the end of another journal - part 2

A bit more excavated from the journal:

After this I think (hope, please, please make it so!) that I have curly brackets out of my system.

Bracketed Pattern: This one forms bracket flower shapes in the negative space.

Two ways to draw this pattern..............

First, with a grid. I love me a grid. I like to make/use patterns that don't need pencil lines (that I have to later erase) to keep them on track. If a pattern needs some kind of structure, I want ones where the grid/guide lines form part of the finished design.

Second, freehand. I find some patterns very easy to get into the flow of without a grid. This one works like that for me - I just form the lines in a continuous flowing motion. I have to approach the structure of the pattern differently when working freehand so that the size of the boxes doesn't get all cattywampus. And, oh yeah - don't you just know I've been waiting for ages to find a way to slip that word into a sentence. Hope I used it right because: I. love. it.

Some fill ideas, and how it looks with streamlined, skinny brackets and all that lovely negative space just  left alone. The negative space........it calls to me, you know?



the end of another journal - part 1

Another day, the end of another journal.

If you've been reading for a while you may know that when I get to the end of a journal I like to go through and see if I have any unfinished drawings or pattern sketches that I want to complete. I often get distracted, or go off a drawing for some reason which means I usually have quite a lot of incomplete ideas - this is a chance to review them before I put the journal on the shelf and essentially forget about it.

Here's some of what I found today:

Paisley feather. I went off this one because I really don't like the awkwardness of the bottom RHS paisley shape - it just looks wrong. I abandoned it after I'd filled in 2 or 3 of the paisleys but decided to finish it off today. I still don't love it, but it's done.

Gumleaves pattern: a super easy one.

Gumleaves pattern given a much more natural look by using it on a curve, graduating leaf sizes and adding a few scrolls.

A daisy I sketched last night - pen shading on the petals of this one. A little bit of greylead on the centre. No makers for a change.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.



leaves and scrolls

John is driving back from....??.....wherever......... (I do know he is at least 2 hours away and will not make it back in time for our afternoon coffee)........with our new Jersey cow (we are planning to milk our girls on a 6 month rotation so that we always have our own milk, cream, etc, etc.). I think I'll call this one Daisy. I've always, always wanted a cow called Daisy........or Buttercup.....or really any name that is not Jersey. Maybe I'll go totally left field and name it Clog. LOL. We once had a dog called Gumboot. I loved the name and, I'll tell you what, no one ever forgot it. I loved him, too. Here he is cuddled up with another favourite of mine.

My main girl ended up with "Jersey" by default - all our other cows are beef - Herefords - and when she ran with main herd we just got in the habit of calling her "the Jersey" to identify her. Well, I guess she doesn't care - when I call out "Jersey" she knows who I'm talking to and still comes running for her treats :)

Today I finally finished shading the outlined piece from my last post:

This orientation, though different from my previous post, is how it appears in my journal - I think the design/highlighting is a little more dynamic with this placement, also. I always prefer my highlighting to come from the upper left. Because, you know, I'm slightly (read: totally) compulsive.

I shaded with my cool grey markers. Usually I do these type of designs with my neutral or warm grey and, after working on this one I can confirm I prefer the warmer tones. Ah well. Live=learn.

Am thinking of doing this over June/July. Sounds like fun but I just don't know if I'll make the time for it. Though, Winter is usually a lot easier for me to do creative stuff.......and......I have moved my basic drawing gear back down to the main living area (cold weather/wood heater on 24/7...need I say more), which usually makes it easy for me to draw as I don't have to go to all the effort of actually walking up the stairs. LOL.

Hope you're having a great weekend.



The half-way point

Not a lot of drawing happening around here, though, I AM right at the middle of term! Once I get through todays classes I can start counting down to the June/July break - I'm really looking forward to the 3 weeks off, though I can barely comprehend that we are almost half way through 2013. Wasn't it just Christmas?

A quick, simple bit of spirally cone love that popped into my head last night - I did remember to shade this one before patterning:

Ah, and some scolls.......my (not so secret) obsession...... It's not complete yet - I did the outline for this one yesterday, hopefully I will have a chance to shade it tonight - it always amazes me the difference that shading makes to the drawing.

I'm almost to the end of another journal - it's time to take a look back through and see what needs to be finished off, or ideas worth resuscitating.



Challenge #117

Just a quick post - the weather is glorious and I have so many things to get done. I have earmarked this morning to get my flower beds and potager ready for winter. I have a massive trailer-load of horse manure with my name on it awaiting me next to the garden. Yep. My life. Glamorous. Still, I love it :)

It was interesting seeing a couple of breakdowns of this weeks Diva Challenge pattern, and here's what I came up with:

I think I preferred it before I added pattern and it could do with a little more shading to make the larger arrows come forward a bit, but overall I'm happy with it.



Gum leaves

It was a chilly one in Hoddles Creek this morning. The first frost of the year!

So, today I wanted to do a bit of drawing. This required some serious multi-tasking. I managed to squeeze it in between making chilli jam, sweet chilli sauce (bumper chilli crop this year from our super-hot extended summer) and gouda cheese. Drawing on a Monday...........a rare thrill!

I had no idea what I was going to draw - just started with a circle and it grew from there. I began with some gum leaves around the circle, then added some scrolls - I felt compelled to flow some of the scrolls out on the right side breaking away from the circle. I thought it was then complete, but after leaving it for a while - probably to stir curds or something - I came back and knew I had to add a bit more on the left side as well. Ahhh. Balanced.

Here's the finished result:

I also went back and forth about adding some colour to maybe just a few leaves - I may still do it, but the simplicity and clean lines of basic black/white/grey designs strongly appeal to me.

It's going to be perfect Autumn weather here over the next week (cold mornings/sunny days), so I have big plans for getting the potager and flower garden ready for winter as well as planting all my spring bulbs.

Hope your week is fabulous, too :)



Friday Freedom!

Friday.......during school term my FAVORITE weekday - no school, no gym, no after school pickup! So, even when I'm busy, this is usually the day I can squeeze in a little bit of drawing.

School term started last week for me so in between that, milking the cow and the other stuff I have on the go at the moment (baby cheeses; sourdough starter, cider ferment and ginger beer) that all require feeding and/or maintenance - I hadn't been up to my little studio in a week. When I did make it up there today I found a drawing that I started last week and then promptly forgot. I had just done some basic outlines of the flowers, so it was fun to finish that off and not have to think about starting something new.

I posted some progression photos on my facebook page as I was drawing today if you want to see how the drawing evolved.

Here's the finished pic - I like it except for the little flower right near the middle. It has bugged me from the start but there wasn't any way to disguise it, so stay it does.

A quickie from last Friday's drawing break:

A busy weekend ahead, but hopefully will slot some drawing time in there......somewhere. Have a great one :)