My Patient Drawing Board

“Riverbed” (wip)

Finally the snow has come and it looks like winter outside my door. Up until this weekend the landscape has stayed in an Autumn state, which was unusual for this time of year. And for someone who actually looks forward to bundling up in sweaters, scarves and sipping on hot chocolate, I was starting to feel a bit depressed that there was no blanket of snow to greet me when I stepped outside my door. But Nature, if not always on time, she’s always faithful. We got a good 8 inches of snow over weekend along with freezing rain and gusts of wind, which was perfect for settling in for a few days and getting some work done.
Having been a bit distracted with other things and my Riverbed drawing has unfortunately been the victim of back burneritis (I just made that up). I had been feeling guilty about that. Thankfully my drawing board is forgiving and waited patiently for my return. I was able to get a little inking done over the weekend. It’s not much but it’s progress. I’m aiming to have this done by the weekend in between making pocket journals. To my surprise my “Buddha Tao” set has been well received and I’m having to replenish my stock more frequently than anticipated. I only make two sets at a time, so I have to spend a day getting those done. But that’s a welcomed problem I don’t mind having. I really enjoy making journals. 😀

Working With Landscapes

“Riverbed” (wip)

Welcome to the new year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday and are in good spirits. Unfortunately, I can’t say that my holiday was all that upbeat and joyful. I have to admit last month took a bit of a toll on my creative energy, which left me not wanting to draw. Sometimes it can take a lot out of you to constantly put stuff out there without any assurance that it will be well received. So I spent a week wanting to draw but not sure if I could actually bring myself to do it. It was rather agonizing. But after seven days I finally regained my courage to pick up a pencil and pen and get to drawing again. I’ve been tired before but this experience felt like much more than just needing a break. That was a brief but trying moment for me.

Well, since it’s the new year, I thought I’d start things off by tackling something new; a rocky riverbed. Before the year was out I got to thinking about how I haven’t done much with landscapes, especially since it’s a subject matter I really like. I did a few landscape themed ACEO pieces a few years ago but haven’t revisited the subject since. So now I’m in the process of laying out the base drawing of a rocky river, which is coming along nicely but inking it can turn out to be something altogether different. One of my concerns is how to stipple flowing water? This is something I’ve never done, so that’s challenge number one. My next concern is when working on a small piece like this, how will I stipple the vegetation so that it actually looks like vegetation? And that’s challenge number two. Oh what have I gotten myself into? 😯 I hope my ambition hasn’t exceeded my skills. Wish me luck. 😊