Carve & Draw Monthly

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Boredom

I am truly thankful for boredom. I know that may sound weird but it’s true. Unfortunately it gets a bad rap. Culturally we’ll do almost anything to avoid it and we often treat it like it’s some sort of disease that needs to be cured. But I think boredom is nothing to be afraid of or avoided. Actually it’s a very important part of my artistic process. You see, for me, inspiration, imagination and creativity are the sparks that get my artistic energy flowing but it’s boredom that often fuels my work. 

My creative ideas are infinite. I can always think up something of interest to create so I’m never short of ideas, it’s getting around to sitting down and actually creating that’s the problem. And in this day and age that can be a difficult task. We have so many things that we can busy ourselves with that we can easily mistaken busyness for productivity without ever realizing that we’re not being productive at all. It reminds me of something I once read in regards to writers back when I was taking a creative writing class. There are two kinds of writers, the first is the kind of writer who reads writing books, joins writing groups, does writing exercises, goes to writing seminars and takes writing courses. The second kind of writer just sits down and writes. One writer is caught up in what I call “busy work”, the other is being productive. Sometimes busy work can lead to something productive but a lot of times it just creates the illusion of productivity. This can easily apply to artists as well so I often think about it to keep myself in line. It’s easy to get wrapped up in cruising the art supply store, buying new pens, sketchbooks and paper. I could easily spend time thumbing through art magazines, keeping tabs on other artists who inspire me and chit chatting with other artists and followers on social media. Now this isn’t to say that doing any of this is bad, it all has its part, it’s just that to be a productive artist I need to sit down and create art. That’s just the reality of it all. I can have the best art supplies, have a lot of artist connections and be surrounded with amazing artistic inspiration but it doesn’t count for doing the work and doing it well. There is no way around it. And for me to get to that point I personally need to get bored. It’s only when I’m face to face with boredom that I have no other choice but to sit down and do the work. It’s there in the stillness and silence of boredom that I am forced to be creative. I can no longer do the dance of avoidance. Without anything else to tantalize my senses or stimulate my mind, I pick up my pen and draw. 

Scribbles & Scratch

I was up until 1am scratching out some sketches for my next ACEO series. Most of the time if I have something in mind I go straight into the linework on the cards and then go from there. But sometimes I have to do preliminary sketches to work out my ideas, especially if it’s complex or if its a figurative piece that is a bit more involved than a portrait. Sometimes I use elements and poses from previous drawings and sometimes I do something all completely new. I’m not the greatest at drawing things straight from my imagination, especially when it’s something I’ve never drawn before, so often I need to gather reference material. You should have seen me running back and forth from my camera to strike a pose with only 10 seconds to get ready for the shot to capture some photo references. If I had the money, I would hire a model but for now I have to use myself which is not fun for me. I prefer being behind the camera not in front of it. 

This next series involves beings with wings but I want to make it clear that they are not angels. They’re simply avian beings. For the moment I’m calling the series “Dark Wing” but that may change as well as some elements to the drawings. The main focus is to have female figures with wings with a little hint of fantasy and magic weaved in somewhere but I’m not exactly sure as to how just yet. My underlying artistic goal is to meld together a beautiful blend of nature and the female form with touches of magic and fantasy into a personal style that is all my own. Unfortunately my work tends to be more so some off shoot of representational art than anything else. I have a ways to go to reach my goal but I’ll get there. Anywho, these are my first sketches that I wanted to share.  

Rainbow Daisy

Well I said I was going to do it and I did it, I went and made this little Rainbow Daisy. Imagine a garden of these in your backyard…okay, maybe not, but it would be cool to see a little daisy like this out in the wild. 😊

Daisy (wip)

What if I could get paid for every dot I inked, now that would be amazing. 

Anywho, this is my current little bitty I’m working on to clear out some creative angst. I kind of like it just the way it is with the daisy left in pencil but I know me, I’ll feel compelled to fill it in with some color eventually. I’m thinking about going with a traditional yellow but then I’ve been wondering about using blue, maybe orange, hell maybe I’ll just color it in as a rainbow and call it a Rainbow Daisy. 

…you know, I think I just might go with that. 😊