The steps in making “Why am I in nature”
The steps in making “Why am I in nature”
In February, we started looking for a house, and that continued until easter, when we BOUGHT a house. And only last Friday (while in Barcelona with work) did I get the apartment sold. So I haven’t been crafting like crazy, like I normally would! Or rather FINISHING like I normally would.
But that doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening. The drawing challenges will get their own posts, but today I also drew this lil scene. I’m not letting the image be larger than this in the post because look at that pen, it’s that small in real life! I like small. You can hide not being that good, and also be lazy.
I’ve been doing some knitting too, but I ran out of yarn in this one kit RIGHT on the finish line!
I’ve mailed the company that sells the kit, and they replied within five minutes and I’ll have more of that color in the mail by Monday. Just the heel left there!
Just before leaving for Barcelona, I also started knitting a shawl on my mom’s request. Started it at the hair dresser while getting my crazy rainbow back – I was worried it might get dyed, but my hairdresser knows his stuff! Only problem is you knit it neck-out, triangle style, so it’s hard to take a proper picture of while WIP.
It’s an easy knit, and your mistakes don’t show that visibly, so I’ve seen almost all of Sense8 and three seasons of community while working on this… (getting HOME from Barcelona I got a cold on the plane, because not even company charters can be trusted) Not to mention all the work I got done during presentations at the conference!
And if we go back to those drawing challenges, I got a “well fuck you too!” moment at one of them, skillwise, and decided to make this. It’s called Inversion, but also “I’ll show YOU proportions”
The bee I worked on for my keytag got an outline and a crown, and then I abandoned the project again – still need to stitch the other side (an M) and sew it all together.
I’ve done color tests of my copics while doing one of the drawing challenges, and also figuring out leaves and grass…
And I’ve done a LOT of planting
Most of the last picture is actually plants that survived from last year, except for the pots in the foreground. There’s also three flower boxes full of pansies, but we’ll settle here with the plants.
Other posts with the drawing challenges coming up later, after dinner and some such!
PS. There’s also been some baking, but no pictures!
Did a “draw it again” challenge tonight instead of the drawing prompts. The original was doodled with the kind of inspiration that has zero patience, on printer paper, with a mechanical pencil.
The new version is on aquarelle paper with tombow markers.
Color is everything.
Bit by bit…
So I haven’t been drawing a lot, as I’ve mostly been working on my book, but I did get a FEW things done. Though the knitting is slightly on hold after I spent four hours knitting something wrong and then frogged it for over twenty minutes, and now have to reknit. But here are some drawings at least.
There are plans to color 5, that’s why it’s only rough line art.
Regarding 6, some of you will see it, some of you won’t. As a disclaimer I have to point out that I was watching HighRollers christmas special, and one thought led to another.
Remember that he rolled 20 for size.
I actually drew this straight on with ink, no guide lines or anything. The mind likes what it likes I guess.
7 was boring me as a theme for a while before I remembered to see it less literally. I just wished I’d put “FLOWEY” on the other side, for better balance.
So it took me a while to get around to this, as the cat is sick again and I’m tired and I broke a lamp (I know, skills), so… yesterday I got to it. And I’ve been adding bits and bits and more bits. Still only using my simple pens, still only prodding it here and there without thinking too much. But every time I see a picture of it I see another tiny bit I can add, that I don’t see when looking at the paper.
It’s not “done”, but it’s “satisfactory”
From the “start”…
Some challenges are conceptually hard. And then again turn out to be so simple.
After years of wishing, I finally got (by buying them as an early christmas gift to myself from someone else) some erasable pencils! Col-erase to be more precise, by recommendation from one of our graphical designers.
So to force myself to draw more often, AND to have something to draw when my head is too full to see anything, I picked up a 30 day drawing challenge. Which may turn out to be just a 30 drawings challenge, days be damned. But at least I started.
The first prompt is “Things you would put on a table”. At first I felt ambitious, and that I should draw all the junk I’ve actually got on our kitchen table right now. But then I thought it’s better to just draw a little, but actually do something, than to just go overboard and not finish.
So I started with this non-photo-blue base (using a crap pencil sharpener – note: use the better sharpener!), and then I went over that with my ultra thin black ink pen
The blue is actually pretty nicely ignored once the ink is on top, and I could probably go over the entire thing with an eraser to make it really well behaved.
The cat needs a ton of crosshatching done, but as she’s really a BLACK cat, I sort of just mind-froze and left her like this. All white. With no shadows. (I mean, she already has no shadows, because she’s so black usually shows up as a hole against the background – in spite of just being calico – it’s something about this matte almost brown tone of hers)
The pencils are quite waxy, which is comfortable in a way, but my aggressive lettering was so waxy the pen didn’t want to stick to it, which is why you can see I’d lost my patience by the time I got to the word “Cat”. (I’ve also extended the right window border by half an inch, because balance)
So lots of things I could improve that I see, tons of things i DON’T see, but at least I’ve started. And I’m pretty happy with it! It’s cute!