Scoop

The gnome seems to have tips for getting a scoop!

The journalistic meaning of “scoop” was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this week’s prompt – blame it on having English as a second language (or on following the French presidential campaign?). However there are plenty of ice cream scoops over at Illustration Friday.

Around here, ice cream weather isn’t there yet:
winter evening mist

The Monster Under The Bed

This week I continued working on drawing perspective. Lately I’d been drawing rooms from the point of view of an observer facing the wall, and this time I wanted the observer to be looking at the angle of the room. It meant switching from one-point to two-point perspective, which I’m so glad I finally did, because it opens up so many new possibilities.

Since the monster under the bed only comes out at night, I also had to start thinking about light and shadows, something that’s on my creative to-do list. Spontaneously I’m drawn to bright colors and in my head this bedroom was full of bright painted furniture, colorful patterns on the bed linen, the wallpaper and the pictures on the wall.

But by moonlight? A black, gray and blue palette only? Tricky!

Here is some food for thought from my helpful twitter friends:

  • Debra sent me this article about painting night scenes.
  • Kristin recommended: “err on the light side, you can always go darker. Using a color opposite on the color wheel is a good way to darken hues.” (which I really need to explore, since I tend to always use black when I need to darken a color).

Conclusion: I definitely want to learn more about color theory. Do you have any tips or resources to recommend?

PS: Plenty of inspiring other interpretations of “heroic” over at Illustration Friday.

 

 

Love Is Not Just Chemistry

Although I am not an active member of the scientific community anymore, I do stand — as a trained physicist and as a simple citizen — with scientists facing attacks from ultra conservative administrations and all kinds of obscurantist forces.

This is why I haven’t drawn this heart full of physics, chemistry, biology and other natural sciences : because I am convinced that giving the humanities extra support is more important now than ever.

Whether they like it or not, the problems that scientists are facing under administrations like Trump’s or with climate change skeptics are not scientific, they are political. In other words, scientists need tools to be able to deal with this reality : just because people know the facts, it doesn’t mean that they will chose to act the way you think they should.

And isn’t this precisely what the humanities are about ?

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Some Things

  • Something nice in the mail: a box of delicious home-made chocolates, courtesy of my awesome brother.
  • Something  I’m working on: a little academia-inspired valentine printable. (Here is the one I made last year).
  • Something to listen to: I’ve been catching up on While She Naps episodes. I found the one with Thomas Knauer about quilting really interesting. I also started listening to the Creative Pep Talk podcast. Warmly recommended! This and this episodes are my favorite so far.
  • Something inspiring: Nicole Smeltzer’s science illustrations, Rachel Grant’s collages, and Sophie Miller’s embroideries.

    Have a lovely weekend!

Up

I first thought of hot air balloons and high mountains, and then I figured I’d rather interpret this week’s theme, “up” as in “standing up against”. Somehow more appropriate these days.

On the technical side, it was a good chance to practice drawing characters in low-angle perspective. I watched some really helpful videos on the topic, like this one or that one.
I’ll have to work on getting the volume right, though! The man is rather flat, don’t you think? I think it looks like he’s just been cut out from a sheet of paper.

Mischief

It’s almost midnight, and I’d need to add some extra shadows and reflections, then try getting a better photo, but it’s time to call it a day! So, this is the illustration I created for this week’s Illustration Friday prompt: “mischief”.

I got the idea pretty quickly, but started painting a bit late so it was a challenge to finish it on time. Yet I’m so glad I pushed myself ! Painting interiors (especially scandinavian) is on my list of goals for this year. I used watercolor and color pencils. The boxes, the plants, the faucet, the cupboard handles, the gnome, the cat and the curtain are painted separately, then cut and glued on the background. I’m getting better at looking for pictures on pinterest to use as references when I need help with figuring out lights and shadows, perspective, etc.

It’s really fun to imagine a home for my gnomes to live in.

 

Swirling Wind

Blame it on the lack of light and stormy weather, my camera has been sitting in a drawer for some time. I’m looking forward to start snapping pictures of the neighborhood soon.

For now, here is what I made for this week’s illustration friday challenge. The theme was “swirl”.

Internet (And Frugal Art Supplies)

No gnomes this time! When I saw the theme for this week on illustration friday, it was an abstract network that came to my mind.

Here is what I made it with:

  • A piece of cardboard from a post package as a “canvas”
  • Envelopes that once contained tax returns, a letter from my grandma and whatnot
  • Colorful bits from selected pages of catalogues, tracts, museum brochures and recycling instructions. (I keep these organized by colors in a box that’s moved with me in three different places. Crazy ?) I chose only mat papers so that I wouldn’t get any reflections when taking a picture with the flash.
  • Homemade wheatpaste.  It has the perfect drying time for this kind of work and it’s super efficient.
  • Tools: scissors, a scalpel knife and self healing cutting mat. Oh, and washers as circle-drawing guides!

collage making desk

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Sound

This week’s theme for illustration friday is “sound”. I thought about music and waves, and used random paper scraps I’ve saved over the years. Here is to keeping old envelopes, Christmas party announcements, newspaper subscription forms and old tea catalogues!

After a lot of paper cutting, I am longing for a long walk. But there’s a serious snowstorm outside,that’s been going on for two days and nights now. So instead there will be books, good food and cups of turmeric milk .

collage making process || by marion