Wow! Time flies when you're having fun, I guess! I can't believe I'm so behind with posting. I've still been painting everyday. If you follow me on Instagram you'll see what I've been doing every day. Don't worry, all paintings are scanned and I'll be posting them in the coming days.
Also, I wanted to share the winner of the poster contest (not me). She did a fabulous job. I love her poster design. The artist is Katie Vernon and you should check out her blog. I really love her style!
On to the creative week...
It's been a couple months since I've mentioned Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp class that I started back in January. We had the month of March off so in April I was back at it. The first Monday of the month we got our mini which was to hand letter the words: "The Global Art Gathering." I admit I was paralyzed. I'm not exactly a letterer. I had absolutely no idea where to go with that.
Our main assignment the next week was to create a poster using, if we wanted, our hand lettering for the event "The Global Art Gathering." This is an actual event happening in Brighton, UK. Now, you would think as a graphic designer this would be a total piece of cake but again, I didn't really have any inspiration. The assignment also turned into a design contest. They were going to pick one poster as winner to be used to advertise the event. Design contests and "spec work" usually leave me with a very bad taste in my mouth. They generally are not a good idea for an artist to enter. They tend to devalue art and can be kind of icky. This "contest" prompted a very interesting discussion in our private facebook group and a lot of our concerns for this particular contest were cleared up by Lilla Rogers herself. After reading her statement I felt like her reasons were genuine (that we had an assignment this month anyway, she was trying to make it even more fun and motivating) and we weren't being taken advantage of.
Since I love seeing the process behind other artists designs, I thought I'd post some of the quick thumbnails I sketched as poster ideas...
I ended up designing the poster below. I'm happy with how it turned out but I do wish I had been able to spend more time on it. This was designed in Illustrator.
If you'd like to see the gallery with all the other posters you can check it out here. The work is just amazing!!
Also, I'd like to say WELCOME to my new blog followers. I hope you like it here! If you want, leave me a comment about some things you'd like to see me paint! :)
It has been a floral/nature week! Probably because it was cold and rainy and we even had snow one day! Guess I'm ready for spring. :) Who's with me?!
Hard to believe I've been drawing and painting for (over) 100 days now! What I've learned:
It's hard! Like anything, when you're trying to start a new habit, it's not easy. I had to force myself every day in the beginning. I didn't want this project to be stressful but I also wanted to succeed and that takes work!
It's scary! I was determined to put all my work out there – even the bad ones!
It's encouraging! Putting myself out there has been scary but also super encouraging. Friends, family and even strangers have commented on my art with kind words. I've even gotten a few commissions, just from putting it out there!
It's motivating! Not only am I enjoying the process but I want to keep going. I want to paint or draw or make something every day. Even when I'm out running boring errands, my mind is constantly searching for ideas of what I can draw.
It's surprising! Seeing where I was and how far I've come in a matter of months is probably my biggest surprise. I honestly didn't think it would make a difference. I've heard many times before that if you want to get better then you need to draw—everyday! I didn't believe it. But just the fact that I can now start quickly and am less afraid of the blank page, that is a huge step forward!
I still don't know where all of this work will take me and that's ok. For now I'm just looking forward to the next 100 days!
Another productive (last) week!
Almost missed last week! We have had a busy week with Spring Break for the kids and Easter weekend with family. It's been a busy but fun time. Still feels good to get in some creative time every day! And I'm amazed it's been three months!
I've been making the daily effort to draw or paint something for almost three months now! Sometimes, when I'm tired, I wonder, "What's the point?" I love the quote: Inspiration exists but it has to find us working (by Pablo Picasso). In these three months, I've found it to be so true. And I think that's the point. If you feel inspired, then work. If you don't feel inspired, then still work. Just keep doing what your passionate about even on the days you don't feel the rush of creative inspiration.
I didn't do a lot of drawing when I was young but I was always tremendously interested in art. I thought about it all the time. I wanted to get better. I wanted to go to museums and look at beautiful things. Artists fascinated me. Looking back it's easy to see I was passionate. A true passion never seems to go away, even through the highs and lows. Ten years of never picking up a pencil after college and I still always thought about art, always wanted to go to museums, and read books about artists. It was there inside of me even if it was just a simmer, and not a rolling boil (like it is these days!).
Where will these daily drawings take me? Will I ever be hired to make art? Do I even want that? I don't know and I'm okay with that. So for now, the point is to feed my passion, to learn, to get better and to make beauty.
I'm a nerd so I looked it up...Inspiration: The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, a sudden brilliant, creative or timely idea.
I didn't forget, just a little late. :) A new week and a new sketchbook. I've had to get used to this new size. I went from a 5"x5" to 5.5"x8.5" so it's a little different. I'm also working on each page, back and front, and not stressing about it showing through, just to trying to use up each page.
Well, after weeks of taking care of alternating sick kids...now I'm not feeling good. Boo! I did manage to stay creative and I hope I'll find the strength to draw something tonight. I also managed to FINISH a sketchbook! That was exciting. I think I've only ever filled three sketchbooks but usually it takes years, not months. Have a good weekend!
It's been a long week of sickness here. :( I still managed to get creative but it was a miracle! On a happy notes, the weather is beautiful here in Michigan! I've never been so happy to see temps in the 50s.
Well, portrait month (February) is done. I don't think I'm going to have a theme for March. This has been a week of experimentation, as well. I've drawn, painted, used crayons, pens, gouache, acrylic and collage! Whew! If you'd like to see what I do everyday, feel free to follow me on Instagram. Have a great weekend!
I forgot to post that the gallery for the MATS Bootcamp Assignment is open! Go take a look. I'm on page 6 this time so not as far at the end as in January. There are some really beautiful and interesting takes on the assignment. Talk about a creative group of artists! There is no assignment for March and I can't wait for April!
