I started a new painting. A new figure. But this one is as influenced by Ai as the other landscapes I’m working on. You can see the digital version here.
I’ve started a 4th painting because It’s taking the other 3 long to dry. As soon as the others are dry I will begin the second layer. This one is a large canvas because I love the image I’m working with so much.
A repeat from yesterday and some pivotal moments in my understanding of perspective.
Perspective study in the AM and some digital figure drawing in the PM.
More perspective study with Marshal Vandruff and getting closer to a possible landscape painting.
I’m going through the Marshall Vandruff perspective series and it’s absolutely fantastic.
Balancing tons of work time and daily art is becoming more difficult. My morning art ritual is now sacred to me.
A full day of art making and watching amazing interviews from Schoolism.com.
Even after a great morning today ended up as a low energy day, but I was still able to get some drawing done.
Plant construction study and the beginning of a digital study of an Albert Bierstadt painting.
Starting on Lesson 3 of drawabox.com and doing a study of a spectacular digital painting.
More practice with form intersections then moving on to organic intersections.
Still working on the form intersections and I’m stretching my mind to the three dimentions.
And absolutely wonderful morning of both traditional and digital study.
Back to traditional media and working on some more texture exercises.
I had a great morning of learning with traditional and digital media.
Short art day this morning but lots of awesome connection with other artists!
Same space in the lodge for today but a different lamp.
We had a small vacation! I did one drawing today and one the next on the same page.
I blew up my shut down routine last night to establish ideas for 3 new paintings. This is one.
I’m tired of doing bad drawings. Today I focused and spent more time.
I started a new painting as I wait for the last one to dry.
While Impermanence dries I’m moving on to a redo of a painting of Winnie.
I’m starting another painting and today was drawing and planes work.
We had a very busy day today with lots of important errands.
I really dislike this painting. it’s not going well at all.
For the beginning of my art session this morning I chose to work on the Rajiv One painting again.
Back at it today with lots of time on painting, CreateQuest, Jansen and everything else.
Today I was effective in all creative areas but I also took some time for myself.
Another very productive day on this painting and everywhere else.
Half of my art session today was mixing paint but I got a lot done quickly.
Another super hot, productive and effective day.
Today was a super effective day in my AM and afternoon art session.
Moving forward on the paper cross painting in extreme heat.
Most of the session this morning was spent mixing new colors.
Lots of success today with the Paper Cross painting.
Moving forward on the Paper Cross painting armed with knowledge and a new color wheel.
Today I try to figure out if neutralizing a color with gray is better than with it’s complimentary.
My homemade Munsell neutral value scale chips are done.
I have plans and then the more I learn the more I change my plans.
Today’s art session was very fun! I worked on Paper Triangle and began an illustration.
I’m gone far enough with this painting for now until it’s dry.
Work took up most of my time today but I still made time for art, at least an hour.
Because all of the other paintings are still wet I’ve started a fourth painting in tandem.
Wow! Super busy day today but I still got some art in.
The “Knot” painting is not dry. I don’t think it will be dry for a week so I’m starting on “Resurgence”.
I changed direction on this painting a bit today by planning to make it more than just a study.
I’ve finished my drawing of Westley and Buttercup from the Princess Bride movie. It’s not my best drawing in the Fandom Fitness series, but I did it.
Working on Westley’s sword arm and hand today after most of my day spent at work.
It’s amazing how just adding in a few sharp lines and darker values will change an area from a blob of unfinished to an object with form.
It’s interesting how some small changes can bring a drawing closer to finished than hours of larger work.
Letting go this morning with lots of charcoal I filled in most of the lower half of my Princess Bride drawing.
My energy today has been sapped because work started in the morning, my normal art time.
More work on Westley’s face today. I think his portrait will come together much faster.
I think that Buttercup’s face is working well now after some small changes to her eyes and the values of her face.
Struggling with structure and softness within Buttercup’s face.
Adding more charcoal to the paper and trying to keep it smooth for a feminine face.
A shorter session this morning focused on drawing corrections and accuracy.
Today was supposed to be all about getting the drawing refined for the whole drawing but I was seduced by detail.
My second attempt at drawing Westley and Buttercup Princess Bride with hopes that this one will go much better.
