Quick drawings from life or imagination
other subcategories:

Coming Attractions Pen & ink in sketchbook

Pen and ink sketchbook drawings of strange creatures by Leah Palmer Preiss

I’ve got a new painting in the works & I’ve been playing with some ideas in pen & ink, posting wip sketches over at Instagram. I thought you all might be interested– I’m planning to share some painting process shots there too. Have a look if you like! (You don’t need an Instagram account to see my page.) These are done in a mini Moleskine sketchbook, with India ink & a Hunt 108 flexible crow-quill pen.  The backgrounds are painted in with a Pentel brushpen, & white details added with a Uniball Signo gel pen.

Emerging Ecosystem Pencil, acrylic & digital

Emerging Ecosystem, drawing by Leah Palmer Preiss with digital color

It’s been a while since I posted a doodle– this one started as a pencil sketch, then I played with it some more in Photoshop, using painted textures I’ve scanned, along with text from an antique children’s science book. I thought it turned out to look a bit like a valentine, if valentines were crawling with imaginary organisms.

Legally Odd Crow-quill pen & ink on legal pad


{Originally posted in my Oddments blog}

And now for something completely different! Here’s a whole parade of oddments, marching in a highly disorganized fashion. Or maybe it’s a page of legal notes in an alien language? Either way, I worry that this document could someday be used against me in a court of law.

Crow-quill pen & ink on legal pad. As I was drawing this, my husband kept walking by & shaking his head. :-D

{You may recognize some of these creatures strolling through the background of this site!}