Tag Archive | Art

I’m looking for a full time studio Security guard… No not really.

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Okay, now that you all think I’ve utterly lost the plot. Let me explain my little joke.

About a year ago, my daughter who was turning sixteen at the time started showing an interest in Anime and more importantly in drawing it.

I’m no art snob. Art is art. (If they can call a blob of paint on a canvas art then anime is art too)

I feel as long as you are creating and loving what you are doing then you are an artist!  And naturally I was uber proud, my little girl is loving what her mommy loves. Art!

Anyway, I digress, Willo (pronounced Willow) started doing anime, but at first, she was tracing all her drawings.

Again, this didn’t bother me, because I’ve heard that tracing is a great way to teach your hand and eye to see things as they really are.

I wish someone had taught me that tidbit when I was learning. I spent many flopped drawings free-handing before I eventually got the hang of the hand eye thing.

Back to the story – Willo spent a while doing everything via tracing then she inherited a sketch book out my studio that was A3 (I don’t like working that big) and for some reason she decided she was ready to free-hand.

I was gob-smacked at the results.

Not only does she sketch at lightning speed, but her accuracy is astounding for someone who for all intents and purposes is a beginner!

And she’s a drawing fiend, she’s already nearly filled that sketch book and inherited another out my studio.

(And that was the important part of this rambling post. That Tracing is a great way to learn to draw)

She’s also claimed some of my cheaper art supplies, like my spectrum noir color pencils. I had all five sets, and although they are good for crafters, they are horrible for fine art. So Willo got those too. I’m happy to hand over the supplies I don’t use to encourage her to keep going.

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Now I’ll tell you why I need the security guard….

Willo needed black color pencil so I gave her my spare black polycromos.

Woops!

She discovered the difference between epic art supplies and mediocre art supplies.

To keep her from raiding my Polychromos drawers I gave her my set of 24 Drewent Drawing color pencils….

Oh boy… She’s hell on color pencils. She’s burning through them and eyeing the door to my studio with wicked intent.

And she’s complaining about the paper in the second sketch book.

*considers buying a lock for art supply cupboard*

 

Laughs…

Now do you see why I need a security guard?!?

 

Have a lovely Sunday, dear-ones

Genevieve

 

 

 

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Rust Remover

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a serious interest in art.

Art as in – drawing, painting, and most visual arts.

However, lately my love for the scratch of a pencil on drawing paper is rekindling.

There is only one problem with that.

All my years of learning and practice have gotten a fine patina of rust from lack of use.

So to the de-rusting (I don’t think that’s a word) we go.

 

I was—in my teens and early twenties—predominantly a graphite and acrylic artist. Those are the mediums I know well.

But what sparked my current interest is Lisa of Lachri fine art and her color pencil drawings.
(I always have to remind myself to say color pencils because we call them pencil crayons.)

This reawakening of interest has been a slow process so I’ve started collecting new tools for my trade.

Color pencils, acrylics, airbrushing supplies and lately (listen carefully and you’ll hear a choir of angels) copic markers.

I also got some sketch books. And in this post I’ll show you the results of starting to sand off all that rust.

This was my first drawing in my Canson XL Mix Media (the link is to the place I bought it, no I’m not affiliated with them.

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This was done using a mixture color pencils and copic marker.

 

My next sketchbook is a moleskine so I wanted to do something with the solid black cover. I found (a long time ago) an image of a werewolf I loved. So I contacted the artist on dA and asked his permission to recreate the werewolf on my sketchbook cover.

This was done using acrylic paint.

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The original piece was line art by TheHand on dA.

So it looks like the rust is coming off, but its a long process. Its taking me ten times as long to get anything done. Hopefully that will improve with time. (haha)

That Awkward Feeling When…

Hi Everyone,

 

Lately I’ve been very much into fine arts again. When I say lately you have to understand, as a child my first love was reading, my second was art.

But for many years I focused more on other crafts and projects, but now I find myself starting to collect supplies and wanting to draw and paint.

 

 

For the past few years I’ve slowly collected everything I need to do airbrushing and although I’ve tried a few color backgrounds I haven’t actually done anything that could be called “painting” with the airbrush.

My new project which is an underwater scene with a dolphin needed me to create a new background.

One of the last things I got was my duel action airbrush and a 50L air compressor.

It’s not one of those little cute art ones, because they are seriously overpriced, but rather the type of compressor that you’d find in a workshop. A work horse– something that costs half what an art compressor will cost (just because its targeted at artists) and last five times as long. That means its LOUD.

