Trying to make a composition
The last few months I have been trying to draw for at least 30 minutes a day. Trying to create a habit and it is beginning to work.
Just a quick sketch of some simple flowers in pencil and then adding gouache paint. It kind of becomes a different way of medition: the soft strokes of the brush, the mixing of the paints and just making simple, sweet little flowers. It helps me to unwind, despite what has to be done on that day, cause at least I have a flower at the end of the day.
This sketch in paint was an experiment in trying to make a composition directly on paper. Normally I scan the single flowers into the computer and trace them over in Adobe Illustrator and then make a composition. This means I can worry about composition later on.
In this case the composition started out very well with just the center flowers and the branch with flowery shapes at the right. Guess something went wrong when I added the orange and blue flowers. But this is all about experimentation, so I do not really care about a bad looking composition.
I know from myself that I have to make a lot of mistakes first before getting things right!
This owl was the result of the Imaginary Creature class by Carla Sonheim last month. There are still some creatures and animals to be finished. But redoing this class has taught me a lot.
So back to experimenting with mixed media again and enjoying it!
Working on indexcard really frees me up. With the online collage class “Daring Adventures in Collage” we are trying out different forms of collage. Working on small cards helps me to keep fresh and experimenting without too much thinking.
After all, it is impossible to create a piece of Art on an indexcard, isn’t it?
Two weeks after the initial sketches, the purpose of the design was announced: create a piece to hang on the wall: Wall Art.
Since I already started to draw some of the sketches in Adobe Illustrator, I took the whale and started working on it. Adding styles to make it look like it had been drawn on a chalkboard.
That did not work out as well as I woul have wanted. So I brought the pieces into Photoshop and started to draw with chalk brushes to get the real hand drawn look.
And this is how it turned out:
Wall Art for Bootcamp
Here is a close up from the chalk brushes that I used:
This month the theme for the MATS Bootcamp is all nautical. A theme which fits me so well. So out came my sketchbook and started filling pages with whales, orca’s (or something that looks like it), shells and boats and ships related things.
You can always count on Carla Sonheim to come up with fun and simple ideas to make something fun and simple!
This bird was made after watching Carla’s video. My bird turned out to be more detailed. Adding a bit of gesso and coloured pencil to make it work.
Do you want to play as well? Just watch this video here:
The advantage of having an iPad is that there are loads of apps available in which you can draw. Even vector based drawings that can be opened up in Illustrator to make final adjustments. At the moment I am working with the Adobe Ideas app. This is a free app available in the app store.
It is like drawing with the Blobbrush in Adobe Illustrator. You draw with one of the tools and use the eraser to shape the brush strokes. Luckily there are layers available, just like in Illustrator. For the moment I am experimenting with using a seperate layer for each colour.
Drawing with a stylus is not easy. I am using a small stylus, but it has a pretty large ‘point’. It is a simple, cheap stylus from a discount store, but it feels better than using my fingers for drawing.
I am looking forward to send this sketch to the pc (have to figure out iCloud and downloading yet) and make further edits in Illustrator.