Maguro Nigiri is my pick for day 4 of Sushi September. While I've never eaten the Tobiko nigiri, Maguro was my favorite! Maguro is tuna, it's usually pretty lean and when it's fresh and cold, OMG...heaven! I loved this kind of sushi so much, I could have eaten it every single day! We had a couple of favorite sushi joints when we lived in Portland, one was kinda upscale and one was the cheap, price per plate on a moving track kind of place. The maguro pieces were great at both places but for some reason, the cheap place was just a little bit better and it was cheap so I could eat my fill...and I did! We started going there so often that the owner started to recognize us and would make up several fresh maguro plates just for us, we were regulars for sure! I've tried not to get too down about all of the foods I can't have any longer with my food allergies and mast cell issues but sometimes I really miss some foods and maguro nigiri is one I miss terribly. I'm a good cook and not afraid to try new techniques so I've been able to find "replacements" for most of my favorites but there's no way to replace maguro nigiri...it's one of a kind!
Do you like sushi? Do you have a favorite? I'd love to hear from you lovely readers!
See you tomorrow with a new piece!
It's getting late but I figured I'd better get this posted for today! It was a warm day full of smoke from nearby wildfires. Usually my air conditioner units do a decent job of filtering but there was just too much smoke in the air that you could smell it throughout the apartment...yuck! And my Mast cell disorder makes me super sensitive to stuff like this so I've been reactive all day 😩
Anyway, here's today's piece of sushi, Ebi Nigiri. I posted a piece of shrimp on day one but that was sweet shrimp, Amaebi. The process for this was the same as the others, hand drawn in ink, scanned, edited and painted in photoshop. I really like digital painting and I think I need to find some classes to learn some new techniques. I definitely need to figure out how to get faster at it!
Have a great night! Another piece of sushi coming your way tomorrow!
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Wow...it's been more than 2 years since I last posted on this here blog. Where does the time go?
Well, it matters not at this point. What does matter is that I'm back and I hope you'll rejoin me in my artistic endeavors!
It's been quite some time since I last did an art challenge so I decided this would be a good month to do a 30 day one. Since late last year, I've found myself making patterns and really loving creating repeating patterns that I've had printed onto fabric via Spoonflower and then crafting them into tea towels and aprons. My Etsy shop is up and running now with a wide selection of towel patterns if you want to check them out! www.artistkierstan.etsy.com
Anyway, back to the challenge at hand...since I really enjoy making patterns (I've been learning how to use Photoshop to make them easier to create), I've been doing a bunch of ink drawings that I can scan, edit and paint in Photoshop. I've really gravitated toward food illustrations so it make sense that my first 30 day challenge would be a sushi one. So, 30 days of sushi coming at you! I'll draw a piece of sushi by hand with ink and then paint it using Photoshop. I'm posting on instagram (@artistkierstan) and I'll post them here, too. It'll be good to get back into blogging practice! I may try to make some videos or something along the way to show my painting in progress but no promises (I haven't totally figured out the software yet...).
Ok, so here's Day One: Amaebi Nigiri
My final contribution to my daily art project. I'm continuing my pear series. Today's pear was created using Prismacolor NuPastels which are dry chalk-like pastels (as opposed to yesterday's oil pastels). These are tricky to work with since they are very dusty. I used a heavily textured, gray-toned paper. I like how it turned out and I like them all together. I'm planning at least one more version of this pear using colored pencil but I'm thinking I'll make a fifth one using my beloved Inktense blocks. Thanks again for following along with my daily project. I'm excited for what is next to come. I really feel like letting this project go is making space for even better work!
I am so enamored with my little pear from yesterday that I decided to do several studies of it in a variety of media. It's fading fast, though so I'm going to try to get two or three studies done today. I do have the first one done, though. Yesterday, I painted the pear with watercolor after drawing the pear with black ink. This morning, I decided to skip the hard outline and draw it with oil pastel. I then blended the pastel with odorless mineral spirits. I also decided to play around a little with color theory for the back ground. The pear is made up of complementary colors red-violet and yellow-green. I decided to pick one of the split complementary colors of each of those and put them on each side. So, a split-complementary of yellow-green is violet and one split-complementary for red-violet is yellow. It's kind of funky having the two different colors but I think I like it!
Today's piece is a watercolor painting/illustration of a pear I bought yesterday. Unfortunately, it's already turning south and has lots of bruises and soft spots, some of which I tried to depict. I really just loved the color combo of the red-violet and yellow-green on the pear and I think I got a lovely impression of it here. Mother Nature really knows about color theory and complementary colors, doesn't she? The page size is 7" x 10" and is actually watercolor paper...finally I use the proper surface for the medium.
Gesture drawing is the topic this week in Sketchbook Skool. Gesture drawings are meant to be quick figure studies of people in action and uses expressive mark making to capture the sense of movement. I had to use online images of dancers tonight since I wasn't out and about to capture people in action. I really seem to have a hang up regarding people/faces. I just can't seem to loosen up with them so even these drawings are too tight for gesture drawings. But I'm satisfied with this attempt. I'm thinking I should look into taking a figure drawing class at some point.
Some days are busier than others. Today was one of them. I gave a lesson on colored pencil techniques this morning, then had to grocery shop after it and finally had an appointment with one of my tutoring students this afternoon. Once I got home, time was short and inspiration even shorter. I started doing some more blind contour faces but I wasn't feeling those. I tried some simple, stylized faces but those still suck pretty bad. I was sitting here, trying to figure out what to draw with Facebook open. Then one of my friends posted a picture of a bowlful of tomatoes that she just picked in anticipation of a freeze tonight. Then inspiration struck! I'll draw those tomatoes. And here they are. This was a quick drawing done with pen...no pencil undersketch. So, it's kinda wonky, especially the bowl but I kinda think it looks like the tomatoes are so heavy that they are pushing the bowl over. I do like the looseness of the coloring. This was a fun sketch to do. I really like it.
I am really enjoying drawing these blind contour faces...much more than trying to draw them "for real". I decided today to use white ink on black paper. I think they are so interesting to look at. I like that they make me slow down while drawing but I'm finding that my eyes and hand aren't moving at the same rate so I need to be more mindful of keeping them on pace. For the other picture, I decided to do some continuous line drawings of some random reference pictures I had laying around. These weren't blind because I could look at the page while drawing but theses types of drawings are made with one continuous line. I'll admit I did pick up the pen a few times on the bicycle but really only where the tires pass behind the frame. I like the wonkiness of these kind of drawings.
Someone in my Sketchbook Skool group suggested doing blind contour faces to practice them and to help get a better feel for how the features are oriented. Blind contour lines are made by slowly moving the pen on the page, tracking the movement of your eye but never looking at the paper. These are very abstracted but I must admit that I like these so much more than the face drawings I've done so far. They are really interesting. What's interesting, too is that when I drew the features first (eyes, nose, mouth, etc) and then drew the outlines of the face, they look much more facelike but the ones where I drew the outline of the face first ended up with the features outside of that outline.