 

I have admit, I’m a chicken when it comes to anything “under pressure” I won’t even use the pressure cooker, (they scare me) and when my compressor switches on and off it scares the living crap out of me.

One time during today’s painting session I was filling my airbrush with paint as it switched on…

My face is covered in blue paint. *raises an eyebrow* Yes I’m jumpy with the thing.

My tattered nerves aside, it really works well.

 

But now we get to that awkward feeling. Yes. That awkward feeling when you are trying to work in a new medium and you realize you SUCK at it!

Its times like these when having learned patience comes in handy.

Because I know I suck at airbrushing

But I also know I won’t continue to suck at airbrushing. As I practice using the medium I will get better. I know I can’t get worse.

These are the first layers of the painting

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(ps: The Dolphin and bottom part are covered in frisket so it will be solid white once I peel the frisket off. )

And though I was originally going to do the dolphin and the coral in pencil colors I think I’m going to try and airbrush them as well. (the more I practice…)

I’m okay with making mistakes, I’ll learn from them and I’m determined to learn how to do this.

But tonight I plan on attacking my youtube app on my tablet and finding videos on.

-how to unclog your airbrush

-how to clean your airbrush

-Airbrushing 101.

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

Eagle’s Stare – Finally done

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Spectrum Noir pencil colors and normal drawing paper.

I do have some Fabriano paper that I’m going to try for my next piece, but this paper wasn’t too bad.

I don’t think I was able to get as many layers as I would have liked, and I’m still getting the feel for the pencils. So its a matter of getting used to the medium and seeing if it will do what I need it to do in order to create the effects I want.

Hope you like. 😀

Smudging Solution

Morning Crafty Folk,

This is just a quick tip for you today.

I’m busy working on me Eagle, and since I’m left handed I tend to smudge as I work. I’m sure it happens to right handed people too, but working left to right (as we are taught from small) makes it more problematic for a South-Paw.

You could use a normal piece of printer paper to stop the smugery (wow, there I go making up words again) but it doesn’t work all that well.

I have discovered something that is both cost effective and anti-smug effective.

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Yes, the humble,wax wrap or wax paper.

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You can still see through it, but it protects the work where your hand is.

Nifty huh?

Have a great day Crafties,

Genevieve

Color Pencil Heaven

Good Morning Crafties,

Okay, so I’ve been MIA and deep in enemy territory. Between having bronchitis (right at the start of winter), trying to come off my cortisone meds, (not the best plan I’ve ever had) and the whole house being tiled out (out with the carpets), I’ve had very little time for anything creative, let alone time online.

But things are starting to settle down and I will be sharing more creative things with you as I get more and more settled. I have a few things to share and some on-the-go projects as well.

Starting with color pencils. Now, you have to understand, I’m working to find the best way to put it all in one accessible space for me. Coloring and drawing with color pencils (I keep wanting to call them pencil crayons because that’s what we call them here in South Africa) has become my current favorite medium/media.

I got all five sets of Spectrum Noir pencils (they are oil based not wax based) and I was loathed to take them out the collection tins. So this was the first thing I did.

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Each collection got its own unique washi strip (thanks Lindsay for the idea) and the numbers for the pencils were written out with my label maker and pasted in the tin lid as well as the numbers (in the order they were in the tin when I got it and color swatches of each pencil.

Awesome and so nicely organized, but wait… I want to work with more than one collection at a time and sitting there with the tins open all around me is just painful. So on to the next plan.

Still keeping the washi on the pencils (and the tins in a safe place should I decide I want to put them back in there) I moved the whole collection to an old make-up case.

I pulled out my trusty hot glue gun. Took two empty and clean liter ice-cream dishes and hot glued them in there.

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And put a swatch out of all the colors in the top netting space where the mirror used to be (You can’t see it in the photo but its there) and I have space in there for my erasers and my other odds and ends.

As you can see I have my Derwents in there too.

Epic and it works like a charm. I do wish that I could separate by color families, but until Gavin (who should have been named Procrastination) builds my proper color pencil box, this will do.

PS: Yes that is a make up brush in the pencil bag. The big soft blush brushes (once cleaned) work very well to get rid of eraser bits and what-not)

Now I’m trying to find the perfect blending solution. So far the best I’ve gotten is Thinners. I can’t find any odorless and that sucks, because the stuff pongs to high-heaven.