I'm posting earlier than usual and I'll probably keep working tonight on more sketches but I'd also like to do some reading so I wanted to get something posted for today's creation just in case this is it for the day. Creating value changes using gray shading and color shading is one of my favorite parts of making art. Another way to create value changes is with hatching (and cross-hatching) and since this is a fundamental/basic skill, I've resisted learning how to do it well. So, I did a little practicing using cross-hatching to create volume, shading and shadows on a bunch of mugs. I could use more practice, I think...
Ugh...feeling like hell but trying to create as much as I can. Today, I decided to play around with blind contours. These drawings are made by not looking at the paper at all (I cover my drawing hand with the previous page in my sketchbook to remove the temptation to peek) while you are drawing, only following the edges of the object with your eyes and trying to have your hand follow that movement. I had grabbed a bunch of squashes/gourdes at the store the other day so I set out to draw them. The leaves turned out really well...I promise I didn't peek once! Blind contours are funky with the emphasis on fun! Hoping for better health tomorrow!
Ok, turns out it's really hard to be creative when I feel like total crap. I think I've managed to develop a sinus infection to go along with my tonsillitis so I guess it's good they gave me antibiotics yesterday. I did manage to work on a couple of things, albeit continuations on the tree theme. I finished Grandma's birthday card and decided to develop some more leaf/season ideas with the blown watercolor branches in one of my sketchbooks. I'm also reading the book in the picture to work on my drawing skills. Now off to bed!
I mentioned yesterday that I fallen back on bad habits and really need to recommit to developing as an artist. So, I got started earlier today and did some playing around with some watercolor paints. I love how watercolors look but I've resisted them because they can be hard to control and I've been so worried about "making mistakes" that I just thought maybe I should just avoid them. That damn perfectionist makes me crazy! So, I thought today was a good day to just jump in and see what happens. I saw a great tutorial for watercolor flowers yesterday and set out to give them a try. I think some of them in the first image look interesting...not bad for a first try. I also like the second image...they're like spider mums and a little bud. I've purchased a watercolor Craftsy class and have borrowed some Kindle books on watercolor techniques so I'm going to work on this.
I really do want to work toward finding my artistic voice, though I suspect I have several (multiple art personalities?) since I like such a variety of media. As I'm wrapping up my 16th week of this project, I'm recommitting to discovering my artistic self and working each day in earnest to learn as much about myself and art-making so that I can become the artist I know myself to be.
Ok, I know I did a color wheel a couple months back with my inktense pencils, so why am I doing more of them? Well, these are done with acrylic paint. I've been working with and mixing colors with acrylic paint for a while but I've never done color wheels. It's actually really beneficial to do color wheels in each medium you work with but since I seem to resist these "foundational" techniques, I've not done them before. These two wheels were created using three different shades of red, blue and yellow. What I noticed while making these is that I still rushed through them and wasn't methodical in my mixing in any way. So, I think I'm still resisting this technique even while I'm doing it. What resulted is that the colors don't transition smoothly into each other so yellow-green isn't much different from green which isn't that different from blue-green, etc. The one on the left is the one I did second so I took a little more time but I still didn't create a "recipe" for the color mixing. I came up with some interesting mixtures that I'd love to make again but since I didn't keep track of how much I used of each color, I can't easily replicate it. I imagine you'll keep seeing these from me in the future since it's clear that I still haven't nailed this technique yet!