The Sketchbook Skool homework for the rest of the week is to document your life. I wasn't sure what to do today as it's a pretty uneventful day. Then I looked to my left on the sofa and there sat this book (one of like 300 I'm currently reading) and I was inspired to draw it. This book is also written by one of the founders of Sketchbook Skool so it made even more sense to draw it. I had to edit how I drew the cover because I didn't pay close attention to the "landmarks" of my drawing and started making the details too large and couldn't fit everything in. I still like it, though :) I'm really impressed with my copying of the font!
My Sketchbook Skool klass (yes, I spelled these right!) started on Friday and I finally got to watch the videos last night. I just love Danny Gregory. Not only do I love his artwork but I could just listen to him for days. His voice is so soothing and calm! Today was the first day I had a chance to work on the first drawing assignment, which was to draw something meaningful. I considered drawing some of Kagero's toys but I'm just not ready for that yet and I didn't want to spend the time in tears. Instead, I created a still life with my decorative pumpkin and a couple of leaves I picked up at my friend Cindy's house yesterday because. 9The reference photo on the left isn't exactly the perspective I had while drawing but it's close.0 Autumn is my favorite season and, therefore, is very meaningful to me. As always, I'm not going for strict realism, just my impression of the objects. Danny does a lot of writing to accompany his drawings in his sketchbooks but I'm just not that interested in writing but that could be because my hand lettering leaves much to be desired at this point (I'm planning to work on this!), so I left the space to the right open. Maybe I'll go back and add writing later. I do love how this came together and I'm so excited to see what comes next in this klass!
I have a lovely friend who has hired me to teach her how to draw/paint etc. For today's lesson, I drew a quick line drawing for each of us of a pond with waterlilies, lily pads and a koi. The lesson today included my techniques for using the Inktense blocks to color, create shading/shadows etc. Here's my piece from our lesson. I kinda love it!
Just a short post today. I haven't had time yet to watch the Sketchbook Skool videos for this week so I'm off to do that. Probably will have something from that to post tomorrow!
Finished the coloring/painting of yesterday's breakfast. I feel like I should have colored the background/table/wall and I might go back and add in a little color but I'm not sure what colors to use. It's wonky but I'm really starting to like my wonky drawings/sketches. I can't wait for Sketchbook Skool starting tomorrow!!!
No, not a tawdry love affair but a love affair with my art supplies! Especially my Derwent Inktense blocks. I just love these things. I talked about how I use them on yesterday's post. As I was falling asleep last night, I had the brilliant idea to sketch them for today's contribution to my daily art project (and for once I actually remembered an idea I had while falling asleep!). So, here they are in all their 72 vibrant colors. I also included a couple of my Derwent waterbrushes. You'd think I was hawking Derwent products but I'm not getting any kickbacks...I just love them!!!
Yesterday saw me do the line drawing for this blackberry branch but I ran out of time to paint/color it. So, that's what I did today. I'm simply in love with Derwent's Inktense blocks. I got the 72 piece set for super cheap a few weeks back and I've had such a blast playing with them. Right now, my favorite way to use them is like watercolor pans. I use my waterbrushes to wet the surface of the block and then apply the color to the page. They blend together well when wet but since they are permanent once dry, the colors can be layered in a way that watercolor pigments can't. These are also so vibrant...sometimes too vibrant and I have to work to tone them down but, I love the result. I like how this one turned out. I had originally thought I would try for a little more realism with the berries but the way I drew them really didn't lend to realism so I just went for blends of purples and red-violets and then did white ink highlights on each berry. I think it worked out well. I like it :)
October has brought a ton of daily art challenges and I'm going to try to incorporate them into my own daily practice. I'm trying to develop my sketching skills and creating my own version of the things I see as opposed to strict realism. So today's drawing is a teacup from my grandma's collection drawn in an illustrative style (with the hard, black outlines) and colored with the inktense blocks. I like how this turned outOne year ago today I took the proverbial leap toward making my dreams a reality. I gave up a decently paying, secure job with great benefits but that was also slowly killing me for the less certain life of an artist. This has been the best year of my life in so many ways and the worst year in others. While I'm not yet fully replacing my prior income through my art, financial disaster did not occur (as I had feared it would for years before deciding to