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!
90 days! Wow...I'm really impressed with myself. I am so good at giving up on/quitting things, especially when it feels hard but I haven't quit this project, and it hasn't always been in a walk in the park. I really have no idea when this project will end but it's helping me be more focused on art making and learning that I just can't let it go yet. In fact, I could stand to be even more focused than I have been. I'm going to think about if I need to be a bit more structured with my project.
Today's contribution is my completed "The Great Escape." I added in the gold wire details on the birdcage and a few details on the bird. I wanted to keep them simple so that the vivid colors aren't covered. I free-handed the lines on the cage so they are pretty wonky. Part of me wishes I'd spent more time and gotten more precise with them but another part of me really likes the wonkiness...the cage is quirky and I like quirky. I like how this came out. I especially like my bird. I'll have to draw that again. Like I said yesterday, I like this imagery and will likely use it again!
I revisited the ink drawing/painting from yesterday and tried to brighten it up but I'm thinking I ended up making a bigger mess...that's ok, though, maybe it's just in an ugly phase. I also thought about cutting it up into pieces to use as backgrounds for another project I'm planning. I've come to realize that nothing is really lost in art-making. If something doesn't work out, it can always be repurposed. I have several pieces on paper using ink and watercolor that just aren't successful on their own but they could be added to something else and totally work. In fact, I think it'll be interesting to see how my other idea pans out!
I also started another inky drawing/painting (the second picture). I have no idea where this one is going to go but it took almost all day to dry so I'll either add to it or use it for other art, too. I really love these colors. There is something about these vivid jewel-toned colors that just add to my happiness!
The third photo includes the color charts I made for my new colored pencils. The top sheet is each color in numerical order. The bottom sheet is all these same colors but organized in the way these sets of pencils are sold (5 sets of 24 colors). I like to make these charts, especially for the colored pencils I work with. Pencils often have a colored end or the exterior whole pencil is painted in the color that the pencil should make but I've found that those colors might be close but rarely are they the same. Usually, there are also commercially printed color charts included in the packaging but again, they rarely match what the color looks like in real life. So, in creating these color charts, I can get an quick idea of how these pencils perform on paper and I have a way to compare colors to find ones that meet the matching/blending qualities I need for any given project. I'm planning to do a product review in the near future as I play with them and put them through their paces!
Ok, not really but I can't help but think about "Finding Nemo" and that line when I use inks. I loved yesterday's inky drawing/painting so much I decided I had to give it another go today. I'll admit that I don't have a ton of inks on hand so there's not much variation in my color choices, but then again, I love these colors so who cares if I don't have many. I did do a little color mixing but I think those colors ended up in the first layer so you can't really see them anymore :(. Anyway, despite my inner critic chiming in and making me question my choices in these, I am liking this process of play and experimentation. I am also liking the results. This one, though, isn't done yet. There are a few places that are just a little too dark that I want to brighten up to create a bit more contrast. Stay tuned for the final piece tomorrow!
I also got a fun delivery today. My mom sent me some money to buy some art supplies and I decided to get more colored pencils...since I'm loving this medium right now. So, here are all 5 sets of Spectrum Noir's Blendable Colored Pencils. I've rearranged them by number rather than how they come in the set. I think I'll do a review of them in the near future after I've played with them a bit. I'm going to work on a color chart tonight to be able to see how they look on paper. I'll actually have two color charts for these. One chart will have each pencil in order 1-120 but the other chart will organize the colors as they came in each tin. I'll post pics of those when done, probably tomorrow.
See you tomorrow!
It's amazing to me how quickly time passes. It was 2 months ago to the day that we lost our beloved Kagero. The sharpness of the loss has eased a little but there is definitely a constant undercurrent of sadness. I know that feeling will eventually lift but it's just so heavy right now. But I am so very grateful for my art. It's not only given me a distraction from the grief but also an outlet. I've been spurred to learn more, grow more, experiment more and I think the results are pretty cool.
Today's contribution was actually completed pretty early today, which I'm happy about. I really want to do some reading and it's sometimes frustrating to feel like I have to choose between art and reading. So, I shall read tonight! I've mentioned before that having an abundance of ideas can be overwhelming and sometimes even paralyzing. Today was one of those days. I have at least 2 projects in progress but I just wasn't feeling like working on those. I considered starting several new projects but just couldn't get behind any of them today. I'm still waiting for access to my free Craftsy class so I couldn't start that either. So, I decided I just needed to play but play can be so hard to do. It can be so hard to let go of outcomes/expectations/judgements. I do think I had moments in this process where I was able to let go and just see what happened but it was definitely challenging. But I do like how it came out. It looks playful to me. I like the color choices and the sense of movement. I'll keep looking at it and see if I still like it. I was thinking during the process that if I didn't end up caring for the end result, I could always use it as a background for a collage or cut it into pieces and use them separately or even together. In fact, as I'm typing this I thinking about how interesting it could be to cut it up and reassemble it in a different configuration. Hmmmmmm.....
