The sketchy and inconsistent blog of Bethie Engstrom...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Treasure Planet Sketches

(Mr. Sliver with Morph^)

(The Doctor, Jim Hawkins and the Captain)

Now what I have done with these awesome characters!

(tee hee hee^ he's so funny, and has like the best lines)

(Doctor Doppler and Captain Amelia...^)

(Morph! L♥ve that little blob!)
Medium: pencil sketch
So these are some sketches from one of my childhood (and I'm still in it btw) favorite movies. It's called Treasure Planet and is based after Stevenson's Treasure Island. Really great movie, there's humor, high adventure, a little bit of romance, comedy and humor (did I say that twice?).
I recommend it to everyone!
To Look For Soon:
Some of my favorite quotes from this film, and more sketches that I have yet to upload.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Remember Him!

Many blessings and more,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 here!

(my by all favorite group and song!)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Friends

Medium: Ink and Watercolors

I have always, since my earliest childhood memories, loved Fairies, Elves, Dragons and any sort of fairytale dream. I've brought that into my little painting of My Friends. The elf, with her wavy, different colored hair is dreamy and mystical. Her eyes (which are not very clear in this picture) are just blue. I did not give her a pupil to give the her the "other world" look.

The moon has always been my friend.
Once when I was little, I think 3 or 4 years old; I had a blue balloon, which, while leaving my grandparents house, got loose and floated away. Being a little 4yo girl I was heartbroken. I wailed for it to come back. My father, on the way home tried to cheer me up by telling me that the moon (which was full on that night) was my balloon. That it had gotten stuck up in the sky, and would stay there forever.

I don’t remember how long I believed that, but I still think of it as my friend. That’s why I put a face on it; giving it a personality I guess.
You can still find me staring up at the night sky. It has never lost its brilliance for me, and I pray it never will. The billion of stars, all in their places, us going around on a big ball of rock, water and dirt. It can make your own head spin.
What a majestic God we have!

Do you have a friend like mine? Something that comforts you in times when you are alone?

(edit: Hopefully soon I will post some of my more recent sketches, almost all of these are from early this year or last...we'll see=)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Eye Study

Medium: Charcoal

The eye is one of the most amazing parts of the body. And it is taken for granted so much even I have done that. The eye is also a fun, if sometimes challenging piece to draw. Any notes or remarks? On this sketch or the eye in its self?

Also, its snowing right now. Not sure if I'm happy or not about that.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Jane Austin Period Style

Medium: Pencil Sketch
I did this sketch 2 years ago of a friend (who I won't name... but can you guess?) The picture I used is below. In the sketch, I started out as this friend...but I have never been good at actually getting the drawing to look like the subject, so I ended up saying I only was sketching the dress.
I gave it some "action" (i.e. shawl moving in a light breezes as well as ribbons), which I think goes of nicely.
The gown is a the Jane Austin period style(and the friend made it herself! Is she not talented?).

I don't mind criticism...even though this was done a few years ago. =)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Forever an Undying Dream"

Medium: sketch and watercolors

This photo is not good at all, sorry if you can't see. I think you can click on it.

This is one of the few little sketches of mine that I have titled. I was feeling like nothing in my life would ever change. That my dreams would just stay as that-dreams.
But a dream is something you wish for, but also strive for. Sometimes you can't just wait for it to happen, but you have to go out and try and get it yourself.
I have never had watercolor lessons (or drawing for that matter), so it's sloppy I know-but that's just another dream that I have taken for myself. The love of art, to master it, to have joy in it. To actually finish something! =)

Any feedback?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Eight Question tag from Equus Delirus

I didn't think I would do tags on this blog, but because I'm in one of those moods...I guess here I go. I think I'll let Jare do his answers on RJD.

