I used to be very fast and loose with my sketching. I would almost just scribble with my pen or pencil across the page even if I was doodling or trying to draw something realistic. The one thing I learned from writing in a journal every day is that in order for your lettering and your penmanship to look nice and neat, you have to go slow and take your time. If you take it slow, then you have more control over your writing instrument. So when I sat down to draw in my sketch pad for the first time, that was the one thing that I took into consideration and I think that because of that I my lines were a lot more steady and well defined. Even looking at this last drawing I did I feel that it looks a lot more clean than the last drawings I did.
I started to get back into drawing more. I figured that if I start drawing more often that it would translate better into my paintings. I’m looking to improve my basic drawing skills in order to create better paintings. I picked up a sketchpad and some drawing pencils, but what I really like are fountain pens. They are far superior to ballpoint pens in every way. I love how they lay down a nice thick dark line on the paper with just one stroke, where as a ballpoint will require you to go over the same line about three or four times to get the same degree of thickness.
My drawings have just been doodles really, just to start off and get me back into being familiar again with the pen and the pad. I know that I need to just practice daily in order to get better and hone my skills. I started a handwritten journal almost three years ago and my penmanship has improved dramatically since then, so I figured that if I did the same with drawing that I would see the same results.
Now all that is left for me to do is keep practicing daily and continue to push myself to do better by stepping out of my comfort zone. I included a few of the drawings I did over the past week, just some doodles really but hopefully my sketches will turn into some actual portraits here in the next few months?
If you like what you see or even if you don’t really care for it too much please feel free to leave a critique in the comment section below, I would love some input on all of this!
As it seems, 2021 is shaping up to be a repeat of last year. I really miss painting people, it was something I did just about every weekend and even though it was a lot of work most of the time I still had a ton of fun doing it. About this time last year I was wishing for a break, just a little time off to relax without having to go out every weekend. I feel like I got more than I asked for with the Virus causing a lock down, and forced us to quarantine. I didn’t want to believe the reports that we would have to be like this, socially distancing for over a year or more until they found a vaccine.
I have been using this time away from people to focus more on canvas painting, and other forms of art. I love to watercolor and I want to create more with that medium. I picked up some really nice frames and I think that if I coupled the frames with some nice watercolor paintings I could reach out to a broader audience. I don’t want to be limited to just face painting and black light art. I want to paint some really beautiful looking still life or landscape art and be able to take that to some craft shows and vend there.
Another thing I have been doing is making enamel pins from my paintings. I made one so far from my Triangle Rainbow painting in two different sizes and you can find that in my shop. I also made sublimated prints taken from high quality photographs of that painting. Those were then transferred to some high quality aluminum. The great thing about those prints is that they have a very high gloss and it doesn’t need a plate of glass in front of it when you frame it because the gloss sheen is so prominent.
My next avenue to explore this year is to find somewhere I can have high quality vinyl decals and stickers made that I can sell for an inexpensive price. I want to have these stickers and decals made of the art that I make so they can be applied anywhere and spread the art around. Add a little color to life!
After a lot of pushing from my friends and family I finally decided to launch a professional website. I have been painting for many years, but have only used referrals until now. I hope to keep refining this website until it provides the info people are looking for.