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Trying Tuesday | Primary Colors

So, I decided to try two things today.  One, a drawing from a reference.  Two, using three colors (the primary colors) and seeing what I could mix.


Here’s my reference (thanks Google and The B in Apartment 23…which I highly recommend, great show) (also, look how lazy I am, didn’t even bother to cut the top off):


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Preliminary sketch I didn’t even try to fix:




Added layer of yellow:




Added layer of red:




Added a layer of blue:




Realized I forgot to color her shirt:




Layer of yellow on shirt:




Added some fix up colors???:




Lazy background and ink:




Yay!  I did something!  I just love the idea that if you have the three primary colors, you can just make all the other colors.  It’s very exciting.



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Thinking Thursday

Today, having just enjoyed 2 hours in the kitchen making some ridiculous cheesy potatoes, I realized that I love taking my time on things I enjoy.


I enjoy actually shredding the cheese myself.  I enjoy chopping the potatoes on my own time.  I enjoy folding laundry with my own hands.  I enjoy making spreadsheets that are easy to understand and foolproof.  I love drawing and making pictures.  I even enjoy learning about drawing.


The jobs worth doing, are worth doing well.  If your work is what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.  Other platitudes.


But legit.  There are some things I really enjoy, and today I just want to relish in the fact that I can find some joy in the mundane.


Life is about the journey after all.



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Trying Tuesday | Perspective Again

I decided to try perspective again (and probably again and and again and again until I finally understand it).


But this time I watched a video because that’s almost like being in class.  So I found the following awesome videos that helped me wrap my brain around the topic:




Look, I’m serious.  I even took notes:



I even attempted my own thing, which is unfinished because I got tired of it:




Mistakes are so important in art.  More important is recognizing them.  I have so many more mistakes to make, and I am happy about that.



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Trying Tuesday | Critique Edition 1



I’m going to try something I haven’t done since college; a critique.


In my painting classes, all of the students would gather their current projects together and crowd around them.  One by one, we’d discuss our thoughts on each painting.  At first, it was scary and painful.  Your art is your baby, and putting it on display is like putting your child out there for the world to judge.  Our professor encouraged constructive criticism, happily.  No one was looking at anyone’s painting and calling it crap.  Or you know, not justifying why they didn’t like it.


Taking criticism is an important skill.  Not everyone is good at it, but you can learn to take it.  You just have to be able to discern the difference between people who are being mean for the sake of being mean, people who genuinely want you to improve, and people who are too nice (or just don’t have the eye for it).  I want to get better.  As such, I have to be willing to hear where I can improve (and why I should improve).


I don’t really have anyone right now to give me constructive criticism on a regular basis.  My hands are still catching up with my eyes, so I feel, that at the moment, I can give myself some level of a critique.  I think also that examining what I’ve done is a good chance for me to learn and improve.


I did this portrait fairly quickly, only looking at a reference for the hair (couldn’t think of how to style it).  I really want to be able to do quick portraits.  Right now, I just draw and hope the pieces come together.  I don’t try to draw any specific person, just whatever comes out is good enough.  Drawing people I know can be a little scary.  If they see it and they ask “who is that?” it’s pretty horrifying.


Here’s the portrait:




Positives:  I think I captured an uncomfortable expression, which I’m satisfied with.  I like the depth to the bangs.  I like the outline of the left side of the face.


Negatives:  My line work is clumsy.  Rather than draw a line, I go over it again and again until it looks like what I want.  I do often like that style, but it can go from a cool style to sloppy real fast.  Other than her bangs, the rest of hair is flat and something seems off dimensionally.  If I can put my finger on that, I think I can really work out some kinks in general.  The background doesn’t really give a good enough balance.  There’s too much white space at the bottom.  I don’t mind the texturing, but I think it could have a better structure to it.


Happily accepting constructive criticism.  It’s hard to look at your own work objectively.



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Money Monday | Yard Sale

I really tried to be productive on Saturday.  Saturday is normally my day of rest.  But there was a community yard sale.  So I tried to sell my things.


I am a terrible salesperson.


Admittedly, this was my first rodeo and I was unprepared.


The yard sale was from 8-12.  It was cold.  Not many people stopped by.  Fewer bought things.


But!  I drew the whole time (which was hard considering how cold I was).



I am happy that I practiced.  I kind of wish it was a little more structured, buy I played with some lighting, so I’m satisfied with that.


I only made $10.  4 hours for $10.  That’s $2.50 an hour.  I don’t think it was worth it.


However, I had lots of time to think.  I realized a few things.

  1. I struggle with selling things.
  2. I am afraid people will judge my goods.
  3. Pricing is REALLY hard.
  4. It is super nice to have things priced in advance.

I sometimes will do commissions.  Not a lot, only upon request.  But I always feel super guilty setting a price in the moment.  I made a chart of what I think I should charge for different commissions (charcoal vs. paint, big vs. little) and I think it will give me the confidence to deal with that part of the conversation when it comes up again.


Look at me, saying when, not if.  🙂



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Trying Tuesday

Today I decided to try a self-portrait, free-hand, no helpers.  Sadly, the selfie is not my self-portrait.


This is, however, the picture I decided to base my self-portrait on.  Selfies really aren’t my thing, that’s as good as it gets.


So I started sketching:



No tutorial here, me just attempting to draw what I see.  It’s not perfect.  Someday, maybe I’ll do a VERY long series of blog entries covering hours of a project.  Until then, here is a 10 minute drawing.


But I decide, since I’m using my fancy Bristol board, that I would use marker/ink/whatever:




But it’s not bold enough so I add lots of black.  I love black:




I tried.  I’m not satisfied, but that’s ok.  Not being satisfied pushes me to keep going.



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Working Wednesday

My major project right now (because I’m not really out there hustling for art projects like I should be) is an album cover for my husband’s band.  I’ve been putting it off and putting it off, and I’ve had multiple ideas, but I’m starting to solidify them.  Which is good because he’s almost done mixing.  He’s a perfectionist, I totally have lots of time.


Here’s where I started with the idea that I really, really like more than any of the other ideas:




You can see some prototype ideas that I was working through.  I’m still torn on a few of them because I’m not sure what I want my ultimate medium to be.  Maybe paint, maybe charcoal, maybe photograph.




So I made a new sketch using Google search results for “skinny male guy” which is not even the weirdest thing I’ve Googled today.  Also, the one I used most was calling skinny male models ugly?  Rude.


My sketch was fine, but clearly that’s not the size and shape of traditional album art.



So obviously I drew lines and then attempted to erase them.  This is only a sample, so any professionalism I have is out the window.  Also.  I have no professionalism.


So I laid in some details and some colors:



Added in the album name and realized I should have done it in pencil first AND I totally shouldn’t have used the awful pastel crayon things from the generic “art box” someone thoughtfully gifted me even though they don’t know anything about art and I feel so bad for disparaging their gift and just typing it is making me feel so guilty.




I then showed my husband.  But…he had an idea.  Which resulted in my attempting to punch a piece of paper unsuccessfully.




I was just trying to make a reference.  He wanted skinny model to be holding a piece of paper with a hole shot through it.




So I laid down a new sketch.  With less enthusiasm.  It was getting awfully close to my bedtime.




He likes it better.  Even down to the style (????).  His band.  His rules.


In any case, I’m so going to make it giant.  And I’m so excited I might take a day off of work to do that.