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Mistakes January 21, 2017

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I have a problem with perfectionism. Not with other people’s work, just my own. It causes a lot of stress and impedes my work, and it impacts everything I do. Chopping vegetables. Parking the car. Doing my daughter’s hair. And, of course, it greatly impacts my creative endeavours.

So, in an effort to fight my perfectionism, I challenged myself this week to do some art entirely in pen – no underlying pencil sketch, thumbnailing, studies, or other preparatory work allowed. And in an additional effort to embrace those mistakes, I’m sharing what I drew this week just as it is, no image manipulation involved.






Experimentation: Sumi-e April 20, 2011

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I finally got out a sumi-e, Japanese ink painting, set that was given to me a little while ago and after some very brief research, produced the following painting:

My only instruction was a very simple YouTube video.  As such, my technique, as well as the time taken to grind the ink, needs work, but further practice and instruction should yield better results.  I really love the simplicity of sumi-e and am looking forward to trying it again.

Testing the Water December 14, 2010

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Art is something I always have to approach tentatively.  I get immense joy out of creating something I’m happy with, but nothing stresses me out more than when it isn’t working.

In that vein, since I haven’t drawn a thing in the past two months but suddenly had a strong urge to do so, I started light:

Damian Sires, star of my NaNoWriMo novel of this year, as she appeared in the second draft of the story and the current.

One thing that never fails to cause me stress is computer colouring.  While I love the forgiving nature of it – Ctrl-Z is my best friend – I am frequently frustrated by my lack of progress with it.  Given my growing interest in markers this year, I had more or less sworn off computer colouring.

Then, a few minutes ago, I discovered a picture I’d started colouring in Photoshop:

And I was pleasantly surprised at how the little colouring I’d done so far had come out.  It wasn’t the colouring that caused me to abandon this image over a year ago; it was the lineart, which, while I used my smallest inking pen, the digital conversion caused it to become heavy and obnoxious.  Some experimentation when this issue plagued me yielded no solutions, so I had already decided I would colour this with markers instead.

Looking at it again, however, the lineart doesn’t bother me as much, and I like the little colouring so far enough that maybe I will continue colouring it on Photoshop.  Of course, this is one of at least twenty drawings that need to be finished, so who knows when I’ll actually get to it.