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!
So last week I worked with one point perspective looking up, what I called Kagero's eye view in honor of my sweet departed pooch. This week I've decided to try one point perspective looking down, what I'm calling Angel Kagero's eye view as I imagine her looking down from heaven. Immediately, I notice that this one is much less dramatic initially than the other one was. I also realized after I inked the buildings that there are just too many of them and it doesn't read as clearly as I'd like. But, this is all about learning so I've decided to keep working it and see how it comes out. I think it will start to pop as I add the details and I have lots of plans for the details! I going to try to finish this one as quickly as I can so I can move on to other types of perspective but I also want to keep playing with these one point perspective city views. I'm really enjoying these even when I'm not sure they are working out so well!
Ok, it was a long haul to the finish but this piece is done! I think this is the latest post I've done yet. I'm happy it's complete and overall, I'm happy with it. I will however, make some different choices on the next one. One thing I'll change is that I used silver colored pencil on some of the buildings and it just didn't work well. I had to erase a lot when I was drawing the buildings and then drawing the windows that the pencil embossed the paper in a way that isn't obvious then the paper is unshaded but once the colored pencil and pencil shading was added the lines stood out much more. I also am not fond of how the shading came out and the sky reflection on the buildings seems kinda wonky. I think there are other issues I have with it but I do think the effect is very dramatic and I love that about this piece. I will definitely use this perspective again. I'm even thinking of doing a series using this perspective with different skies, different sizes and different paper.
I don't usually take my art making out into public. I think I'm still not super confident in my work and don't want to be embarrassed. But today, I had a couple of hours to kill before an appointment so I went to a coffee shop and took this drawing to work on. While I've received a lot of positive feedback from my Facebook friends and fans, it was such a boost to have strangers compliment my work. I heard several "that's amazing!" and "such talent" while I was there. I know I really shouldn't care what others think but it's so great to have strangers like my work!
Six whole weeks of my daily art project done. If there weren't pictures to prove it, I'd be inclined to deny that it's even happened! I'm so proud of myself for sticking with this. I didn't have a plan when I started this project, no end date in mind. As I've made it through each day, I've realized that I'm gaining so much from this project that it just doesn't make sense to stop yet. It's giving me reason to learn new techniques, try new things, push myself beyond my known limits and blogging about it has given me space to reflect on each project, to think about my creative process and to critique my own art to figure out what I like and what I don't like.. I'm not the most public of people so it's been a little bit of a hurdle to share my feelings about so many things in this public way but I feel like I'm growing through this project in multiple ways.
Today's drawing is another work in progress but I expect to be done with it tomorrow and will post the final as tomorrow's project. I discovered some videos about perspective drawing and just loved the one that demonstrated this perspective. It's often referred to as "worm's eye view" as opposed to "bird's eye view". I've decided to call this "Kagero's Eye View" instead. When I finished drawing in my buildings (it's not any city in particular, just imagined by me), I imagined Kagero walking among these buildings, looking up and seeking this view of the buildings and the sky. It made me smile, which was amazing since Wednesday's have been rough for me. I definitely prefer smiling when I think about her rather than bursting into tears. So, here's today's installment, "Kagero's Eye View". Below this is my week 6 compilation (I'm still working on those flowers...).
Crazy...three weeks done. I managed to get each day done this week. I wasn't sure if today would happen, though. It was a rough day. I lost my dear Kagero on Wednesday 2 weeks ago and I suspect Wednesdays are going to be difficult for the near future. But I had a lesson to complete for the Derwent Art Academy so I decided to do that this evening for today's creation. It was a lesson on perspective. I totally get the concept of perspective but I seem to struggle a bit with its execution so I definitely need to spend more time practicing. Here's today's work and a compilation of week 3's work.