Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow Day and Some Time to Draw

It has been a long, quiet spell here on my blog.  Life has been zooming along!  After driving 15 mph for over an hour, I made it to town this morning just in time for the powers-that-be to cancel school.  I had a coffee break at the convenience store and headed back to the house.  I've had a nap and some stew, and now I've got some time to spend in my craftroom.

Although school has had me jumping through hoops, I have been making art, of sorts.  Learning, I should say.  I've been studying and practicing - taking on some challenges to improve.  And, let me tell you, there's a LOT of growing room!  It's inherent in my genetic makeup that I am a life-long learner.  I can't help it.  I don't think that's a bad thing, though.  I had given a quote to my students this week from Pablo Picasso -
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
That's a normal motto for me, but we talked, as a class, about what it meant.  Later in the week, I had one of my students quote it to another one when faced with a state practice test.  That made me smile.  So what am I doing these days that I cannot do, so that I can learn how to do it?


I know... I do a lot of that, but I've decided to learn to do new things like inking.  I've taken on a personal Design 100 Somethings Challenge posted by an artist on YouTube.  I've only reached #5, but I'm having fun!

The goal is to create 100 different designs of the same recognizable "Something", to get out of the box and stretch creative brain cells, and to have some low-stress fun drawing.  I am a terrible inker, but I am practicing that which I cannot do!  Maybe #100 will be a little better than #1!

I've also been learning to develop characters and to create turn-arounds of the characters I've created.  I've never been able to draw the same character in different positions... such as would be needed to write a children's book.  :)  But, I'm learning!  Here's a peek into the sketchbook at a Space Punk... I know, who even knows what that is, but here he is-

And, no, I don't know why he's in space shooting a bow and arrow, but check out the perspective, another of my weak spots.  Still needs lots of practice!

I've been loading up on YouTube tutorials from some great artists who people-watch and sketch interesting characters.  I've been people watching and sketching - kind of like the old USA network slogan, "Characters Welcome"!  I saw the skinniest skinny jeans EVER at the tech conference I recently attended.  It's quite a challenge to sketch on the fly as people walk by.  I've not been too successful, but "Skinnies" was a successful capture.

The Blue Purse Lady was a semi-success..

I just love learning, and who knows, maybe it will pay off one of these days.  Why don't you break out the pencils or markers and create a something, or why not 100 Somethings?  Catch a character and share it with someone to give them a smile, or practice that thing you wanted to do but were never very good at.  

What are you learning these days?  Leave a comment and share!

May God shake out the blessings on your day!