I’ve finished the Rosa Parks drawing after working her dress and more form in her head.
You can call this “pick and shovel” work. Lots of filling in with value but no subtlety.
The challenge for Rosa Parks dress is trying to instill form into a very dark area with subtle variations.
The basic values are set for Rosa Parks face which makes the bulk of this drawing done.
I was able to progress very fast on Rosa Parks this morning.
An easy day of art. An easy day overall!
I wasn’t able to commit a lot of time on the start of my Rosa Parks drawing today but I made progress.
Another focused AM art session with Steve Irwin and his crocodile.
This morning was super productive as I could focus on this drawing for much longer than normal being the weekend.
I’ve had a super busy day today but one full of productive awesome work.
I’ve started my next drawing. Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter!
Today was the same as yesterday. I’m working slowly with the most important part of the drawing.
One eye at a time, moving slowly. Working on the details using line.
The second day on my Ruth Bader Ginsburg drawing and it’s moving along very fast.
The next hero for the Fandom Fitness drawings is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
This is getting just a bit repetitive but anything worth wile is challenging at times.
Every so slowly I’m getting closer to what feels like the vision I want to communicate in the background of this drawing.
I’m struggling to clarify my vision of the background behind Snape both in my mind and on the paper.
Today’s art session is much the same as yesterday but I’m having some issues with creating what I see in my head.
I’m being true to my word and simplifying my posts for a while so I can focus on other projects.
I have some major projects going on right now so I’m making some transitions to how I work daily at least for the next couple weeks.
Life and art are magnificently connected and I’m always happy when I find yet another correlation between the two.
Another quick video and post today and this one is about having everything you need to be creative ready at hand.
This is going to be a quick one today. All I have for you is some basic advance of day to day, keep showing up and keep creating.
I didn’t have much time for my Snape drawing today but I still feel accomplished after the art session with some simple planning.
One of the best practices we can have to keep our motivation high is self compassion. Be your own teammate not competitor.
I read a wonderful quote today by Jim Rohn about motivation and finding that last number in the combination to passionate practice.
I have two amazing realizations for you today, the first is about my drawing of Snape and the second is about how motive is the root of motivation.
Many posts I’ve talked about having the motivation, willpower and commitment to showing up on the hard days and today my commitment was tested.
I love this quote from Carlos Castaneda that shines some clarity on what it take to move from average to warrior every day of our lives.
I’m super excited this morning because I’ve had a tremendous moment of inspiration! Like lightning that has struck my brain.
I have three art tips in this post today, the first is knowing your materials, then the “Right Angle Study” and lastly is have your materials ready at hand.
With boundless energy this morning I put in lots of deep focus and got the Buffy drawing finished.
For today’s post and video I’m going to give you a quick tip on how to plan your daily art.
I’m posting very late in my day because we had a super busy awesome day but after coming back to Buffy tonight I’m faced with a “start over” dilemma.
The best way to improve anything is to measure it. So if you want more art time, measure the time you do spend.
With artistic stamina we can look at every “mess up” as a possibility for a positive in another drawing and an indication of how to get better.
Here is another quick post because it’s more of the same consistency on daily art practice.
I’m going for the quick posts now so I’m just going to go over my Buffy drawing for session 4. Quick and easy.
After more changes to my master plan of this Buffy drawing I focused down on drawing Buffy’s eye before I move on to the rest of her body.
Today after more research and agonizing over imagery I finally got the Buffy drawing started.
The story of the hummingbird is deeply meaningful to Pattie and I. We try to remember the hummingbird on the difficult days.
This post is my brief and humble attempt to describe the important connection between art and language.
I happened along a photography post that succinctly describes 5 mindset that keep us from creating what we love, the wisdom is universal.
For most of my childhood I’ve watched my Dad create and now he and I can collaborate with these amazing panels my dad made.
Don’t just read this post. Don’t just watch the video. Don’t just talk, think or dream. Do something! The doing is what really matters.
Another day in my daily art habit and I figured I’d talk about layering charcoal over graphite to get a next level of value in your drawings.
I spent most of my time today running errands so I didn’t have much time for art but I planned for it, got my 30 minute in and feel accomplished.