Friday, April 29, 2011

End of April

It hasn't been a very productive week for me. I usually managed to finish something between Tuesday to Friday but this week while I have been working on three drawings nothing actually got finished. Oh well, some weeks are like that. But I didn't want to miss my semi weekly blog update so I decided to post images of these unfinished works for your viewing. By doing this I will hopefully get you curious about what the finished drawing will look like while giving you a peek into how I go about doing one my drawings.

These first two images are inked black and white drawings of tulips. I have started the fills on the one above but the second below is only has the outlines inked. Both drawings are based on photographs of tulips. But I do tend to edit the images esp where there is a lot of visual information.

Below is the photograph I used as the basis of the above image, note how I have used only three of the flowers shown, and have left out several leaves and the background details. At this point I am not even sure what color I will use for the tulips. I will probably use the colors in the photograph, but who knows I may change my mind. I also moved the tulip in the center right more to the right, I think it makes a better composition. It is easy to forget when working from photographs that you don't have to draw either all that you see in a photograph or in exactly the same position. As an artist I have the right to draw what I like.  

My last image for today is the start of another Zentangle. I was working on the tulips yesterday when I realized that I was starting to feel a bit bored with them. So to give myself a break from the more rigid structures I decided to play with another pure Zentangle. Haven't gotten too far with it but I think I like what I have so far. Not sure you can see the pencil string markings which I will use for guidelines as I work on this piece.

That is it for images today. My other main art activity this week was to mat several of my small pen and ink works and to put 3 of them in frames. A couple of weeks ago I purchased a mat cutting set up. Not inexpensive, but it does work well so I think I will be happy with the purchase. Set up does take a bit of concentration to get the math right, and I have a slightly sore thumb from pushing the cutting blade but all in all I am happy with how it works. I am using black mat board in black frames, and I think they look rather nice. I am hoping to submit these to a local art show. Will post updates as I get further information. In the meantime comments are always welcome. If you see something you would like to purchased visit my Esty Shop.