Not much happening on the drawing front here this week. Around home the frosts continue (we've had about 8 over the past 2 weeks) . It's not a lot of fun going out and picking frosty veggies from the garden for the cows morning snack - she has to have her greens when I milk her! So glad we are past the shortest day - bring on the 7am daylight again!
It's been cold here - frost for the last 4 or 5 mornings. It takes a bit of motivation to get up and milk the cow, I can tell you!
I sketched this one up last night and finished it up today - a LOT of shading work - which always kills my neck/back. Being short-sighted, I find it easier to do detail work without my glasses and subconsciously move closer and closer until I'm hunched over, about 5cm away from the page! So, I was very, very glad when I was ready to declare it complete!
Neutral shading tones for this one. The ribbons are double-sided, so the pattern changes back and forth as they twist.
Here's a progression of linework/(some) shading/final product:
Hope you're having a fabulous weekend - I think I have worn myself out drawing over the past few days.
What a difference a week or so makes. A couple of weeks ago I was telling my husband that I wasn't inspired to do any drawing and was going to give it a rest for a while - I'm not a believer in trying to force it - if it's not happening, it's not happening. Sure, I can always draw something that looks o.k., maybe do some flower studies or whatever, but I really have no interest unless I'm feeling excited and inspired by a drawing. I've got to "want" it, ya know?
Well, I don't know what set me off, but the ideas are flowing again and I have been madly sketching away. The theme for the next few days is going to be circles as that's what's inspiring me right this minute (that could change within the hour, though!)
Here's today's offering:
Loved doing the weave on the circle and was going to leave the string as simple lines with shading, but I decided to play around with a rope effect and had a lot of fun with it, kept the shading and detail on it very loose. Not 100% happy with the rope ends, but whatever.
Yesterday I found myself doing my last class for the term. I thought that I'd be finishing next Tuesday, but the teachers have a planning day scheduled, so, I'm on school holidays for the next 4 1/2 weeks. Yay, me!
Paisleys. Love them! Clearly, though, they are on my mind a lot more than I thought - I was sitting on the couch a couple of days ago innocently reading my book when a turned back paisley popped into my head - I have learnt that unless I get these images that just randomly appear sketched out pretty quick, they just slip back into the primordial ooze, never to be seen again. So, in order to figure out if I could make the turned edge paisley look work, I grabbed my sketchbook.
After I drew the first one, I was thinking "flower petal", so, I just kept going and turned a series of them into a flower.
Then, I kept the petal shapes, ditched the paisleys, and drew some stylised 'mums:
I have been listening to "The Wall" on almost constant repeat for about a week - Erin bought home a tape from a garage sale and as soon as she started playing it I remembered how much I used to love this album and headed straight to iTunes to download it. That was over a week ago and I have really immersed myself in it. Re-watched the movie and have been reading an in-depth analysis. Ah, such is the way of a compulsive person. Another week or so and it'll be out of my system.
Anyway, over the weekend I drew this - I started off thinking about the loopy paisley shapes of my last drawings, but wanted to play with weaving the lines in and out of each other:
So, then I shaded and added the straight detail lines. My husband took one look and said it looked like worms. Gross. So not the effect I was after, and, possibly the subliminal result of all that Pink Floyd. So, I added the random-ish checks which hopefully gives it the more loose, organic, non-worm appearance I was after.
Carrying on with the loopy theme.........it's been a while since I've done a Diva Challenge and had hoped to get last weeks one done. Well, I didn't. But, I did play around with the concept and ended up with a pattern that I really like.
This started off as trying to fit Sandy Hunter's fabulous pattern, Cruffle (one of my absolute faves) into a square. It morphed a bit - love the effect that you get if you join up the loops (3&4) on each side of the "s" shaped line.
You can get some neat effects by the way you fill it, or if you switch the direction of the initial s shaped lines, too.
I haven't really kept up with any patterns for a while, so please let me know if I have osmosized someone else's design :)
I haven't coloured anything for a while, so went with my fave combo of lime green/purple. I'm o.k. with it, I do love the way the centres look all connected (in some spots, anyway) and, well, all juicy :) I probably would've preferred a greyscale version, though.
For this design I used my favourite pale lime green marker - it was on its last legs - it took a lot of coaxing and we just barely managed to get through colouring this design, only for me to discover that G139 has been discontinued. What???? I now feel I should've, I don't know, maybe saved it for something special. It's definitely going to take some time for me to recover from the horror of no longer having this colour in my marker selection.