The Start Art Challenge

Getting over fear of art by just doing it.

Finished this randomness during art night with Carrie.

Stromae lyrics (still weirdly into him), leftover paint, and anatomical tracings.

Finished this randomness during art night with Carrie.

Stromae lyrics (still weirdly into him), leftover paint, and anatomical tracings.
Husband makes me coffee, and I try to make art with the coffee.

Husband makes me coffee, and I try to make art with the coffee.

Before and after art journal spread. I think it still needs more work, but I’m definitely at the point where I’m starting to be too scared I’ll ruin it.

Layering is tough! Just need to keep trying and learning.

Sketches from last night’s art night with Carrie (random pictures from my phone, - at least they’re good for something? )

Sketches from last night’s art night with Carrie (random pictures from my phone, - at least they’re good for something? )

This is what happens when I just scribble in pen without really looking at the page or thinking about actual shading or perspective or anything (obviously). It’s a total mess but it was more satisfying than painstakingly trying to get everything right and ending up with nothing but frustration and a mostly blank page. 

(I guess my scribbles disturbed her, as she moved out of the cute pose.  What a princess.)

This is what happens when I just scribble in pen without really looking at the page or thinking about actual shading or perspective or anything (obviously). It’s a total mess but it was more satisfying than painstakingly trying to get everything right and ending up with nothing but frustration and a mostly blank page.

(I guess my scribbles disturbed her, as she moved out of the cute pose. What a princess.)

I’m still obsessed with this “Anatomical Diagrams for the Use of Art Students” book I borrowed from Carrie. It’s possible I’m going to end up copying the whole book.

I think I’m actually getting better! Seriously, look at that hand - I did that! And I didn’t trace it! IT ACTUALLY MOSTLY LOOKS LIKE A HAND. This is a big day for me, guys.

Carrie and I went to a watercolor demo at one of the awesome local art stores yesterday. It was basically a two-hour Winsor and Newton pitch, but we got cheap art supplies and learned a TON about the science behind their colors, which was actually pretty interesting.
Obviously we had to play around with these new watercolors afterward, so here are a few random results of my experimenting (the tri-color wash in my little watercolor Moleskine, the icy river doodle above it, the freakishly beefy leg below, and the weird pattern thingy in my mixed media art journal).
They’re definitely fun, but I sure have a long way to go to making real pretty things with them. 
No seriously, that leg is hilarious - somehow it just kept getting bigger as it went, so much so that I ran out of room for the foot. Proportions are not my forte.

Carrie and I went to a watercolor demo at one of the awesome local art stores yesterday. It was basically a two-hour Winsor and Newton pitch, but we got cheap art supplies and learned a TON about the science behind their colors, which was actually pretty interesting.

Obviously we had to play around with these new watercolors afterward, so here are a few random results of my experimenting (the tri-color wash in my little watercolor Moleskine, the icy river doodle above it, the freakishly beefy leg below, and the weird pattern thingy in my mixed media art journal).

They’re definitely fun, but I sure have a long way to go to making real pretty things with them. 

No seriously, that leg is hilarious - somehow it just kept getting bigger as it went, so much so that I ran out of room for the foot. Proportions are not my forte.

A few sketches from art night with my friend Carrie yesterday (yay!)

She got an awesome haul from Goodwill of cool old hardcover books she’s turning into her first art journals (I have my first convert, yessss) as well as this fantastic old anatomy book I copied a couple diagrams from.

The printing is from 1927, but the dedication in the front from the author says 1899 - either way it’s an awesome old book and I was so in love with it she’s letting me borrow it so I can keep sketching from it. 

Finished one side of this art journal spread I started the other day. I’m not sure quite how successful this experiment with lettering was, but I was so excited to find that photo that blended so perfectly with the background colors I already had that I don’t really care that it’s kind of boring!

Finished one side of this art journal spread I started the other day. I’m not sure quite how successful this experiment with lettering was, but I was so excited to find that photo that blended so perfectly with the background colors I already had that I don’t really care that it’s kind of boring!