Wow...I was super behind here! I've been posting more regularly on Facebook and on Instagram (@artistkierstan), so if you want to stay up to date, I've been a bit more regular there! Blogging, unfortunately, is harder for me to keep up with but I'll try harder ;)
So, for the pieces posted above from bottom to top are: Avocado Maki, Black Tobiko Nigiri, Green Tobiko Uramaki (with salmon, cucumber and avocado), Kani (crab legs) Nigiri, and Ika (squid) Nigiri.
These were all created using a scanned ink drawing of each sushi piece and then painted using Photoshop. I'm still pretty much a beginner with Photoshop but I figured out how to create my own brush, which helped with the Green Tobiko Uramaki. I started off just making random dots on top of the rice for the tobiko eggs but I realized that was going to take forever so I made a selection of some of the dots I already made and defined the brush settings. It was great! I was so proud of myself because I haven't learned how to do that yet but I had noticed the option because it's right above the define pattern option, which I've used a ton when designing repeating patterns. So proud of myself!
What's your favorite kind of sushi? Still more pieces to come :)
I didn't forget about yesterday, I just didn't get around to posting the picture. So, I'm sorry but now you get two for one ;)
Day 6 was Onigiri, which is a filled rice ball, or triangle in this case. I never had one of these but they looked yummy so I decided to include it in my collection. Day 7 is Uni Nigiri. I never tried Uni, its texture always kinda grossed me out so I opted to pass. Is it good? Do you like it?
Sorry for the drive by posting but I gotta go make some dinner. This allergy and mast cell thing has changed so much about my life but the having to cook every meal fresh and from scratch gets a little annoying sometimes but if it doesn't happen, I don't eat, which sucks. So, I'm off to make pizza!
Day 5 already for my sushi drawing/painting challenge. Where does the time go? Anyway, there are so many color options for Tobiko and I'm doing them all. Today is the red version. Like I said the other day, I never tried Tobiko...not sure I'd like the texture. I did have rolls that had the tiny eggs on the outside but they weren't really as noticeable as I think just a piece of nori and a little rice and a bunch of the eggs would be. I'm easily grossed out so I think this would push me over the edge but they have been fun to draw and paint!
Not much more to say today...Oregon is on fire and the air quality here has been extremely unhealthy and I'm feeling it. I haven't slept well in days and now I'm starting to lose my voice. The bad air quality is bad for anyone but those of us with chronic illnesses, the smoke and ash is really triggering. So, I'm knocking off early, going to make some dinner and then hopefully enjoy a restful evening with my husband.
Have a good night, y'all and if you're feeling it, send some rain vibes our way, we need it desperately!
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!
If you have a chance, check out my new Etsy shop, I'm having a giveaway with purchase! www.artistkierstan.etsy.com
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
Day 6...I'm trying to work on developing my visual imagination. Most of the focus in my education was in language and while my verbal vocabulary is quite strong my visual vocabulary feels quite stunted. I struggle greatly with drawing from my imagination and I'd like to improve it. I started working through Carla Sonheim's "Drawing Lab" book today. One exercise has you draw 20 dogs...supposed to be the same dog, same pose using a big chiseled marker on notecards. The idea is to draw quickly, getting down only basic info and to experiment with different marks. The reference was just a basic sketch of a dog. I must admit I had fun with this one. I like to bend rules so I didn't adhere to the same pose rule. I really like some of these dogs. I'm going to pick those out and work with them some more. I'd really love to write and illustrate a book about Kagero but I've struggled with imagining her as an illustration so I think these might help me with that!
Bonus drawings...after the quick dog drawings earlier, I decided to give illustrations of Kagero a try. Not there yet but I'm seeing potential and will keep trying. For me, the trick is in her eyes, if I can get those right, I think I'll be able to make illustrating her happen.
I gotta be honest and say that I've been feeling anything but creative lately. We moved from the Portland area to Eugene in April and I just haven't really recovered from the upheaval yet. While I have an art space in our apartment, I lost my big art studio in the move and a lot of my supplies are in storage. Just feel a tiny bit lost and it's been hard to create consistently, hence this new challenge. I'd really like to improve my people drawing skills but I really admire artists who can capture faces and likeness in just a few lines so I decided today around with cartooning. I've got a long way to go in this but I really like some of the marks I've made and I think there's some potential here.
Well...I've decided it's time for a new challenge. While last year's daily art challenge wasn't always fun, it did push me to make a lot of art. I've not made as much art this year as I'd like to have by this point in the year so I need another push. What I really feel drawn to (no pun intended) right now is drawing and illustration. I want to get better and quicker at drawing but I also want t work on developing my own style and to find my creative voice (still looking for it) and all the books, articles, websites I've read say the only way to do this is to do the work every single day. I can admit that I've not worked as hard As I need to this year and it's time to get to work. I also want to find some ways to make some money with my art. I really don't want to have to go back to work...so anyway I'll be sharing my drawings on this blog again. I hope you'll follow along!
My new challenge doesn't have much in the way of rules but they will be drawings or illustrations, finished or not. They might take 10 minutes or all day depending on how I feel about how it's going. I'll explore different objects, collections, maybe stories...who knows. I just hope to improve my skills and my imagination in this effort. Today's drawing is of 3 vintage telephones inspired by photos. It's crazy to me that there are now people in this world who have no idea what these things are!!!
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.