Have you had enough of the strings already?? Did you cringe in horror when you saw the title? More to the point, have I had enough???? Unfortunately not.... ah, me and my obsessive tendencies, we're a package deal......and since I have always loved drawing loops, threads, ribbons and laces, it's probably not surprising that I'm still feeling the string love. I've tracked down a fresh moleskine folio from my stash upstairs and will be continuing the journey in that. delicious.
So, the offering for today:
Now, off to make my morning green juice.......have a good day all!
I am still drawing strings.........they are very mindless and therapeutic. Love them. As mentioned in my previous post, the concept is based on a pin of a Jaime Derringer string drawing that I have on my "doodles" pinterest board - you can see more of Jaime's string work here - it's fabulous and well worth checking out.
I have had a few people ask how to go about starting something like this - my process was basically just to start and keep drawing lines - I didn't think about it all that much, though there was lots of stopping and starting so that I could get plenty of connections and strings going over and under.
Every time you do this it's going to be different, but here's a step out of the process that I used and a few tips which I hope make sense.
Something else that I like to do when I short on inspiration is to try out someone else's cool idea - in this case I wanted to have a play around with this string idea that I'd pinned a while back. Love this. so cool and way, way better than my attempts.
I did pages of this stuff. I started off just getting a feel for how I should approach it - my version is less intense and not as cohesive as the original piece. I think I'm just genetically programmed to minimalize - though I will keep playing!
After this, I knew that I would want something more simplified that suited my drawing style, so my next progression was significantly pared down:
After a break to have a coffee - inspiration struck (finally!!!) and I thought I would try combining the string with my favourite flowers:
So, has it worked? Do I feel inspired and have more ideas to go ahead with?.....well, yeah, I do! I'm happy with what I came up with and feel excited to keep drawing. It probably also helps that as of yesterday, I have my little upstairs studio back. I spent the afternoon tidying up and putting everything back in it's place and transferring my drawing stuff from the desk downstairs so that today I could just go ahead and draw with everything I needed within reach. Luxury!!
When I don't feel very inspired (like lately), it can be a little hard to pick up my pen and do anything with it - I just know that there's not going to be anything exciting happening when I put that pen to paper, so why bother, right? Well, I am a big believer of the more you create, the more creative you become, so although I might be tempted to just take a break (and, admittedly, sometimes I do), other times I like to work through the dry spell and see if I can drag some inspiration along with it.
One of my start up tactics is to draw some random circles on the page and just start from there.
Here's yesterdays drawing:
Not very exciting, and similar to stuff I've done before - but, it got me drawing.
Here's some progression pics - unfortunately they are not great because I was too lazy to scan each step, so took them on my ipad - you'll also have to ignore the fact that it is upside down to the finished drawing (I just realised this as I was uploading the pic....lol). The circles are pencilled in first, then I go from there:
Last week's challenge - I did start something, but lost interest a few dots from completion. Here it is, fully dotted:
Thanks also for all the lovely comments on my last couple of posts - I haven't had the time to get around and look at much of anyone's work of late. I am finally in my last term of my school contract and cannot wait for the summer holidays to begin in around 7 weeks!
Alright, confession time........ I'm actually a little scared of complicated dot grids - my dots go all over the place, I lose track of what I'm doing, etc, etc.......so, to be honest, I did not even attempt to draw this pattern using the instructions. Once I saw all those dots I had horrible flashbacks to my first attempts at Mi2 and promptly hid in my closet. It took John 2 days to coax me back out. I kid you not. O.k., yes, I am kidding. It was only 1 day.
Because I love the look of these patterns, and still want to draw them well, I like find ways that work for me and suit the loose, flowing drawing style that I (mostly) prefer to do. My approach is to look at the pattern as a "whole", break it down into shapes and once I understand how those shapes work together, I just draw it out from there. 8's parte dos initially pared back to x's and +'s for me, and keeping these shapes in mind meant I could keep track of what I was doing. This probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but it works for me.
Here's what I came up with:
This one is a little looser and my favourite of the two.
I spent a little bit of time playing with it this afternoon - after getting the basic pattern down, I had a play with randomising the lines a little bit. I can't help myself - I'm compelled - my brain does not work well with straight lines. It loses the kind of stretched lace/netting look with the randomising, but I like it.
My shading is a bit rough - a couple of my pens, along with my blender are running dry and I was too lazy to walk upstairs to get new ones, so some lines are a little harsh and underblended. I'm not sure if I didn't just prefer it before the shading anyway. Ach!
This pattern is going straight into my keeper pile - I'll definitely be using it again!