Still life drawing is an absolute must for every artist. I sketched my favorite shoe.
How did I sketch a pretty good shoe in five minutes, with a pen? This morning I set up my shoes and began sketching. I took way to long sketching. I kept trying to replicate my shoes. Sure, many could replicate color and all. I’m not so good at this. It was horrible. In between the erasing my IC grows.
Then it occurred to me, I’ve seen illustrations from detailed realism to mere dots. The more I research types of art and technique, the more I realize that any form of drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting is art. Part of my process doesn’t need to include perfection. So yes, I have an idea for Road Trip. I wanted to push past the mistakes and make it work. I got to use gouache paint. I thought I needed to purchase a fine tip round brush but I already have one. Good practice!
I researched photos and watched a tutorial. I made previous attempts.
This morning I took a second look at what went wrong and painted. I added a few more layers. I used a size 10 brush. A size 10 brush made it easy to do the diagonal right and left strokes for each petal. I had the right tones of blue purple. I finished up with warm vanilla acrylic paint. Oh how I love this white acrylic.
The two big lessons here are fall in love with the process . The other is that there are no mistakes. Bouns idea: This would be a great thumbprint project for kids. I should try this.
I’ve decided once and for all that this book is a journal of a road trip. Sketches in pen and watercolor will do just fine. It’s ok if it’s a little messy. It’s a journal right?
Oh, I was suppose to sketch my shoes. I’ll sketch and paint them tomorrow.
Last night I was listeing to an episode of Creative Rebels and there was mention of Picasso. Picasso copied other artists to master techniques. Then he created his masterpieces. And so my goals for Road Trip have changed:
all words will be typed in a chosen font.
sub divider pages will be hand drawn
followed by paintings
Most of my practice has to go into writing and drawing. Simple doodles and a font will help me. I get ideas. I begin thinking I can do it all. Then I crash and burn. It’s best I use this book to learn how to draw and write.
Tomorrow, when it’s nice and quiet, I’ll begin doodling.
Today I needed to practice writing with watercolor. I’m working on my lettering skills. I wrote with tempera too. It would be easier to choose a font. That’s exactly why I will write out every single word of Road Trip.
The reason I work on these books is to work on my skills but as a creative I need these words. I wonder who needs them too. I’m grateful for my growing tribe. I’m grateful for this new course. Adolfo we’re going to learn a lot together.
Lettering with watercolor takes getting use to. You do have to find the brush that feels comfortable.
I painted this a few days ago and while I know perfectly well that I can paint a better pirate ship THIS ONE IS AWESOME. I painted with crumbled up paper. No sketing here.
Pirates go around doing as they please loving life all the while being hated by townspeople. Yup, a pirate’s life for me, minus the boozing and the stealing and …
My quote for this ship is:
Set your sails of thoughts in hope, love, adventure, bravery. OR not, the choice is yours. Best be aware there be naysayers lurkin’
Ok I miss the Pirates of Caribbean ride and I’ve been reading Think and Grow Rich. Right now the universe is saying,” Yeah I know you’re working on Road Trip. Keep writng. Explore and I’ll help you illustrate. I’m listening!
You have to have a plan. You have to map out the best route, book the hotel, calculate cost, time and pack your bags. Here’s the fun part. There’s always a deviation. Deviations are what make life fun, creative, adventurous and sexy. So even if you don’t have a plan make sure you know how to change a flat tire.
Will I use the word sexy in my book? I don’t know.
I had a plan but it didn’t work out. As soon as the spork hit the page, very little paint glided across the page.
So I tried straight lines, circular motions and then… I had to use a flat brush. I spread the paint. With the paint wet, I glided the spork in an ocean wave manner.
I took things a step further with trying to paint a green boat. The boat turned into a mug. The bear turned into a kangaroo. I wanted to test painting with one medium size flat brush. Not such a good idea. I don’t have a texture for the book. I’ll paint something tomorrow.
Taking your time makes a huge difference. You have to lett each layer dry before starting the next. Oh and layering from light to dark makes for easy blending.
I used a size 10 brush and lightly blotted the paper with color. These trees made me let go of what should be. I didn’t sketch. I didn’t have any idea how to paint trees. All I did was paint trees.
Probably should have started from the top and ending at the bottom for seamless blending.
But the biggest lesson is that I got to play. YES PLAY. I signed up for this illustration design let the kid play course and it’s amazing. Adolfo Serra talked about this very subject. What a coincidence!
I remember my first sketch book. Come to think of it, that was the beginning of my creative journey. It was the beginning of Belissia too. The bee character that started this whole picture book writing. There’s been many ideas since then.
Back to today, these trees helped me loosen up with a artist tape watercolor idea and…I’ll post about it tomorrow.