Well my Dark Wing series has come to an end. “Essence” is the third and final drawing of my avian beings with tattooed moon glyphs. I thought about extending the series but I don’t want to over do it. So I’m on to something new, something involving song lyrics. Music plays a big part of artistic inspiration for me and I’ve been tossing around this idea of creating some art based on song lyrics. So I’m up for giving it a shot. Stay tuned and see what transpires. 😊
Sometimes I get messages from admirers enthusiastically asking what do I use to create my drawings? Well, here it is, my amazing arsenal of weapons of mass creation. Yep, that’s it. I have a drawing table with a few jars of backup pens but this is essentially all I use. Unlike other artists who may have a studio full of paints and canvases or a spare room with two desks covered in art supplies and a computer, my materials are pretty limited and compact. I know, it’s rather underwhelming but one of the things I enjoy about creating small works of art is the mobility. I can easily move my stuff from one room to another and work on my art without having to worry about space or finding available electrical sockets. Or if I go out of town I can just zip up my supplies in my pen case, toss it in my backpack and be on my way. It’s portable and convenient for me. Now I’ve read many advice articles suggesting that artists should have a dedicated space for creating art and I understand the logic behind that but doing so doesn’t really work for me. I like being able to curl up on the couch with my headphones and getting all intimate with my work. Or sip on some herbal tea as I finish up a current piece while sitting at the kitchen table with the morning sun peeking through the blinds and warming my face. Forcing myself to always work at my drawing table isn’t all that comfortable no matter how luxurious of a chair I get to sit in.
So here it is. If you’ve been wondering to yourself what material and supplies I use, here you go, marvel at the grandeur. I’m afraid that if anyone were to ever ask for an interview with a tour of my studio, they would be sadly disappointed when I pull out my pen case and say “Oh here. This is my studio. Feel free to look around.” 😋
Here’s “Hope”, the second completed drawing to the Dark Wing series. Just one more to go, which I am calling “Essence”. I’m hoping to have it finished some time later on this week. At the moment I feel myself in need of a brief break from doing series so I’ve been thinking of doing a few stand alone pieces. I’ve also been mulling over the idea of possibly adding short prose, quotes, very short fiction pieces or even song lyrics to accompany my drawings. I’ve have bits and pieces of stories and prose floating around in my head that I want to do something with so I figured maybe I could illustrate these stories and write them out on the back of the matte that my drawings are mounted to. It’s just a thought. Nothing definitive just yet but I’m open to here your thoughts on the idea. 😊
It’s been 10 months since I started this blog. I know, it’s not much cause for celebration but I feel that anything you can stick with for longer than three months (they say it takes about three months for something to become a habit) is a worthwhile achievement. So here’s to consistency. 🍻
Anyhoo, when I came up with the title of this blog I wanted it to reflect what I do as an artist, hence “Carve & Draw” because that’s what I do, I carve and I draw. But to be honest, it now reflects more so what I used to do. You see, I do draw but I haven’t carved anything in some months now. Which isn’t unusual for me because typically my carving streak begins around September and ends in early March. It’s a seasonal thing for me that harkens back to my childhood years of staving off cabin fever during those long Alaskan winters. I’m far removed from Alaska now and it’s mid October but no urge to carve has fell upon me. Actually I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to better my craft in pointillism/stippling that I haven’t given much thought to designing carvings. So I woke up this morning with a question on my mind, “To carve or not to carve?” Well, for the time being I’m gonna have to go with letting my carving tools rest. I don’t feel that it’s a permanent decision, at least not for the time being. I still have a 12×12 piece of mounted linoleum that is collecting dust, so maybe one day I’ll eventually get around to carving it up, but for now, I’m going where my creative energy is flowing and it’s all gung ho on drawing.
I’ve done quite a few carvings over the last year and a few are still available at www.qrumbley.com.
P.S. I’m not changing the name of this blog though. 😋
Well, here it is, “Rise”, the first completed drawing for my Dark Wing series. When I started this series I really had no idea how this was going to pan out. I mulled over what colors to use without full confidence on how they would work. From the completion of this one, I think it turned out pretty good. I have to admit though, I originally thought about going with a green background instead of blue. I’m glad I didn’t. I initially wanted to ink some of the feathers in red so the thought of a green background had me concerned that the drawing would end having that Christmasy (is that even a word) feeling, you know, green and red…Christmas colors. Anywho, the blue seems to fit better to me, although the red, blue and white now makes me think of Captain America. Smh. Oh well. I’m still working on titles for the next drawings but I’m sure they’ll come to me while I’m working on them. Stay tuned to see how they turn out. 😊