After major flurry last week, I hit a quiet spot for a day or two - this isn't a bad thing. My intention with last week, was to finish my art book - fill it with stories and illustrations and have at least 5 I could expand on. Well, the problem with finishing a book, is starting another.
There are two things about art books I have an aversion to; 1. working on the first page, and 2. starting a whole brand new book. I used to work back to front, but I'm certainly getting better at this. My thoughts were about your worst piece being (usually) at the front. I've been thinking about portfolios for too long, clearly. I also prefer larger than A5 books - A4 means the line is thinner and easier to work with in post, however this little book I'm working in now, is small, compact, looks robust and travels fairly lightly…. so, watch this space.
And so, somewhere between 'here' and 'there', I was struck by a massive bout of inspiration... and I embraced every moment! The holidays consisted of pondering, research, drawing, sporadic visits to and from friends, family and more drawing. For this I am truly, truly grateful.
Doodle Day - fun stuff.. we're working with plants and flora this month… seems these ones have been a bit of a 'hit' with the ladies... loads of fun and quite expressive as little pieces
Saturday - warm and sort of wintery… well, by that I mean it's aa little coolish in the Shade. I've got my brush and ink, pen and 7B pencil, and I'm just getting as much as I feel onto paper this morning. It's been a stop start sort of week,with no real pieces finished, so this is a great start for me, leaving me feeling refreshed and ready for some serious colouring in!
The lawn mowers are just starting to buzz around and I figure there are many things I 'should' be doing… drawing clears the mind and warms to soul, the washing can wait a little longer. My theory is sketching gets us going - mentally and creatively, so I'm happy to keep going until it's time to stop.
Scanned paper and ink....
Having a little play with ink and digital paint. I'm still not convinced on the whole digital thing, so I'm playing with simplicity at the moment...
Week 2 - COLOUR
Sketches 'n stuff...
May has been a weird one. Busy, fleeting, and with very little accomplished to date... well that's how it feels anyway.... so I'm catching up, dragging behind and wishing I'd be able get more work done on my break... not happening!
Friday, May 16th: DESERT
Thursday, May 15th: FOREST
... three in one... using squirkling lines...
Sunday, May 11th: CAVE OR CAVERN
Tuesday, May 13th:PRECIPICE (CLIFF)
Wednesday, May 14th: ROCKS
Saturday, May 10th: JACK IN THE PULPIT (FLOWER) - with a little shape influence...
Often it's a shape, word, poem, another artist, character or event that inspires me… for this one, it was a shape and another artists work, an event and a poem… convergence I think...
Life is like a wild tiger.
You can either lie down
and let it lay its paw upon your head
Or sit on its back and ride it....
Excerpt from "Wide the Wild Tiger" by Ruth Tearle
My weekend work on 'Fish' - again, more of a fun piece, with not enough space for text... using Inktense and black ink...
So, I've been watching a series on gestural drawing online. The aim: put down as much as possible gesturally as an illustration in 5 minutes. Now this has come about through a conversation with another illustrator friend of mine who talked about illustrators whose sketch work was better than their finished work. This lead me to thinking - how do I get my quick sketching up, thumb nails tighter and my finished digital and tradition as good as each other?
While I don't have this resolved, I have found through experimenting a whole lot more with my preferred media, working quickly and generally looking for consistency in style, the uniform style is emerging.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.