Finally caught up with my daily painting posts! Here we are at week #21 of drawing and painting every day!
Kind of a mash up of ideas this week. I learned that sometimes, even when it works in my head, it really doesn't when I get it down on paper. I think that is why it's SO important to be making art every day or at least making a lot of art! It helps to get through the bad ideas and make way for the good ones!
The May assignment for the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp was to design plates for the home decor market. As you might have seen in my post about the "mini," we were creating sketches of crustaceans in one to two dark colors and also color patterns of anything we wanted. I had a lot of fun with this assignment. Here is my final submission...
More patterns and flowers and ladies and a hermit crab.
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. :)