Monday, May 7, 2018

In My Studio - Sketchbook

As you may or may not know, I am an artist. I have been drawing, painting and creating my whole life. Since one of the things I wanted to do with this blog is share the things that I enjoy doing, writing about my art seemed logical. This isn't going to be an academic study, however, because there are textbooks for that. I simply want to share what I'm working on and maybe some of my thoughts on that.
Lately, I have been getting more into fan art because my inner geek is shining through and looking for ways to express itself. Since I don't have a lot of money to spend at Comic Readers I thought why not make my own art and hone my skills at the same time. Most of these sketches were just rough ideas I had in my head and I wanted to draw them out to see what would happen. Some of them are inspired by stories I have been reading by H P Lovecraft and Holly Black. Others are just random doodles.

You can see that there is a bit of a nautical theme. I think that may be the Lovecraft influence because he seemed to have a thing for tentacles. However, I didn't want to just draw tentacles so I drew some other sea creatures. The ones below are all from movies:  Creature From the Black Lagoon, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and Jaws.

A little Nosferatu with a picture of Edgar Allen Poe in the corner. I like to put all sorts of things in my sketchbooks; drawings, photos, random bits of whatever.

This is my flying lizard guy. I don't know where he came from but I started drawing a lizard head and ended up with this. That's the fun part about sketching is that you don't always have a concrete image in your mind. Sometimes I just start drawing, not really knowing what I'm going to draw.

The words surrounding the stag are lyrics to a song by Solar Fake called More Than This. I enjoy this band, you should look them up if you're interested. I'm not going to attempt to put them in any type of genre because it will start a rage fire about what is goth music. It's from a playlist on the Belfry Network podcast.

Everything up to this point was done in pen and ink. Whenever I want to do realistic portraits I use graphite because it's what I get the best results with. I have been honing my portrait skills for years, and there is always room for improvement, but I was fairly pleased with this one. I tried something new with this which was applying a light water wash to it to get that runny, drippy look. It's an aesthetic I've been favoring lately, so I'm experimenting with it.

This is Frankenstein's creature from the show Penny Dreadful, which is one of my favorite shows and I absolutely loved this rendition of the creature (from the show). I still haven't seen the final season yet but I'll get to it eventually.
If you have any questions or are curious about any other artwork I have done please leave a comment down below. Till next time.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

New Stationary

Yes, I am one of those people that gets excited about stationary, don't judge. Yesterday, I did some birthday shopping and one of the things I wanted to do was get some shiny new materials for working on my blog. I was reading through some other blogs about how they get and stay organized and it inspired me to get my butt in gear. Luckily, my local dollar store has some really cute stuff so I got some great finds and I only spent about $10!
In order to keep from going too crazy and just buying all of the things, I made a list of the things that I was looking for. I actually managed to get everything on my list except for one item (a to do list pad) so I'm feeling pretty good about that. I checked at a few places for to do list pads but the kind that I'm looking for eluded me. All I want is a long narrow pad that says To Do at the top. Seems simple enough, right? Nope! Couldn't find one anywhere. Oh well, I'll make do with what I have now and look again later. 

I got some really cute stickers, these cactus ones are 3D, which is super cool. And I love the little owl guys. I like to use stickers to decorate my notebooks and sketchbooks as well as to help me organize my blog posts. I write out a post idea in my day planner and once I've written and posted it, it gets a sticker and that's how I know that it's done.

There is a bit of a cactus theme. I was definitely needing some more pens, I only had about two left in my pen case. I like to write things out in my notebook rather than going straight to the computer. It's probably because I grew up when personal computers weren't really a thing yet.

And more stickers because why not?
It's really worth checking out your local dollar store for things like this because you can find what you need without spending a fortune. It can be hit or miss but so far, my experience has been mostly on the positive side. I only bring it up because it seems like there is this feeling that you can only get cool stuff by shopping online and that's just not the case.
I would love to see any stationary that you guys feel like sharing. Please leave a comment below.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Beach Trash

So, it's finally looking like spring around here so I thought it would be nice to spend some time outside in the sunshine. One of my favorite things to do during the warmer months is to go to the beach and comb for treasure. I've been inspired by my favorite blog, The Dainty Squid, to pick up trash I find on the beach and then arrange it in an aesthetically pleasing way and take a photo. So, that's what I did.
Now, bear in mind that the beach I visit is in the middle of the Canadian prairie whereas the beach she visits is by the Great Lakes. I don't see a whole lot of the same type of interesting refuse, it's mostly beer cans and bits of broken glass, but there is the occasional odd item. I did the best I could since this is my first trip out for the year. I'm sure I will find more interesting things as the summer kicks in. But anyway, I wanted to share what I found as well as some other miscellaneous pictures of the beach itself. Enjoy!

It was super windy today so I had to wear my sweater hood up the whole time and my hands kept getting really cold. I will share the other magnificent treasures that I decided to keep in another post. These first two are of the ice melting away from the shore. A big chunk actually splashed into the water, scaring the shit out of me!

This is the main view from the beach, looking westward. This particular spot is really popular for fishing.

The pelicans are coming back!

Here are some views of the surface ice starting to melt. It was creating some really interesting patterns and ridges in the ice. Sadly, my camera phone can't get any better pictures than this but I think you get the idea.

It was a great day of foraging and it felt really nice to get outside and see the sights. Remember to check in to see the things I found to add to my collection of oddities, including rocks, shells, bits of bone and crab claws. Laters!