1. Six names that you go by. Libby, Bep, Libby, Liabeth, Masher-of-potatoes, Goat Girl =)
2. Three things that you are wearing right now. Black (big) T-shirt, dark green undershirt and black jeans(I guess I really am in one of those moods!)
3. Three things that you want very badly right now. For it to be warm, for December to just slip by with out me, DUCT TAPE!
4. Three things that you did last night/yesterday. Painted, watched John Adams, and finished a book and started two more...hmm.
5. Two things that you ate today. PB&J samwhich, popcorn, hash browns
6. Two people that you last talked to on the phone. A guy from dad's work, I acted like someone different by saying, "Ah yes, I'm sorry Mr.***, Erik is not available right now, could I take a message?" I love doing that=) and I think Mrs. D***
7. Two things that you are going to do today/tomorrow. School, and hopefully go for a stroll in the woods
8. Your three favorite beverages. Water, tea, and...pop (?)

And anyone can take this tag, its free!

Thanks Will again!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cartwheels in the Rain

Cartwheels have become something of a habit of mine now. I adore doing them; figuring out more cool ways to do it, and still try to, every time, land on my feet.

But have you done a cartwheel in the last few months?
You should.

It can make you relax, makes you look at things in a different view (seriously, you're upside down!) and just clears your thoughts.

Yesterday morning, I went off on an adventure with my wonderful dog, Reign. (who has the most stunning brown eyes)
We ran through the wet undergrowth and over logs. It was raining beautifully and chilly. But I didn't mind.

Coming to a clearing, I suddenly had the urge to spin a cartwheel. I did. Right into a deep puddle.

Cartwheels are grand, but cartwheels in puddles are simple marvelous! I did it again.

Then I thought, Why just land in one? Why not start and land in a deep, watery puddle?
I did.

I came inside soaked...and I mean really. My light green, long sleeve shirt was dripping, my beanie (or Took as they say in Canada) made a Plop sound as it hit the kitchen counter, and my jeans were making Swishing sounds as I walked.

What a way to start off a morning!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Welcome to the first post of Trail of Thoughts

Welcome, G'day, Howdy, Yo, Hello, Dude, Hi!

As you can see by the title...this is the very first post of my new blog Trail of Thoughts. This blog will be all about writing, art, music, dreams and ideas.

This will not be a post-every-day-blog though, more of a daybook of my artish life (I believe I just made up a word...maybe not).

I started this because Jare was being a Troll for not posting anything and I was tried that people were asking after him and he didn't answer. This is my space (where there happens to be a lot of room...I wonder why?).

Join me if you deem me worthy. =)


The reason I gave ^ is not the real one I started this because, for one I've had this title up my sleeve for a long time-I have really wanted to use it. And I think there should be a place where all of you can see my stuff-but also share your own. Please share, your own ideas are welcomed (and I will not steal them). This blog is under COPYRIGHT as well, please, do not take what is not yours. Thank you

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Arty's Reads
This Illustrated Life
Art and Adventure
Quick, Hide Here
Drawn Today
Muddy Colors
The Twirling Dragon
Abigail Halpin
Meadow to Grove
Hue and Hum
Silver Apples of the Moon
Blue Chair Diary
Midnight Ramblings
Candace Illustration
J. L. Meyer Illustrations
Coloring Outside the Lines
A Bit O'Shine
Academy of Art Character and Creature Design Notes
Alex Louisa
Art by Crystal Cook
Jody Bergsma
Crack that WIP
Darkling Woods Studio
East of the Sun
Evan Jensen's Artwork
Irene La Zia
Jason Chan Art
Lisa Hunt Art
Mythwood - The Art of Larry MacDougall
Petar Meseldžija Art
Piya's Studio
The Drawing Board
Studio Bistro
Teresa N. Fischer
The Art Department
The Quicksilver Workaholic
Warrior Princess Dream
Woodland Fancies
Ruffles and Stuff

Great Reads
Fernweh Magazine
Lucia, etc.
Gray's Locket
The Letter 4
Inside My Mind
Love August
Missing Lovebirds
Of Horsefeathers
Clothes, Cameras and Coffee
Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden
Pastor's Girl Ponderings
Another Once in Time
All that is Gold
Gonna Take a Ride Across the Moon
It's Raining
My Book of Days
Hello Highlights
My {Beautiful} Nutty Life
Random Jot Downs
Red Balloons
The Gray Traveler's Inn
The Ingelnook
The Mouse Files
Scrapes of Old Volumes, Wire and Glue
The Book Fae
The Bright and Hopeful Unknown
Unmerited Redemption
Whisperings of the Pen

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