leave the job world) and we've been doing pretty well for ourselves and I'm excited for the even greater amounts of financial abundance that I know are on their way to us now. It's also been amazing to have more control over how I spend my time and who I'm spending it with. Making art is so very rewarding even when it's bad and I'm excited to see what each day brings. I didn't know when I left my job that Kagero was sick and that our time together was drawing swiftly to an end but I'm so grateful I didn't wait any longer to leave. I got to spend so much time with her before she started getting sick and I got to care for and comfort her when she needed me and I didn't have to choose between her and my job. Losing her has made this one of my most difficult years but not having to go to work has allowed me to grieve in my own way, to take things slowly, to cry when I need to (like right now) and not have to worry about what's "appropriate" or not. I am so incredibly grateful for my husband, Oscar, who has been only supportive of me on this path, who wants me to be happy and who is happy that I am no longer grumpy and miserable at the end of each workday. I'm grateful to my parents and to my sister for their support and encouragement and for being my best customers to date. I'm also grateful for all of my friends, for their support and encouragement. While I lost a very precious part of my life this past year and I wish I could have her back (but only if she could be healthy), everything else has been amazing and it feels great to know that I'm finally on the right path and I expect this next year to be even more incredible. If there is something you feel you should be doing that you aren't currently doing, what's stopping you? Life has to be lived right now and don't let your fears keep you from having the life of your dreams!
Ok, not really but I can wish! I finally finished one of my works in progress today! I've been mulling this one over for a while and just really couldn't decide how to finish the coloring. I really liked how the water turned out and I guess I was so worried about messing the rest of it up that I just set it aside. I'm not sure what inspired me to pick it back up today but I figured I'd use a combo of watercolor pencils and Inktense blocks on the flower and the pod. I had originally planned to use a magenta palette since I just love pinks in general but today as I started gathering my supplies I had the thought that orange would be a better palette choice. I'm happy I went that way. Blue and orange are complementary colors so I think this helps the lotus pop off the page and I think more than a magenta one would have. I think the flower just looks like it's glowing. I'm glad I let this one percolate and waited for inspiration to come. This piece is 9" x 12".
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 :)!
I decided today was a good day to take a break from my current cityscape. It's hard on the eyes to look at all those tiny lines and squares! I ended up doing a couple of things for today's contribution to my daily art project. The first thing was the tangle in one of my (many) sketchbooks. This pattern/tangelation is from Zentangle and is called Tripoli. I'm not sure why I've never worked with it before because it's been around for a few years now but I just never had. I had lunch with a new Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) who lives in the area last week and we were talking about tangles we like and I mentioned this one. She showed me the trick to making it work and then showed me that it can use wavy/scribbley lines, too. So, thanks, Heidi, I love it now! I think this design calls for color so maybe that'll be something to work on tomorrow :).
The second thing I did today is the color wheel. I hate to admit this but I think this is really the first color wheel I've ever made.. As much doubt as I encounter in my art making, my ego is a bit overblown when it comes to completing basic and foundational tasks like color mixing on a color wheel. Essentially, I usually feel "better" than this basic task and eschew it altogether. Ridiculous! I really wanted to play with my new inktense pencils and I wanted to see how well they blend together so it made sense to do a color wheel. I love how they work with water and how vibrant and vivid the colors are. I did have a little problem with the blending in some of the hues but I think part of the problem was the texture on the page and that despite this being mixed media paper that can tolerate water, there was too much water and it started to break down a bit and made some of the color streaky. But still, this was a great experiment and I really love a couple of the colors I came up with. This was true color mixing as I used only the primary colors to create the secondary and tertiary colors. I think I'm going to play more with these to see what other color combinations I can come up with using just these three colors. It really is so much fun to approach art making, even when it's just basic techniques, with an attitude of play and experimentation. It's these moments when I wish I could just keep making art in every minute of every day...but, my bed beckons so sweet dreams!