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 :)
Two in-progress pieces today. I started the long one first thing but the paint needs to be fully dry before I finish it so I figured it would be best to give it a full day to dry...and I didn't feel like holding the hair dryer over it. The diamonds page in my sketchbook (well, the other is in my sketchbook, too...I have like 45 or something :)...is also in progress as I intend to paint each diamond. I started on this one too late in the afternoon before my coaching/tutoring student appointments to get it finished and I don't feel like working on it now so I'll finish it tomorrow. I'm really enjoying this sketchbook stuff. A new lesson opens tomorrow for Sketchbook Skool so I'm super excited about what's coming next but I'm really pleased with what's happening in my sketchbooks so far. I've never been much of a sketchbook person, never really saw much value in "goofing" around in a sketchbook when there was "real" art to make but I've made some really beautiful art in these books so far and I think some of them I'm going to make again in a larger format but I'm also really seeing the value in having a place to play and experiment. It's so much easier to just turn the page when something isn't really working. Yay for sketchbooks!
Had another busy day today with a Zentangle class at one of the library locations and as I'm still recovering from my various respiratory infections, it took a ton of energy to get through this class and then grocery shopping. But I didn't give in to the temptation to skip the day and came up with this drawing in one of my sketchbooks. I really had no plan for this other than wanting a repetitive pattern. I started drawing triangles and ended up with a page full of them. Then I considered making smaller triangles in each one but then thought color might be nice. I started in thinking I'd fill each triangle but I realized that it would be interesting to just sprinkle the color around instead. I had many coloring options but decided to keep with a muted palette except for the one pink triangle. I like it :)