Sunday, February 10, 2013
I was attending an expo yesterday and today and my mind was so overstimulated by the end of the day that I seriously had no interest in drawing tonight. The only artistic unwind I could make myself do is muck about with a medium that I don't usually use. I dumped ground up graphite from my technical pencil sharpener, smeared it around and did subtractive highlights with a kneaded eraser. I considered putting a tie on this guy with a bankster logo behind him, but I felt bad disgracing the vulture in this way… so I let him be.
Learning to love myself.
Sad drawing, happy ending. When I was 20, my boyfriend-at-the-time and I did [things] that made us sleep very little. We told ourselves it was because we needed the time to finish our album, that we were valiantly killing ourselves for what we loved. But doing [things] has side effects- you don't eat, you get paranoid, you get fired from your job for being late and/or crazy. You're sad all the time. I remember the distinct moment that I knew things had to change for real: I got on the bathroom scale and I only weighed 89 lbs.
After that moment, I decided it was most important to learn to love myself. With that in mind, I was able to let go of the idea that two people killing themselves for an idea could make a healthy relationship. I moved on to better things.
It's been a crazy past 3 days, with 3 feet of snow, not being able to leave the house, and having a lot of painting to get done. This is Klaymen, the lead character from a favorite game of mine called The Neverhood. This is one of two pieces I'm painting for an upcoming show this weekend involving game art. I'm also doing a piece with Ico and Yorda from, well, ICO!
I will leave you with one of my favorite songs from this game:
Oh, and here's a guest contributor, my lovely fiance, Bonnie. She had her own contribution to "A Face Only A Mother Could Love." I thought it an extremely elegant and economic solution.
The last time I talked to my Dad before he passed away, he told me to "look for shooting stars". That's because it was during a meteor shower—but it's always stuck with me as something much more metaphoric. His birthday is this Tuesday, so he's on my mind this week and I decided to use freestyle Sunday to play around with this imagery.
After spending the day shoveling what must have been the entire snowstorm, I passed out before being able to finish yesterdays challenge. This one is just about people who love their pets a little too much, regardless of how ugly those pets are.
I decided to take last Sunday's post and expand it into a full illustration.
I had a lot of fun working this into a full blown illustration. I'd also like to thank Scott Brundage, Aaron Miller, Marc Scheff, Daniel Nyari and Jess Worby for their valuable feedback while I was working out the details for this.
One of my favorite things to do is draw in my sketchbook - it's become ingrained that if I go out my sketchbook is coming with me. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from Brent Watkinson at The Illustration Academy when he advised everyone to "Draw What You Drink". It's a great way to make sure you do a little drawing from observation every day. In the past 5 years I must have drawn thousands of glasses of water, beer, wine, coffee, etc... It's become meditative for me, an escape into mindless, pure drawing enjoyment. Here's a page from lunch today.
I am currently sitting in upstate New York. No computer. No sketchbook. Just my iPad and adonit jot touch. With -15 minutes left to post I tried a sketch with the app procreate. Maybe only I can love this, but I do see a lot of possibility with this medium.