- 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!
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.
I’m taking a walk every day despite the gloomy weather. I wonder how the clothespin got there?
There is so little snow.
Humans were here.
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.
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”.
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!
- some things to remember from this week: a snow storm that left a snow dune around the house, candles on the table every day, homemade chocolate mousse enjoyed in good company and photos snapped for a creative project with my little brother.
- something on my desk: a pile of greeting cards. I’ve been cutting paper like crazy!
- something artsy: following the Illustration Friday prompts is not only a great way for me to push myself and make more work, it’s also an excellent occasion to discover the work of very talented artists: this week I’ve been in awe of the work of Tini Malitius, Yacov Kleiman, Terri Murphy, and Nataliya Zhydchenko.
Have a cozy weekend!
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 .
Status update: a star still shining at the kitchen window, fresh snow and freezing cold. Oh, and just some extra fairy lights.
While it’s pretty hard for me to be optimistic when it comes the political side of things for 2017, I feel determined not to fall into apathy and despair. And since I know I feel best when I’m being creative, I’ve made a little list of creative resolutions for myself.
Drawing along with Eileen in December was really fulfilling. Now committing to posting a finished drawing every day would not be realistic for me. However I think that every week might work, so I’ll try to follow the illustration friday prompts. This week’s topic is “talk”.
In my mind these gnomes were always intended to be made with cut paper collage, so here’s the first one (with messy glue stains, un-erased pencil lines and all!)
I’m really looking forward to seeing what you create this year. I’m learning so much from all of you. Thanks for being around, and happy new year!