First Humpback whales and now fish. I’m keeping with this aquatic and marine theme that was started with my last drawing. Since it’s been a minute since I did an art card I decided for my next one I’d ink up a Butterfly Telescope Eye goldfish. Now there was a time when I used to want a tank of beautiful fish, this being one of them but I always had a cat and figured that probably wouldn’t be a good combination of pets. You can probably image the horror I might encounter. So drawing fishes is probably safer.
I haven’t come up with anything specific to draw for my next piece just yet, so I’ve been spending some time just messing around in my sketchbook. This little sketch came together as I was watching this movie called “Apostle”, which isn’t the kind of movie that would inspire thoughts of flowers and birds but hey, I’m not complaining, I’m just happy to have a halfway decent idea come together. But I’ve recently noticed that I’m watching more movies and tv shows now when I draw rather than listening to music which is an interesting shift for me. For me music was always my gateway to the imagination but it is also how I always end up spending more time daydreaming rather than drawing. Movies don’t seem to do that to me. As I’m drawing I may look up and watch a couple of scenes here and there but for the most part it just serves as background noise for me. Sometimes I prefer silence but lately I like to have something going on in the background, even if it’s just the hum of a fan.
When you’re in an artistic mood and feel like creating, what do you like to have going on in the background or do you just prefer silence? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. 😊
Well another journey has come to an end. Each drawing is like going on an adventure or taking a stroll in a familiar park. In this piece I got to use a bit of my imagination as well as tackle some new subjects like clouds and whales. First times are always a bit scary but it’s also an opportunity to learn. I’m more interested in marine animals now, so don’t be surprised if you see more of these beautiful creatures in my work. 😊
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in living and drawing that it slips my mind to let you lovely people see how things are progressing as I head towards the finish of the final piece. So here’s a brief update on the progress of my current commission. I’m really liking how the whale is turning out. This is my first time doing whales and I can’t help but think about the paintings I used to see of marine wildlife by Robert Wyland in the late 80s. If you’ve never seen his work and you like marine wildlife, you should check him out, his work is gorgeous. 😊
About a week and half ago I got a DM on Instagram from a fellow artist whose work I also admire. She was inquiring about commissions and wondering if I was open for requests. The summer months can get rather slow for me so I was definitely open. She informed me that she wanted to have something done for her mother as a belated birthday gift. So I asked what did her mother like and her response “Whales and flowers. Particularly hibiscus flowers and humpback whales.” Now, as I sit here typing this post, I can’t help but chuckle because at the time that I was having this discussion with her, I had one of those Dwayne Johnson raised eye brow looks on my face. I was not expecting such an unlikely combination of subject matter. She then asked me did I think I could come up with something. Oddly enough I had been wanting to do more work that would require a bit more imagination and here it was. “Yes, I think I can come up with something.” I replied. And so it was settled. We went over my commission formalities after which, I got to work and so far, what you see here is my base drawing for my current drawing, “Humpbacks and Hibiscus”. This a bit of a break from the more straight forward nature pieces that I’m used to and I have to say, I’m rather excited about it. 😁