Here’s a little story about a lucky dog who got adopted.
I haven’t posted here since adding all the Inktober sketches, but that’s because I’ve been busy coloring them all in! I’ve also added some new illustrations to my Etsy shop: “Nyx,” the ancient Greek goddess of night, and a reworking of an old sketch about a kid who colors outside the lines.
Hey there! It’s been a little while since I’ve shared anything new here, and that’s because I took most of August “off” to collect new ideas, to step away from the computer and draw exclusively by hand again. I participated in the 21-Day Drawing Challenge created by graphic artist Von Glitschka and presented by Lynda.com. I found out about it a bit late, so I’m still catching up on the last few days. It was ostensibly created for beginning artists or for people who want to enrich their lives with a drawing habit, but I recommend it for artists at any skill level who find themselves in a bit of a rut.
The object of the challenge was to create a finished drawing each day, but what it really did for me was to help generate tons of ideas, and sketches that I’ve only just begun to develop. As of now, I have at least ten new drawings to ink, scan, color, and show off over the next month or so.
I did this illustration before starting the challenge, but since summer weather is still here, it remains relevant. I have it in my shop as an art print, without the lettering.
I was going to add these to my last post, but the Internet likes volume.
Making things rainbow and kawaii seems to be my favorite way of cheering myself up when I’m going through something heavy. It’s the visual equivalent of eating a pile of candy. I can’t sing the blues until I’m a safe distance from it, I’ve learned.
Artists, illustrators, designers: do you have a kind of art— style, subject, practice, etc.— that you turn to when you’re going through a difficult time?
I started calling myself “Little Cog” when I did data entry work in a cramped, frigid cubicle. “There there, little cog,” I would say while sniffling, trying to fight off another office cold. Luckily I don’t think of myself that way any longer, but the character stuck in my mind. Hopefully it has the balance of cuteness and melancholy that I imagined.
I’ve been looking for a new sketching exercise lately, and I’d forgotten how much I like to draw masks— you can delve into geometry, symmetry, abstraction, facial expressions, symbolism, pretty much anything you could improve in your art.
All of these masks are real, from different cultures and times, picked at random from an image search.
Another color version— I could make new ones for days: