Favorite Part

It’s been a few days so I wanted to post a quick snapshot of the progress on my current drawing.

Right now I’m just filling in the background and honestly, despite it being tedious, it’s the part of the drawing I like doing the most. When I’m inking solid backgrounds it’s like slipping into a meditative state where I don’t have to think much. I’m not worrying about whether the subject matter looks the way I intended it to look or anything of the sort. All I have to be mindful of is whether the stippling is smooth or not, which is easy to correct if it isn’t.

I also noticed that creating drawings where I get to fill in backgrounds like this allows me to get comfortable with the drawing first and ease any anxiety I might feel because even though I’ve been doing this for a while now, each new drawing causes me a certain amount of anxiety. It’s like going on a first date over and over again. You’re excited, nervous and worried about messing it up. So spending a few days just quietly stippling the background lets me get comfortable and familiar with my drawing.

In the process of working on the background I’ve changed things just slightly. In my initial base drawing I had drawn four rays of light coming down. I’ve now reduced it to just one main ray, which I’m still not sure if I’m going to leave in or not. I might just go with having a halo of light around the dove’s head. I’m still working it out in my mind so we’ll see.

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Maya

“Maya” by Q. Rumbley

This piece turned out rather nice. Thank you to everyone for title suggestions. I felt “Maya” was fitting as soon as it was suggested, thank you ccbarr for that suggestion. 😁

Next on my drawing board is…well, actually I have no idea. I’m leaning towards doing something with birds, again. I like things with wings and birds are nothing favorite. I haven’t decided on exactly what but that’s the direction that I’m heading in.

Title Suggestions

I’m about two thirds of the way finished with my current elephant drawing. I’ve been rather distracted by life since starting this piece so I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to turn out but so far, it seems to be coming along this fine.

This past week I had my 46th birthday and for the first time I felt that creeping, gnawing sensation that I’m getting closer to 50 and time is slipping away from me. Mentally I don’t feel “old” but physically I’m reminded whenever I do a session of kickboxing.

Anyhoo, I’ve been at a loss as to what to title my current piece, so I’m turning to you lovely followers for suggestions. What do you think would be a good title for this piece? Feel free to leave your ideas and suggestions in the comments. ☺

Consistency Or Variety?

So I asked all you lovely people which would you prefer to see drawn, a cheetah or an elephant? You said elephant and I’ve heeded your response. So this is where I’m at on the fourth and finally drawing to my “Share The Earth” series. Elephants are actually a joy for me to draw so I’m a little surprised this is only my fourth time doing so. I like to challenge myself and plus I don’t want to bore people with drawing the same thing over and over again. Yet I’ve always kind of wondered about artists who do draw or paint the same subject matter consistently. Do people stay interested in their work? Do they stay interested in their work? I would like to pose the question to you, do you like it when an artist generally draws the same subject matter or do you like it when an artist works on a variety of subjects? Feel free to share your thoughts below. ☺

Letting Go

I had finished this piece some time ago with all intentions on keeping it to myself. But yesterday I took a long look at all the work that is stacking up on my shelf that I’ve been keeping and decided it’s probably time to let some of these pieces go. They say a part of being an artist is learning to let go, so I’m letting go. Here and there you’ll see some old works becoming released into the wild.
Today I’m letting go of one my favorite and challenging pieces, “Peacock”, so that it can fly off to adorn a lovely new home.😌