I was sent an email from Jon Burgermans mailing list about this book and because I am always tempted to pick up my pens and start the doodle artwork again, I thought it might be worth giving this book a try. I also thought that the idea inside might help feed and inspiremy character artwork too.
I’ve only had a really quick flick so far, mostly because Marcus wanted to have a peep too and I don’t think he is quite ready for this level of artwork yet, but what I have seen so far just see,s to be a lot of fun! Fun is an aspect in my art that I don’t ever feel like I have been able to capture so hopefully some of the ideas in this book will help bring that out in me.
And since writing this, Marcus has picked up the book three times, so maybe he is ready for some of the ideas in it?
I’ll report and share some of the results if/when I do them.
I managed to get out in the garden this morning and do some painting. It’s been a fair while since I did anything creative like this, so it was good fun again.
It involves a lot of water and making a mess, so the husband will probably be mortified when I tell him what I have been up too!
What I enjoy about this process is the fact that it can be so quick and still produce some good results. It can be a bit hit and miss because it involves spraying water over paint and then waiting to see what happens! Sometimes a canvas turns out brilliantly and looks really good and well blended. Other times it turns into a horrible mess and you just end up either having to white wash the canvas or throwing it away.
A couple of these are looking rather promising already – but I’ll have to see what happens when nature takes its course during the drying phase! It’s a big part of why I paint outside; other than to avoid the mess of paint on the carpets, but seeing what that days weather does to the drying paint. It only takes the smallest breeze to push the paint in a way that wasn’t expected. Which is why the wet WIP pictures can look so different to the finished pieces.
I think the darker of the pictures will need some reworking and probably another layer or two to cover the canvas texture, but the other two are looking rather promising so far.
What do you all think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I don’t often put written posts with my daily doodles, but because this one looks a little different I thought I would say something about it. Hope you don’t mind!
I didn’t take that much away from my days at University studying Illustration – mostly because I was pursuing an art direction that I needed to do a drastic U-Turn from, but at the time I couldn’t see it – but there was an exercise in the second year of the course where we had to find interesting characters in scribbles.
When I am feeling particularly blank or uninspired, I fall back on this technique and see when I can find in a simple pencil scribble. I find that it gives me ideas to advance and take onto a further stage of development. Like this one here, I can see some interesting elements that I might try and take a bit further, so be on the look out for that soon.
I find this amazing artistic journey such a wonderful thing at times. If I hadn’t stumbled across this particular piece of work, I’d have sworn blind that my artwork hadn’t changed and that I was still doing the same sort of thing to when I first started.
Looking at this, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
While the style is most obviously mine, I can see where my work has evolved over the time I have spent creating this type of artwork. And actually, how the other styles and sorts of artwork that I have done in between focus’ have informed my current practise too. It’s humbling to find something from where you started and see how it has changed along the
It makes me somewhat kiddy with excitement to wonder how my artwork will evolve over the next few months and years I’ll be creating. I guess that is why we all call it an artistic journey, because when we look back we can see the footprints of our past creations and how our steps may have changed, but we still keep elements of what we started with, with us.
I just wanted to share this all with you because it made me feel rather happy to see that, despite me thinking otherwise, I have evolved and my artwork has already changed along with me.