So for a while now, I’ve been thinking about posting some of my journaling artwork up here on the blog to showcase what I do with my journals (I’m currently working in both the Metronome Lever and the Brass Tome). I think that I’m just going to put up the images and then share some thoughts on them.
This is a lighting study that I did a while ago to try and figure out if i could create realistic lighting effects with some Pitt brush pens that I had just gotten. It took me a little while to figure out what colors to use and get the perspective down. Over all I’m very pleased with the results. I think that it turned out really cool and I’m proud of it. The doodle was just a doodle that I did one day while sitting around on a day off that I had. I was thinking about some steampunky stuff and trying to come up with an opening few lines for a story that I never ended up writing. In that I was just messing with some stuff and I think that the lightning from the Tesla coils turned out neat. The writing I think is kinda lame, but that may just be me being overly critical of myself.
Starting after Trista and I started dating we decided that while we should both be creating more, she with her writing and I with my drawing, and that we would give each other prompts when we thought of something or demanded a prompt from the other. The prompts that we would give each other were usually one word ideas, or occasionally a sentence to get us moving on an idea. We both thought that this would help us grow as artists and expand into areas that we normally wouldn’t go on our own. One of the first prompts that Trista hit me with was “mist”. She sent it to me in a text and I believe my response was “how the hell am I going to draw mist?” She just responded that I should just do it and quit my whining. I sat and agonized over this exercise because I really wanted to a) figure this out and b) impress Trista a little as we hadn’t been dating all that long at this point. I finally came to some conclusion that the mist would have to be an absence or negative space within the drawing and that I was focusing on the wrong thing. The real issue was what goes on around the mist. I tried for something simple with some deciduous trees in winter. I decided to go with the naked trees because quite frankly Ive never been able to get leaves and how they should look on trees down correctly. I keep trying but I wanted this to be perfect, as it was one of the first prompts. Trista loved it, and I think that it worked out OK. Trista has continued to give me environment study prompts. I really enjoyed making these as it does push me in a new and different direction. The river study is based on a river (I cant remember which, maybe the Red River, maybe the Columbus, I’m not sure) that Trista and I saw while we were on our cross-country road trip this past March. The Cave study is based on a composite of multiple photographs that I took while in Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. I have other studies that I haven’t photographed yet, these just happened to all be on the same page. I’m sure that I’ll put them up at some point. The prompt idea has been a huge success in getting Trista and I to create more and I can’t recommend it highly enough to any couple in which one or both of the people are creative. Its just a phenomenal tool to keep both people working and moving in a way that they would not normally head.
This was another prompt from Trista. I think that she was feeling whimsical, and felt like messing with me a little bit, and hit me with the prompt of “butterfly”. I think she could almost hear the disbelief and slight derrision and my response of “really? butterfly? you want me to draw a fracking butterfly?” To which she just simply replied “yeah, i want you to draw me a butterfly. Will you draw it for me?” The last bit was said in the sweetest and nicest way that there was no way that I could refuse. Me being me however I wasn’t about to just draw some nice sweet butterfly. I also didn’t want to disapoint her so I tried to come up with something that she would think was cool and interesting. This is what I came up with. Ive always thought that the Mexican Calavera was a really cool and interesting character, and that it would be a neat idea that to marry that with a pair of butterfly wings. I think that it came out pretty cool and that it works as an over all drawing study. Ive been thinking that I may do some refining and incorporate it in to a future project that I’ve been thinking about (no spoilers, i promise). Also the name is totally bullshit Spanish. I looked up the word for butterfly on the internet and just thew a “la” in there for good measure. I don’t speak Spanish and don’t claim to. Its just made up. If its wrong i apologize to all of the Spanish speaking world, I don’t know anyone who speaks Spanish that I could have asked.
This one wasnt a prompt but it was a study in trying to get a water pen and Peerless Watercolors to work the way I want them to work. This came out a little funky, but I still think it came out pretty cool. I did this one at the height of summer out here in Washington (state, not DC) and it was just hot and horrible every day (which now that its fall and raining a lot i really shouldn’t be complaining about, anyway…).
I think that Ive rambled on enough about my own artwork. I would really appreciate any constructive criticizim that you guys have for me. I would appreciate compliments more but that may be asking too much (/smirk). Any-who… I know that I’ve been really really lax on updating the site and sincerely apologize for that. Ive been working really hard on lots and lots of journals in my big ramp up for Journalfest next month so that I will have lots of journals to sell and not have a half empty table. This also means that I have an enormous back log of journals to showcase here on the blogy blog. But I will try and maintain some kind of update schedule. More than likely once a week, on a Tuesday or Thursday. I hope to up that to twice a week after the Journalfest ramp up and I’m more in a leisurely pace (don’t read that as lazy, just toned down from my current frenetic pace). Im thinking that the twice a week schedule will be a journal feature on Tuesday and a journal page showcase on Thursday. I doubt that the journal page showcase will be as extensive as this one has. More likely it will be a two maybe three page showcase. I think that about does it.
Next up is (and I swear that it is this time, for cereal guys) The Tri-Gear journal.