I’ve done a lot of drawing this week. Here’s some progress shots. 🙂 I want to have both of these fully coloured and finished by the end of this week. This first one is based off a posed picture of me. It was fun working on the perspective, but it took longer than I anticipated. I haven’t gotten around to inking her yet.
I drew this second one last night to chase away my melancholy from a disappointing evening. I wanted her to be filled with wonder and purity. Innocence and a care-free attitude are undervalued nowadays. People grow up too fast.
I want to fill this picture with light and colour and stars.
I know right, two posts in one day, how ridiculous.
I’m (slowly) working on another personal project at the moment, and since I’ve been doing progress pictures with my other pieces, I thought I would add the progress of this one.
This wasn’t even meant to be a piece. I did this back in January this year, when I was going through all the ancient paints my older siblings used when I was a little kid. I literally put colours on top of colours and smooshed it all together to see if the paint was still alive, or whether it was too crusty to use. I chucked out about 14 ancient paints that day. The board I’m using I found on the side of the road.
Anyway, this piece has been sitting in my room for a while, and I’ve been trying to decide what to put on top of it. I’ve gone with my little skull and cross art-weapons picture that I fell in love with in my teenage years.
This is the piece so far:
I did this about a week ago. I have no deadline for this piece, so I may not finish it for a while, but I thought progress was still important to pop in. 🙂
While going through my art gallery here, I realised a rather unsettling truth – the majority of my pieces are copied art from other artists, or mixed with their inspiration and a smidge of my originality, like this one:
The left side is original, the right side is copied from real street art.
Obviously, if I am to call myself an artist, that will not do. I read last night that
imitation is creativity at it’s lowest form
(I don’t know who first said that). I have to admit, I agree. How can I call myself an artist if my best works are copying other people’s? I need to have original pieces I can show off.
My first thought after this was “how???”. Then I thought, if I can copy from other people’s images, then what’s stopping me from copying my own images and photos? Especially if I’m drawing a photograph that I have taken, that’s 100% my own work.
Then, because I was feeling inspired, I went through some of my old photos and picked a random selfie of me. I did a quick 10 minute sketch of the photo, and I’m pretty happy with the result.
I figure that the more and more I practice, the better I’ll get. I’m determined to get better – the aim is to go past my cartoony style and get more into realism, but I have a long way to go. Ideally, I want to get at least one original sketch per week.
Time to get artsy fartsy, people!
Today has been very productive. I worked on my piece for the New Wave Audio Theatre (and it’s coming along very well!) and then I worked on my Kiss The Sky piece. Here’s some progress pictures of how I’m going with it. 🙂
Now to add the words, but I’ll do that when I have more natural light, me thinks. The sun is beginning to set, and it’s not great painting with artificial light.
Settled on a design and painted the background of the three canvases. My initial thought was to do the same scene three times with the different words per canvas, but I decided an extended scene across the three would look better. For now, I’m just enjoying the pretty sunset colours!
Keep it peachy,
I’m currently working on another art project, inspired by Machine Gun Kelly’s “Kiss the Sky”, and Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra “Kiss the Sky”, featuring Nino Mochella (see here).
“Star Shopping” by Lil Peep is also a song that has inspired this piece. Maybe it’s just the starry background in the lyric video, maybe it’s the beautiful rhythm he’s got going, but this song really wants me to go out star gazing (small language warning).
I have three tiny canvasses that have been hiding around my room for quite a while, and so I’ve decided to finally do something with them. They’ve been lonely and blank for long enough, me thinks. So, I’ve worked on some concept art for how I want to colour them up.
My aim is to somehow portray the starry and slightly melancholy, yet pretty feeling of these songs. I love the look of one scene spread out across several canvases. I haven’t done a piece like this before, all spread out, so I’m pretty excited about trying it out. 🙂
Until next time,
Have you ever been on a beach at night? Alone?
There is something both eerie and beautiful about it. It’s the invisible crash of the waves and the crystal reflection of the stars. It’s the tangy salt air mingling with that fragrant blue smell of night sky. It’s both haunting and peaceful, almost idyllic but not quite. You feel completely free, away from the bustle of life, but you also feel the tug of something else.
Shadows do not scare you. You are one of them, sitting on one of the rocks, gazing out to the inky horizon. It is a place to stargaze and forget where you are. There’s something beautiful about a place that only seems to exist in the yellow glow of day. There’s a hidden side that is suddenly open to you in all its ethereal beauty.
Have you ever been on a beach at night? Alone?
Do try it, at least once.