I'm so excited to have this one finished! It turned out so much better than I thought it would/could. There were so many hours invested in this piece but so very worth it. I love the cartoony/illustrative effect. I love the colors and the shading, oh I just love this one. I love all the choices I made and that I kept with it. I loved doing all the tiny little details and I loved the coloring. Wow...it's so exciting to have something I made look so cool! This is also the end of week 8 of my daily art project. I'm so thrilled at my persistence and my commitment. I'm so proud of myself. I can't wait to see what I come up with next!
Ok...first things first. I sent an email last night to Craftsy customer service with feedback on the colored pencil class. I very kindly detailed the issues/problems I had with the class and suggested that they might want to review it for improvements. Craftsy does have a 100% money back guarantee but the policy says a refund must be requested within 30 days of purchase. I bought this class back in early May so I knew I was outside of the 30 days and noted that in my email. I wasn't expecting a refund at all. I'll give Craftsy props, though...I did get a refund and a very nice email letting me know that they want customers to learn and grow through the classes they offer and since I didn't experience that, they would refund my money. So, yay Craftsy!
Now today has been an off day. As I've said repeatedly by now, I'm a terrible sleeper and the last couple of nights have been particularly bad. Not only was I super tired today, I think I slept in a weird position or something cause the muscles around my right shoulder blade feel tight and achy. I'm right handed so I didn't really feel like drawing today. But I really didn't want to get off track with my daily art project so I sat down for a few minutes and sketched the Portland skyline and colored it with colored pencils. It's another one of those quirky sketches of mine :)
As an artist, I guess I would be remiss to not make a drawing of my dog. I did a lot of drawing as a kid but what it really amounted to was copying the drawing examples from how-to draw books and drawing Disney characters from books. I was proud that I had enough skill to copy them without tracing them...I think I have a pretty good eye naturally but I avoided trying to draw living things or pictures of living things because I just didn't think I could. Thankfully, I'm shifting out of that belief and as I continue to draw and sketch things from life and from pictures, I'm feeling more confident that I can develop my eye and my drawing skills to include more realistic things. While I'm not really that into drawing or painting realistically (I like my wonky depictions of reality better, they are quirky, like me!), I do want to do a portrait (or 20) of my beloved Kagero that is realistic. I know, though, that I need practice, practice, practice. So, today's idea and sketch was born from the desire to start practicing and the desire to create it came over me so quickly, I just grabbed paper that was sitting next to me, rather than going for my sketchbook! This sketch wasn't based on any particular kind of dog. I think I started out trying to do a shih-tzu (Kagero was a shih-tzu/jack russell mix) but it quickly became a mutt. I tried looking at pictures of other dogs but I really just wanted to freehand a dog. It's not great but I at least it looks like a dog :)
With the passing of our very beloved pooch yesterday, my husband and I just couldn't bear the emptiness of our house today so we hit the road to see where we were led. We ended up at Mt. Angel Abbey south of Portland. It was so quiet and peaceful, just what we needed. I took my sketching stuff in case we happened upon something for me to practice my skills on. I sat for about 20ish minutes sketching this scene (so a quick sketch) and adding the watercolor pencil, which I blended later. It's kinda wonky, lines and angles are a bit askew but I actually really like that loose look to the travel/Urban sketching style. If I wanted truly realistic, I could take a picure, which I did ;). The actual view I had is also included for reference. I'm not a religious person but I do feel like Kagero led us to that quiet place to find some solace.
I've never been much of a sketcher. I've done plenty of drawing but for some reason never really did the loosely styled sketching. Not sure why. Recently, I discovered Urban Sketching...pretty much what travel sketchers do but also doing it around your own hometown. I love my city so much and fell in love with the idea of sketching it with pen and watercolor...but...uh, I don't know how to sketch. I realize this sounds kinda silly to say since it looks so easy but I'm really intimidated by it. It requires the keen observational skills and the ability to work publicly. Filled with fears of inadequacy and the possibility of embarrassing myself, I've not ventured out nor have I really tried much sketching. This daily art project is helping me to be more playful and less serious about my art making and I'm loving what's coming. Today's picture is a quick, loose sketch of my work table. Looking at the result and the table that was my reference, I can see that the proportions of some of the objects are off but overall, I like it. It feels quirky rather than "bad". I prefer to not make photorealistic art anyway and I like how this feels real to me :)