Alright so here I am, back in school. A lot of my friends said I shouldn’t. They said it would be boring. They said it would stifle my creativity. They where right. I should have listened to you guys. However, I still feel that having my degree is better then not having it.
So here’s one of my assignments from Art Practices (whatever that is). The object of the lesson was to use nontraditional materials to create a work of art. I decided to make a teddy bear out of plastic bags.
I used a regular sewing machine and a pattern to create this piece. I originally thought the plastic would be difficult to sew but it was surprisingly easy to work with. I didn’t make my own pattern firstly because I didn’t want to work that hard and secondly because who cares, it’s Art Practices (whatever that is). Really I waned it to look like a real teddy bear and not a poorly made teddy-bearish blob. What I like about this piece is that everybody seems to have their own idea of what it symbolizes. I am always hesitant to tack a meaning onto any of my work because I want the viewer to come to their own understanding (my viewers are always the smartest most awesome people in the whole world!). Um… Well anyway I can’t think of anything else to write… You guys are the best, thanks for stopping by!
Hello friends! Sorry it’s been a while. I decided to do something crazy, I’m going back to school. Yuck. I don’t remember it being so much work! I guess that’s why I didn’t do so well last time. *winkwink* Anyway, I haven’t had much time to work on my paintings *sadface* but I have peen trying to finish the painting from my last post, The Process. I’m about 80% finished with this watercolor piece. Hopefully I can finish it soon.
Hello friends! I thought I would show my process from drawing to painting (because your sooooo interested).
I start with a picture. I know, I know ‘real’ artists don’t use photographs. Blah, blah, blah… I use pictures. I hate only being able to paint certain times of day. I’m a very literal painter. I paint what I see and if the light is continually shifting I will continually be changing my painting to match what I see. Its a mess, hence the picture. This is a photograph of a magnet my Grandmother had on her fridge for as long as I can remember. The background is wrapping paper (way cute, right?).
Next I decide what size I want it to be. In this case I had an 8inx10in watercolor board so I chose to use it. In a sketchbook I draw 8×10 rectangle and begin my drawing. (I decided not to show my drawing process just because I don’t have a formula I just draw) I don’t spend a whole lot of time on the drawing. I just want to get the proportions right.
Now is the part I hate, tracing. I do the drawing on a different paper then my painting because I erase A LOT. Even with the softest eraser I damage the surface so I find its easier and cleaner to trace and transfer. Also my drawings are more accurate if I shade instead of just a line drawing. I look at the tracing as a second drawing. While tracing I flesh out the drawing a little more and add more details. This step really helps me become familiar with the subject. So here is the tracing. (Its hard to see but it is a tracing)
Now the step I really, really hate, transfering. I find this the most tedious step by far. I used to use markers or pens to trace with but I found that the lines they transfer are much to dark and very hard to erase. So now I use a colored pencil.
Ok so now the sucky part is over! Here is the transferred drawing on the watercolor board. (its pretty light because my transfer paper is old)
Its almost time for the painting!! But first I need to mask off all the hight lights. I use the masquepen mask. I used to use the Incredible mask but i could never get it fine enough. I love the masquepen because the applicator is 5mm, the only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t always come off cleanly. I never had this issue with the Incredible mask but I feel its an ok trade off.
Now the fun part! Painting!! I do a color swatch to figure out which colors to use for this piece. I decided on phthalo blue, phthalo green yellow shade, phthalo green blue shade, yellow green, cobalt teal, Indian yellow, azo yellow, quinacridone violet and quinacridone red. Then I start painting!!
This is as far as I got today. I hope this was helpful!
Hello friends! Guess what!? I finished my painting!! I’m really excited about this one. I’m very pleased with how it came out. It went threw this really ugly stage… (You know what I’m talking about *winkwink*) I’m not sure why I winked at you. I’m just really happy this turned out as well as it did. Watercolor rules!! Ok, I’m not sure why I said that either… I better stop writing while I’m ahead. Thanks for looking!
Hey guys! I wanted to share what I’m working on. This is a watercolor of a vintage Star Wars figure (a wompa) and a vintage strawberry shortcake butterfly thing (I’m not sure what its called, I could google it but… Eh)
The wompa has a lot of ‘fir’ texture (he is plastic, so no actual fir) that made me hesitant to attempt this painting but its not nearly as daunting as I thought it would be. What I’m really enjoying about this piece is the orange butterfly against the cool wompa. I’m excited for it to be finished!
Hola friends!! Every now and again I try my hand at oil, and fail. Here is one such failure. (Blogs can’t just be awesome stuff, right? There needs to be some sucky-ness to balance it out, you know, to make the good stuff look better)
I know, I know, you can stop laughing now. Alright I get it, this painting is bad. I said stop laughing! gosh! I don’t laugh at you (much). But I kind of like it. I tried a palette knife… It was fun… Bad but fun.
Hey wonderful readers! Blah blah blah [insert joke here], here’s a watercolor painting. (I’m not feeling particularly loquacious)
I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I think it should go darker but the paper won’t take any more paint, its looking tired (if you don’t know what I mean by ‘tired’ its hard to explain, the paper just starts to look worn). I blame the turquoise I used for the dinosaur. It has this spotty texture that I hate. I’m just done with it. I even tried to break up the texture with colored pencil. Oh well, I can’t win them all. (Geeez, I sound like Charlie Brown)