I picked up another bouquet and made a push to finish this floral still life for my portfolio. I've never done much with pencil crayons, certainly never on a heavier paper like this, and I've also never worked on black, so this was an interesting challenge for me. The end result is something I'm very happy with: I feel like the drawing has a lot of life to it, the flowers are identifiable even though I had fun with the colours, and I like the quirky balance of the layout. It'll make a great addition to my portfolio.
This floral drawing has taken me some time, as I've chosen to work from live flowers, rather than photos. It's nearly done, just waiting for a few small tweaks. I've never worked on black paper before, and found it quite interesting. It hurt my brain to have to think about shadows in reverse.
Going back to my wonderful birthday: earlier this month I spent a lovely afternoon in the sun, drawing by the river in downtown Saskatoon. I'm so pleased to have come away with a drawing that is easily recognizable (though the sunburn wasn't as appreciated).
If ever I decide a tattoo is something I absolutely must have, this is what I'll ask the artist to work from. This was the last bouquet I had around the house before my trip to Ontario in April - after this trial, I moved onto working on better paper.
We were in Regina over Easter and stopped at the Mackenzie to see a memorial exhibition of native artwork from across North America. The entire show was really great, but what really grabbed me were the incredible carvings. A number were grouped together that were particularly odd and fanciful. My favourite may have been the 'were rabbit.'
My flower still life side-project has finally moved onto the good paper. I’ve never worked on black before, but I’m really loving it, even it I feel like I’m channeling Zachary Logan a bit much, and even if it twists my brain, somewhat. It’s fun to watch this progress as I started with a small cluster and am now adding one flower at a time, depending on what I have in the house. I splurged on a big bouquet today that I’m really excited to get working on.
I picked up another sketchbook to add to my collection - at present I have a book for life drawing, monster/wood drawing ideas, a couple for jotting down ideas and writing lists, and now one for still life drawings. I forgot just how good contour drawings are for hand-eye coordination. These floral studies are likely leading to a more finished drawing in the future; it will likely incorporate my little monsters, and I'm looking forward to it. Until then, it's just nice having flowers in the house.
I'll always be the first to say that my portraits need work, so I've decided to lump that in with my 2017 resolution to improve my figure drawings. By the end of the year, I hope to have a self-portrait that maybe looks like me, even just a little, rather than a generic human being. It's good to have goals.
Tiny watercolour is more time consuming than I remembered, but so very rewarding.