This is just a really short post to note that although I have not been focused on any blog posts since May (!), I have been focused on creating artwork. I try to do at least one drawing every single day and post it on my instagram and/or facebook account. This has resulted in some improvement as an artist over the last 2 years...
I wanted to show you all what I could draw after about 6 months of daily practice at drawing:
After 9 months I was a little stronger in technique:
At this time I was focused on creating very colorful paintings and I didn't really focus much on teaching myself how to draw faces accurately.
At a year, I was drawing like this:
This is an undersketch for an acrylic painting. I feel like it was a leap for me. I almost kept it a sketch because I really liked the feeling this conveyed. It's so not perfect, but the feeling I get from looking at this guy is really sweet, and although the finished painting captures that, the drawing expresses it more.
After this, I started focusing on drawing more and more and painting a little less. So now I draw every day and paint every week or two. I am sure in the future this will shift again.
After 2 years and the focus switching to drawing, my sketches looked more like this:
I think they are becoming more evocative and full of movement and energy. If I really like a sketch I will try to paint it. In this case, this became one of my favorite paintings... so much so that I can't get myself to sell it! The original drawing has sold to someone I really like, so I am happy it is in a good home!
Now, after about 2 1/2 years, I am sketching like this:
I am very concerned with movement, intensity, and shading. Getting across feeling. I did get across feeling 2 years ago. And I am really still happy with the artwork I created then, but I feel that being an artist is being in process and not being sure where I am going.
Thank you to whoever is reading this for being part of that journey.