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 didn't really expect to do a second drawing today but I ended up trying the second option on the 4th lesson in the Art Academy, a Blue Tit bird on black paper. Of course, the paper is different than the white and also has a texture but it seemed easier to overcome that texture on this one. I did do this one with a different brand of colored pencil than the rooster. I still ended up with wax buildup but it was different and didn't seem to be the same kind of obstacle that it was on the other one. I really like how this one turned out! The colored pencil on the black paper is so vivid and really pops!
I was feeling pretty darn good about my artistic development with this daily art project...until today. My inner critic is slamming me pretty hard with this one, but I won't let it win, I'll just have to practice more. Today's drawing is from lesson 4 of the Art Academy using colored pencils. I'm not sure where I "went wrong" but I suspect that my pencils might be too soft and the paper has too much texture. I just couldn't seem to get smooth coverage and I think the wax from the pencils just built up too much and ceased to blend nicely. But I do see some wins with this one...it's recognizable as a rooster and it's the first time I've sketched a foundation using circles and ovals and then building up the form of the animal using the pencil strokes rather than drawing the outline of the bird first and coloring it in from there. I've seen people sketch like that; using ovals, circles, lines, etc but I've never learned how to use them myself. So, yay! I'll take those wins and keep practicing...but maybe with other paper and pencils...