Yes, I'm still tooting my own horn over this...I won, I won, I won! For someone just getting started on an art career, winning the first art contest entered is a huge boost! When I found out I won, I asked my contact at Craftsy if they would send a certificate or something that I could use in promoting myself. She said they haven't done that before but it's a great idea and she'd see what they could come up with. So, today, I got an email with this image/badge made especially for me! BOOM!!! WINNER!!
OMG!!! I've mentioned Craftsy on here before. I took that colored pencil class that I didn't like so much and they graciously refunded. I saw that they were running a contest last month for cityscapes and since I was in the midst of drawing those myself I thought it apropos timing. I entered my Kagero's (worm's) eye view drawing (posted again below) just for kicks. I thought it'd be great just to have more eyes on my drawing but really had no expectations of winning. Then last weekend "The Drawing Club" Facebook page (which is run by Craftsy) posted my picture in marketing the contest and I was so excited to see that! That post got more than 1.7K likes! The contest ended on the 26th, when a committee at Craftsy would evaluate the submissions and declare a winner. Earlier today I wondered if they had decided yet. Then this afternoon I got an email from them saying that I had won and that they loved my drawing!!!! I won! I won, I won, I won!! OMG! This was the first contest I've entered and I won!!! So crazy exciting!! This is such a huge boost to my confidence! I'm now an award-winning artist :) You can read their lovely blog post here
Since finding out about this, I've just been too excited to do anything. I'm planning to expand my Zentangle workshop offerings to include classes in shading and color. I spent today working on lesson plans and samples for a color class using colored pencils (I'm planning separate workshops for watercolor, acrylic ink, marker techniques, etc) and I got started thinking about teaching shading. I started some samples using the Kunstler pattern (named for artist Juliana Kunstler). So, not so much art was made today but I really want to start offering more advanced classes so I gotta start somewhere!!
I'm so excited to have this one finished! It turned out so much better than I thought it would/could. There were so many hours invested in this piece but so very worth it. I love the cartoony/illustrative effect. I love the colors and the shading, oh I just love this one. I love all the choices I made and that I kept with it. I loved doing all the tiny little details and I loved the coloring. Wow...it's so exciting to have something I made look so cool! This is also the end of week 8 of my daily art project. I'm so thrilled at my persistence and my commitment. I'm so proud of myself. I can't wait to see what I come up with next!
I really thought I'd get this one done today and I guess if I kept working on it tonight, I'd probably get it done but I have to prep for a Zentangle lesson tomorrow so I need to shift gears. I spent much of the day working on the little details in the cityscape I'm calling Angel Kagero's Eye View. I drew in all the small details first with pencil and once I was satisfied with their placement, I inked them. Once the ink had set I had to erase the pencil lines beneath the ink. I really wish I could could get a better sense of how long these things will really take as I spent most of the day working on this...many hours. I will have it done tomorrow, though, and I just can't wait to see it finished. It was hard for me to keep plugging away on this one because it just seemed so boring, especially compared to my last cityscape that had such dramatic perspective. But I had in my mind's eye how I wanted this one to look and it's really starting to emerge, so I'm happy I stuck with it. But I will be happy when it's done!
I decided to play a little more with my inktense pencils today. I used mixed media paper for my color wheel but it buckled a bit with the water so I opted to see how it worked on Bristol paper (the little drawing). I love those pencils but the Bristol didn't quite hold up, either. I probably just need to use less water. I'll have to keep playing to see how I can make them work the way I want. The second drawing is my most recent cityscape. I finished the line work...finally! I'm planning to finish it tomorrow. I need to color in windows (not all of them but some), add details and shading. Can't wait to be done with this one...I'm ready to move on to a new one :)!
Week 7 is in the books...crazy! I'm still working away at my current cityscape. I finished all the line inking on one half and have started drawing the pencil lines on the other half. I'll be continuing on it tomorrow but I'm thinking I might work on something else, too. Variety is the spice of life, right?
In other awesome news, I received my free tin of pencils from the Derwent Art Academy. I was just wondering this morning how long it would take for them to get here...they came from the UK and then there they were this morning, delivered by the mail carrier! I'm so excited to play with them!
I still can't believe that 7 weeks have passed since I started this daily art project. Like I said in an earlier post, I plan to keep doing this project until it makes sense to stop. I keep seeing posts on Facebook from inspirational pages/people that say something to the effect of stop putting off your dreams or stop waiting to get started because the time will pass anyway so if you start now, you're already that much farther along. That's how I'm feeling right now...but sometimes wishing I had started earlier than just 7 weeks ago. But I can't change the past, all I can do is be happy that I now have all of these pieces of art created (or in progress...) and they likely wouldn't have been created if I hadn't decided to just make it happen. I've also been inspired to make series of some of the things I've created. As I learn new techniques and as I get better and better at executing them, I know I'll discover what my artistic style and voice are...I'll just know what it is that needs to be expressed. If there is a dream you've been waiting to chase until it's "just the right time", please the right time is right now...this moment is the only thing that's guaranteed. Don't squander it, don't wait, don't worry, don't die with the regret that you never chased that dream!!
Wow...this one's gonna take a while! I guess I really only spent a total of 3 hours on this one today, which is much less time than I typically spend working in a day but all the little lines make me a bit cross-eyed so I have to take frequent breaks. That's ok, though. The lines I'm working with are so small in some places that it's really easy to make a mistake so I'm taking my time. I'm really excited, though, to see how this evolves. I'll keep adding lines, vertical and horizontal tomorrow. Once those are done, I'll start inking in some of the windows and will start on other small details. I think this one will need a little color so I'm thinking of some opportunities to do that on this one. Stay tuned for an evolving cityscape!
I'm starting to realize in this art thing that there are times when it's better to quit something before too much more time is invested. I said yesterday that I would keep working on the drawing I created but the more I thought about it last night, the less I wanted to invest more time into a drawing that didn't make sense to me. I've written before about trusting the process and allowing a drawing to evolve as I work on it. I just didn't feel that way with this one. I spent many hours on it yesterday so it was difficult to give up on it but I simply didn't want to spend even more hours on it today. I figure that since I'm in learning mode right now, it's more important for me to feel like I'm learning how to do these techniques properly and to feel like I've nailed them, then I can play later, get more abstract. I didn't trash yesterday's drawing so there's always a chance to revisit it later.
So today's daily art drawing is a redo of Angel Kagero's eye view part 1. I used white paper this time, instead of grey. I also started by adding streets into the scene to give the buildings the structure of city blocks. I can't tell you how many times I had to erase. It's kinda ridiculous how hard it is to get the lines right, especially at the bottom of the buildings...the base of them touching the ground. Part of the problem is that I have trouble visualizing the angles and how they should be shaped. Once I have them drawn, they make sense but I had to erase so many times!
Tomorrow I will start to tackle the details. I expect the windows to take a while but I hope to not have to erase too many more times!