschi), who put everything else aside and made for Cosimo a very beautiful and large model of this palace, which Filippo wanted to place in the piazza facing San Lorenzo, isolated on every side. Filippo's virtuosity was so clearly displayed in this model that it seemed too luxurious and grand to Cosimo, and, more to avoid envy than the expense, he gave up the idea of using Filippo's plan. While Filippo was working on the model, he used to thank fate for the opportunity of building such a home--something he had desired to do for many years--and for having come upon someone who wanted and was able to build it. But then when he learned of Cosimo's decision not to go on with the project he angrily broke his model into a thousand pieces. And Cosimo was very sorry not to have followed Filippo's plan, for he lated constructed the other palace, and he used to say that he had never conversed with a man of greater courage and intelligence than Filippo..." Vasari, "The Lives of the Artists", pp. 140-141

This passage reminded me of my trip to Italy, where a few years ago I visited a Medici Villa of Petraia. This is from my travel journal from the trip. It's a little... condensed in the middle but a pretty good representation. When you turn around from this view you can see the whole valley, the Duomo in the distance, and even the river Arno.

Just thought I'd share this today:

Saturday, October 06, 2007

You open your hand...

"You OPEN Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing." Ps 145:16 NKJV

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Chapter XXVIII

Well, it's been awhile since my last post... I've up and moved to San Francisco to pursue an Illustration dream!

Welcome to chapter XXVIII...

Monday, July 09, 2007

Pretty Girl

Pretty girl out at Sunnyside Youth Camp... July 2007.
Medium: Pen and Pencil Crayon

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007


A rejection from a school I wanted to attend in Manhattan, was tempered by my acceptance to a great one in San Francisco...

This song hits the mark for me right now.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Life Sketches: Russell Broom

A good friend surprised me with tickets to Jann Arden this past weekend! Before they told us we could take pictures I did a few sketches. This is one of them - the talented guitarist Russell Broom.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Life Sketches

Another sketch while listening to a sermon in church... I'm not staring at you, really!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


I'm working on the illustrations for a Christmas story involving a mouse named Enor, written by Rev. Gene Packwood. Here is a simple pencil crayon/pen sketch of him.

World, meet Enor. Enor, meet the world!

"Why, hello world! What a treat to meet you all!"

[©2007 BKV, Medium: Pen and Pencil Crayon]

Monday, April 30, 2007

What about Darth Maul?

So, I had some fun at the Comic Expo yesterday. I wandered around talking to various artists, looking at their INCREDIBLE work! A guy named Louie Del Carmen was really inspiring (he does storyboards for The Rugrats and Kim Possible), as well as David Colman.

Also, got to see some celebrities: Ray Parks (Darth Maul), Morena Baccarin (The Orisi from Stargate SG:1, also on Firefly), Christina Hendricks (Firefly), and oh yah... Robert Picardo (The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager)! How fun was that, they were so accessible too!

One of my favourite parts I caught on video. Watch Darth Maul weild his lightsabre here.

Also got some promo pieces for "The Shatner Show" occurring this summer at the Uppercase Gallery. Some ACAD peers are involved so I'm really excited for it!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Well... I drew this on the table at lunch-time. He was so cute I had to capture him! Thanks to Melanie for the, er... inspiration.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Life Sketches: Jeff

Jeff, a missionary from Northern Africa, shared with us today about moving foward into the callings we've received. Not to just wait, but to take the initiative and push open the door.

"Get out of bed and get dressed! Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!" Romans 13:14 MSG

Monday, March 12, 2007

Life Sketches: Pastor

Sketched this in church yesterday -- I like how it turned out!

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19 NIV

Thursday, March 08, 2007


©2007 BKV
Medium: Pen, Pencil Crayon and Digital

I used my roomie hiding on our couch as the reference. Though this looks nothing like her I like the feeling of it... for a quick sketch.

Can you find the hidden text?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Life Sketches: Guitars

I did this sketch originally on the same orange paper as my last posting, but I like it so much in black and white that I thought I'd post it bare. These are my friend Henry's guitars.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Life Sketches: Traced Image

I was inspired recently to start sketching more in day to day life, especially subject matter which moves quickly and is hard to capture. I'll post more here as I do more.

This is from Saturday night when I went to hear a band called Traced Image.

Friday, February 23, 2007


©2002 Bethany Vanderputten
Medium: Acrylic + FW Ink on Gessoed Denim

I created this illustration for TEC Calgary in 2002 as part of a series of 10 banners which convey the topics of talks like "Who am I?", "Friendship", "Communication", etc. They were all sewn into banners with various colors of matting and these were hung on wooden dowling with a thick cord attached. (See example to the left). This banner was created for the talk entitled 'Communication'.

The following is an example of a preliminary sketch for this piece:

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Carry the Torch

©2005 Bethany Vanderputten
Medium: Acrylic + FW Ink

This is an especially red illustration I created a little over a year ago for my pastor. Sold.

Monday, January 01, 2007


©2007 Bethany Vanderputten
Medium: Mixed Media

Created for Illustration Friday, topic "Phoenix".

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! Here's to new beginnings.
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