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.

 

 

Candlelight And A Cup Of Coffee

Candlelight and a cup of coffee || Cut paper collage, watercolor and gouache || bymarion

Not as carefully finished as I would have wanted, but still in time to post for this week’s Illustration Friday: the theme was “Shelter”, so I felt I could not skip it.


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Below Zero

ColdWell, those four letters pretty much sum it up!

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Some Things

Bokeh || Some Things || bymarion

Something twinkling at my window. I’d been wanting to practice bokeh again since reading this post by Freya earlier this week, and the occasion presented itself no later than Wednesday! When I first discovered Freya’s blog, she was writing about her dreams of one day becoming a professional photographer. And now, she is one. Which is so inspiring.

Something beautiful to illustrate nasty fungal matters, by Arpita Choudhury, a science communicator and artist behind the great blog The Science of Illustration.

Speaking of which, I just started a Knowledge & Art pinterest board to collect examples of  work presenting scientific knowledge in an artistic way. If you would like to contribute to this board, you’re welcome to email me: I’ll be happy to invite you.

And last, how about something sweet? Maybe a slice of pie?

Have a great weekend!


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The Lights Are On

candle

drops on the window Transitioning to December.

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Some Things

moon_lamp

Something that happens at sunset at this time of the year. Here is a similar photo from last year.

Something I’m happy about: Sabrina Palmares, an artist and illustrator from the Philippines, recently relaunched her blog, Mustard World. I love her paper cuts and watercolors. Einstein is also on her desk, by the way!

So many things in so few words. Nelkumi‘s posts always take my breath away.

Some things we (don’t) say to people in elevators, and other things Stupidity Hole writes when he — lucky us! — has little to do at work — make me laugh and put me in a good mood.

Have a great weekend!


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Tracing Paper Is Outdated

window drawing

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
{Inspired by SouleMama}


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