Mastery

“Moments” by Q. Rumbley

“Moments” is now complete and I’m pleased with the results since it’s been a while since I worked with a figure and used colored. So I’m happy with this one. 😊

While working on this I found myself wondering what drives me to draw especially using pointillism? For the longest I always assumed it was because, in some twisted way, I enjoyed it, I mean, some part of you has to be a little insane or off kilter to enjoy doing pointillism work…at least that’s what I like to believe. But I’ve always felt that my enjoyment of it was just a simple surface answer. There was something more to it. Upon pondering the question I realized that more was mastery. I desire mastery. Deep down I long to be good at something and drawing has been that one thing that I’m interested in enough and enjoy enough to put the time and effort into to be good at. I have difficulty imagining myself doing anything else. Even though I have skills in other things, which from time to time come in handy but I’ve never had a strong inclination to pursue them. I could have been a photographer, web programmer, graphic designer, fitness trainer, urban planner (what I eventually got my Bachelors in) or botanist, all of which I have knowledge of or experience in but they all turned out to just be interests, not passions. And that therein lied the difference for me. The desire for mastery was the difference between an interest and a passion. Granted I was interested in all of these thing but I didn’t desire to master them; to become good at them. That is essentially what drives me. And with this understanding of myself I don’t feel so guilty about all the avenues I abandoned in the past.

So the next time you find yourself torn between different interests and feel like you need to be more focused, maybe you should ask yourself “Is this something I want to spend my time and energy getting good at? Is this something I want to master?” Asking yourself that might help to narrow things down by separating those things that just stimulate your curiosity or seem cool for the time being from those things you genuinely want to dedicate yourself to and become a master at.

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Halfway There

“Moments” (wip)

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July holiday. I know it sucked that it was in the middle of the week and many had to get up and go back to work the next day. On the bright side, it broke the week up making the weekend seem not so far away.
I spent my time cooking, battling the heat and drawing. So far I’m halfway finished with “Moments” but still have a lot of ink to spill. Working in color ink requires far more layers of ink compared to when I’m working only with black ink, so it takes much longer but for my first figurative piece of the year, it’s coming along nicely. 😊

“Moments” Progress

I will never complain about inking fur ever again. In my spree of drawing adorable animals I completely forgot how much stippling goes into doing hair. My pen is nearly dry and that wasn’t even the hard part. Anyhoo, here’s a quick snapshot of my progress on my latest art card drawing, “Moments”.

Nature Art

“Panda”

While I’m spending a little time doing some figurative work, here’s a brief post on a few nature themed pieces I still have available in store for the homes of some lovely collectors. More works of adorable creatures and botanicals are soon to come. In the meantime be sure to visit the Art of Q. Rumbley.

“Rose”

“Hazel”

“Soul’s Door”

“Moon Licht”

I Almost Forgot How

“Moments” (wip)

It’s been a while since I’ve drawn a human and I have to say I was a bit concerned as I was sketching out this base drawing, for a minute there I thought I forgot how to draw a face. For some reason it literally felt like my brain had to switch into some different mode just to complete this sketch. And to tax my brain even more, I’ll also be inking this in color, which is something I haven’t done in a while either. So I’ll have to pull out my little hand drawn color wheel to get myself familiar again.

I think I get why some artists stick to drawing just one or two types of subject matter, there’s less visual vocabulary you have to remember.
My brain hurts right now. 😯