I was pretty excited about the February assignment for the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp. We were still going to be doing a scene based on our research and it was still going to be round, but it was going to be wall art. And it was to be painted on a piece of wood! That was exciting to me because I am way more comfortable with traditional medium (like paint) than digital. Even though I want to become more comfortable making art digitally, this assignment was a welcome distraction!
I was able to find slices of wood from Michael's. I got two different sizes in case I messed up and also because I had a couple ideas.
The scene I ended up submitting to the MATS gallery was an idea I got from my grandmother's swan dive photograph.
I am happy with it but, of course, there are things I wish I could change. I do kind of wish I had let more wood show through in the sky. Like maybe instead of solid blue, just have a blue wash. I think that would've made the bunny pop a little more. I'm thinking of turning this into a series and having other scenes of bunny's friends doing fancy dives, too. :)
Another day, another drawing...no, wait, is that how the saying goes? Two months of putting pencil/pen/paintbrush to paper and I've learned a lot! It's so much easier for me to get started even when I don't feel like it. I've even learned to tell the scary blank page to "shut it!" a time or two and just keep moving forward.
For the February Make Art That Sells Bootcamp "Mini," the assignment was plate scenics. The examples given to us were basically scenes on a plate or drawing a scene with a round form in mind. The purpose of the "mini" is to give the students a fun warm-up to get us ready for the main assignment that comes the following week. I spent some time pinning a few examples to help me get started on my sketches.
And below are some of my very initial sketches.
I'll post the assignment on Friday. :)
It has been a busy week! But I still got my 7 drawings done. :)
Six weeks have come and gone and I feel like I'm getting into a groove. I really look forward to my drawing time every day. I've been trying to do portraits/people everyday this month. So far, so good. My 8-year-old son's portrait has been the biggest challenge. I've discovered it's hard to draw boys! I'll have to try to draw him again...maybe.
We did get our new assignment for MATS bootcamp so I will have to write a post on that soon. See you next Creative Week!
I was honored to be nominated for a Liebster Award by Jennifer from Made to Nurture. It's a fun way to discover other blogs with less than 200 followers (like myself) and have new people read your blog, too! I was excited to participate. My requirements were to tell 11 random facts about myself, answer Jennifer's 11 questions, and nominate 11 other new (or small-less than 200 followers) blogs to do the same. :)
11 Random Facts About ME
- I have a super short attention span for music. Most usually just annoys me.
- I memorize and can recall most commercial jingles (even though I don’t like music). I don’t do it on purpose.
- I once rode the tram in the Detroit airport with Kevin Bacon. I was too freaked out to say anything to him, though. I was surprised I had that reaction around a celebrity.
- I started out in college as a pre-med major (then switched to art in my 2nd year).
- I kind of wished I’d trained to be a medical illustrator.
- I don’t like any dark colored pop (soda) - coke, pepsi, root beer, etc. = yuck.
- My husband and I went to school together from 5th-10th grade. He left to go to a different school and I didn’t see him for 15 years even though we lived in the same small town. Then, we were matched on eHarmony…and the rest is history!
- I’m a true introvert in that I need alone time to recharge. Being around people definitely zaps my energy. I also rarely feel the need to leave my house. Ha ha.
- I have visited England, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Japan (only in the airport on a layover), Mexico and Canada. I would love to travel to France and Turkey someday!
- My favorite color is gray.
- I have 3 kids ages 11, 8 and 3.
Jennifer's Questions for Me
1) What is your passion in life?
Other than faith and family, it's definitely art. I read about art, think about art and do art as often as I can!
2) How did you choose your blog name?
I knew I wanted to create an art blog, but I also thought about it as "drawing myself out" so it became drawingsarah.
3) Why did you start your blog?
I wanted to make art on a more consistent basis and I figured a blog would help keep me accountable.
4) How do you organize your blogging schedule?
My goal has always been to draw and paint everyday but I try to blog once a week. So I really don't have a schedule even though I know I should.
5) If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
This feels shallow and I'll probably think of someone more meaningful after I publish this post, but I'd love to meet the actress, Kate Winslet.
6) What do you hope to accomplish in 2015?
I really hope to open an etsy shop and make a sale!
7) Name three characteristics that best describe yourself.
Creative, Loyal, Sassy (to close friends)
8) What is your dream job?
9) Who do you admire the most?
Rather than choosing one person, I'm going to say I admire those most who have integrity, who are the same behind closed doors as they are in public.
10) Favourite song of all time
*See Random Things about Me #1 - ha ha. Anyway, probably Yesterday by The Beatles.
11) Favourite quote
"I hope you live a life you're proud of." – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Blogs I Nominate (Go check them out!)
11 Questions for My Nominees to Answer
- When did you first know you had a talent for art?
- What is your favorite medium?
- Do you ever fear the blank page? How do you overcome that fear?
- What is a goal for 2015?
- What is the most challenging thing about the art you make?
- Describe a typical day. Do you keep a schedule?
- What inspires you most?
- Coffee or tea? What is your favorite drink?
- What is the best art advice/tip you've ever received?
- Are you a self-taught artist or did you go to art school? Where? For self-taught, did you read books, take online classes, etc?
- What is your favorite social media? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Any others?
Ladies, I can't wait to read your answers to these questions! I checked out all the blogs and there is so much beautiful work to drool over!
Thanks again, Jennifer, for nominating me. This was fun!
I can't believe another week has come and gone. For the month of February, I'm thinking of doing all portraits. I'll probably mix it up with different styles and medium and there might be a reason I picked the shortest month of the year. Ha ha! And now that January is over, I'll have to always look at the drawing the day before to figure out the #/365. :)