The Blogging Your Way e-course that I'm taking has really set all those rusty brain cogs back into some semblance of motion (can you hear the creak creak ow creak?). I'm rethinking not just the way I blog, but my life in general now. Lots of planning and exploration going on and it's all very exciting.
I've created two mood boards, one digital and one made up of some of the things I love from around the home. I see now that I'm going for subtler colours, more smoky as opposed to bright, although as you can see from the digital board, those colours still lurk around in the background, splashes of unpolished joy.
I've added a few of my illustrations, old and new, onto the digital board. There's quite a bit of fun there, and, hopefully, humour.
But I discovered, as I assembled objects for the second board, that I'm leaning more toward a pure canvas of white, with accents of colour - but softer, cleaner. And perhaps that's a better alternative for my blog redesign plans ... a clear backdrop against which my (colourful) art can display itself? What do you think?
I'm still exploring. I've barely begun, so I'm not sure yet what direction I'll be taking, but it's all quite a revelation, really. Love the way this class has made me view things from a different perspective. Let's see where this adventure takes me ... cheers.
So. I'm in the middle of updating one of my older drawings. Well, a set of drawings ... three white ducks drawn, ATC-sized (that's 2.5"x3.5" to those who have no idea of what Artist Trading Cards are) on coloured backgrounds, all in coloured pencil. The originals are at this post: Ducks ATCs.
I decided to play with them a bit in Corel Painter and now I'm not sure of which ones I should put up on my cards and gifts online - the original drawn in coloured pencil, or the new digitally re-painted ones!
I'd love some help deciding, so here is the original:
And here's the 'painted' version:
To tell the truth, this isn't the first time I find myself stuck at having to make a choice. Am not too great at decision-making anyway, and when it comes to my art I think I get far too emotionally close, so it's difficult to stand back and be objective. I can get stuck for hours just trying to pick two different shades of the same colour! It's so not amusing that it's funny.
I'm seriously considering starting up a regular "dilemma" section where I ask for help picking out colours or different versions of a piece of art or illustration ... we shall see ...
As far as my Ducks are concerned, I do think I know which one I'm leaning more towards, but am still unsure and haven't made up my mind, so I'd love and appreciate any comments and help. Which one do you prefer?
I confess, I was leaning more toward the second, re-painted Duck ... but as most of you (both here and on my facebook pages) have picked the first one, that's the one I shall now work on to place on products on my online stores. Thank you so much for all the input, it has helped me tons! Cheers.
Something that's been bothering me lately ... not having the time to sit down and draw. Or paint. Or do anything more than occasional doodles or sketches, like the ones above, for example, done while I was waiting for something else to happen.
I have been reorganizing. I've mentioned it before so won't dwell on it again, but the result, ironically, is that my actual art time has suffered. I keep putting things off. I'm too busy, or I can't stop to think, or I just don't have the time 'right now' ... so I work on instead on finishing up art that is done and waiting, or think up something else (completely unrelated of course) to do instead. Copious amounts of tea and coffee are being imbibed while I fret about not drawing ... promising myself that it will be done "tomorrow".
I need to feel organized and have a clean, uncluttered space around me (both mentally and physically) in order to breathe, sit quietly, and allow myself to focus on my art. But I should be able to create anytime, no matter what. Right? That's what I keep telling myself. As a result, I am now totally blocked. No ideas at all. It's actually quite amusing, really.
How does procrastination affect your creative process? What do you do when you're blocked?
I do realize that this is just a phase, yes. I will be fine eventually, I know. It's all in the process of being attended to, so it will all get done, and I'll be whipping my pencils around in a colourful frenzy again in no time at all. Tomorrow ...
I've been a huge fan of Holly Becker's for a long time now, and love her Decor8 blog, her personality and style. So when I decided that it was time my life, art, business and blogs needed a huge reorganization and revamp, I leapt at the chance to enroll in her Blogging Your Way Boot Camp online course.
Of course it's a bit insane that I decide to take these courses on when I have so much on my hands at the moment, but that's really the point -- as it's time I took everything, especially my art and business, up to the next level. And to do so I have to first make sure that all my foundations are firm and in place, which means shaking things up a bit, and getting them to fall back into their intended spots so that I can steer myself in the right direction (with fingers tightly crossed). So I'm really looking forward to inspiration and great tips from the class. I shall let you know how things go ...