The winter holidays were go-time to finish my second book for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project. What a super project it was! After a semester of non-stop micro-planning for every assignment, it was wonderful to work on something so intuitive and fun.
Lyra has been drawing her fantasy houses lately and it got me doodling. Doodling turned to some serious thought, and then I pulled out my rusty skills in perspective. I did this kind of thing as a kid, too, and my dad still brings it up from time to time. Please note: I've continued the tradition of balconies, slides and pools.
At last, I'm coming to the end of my portfolio building, and I'm looking to do a portrait of my daughter. Since I haven't made anything in the 'messy' mediums (since a 2B pencil hardly counts), I thought this might be the time to bring out the chalk pastels. I used to work with them often, but I've been a much more tidy artist in the last decade.
In fact, it's funny to reflect on my former preference for getting my hands dirty, and the evolution to my currently anal retentive self. I must become more practical as I age. Now I think about storage, framing, cat footprints, not to mention messing up my desk and risking smudges on other/future projects. Pastels and charcoal simply don't fall into those concerns nicely, so I avoid them.
This study was fun, nonetheless, and quite quick. I'm thinking of making a larger finished piece, but may make a change to washes instead. If I do, it would likely be out of cowardice, so I'm trying to talk myself into sticking with the pastels.
Cute little drawing of kiddo, finished. Approximately 8"x10", with art markers, acrylic paint and ink.
This marker experiment of mine is coming along. Rather strangely, I watched 'Fight Club' the other night while I was working on this - it was an odd combination. Right now, plans are to finish markering before I go back in with pen and ink.