Well, so I'm here. I've been a registered member for about a year now, and growing more and more and even more intimidated by all you crazy-good artists out there...and finally have started to work up the nerve to do something about it. I have a working gallery here http://cyan-liblikas.deviantart.com but not much otherwise in the way of inspiration, encouragement, or downright motivation to get to work, so, I've read a couple of these very inspirational sketch threads and thought I'd start my own.
First off, a little bit about me. I took private art lessons for about 9 years while I was growing up, learned very basic basics and worked mostly in copying my teacher's pastel paintings. I'm very good at copying anything in pastels. Problem is, I've never learned to draw anything on my own and my copied paintings have no spark of real life, MY art, to them, so I've been at a bit of loose ends for the last couple of years and have let my art slide. But not anymore. I've armed myself with a Wacom, CS3 and Painter X, a huge pad of newsprint and my favorite charcoal pencil. And a few printed Loomis books, which I'm currently beating my head over trying to study right now.
I am a rampant perfectionist, which I'm sure most of you can identify with, so I aim to cure that fear of imperfection on paper by posting my roughs, my journeywork, my "finished" work that I still find sketchy. I think I have some finely honed instincts going for me, but I'm just now learning the REAL skills it takes to be an artist.
Oh, and fascinating fact #21: I'm a science fiction writer. I'm not sure if that is relevant to the conversation, but it does make things a bit difficult when I have to divide my time and creative energy between hours of eye-numbing writing and eye-numbing painting. I love them both. But I am making a valiant effort to love them both equally!
So, without further ado, here is the sketchbook of one Holly Heisey, aka seili, artist-in-training extraordinaire.