#467

Being an adult is hard. 2/10 Would not recommend. Sure you can eat cake for breakfast, but at what cost? 

I would, however, recommend being creative. I was looking for ideas in a sketchbook I have with lovely thick, textured paper, and wanted to do some watercolour in it. I found an old sketch that I could work on. I cleaned up the lines and fixed some of the features before colouring in the image. The leaves came after I dropped the paint brush loaded with blue paint on her shoulders. They’re poorly hidden, but I could go over it properly, given the inclination. 

Life’s hard, go draw. 

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#466

Tiny bottles in the mail! Yaaay!

I bought these online to make some things out of. They are small and light, so will make great necklaces. They came with little eye screws, so attaching them to things will be easier, as long as the corks are glued in well.

Another package arrived with a 2mm mechanical pencil that I’ve wanted for ages. I hadn’t gotten around to buying it in the art shop, so I decided to get one online. It worked out cheaper, so that’s good. It’s smooth, dark and solid so will be great for drawing. It also came with twelve refill leads so I might never need more. No matter how much I draw, I hardly ever use up pencils, as I have so many, they each share the load, evening it out.

While watching drawing videos, this week, I saw someone lining their drawings with coloured ink and a brush, which urged me to try the same. The only coloured ink I could find was some old calligraphy ink in red and turquoise, which had come in a magazine set. As it turns out, these inks were water soluble, meaning they reactivate and bleed when water comes into contact with it. This was a small issue, as I wanted to use watercolours on the pictures, but I used this to my advantage, incorporating the blue into my design of the mermaid above. I wanted to draw a mermaid at some point this month, as in the drawing community online, May is known as Mermaid, and is the time to draw them. I’m not crazy enough to draw one every day in the month, like many others do, so one is enough for now.  Perhaps I’ll put some waterproof coloured ink on my list of things to buy one day. My mermaid isn’t quite finished yet, and the photos are more green than the piece is, but I like it so far.

Keep swimming, my fishies.

#461

These are a few of my favourite things.

This piece was highly enjoyable to draw, as it was nice to thing of my favourite things and was a nice break from all the annoying things that happened this week.

Both my phone and my computer decided to have issues on the same night. This means any art that I have made on either one has the chance of being lost forever (unless I’ve posted it on here). Over the last four years, that’s a lot of pieces. What’s even worse is that I had been planning to transfer all my important pieces to cloud storage recently, and it was all a matter of putting it into a certain folder on my computer. So very frustrating. Luckily I had a spare phone so I can still post here, and I’m still creating to keep busy.

Playing around with watercolours while without my computer. Kind of a cubist jumble of colour. An exercise in straight lines and watering down the colour so it faded into the paper.

I had a very in depth discussion today about my art and whether it’s good enough to sell. I’m feeling pretty good about it now, but lacking access to my digital art tools, I decided to try some ideas on small pieces of card. This picture was produced as a result. When I finished, I noticed she looks a lot like my Raspberry Sheep avatar version of me, and would look great on a business card. Unfortunately, I am going to an event tomorrow which they would be useful at, but it’s far too late to make them up now. If only I had thought of it earlier.

I guess this is a lesson about planning ahead and backing up files.

#460

Things did not go to plan.

But that didn’t stop me from drawing!

I’m really loving the way this picture is looking, mainly because it’s a collage of my favourite things. I’m trying not to look at pictures to influence the way things look and avoiding all copyrighted objects.

The only thing I didn’t draw was the little game controller that my boyfriend drew for me.

The paper I’m using is the same Reeves A5 watercolour paper I’ve used over the last couple of days, and I outlined in a Copic multiliner, which is waterproof, allowing me to use watercolours, once I’ve finished drawing.

I think I’ve got the doodling bug.

#459

Today we have another original piece by me. I had drawn this in pencil in my sketchbook a while ago, and forgot all about it until I was looking through it for ideas and something to draw. I recreated the picture on my new watercolour paper and worked on her today. There are still some things that need finishing, like the rim where her hair line would be. 

Trying to get some shadows and contrast is difficult when only using watercolours, as they are transparent and building up dark colours are tricky. No matter how tempting it has been to use coloured pencils or pens to define edges, I have resisted, knowing that this is a challenge I should overcome. I believe this is a great way to grow as an artist and a person.

Hopefully if everything goes to plan, I will be able to travel into the city and visit my favourite art shop tomorrow. I’ll let you know if I do.

Challenge yourself, my loverlies.

#458

More watercolouring today. I had an image in my mind of a pretty girl surrounded with flowers. Absolutely nothing like this one, but I like this, despite that. Perhaps I’ll try again at drawing the picture in my head. The problem is, I’m not sure how it’s supposed to look, I just know it’s really pretty and slightly Nouveu.

As for this picture, I was thinking of adding some colour to the background, but after a recent picture I did, backfired when I added colour behind it, I was tentative this time. I was thinking some green behind the frangipani flowers, so the the white was outlined a bit. 

What do you think?

#457

Even though there was a lack of stream last week, the week before proved interesting in the creativity department.

Many potatoes were to be had.

Let me know if you recognise any of these ‘taters, and see if you can name them all.

In more current news, I went shopping yesterday for the first time in a long time, especially without going to the doctors to drain all my energy first. Yay!

I bought a small packet of plastic tools for clay, a set of three waterbrushes in various sizes, and an A5 watercolour paper pad.

I was eager to try out my new supplies, so I began painting without a plan, which began as leaf shapes, expanding across the page.

When I began, I was still getting used to the flow of water in the brush, and it’s very thin, irregular shapes and densities. As I progressed, and became more familiar with the brush, I was able to regulate the flow better, making the leaves more regular, even and smaller as I gained control. I’ll have to make a similar practice for the other brushes in the packet, as they all have different flows.

Go with the flow, yo.

#449

Ok. Christmas cards are almost nearly done. They haven’t been written in, but close enough.

I’m still getting the christmas crafting out of my system and needed a relaxing day today, so I drew and watercoloured this picture based off a couple of pictures of real snowmen I saw online recently. I loved the thought of making a tiny snowman, and thought it would be even cuter made by a snowman.

I should point out that I have never seen snow, and all reference has been from pictures, so I thought it looked alright. Although it could probably do with some tightening in the details of the smaller one, I like it. Not bad for no planning and a laid back approach.

Guess I should get back to work on the cards tomorrow… I’m over them already, but I have a few good ones this year.

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas.

#427

Today came with the energy levels of a potato, so between naps and binge watching some shows, all I could manage was a bit of colouring in, and microwaving some food.

I managed to finish these three squares over the day, and I think they look rather nice. The light one at the top was watercoloured using mainly inktense pencils, and the other two had a simple Copic marker base colour with coloured pencils over the top. I quite like this look, as the white of the page does show through the pencil, and you don’t need a lot of Copic colours to make the shading on the shapes. The colour is also nice and intense.

The images didn’t stamp very well, likely due to human error, so I tried to fix it with some fine liners. It worked alright, but only with the thinner liner, which was running out of ink. I don’t mind the effect the thicker pen gave on the roses, as I just outlined the edges. If I had gone over everything, it would have been too much.

These panels look nice against black card, so I’ll likely but them onto foam squares, lifting them from a black piece of card as a border, and using them on cards.

I’m planning to have a bunch of coloured pieces that I can grab out a box when cards need to be made, like I’ve seen other card makers do. Plus, it makes me feel like I’m doing something productive on a potato day like today, without too much effort.

I hope I feel better tomorrow, I have so much to clean this week. :/