I used to be very fast with art. One thing I swore (and this goes for most things I do now, whether it’s art or sewing) is to go for “quality over quantity.” I got way too burned out in the past. I also ended up with piles of paper everywhere. Many times, I just hated what I’d done. It was more of just throwing something out for the sake of having another finished piece.
Now, I like to consider pieces. I also enjoy for the first time framing them and hanging the finished drawings up. I only have so much wall space as well (and I need a new portfolio, since my old one is packed full).
Just when I felt like things were picking up with the current drawing, it slowed down again. Part of that too is because I’ve been feeling a bit blah (sometimes I go through periods where I don’t sleep well or with the hot/cold/hot/cold weather patterns and trees/grass thinking they need to produce pollen in overdrive). But also, it’s because I have one chance to finish this drawing the way I see it in my head so I can hang it up in the spot that “called” for it. My husband requested I pick something for that spot on the wall, and since we both love Thorin-in-a-cloak-in-Bree, that’s what I picked (dA sketch links here and here).
I sketched the drawing out without fretting too much, scanned and printed it so I didn’t have to ruin the blue pencils (and can in fact use them on the side as a reminder where to shade or check for missing lines). I have it transferred, along with the other drawing that needed to be layered onto a corner. Now I’m just waiting for a day I won’t be interrupted (if I’m going to go through the trouble of moving furniture around in my workspace, hauling out and setting up inks and ink washes… I want to make sure I have a full day to work on it… eyes-willing).
So now I’m contemplating what lines will be full ink, and what will be faded and washed. How much detail will I show here, how much shadow there? How will I blend the two images together so you can see them clearly enough?
And here are a few photos showing how I do some of this stuff. 🙂
So, since I keep having off-and-on sleepless nights and blah/groggy days (the weather has been doing the back-and-forth thing, and my husband and I randomly just wake up and wake the other up too, oops), I’ve had the drawing on pause while I consider things and work on other things I’ve been putting off. Like updating my blog. But yes, I’m still around… and if I’m not actually working on something, I’m probably doing research or prep-work for projects. 🙂
Hope you’ve all been well!
(and sorry if the image sizes are spilling out over the side-menu… I work on a very wide monitor, so sometimes it’s hard to remember which size will fit the blog, without losing detail.)