Day 1: September 15th. One of the rare times you'll ever catch me making a grid to enlarge a drawing! The small sketch of the woman was pretty much just what I wanted though, so I spent a LOT of time making the grid on the larger paper.
Drawing by the grid was tedious. But worth it. There she is all enlarged on the 18x 24 paper.
What I swore to myself I would do: pencil in everything before I ever touched it with an ink pen.
What happened: I got impatient to start inking almost immediately. Oops.
So it quickly became a game of "draw some, ink some".
And some shading. Just to see how it was going to look...
This was the point where I really had to ink portions after drawing them in pencil so the lines wouldn't get smudged. I also decided I wanted the open places to be glimpses into space rather than just puddles of water.
Creating the rocks was my favorite part.
Finally, one side of the flower field reaches all the way to the top.
More flowers, more rocks. Testing out that hair.
Here is where I realized I had no idea what design to put on her dress that would show up in all those flowers. Obviously a floral pattern was NOT a good idea. I played around using my first small sketch as a practice "doll" for different dresses.
Since this was for a "family friendly" art show/contest, I decided not to leave her bare. This is what her dress ended up being. Meanwhile, flowers are growing up all the way across the page. Almost there.
Next two photos are where I was adding more shading details to the flowers, rocks, and hair.
Last day, October 20th.
Approximately 120 hours of work. It doesn't show up well but her hair is lightly tinted with brown watercolor pencil, and the pears with green. Everything else is ink and graphite, except for the tiny white stars in all the open "pools". I did those with acrylic because I don't have a white pen.
A couple of detail pics of rocks and flowers.
She took second place in the professional division at the art show. Not too bad, but next year I plan to beat my score. ;)
My challenge to myself this year is to learn a little bit about watercolors. I haven't "officially" used watercolor since those kindergarten days, so this is definitely not something I am going to get the hang of in a few weeks or months.
In recent years, I've only played around with doodles, or used watercolors to create textures over or under other media. This year I bought a set of tube watercolors, and received watercolor brush pens and a set of watercolor pencils (love!) as gifts.
So far, I've learned one thing. It is not as easy as those You Tube videos make it look! But hey, that's true for all art, right?
Anyhow, this is my first "real" attempt at starting AND finishing a painting of a subject. And yes, that is a stuffed jalapeno with a bacon banner. The drawing started out as a joke, then I decided to use it for practice since peppers have such lovely green shades.
According to my children, who are my brutal critics, I need to "work harder at bacon". And also, my cream cheese filling looks like frosting, and that's gross.
So if you are looking to start experimenting with a new medium or style, here are my tips:
--Go for it!
--Don't ask small children to critique your work.
--Don't draw while hungry (optional)
Take advantage of the hot summer days, kick back in front of a fan, and make some art (even if it is weird)
I kept a succulent alive for almost a whole year. I consider that one of my greatest achievements. RIP little buddy. From now on, I think I will stick to illustrated plants.
If you are a celebrated houseplant killer as well, you can get this as a sticker in my Redbubble shop.
At least these will never wilt!
Nothing big to share today, but I did scan this tiny doodle from one of my sketch sheets. Kinda having a bit of artists' block at the moment simply because I have so many ideas and projects I want to try all at once. Then instead of getting anything done, I can't decide which thing I should do first. Every other idea and task seems more important than whichever one I'm working on.
(Struggle is real)
Anyhow, I'm not dead or anything, and I kinda like this design. I may do it over in more detail later. (Uh oh...another project on the list!)
Happy New Year, fellow artists and creatives!
This is my first piece of 2019. I'm excited for the new year and all the possibilities. Hopefully, you are too! I know life is busy and crazy and it never seems like you have enough time, but if you like to draw (or just want to learn how) please take a little time out for yourself and draw whenever you can.
There can never be too much art in the world!
Traditional pencil and ink drawing
Available as a print or on products here and here.
Looking for something new to try while you are stuck inside this winter? Why not draw a bear? I've whipped up this super-quick tutorial that anyone can doodle (yes, you can).
There are only a few steps, and you can add as much (or little) detail as you want. All you need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and a black ink pen for the basic doodle.
You can use this tutorial just for fun, or add it any other arts and crafts projects, such as woodburning, paintings, a handmade greeting card, ornaments, etc.
So what ideas have you had recently that seemed like easy ideas before you started them? For me, it was this latest full size drawing.
And by full size I mean ginormous. For me.
I usually work on paper that is 9x12 or smaller. This piece is 18x24, because I have a pad of 18x24 drawing paper that really needs to be used.
The original plan was to just make a simple "woman in nature" sort of drawing, which has been sort of a theme for me this year. In my head it was just going to be basic line art with some filler doodles.
And what can I say? It got a little out of hand.
I also thought it would only take a "few days". It took about three weeks.
Here it is though. All finished and looking very leafy. Click the read more link to see the progress shots from sketch to finish, and some closeups for details!
OH! And look for hidden images. A few things nestled in Nature's embrace include owls, a snake, snails, birds, bees, fish, fairies, toadstools and a stag. And that's just a few!
Artist and blogger. Trying to make the world a happier place one illustration at a time.