I’ve been a bit under the weather over the past couple of weeks and therefore more focused on getting back to being healthy rather than drawing. But fortunately over the past two days I’ve been feeling better and was able to get started on a new ACEO. Gracing my drawing board today is a base sketch of an egret with cattails that I found to be a bit cute in a peculiar kinda way. A little tidbit I learned about egrets is that they are not the same as cranes, which is what I thought. Actually they’re more so a type of heron, which is another bird I thought was the same as a crane. In actuality herons and cranes are two distinct birds. I won’t get into the differences between the two but if you look at the pictures below maybe you can spot some of them. As the saying goes, you learn something new each day. 🙂
Well, I said I was going to make some prints and possibly a journal from my recent “Moon and Stars” mandala drawing, and so I’ve done exactly that. Getting the prints done wasn’t much of a fuss but the journal…that’s a different story. Trying to come up with a decent placement of the design on the cover took a lot of trial and error. At first I went with the whole mandala design on the front cover but I really didn’t like how it appeared, it looked too small and uninteresting. So I went with this idea of spanning the design across the front and back cover, which it turned out, to be far more appealing to me, so I stuck with it. Going into this I figured I would probably have to make this particular journal a little bigger than my pocket journals due to the cover design. It’s 5 x 6.75 where my pocket journals are 3.5 x 5.5, so you can squeeze in a bit more writing with this one. Also with this journal I did something a little different, instead of using blank paper for the inside pages, I went with lined pages. To achieve this I had to dig into some of my old graphic design skills and create a lined page template in Adobe Illustrator. Like my pocket journals, this one also has 32 pages, my little saddle stapler can’t staple more than 20 pages at a time and with cardstock added into that, I have to take out four pages, otherwise the staples get all jammed. So 32 pages is the most I can put in for now. In all the prints and journals came out really well, I even made of few journals for myself. 🙂
I’m finally finished with my Moon and Stars mandala, which is the first of two mandala drawings I plan on completing. Although I’ve finished the drawing I’m not completely done with it. This drawing is going to be available as a print and possibly as cover art for one of my handmade journals, so I got some scanning and printing to do which may take me a week or so work out. So be on the look out for my upcoming prints that will be available soon.
On another note, congratulations, we’ve made it to June. The world is on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Lets continue to hang in there and try to bring something positive to each others lives.
There’s something about cranes and mountains that just appeals to me. When I first set out to work on this drawing I wanted to do just a mountainous landscape but as I was sketching it out I threw in a flying crane and now all seems right, although I’ve been tempted to add in another one off in the distance but that might be overkill and take away from the drawings tranquil feel making it a bit busy, so I’ll just keep it to one.
I hope all of you lovely followers are doing well and staying safe under the current global situation. It’s been interesting seeing how people have been adjusting. To these stay at home orders. Personally I thought I would spend far more time on social media and face timing friends and family but actually it’s been the complete opposite. Instead I’ve been cooking more, taking naps and feeling as though I can actually relax without feeling guilty about it. The whole world has slowed down and I don’t feel that constant pressure to be highly productive and in the know on everything, it’s just sad that it had to take a pandemic to feel it’s okay to not be busy or at least appear as though you’re busy all the time. I know that the economy is really taking a beating from this but on the bright side maybe more of us will gain a different perspective on our lifestyles and whether all the busyness is worth it.