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January 29th, 2014 #1
Another Struggling Artist
Seriously. It is true. Struggle.
I've come out of three years of fine art education, one year of pregnancy (it felt that long. Seriously. Not. Fun.) and 6months of being a mom. I've always had a terrible case of Art ADD, in that I lack focus and direction. It has always kept me from actually pushing forward and doing what needs to be done to level up. Fine Arts gave me a great theoretical/conceptual/intellectual background, but it did not give me the technical skill and the hours behind the paintbrush/pencil/charcoal stick. The pregnancy thing knocked me way more than I ever expected it to and I went into 9 months of hibernation just about. And then I had a baby. Somehow she has given me the drive to push and get to where I need to go. In the small gaps of time she allows, I am drawing drawing drawing (and sculpturing, but that's not where I'm trying to level up).
I desperately want to get my illustration skills up to a level I'm actually happy with. I'm starting with doing charcoal studies from life. Lots of quick, trying to capture the light and shadows studies. They aren't quite looking how I want, and I'm still defaulting to drawing a line instead of just focusing on the shapes, but I'm pushing. I'm going to make my brain understand this!
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Those are really cool, they look like washes to me, and I dig that. It feels good just to put something down on paper doesn't it? My problem is I am a huge procrastinator, and over-think drawing. Don't, when you do it tends to kill the energy. Keep up the good work.
January 30th, 2014 #3
It does feel good to be drawing again.
Re: procrastination... have a baby. lol. I've found that now that I only have these short bursts of time to do art, I use them. There isn't any time to uhm and ah around the house. She's only going to nap for 40min so I better be using those 40mins for a good cause!
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Hey these are really good. Looking forward to more.
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Neat studies, but don't fall into the trap of using "happy accidents" they are simply mistakes that masquerade your technique. I learned it the hard way
Spare the rod, spoil the child.
January 31st, 2014 #6
Don't let the pretty charcoal strokes hide the mistakes, got ya.
February 13th, 2014 #7
Colour studies from life using Sketchbook Pro.
I'm not zooming in or anything. Trying to capture it in a loose style. So it looks kind of muddy cause I'm not "there" yet.
February 13th, 2014 #8
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Good to see someone tackling the charcoal! I find it so hard to use but these are really nice. Love the kids toys too. I considered doing my daughters toys as they have some cool surface textures