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. 😊
With the upcoming holiday I can say with 80% certainty that I doubt I’ll get much work done. Hopefully I can squeeze in 30 minutes here or an hour there but I’m already tied up with plans and preparations. So I figured I’ll do a brief update on my current drawing.
So far I got the background all stippled and now I’m ready to start inking the various details. I’ve started off with working on the halo of light around the dove’s head, the design of which was inspired by an afternoon of looking at paintings of mystics and saints. Next I’ll probably delve into inking the flowers leaving the dove for last. My next update probably won’t be until the 7th, so until then, happy holidays and please handle fireworks responsibly. 😇
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.
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.
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. ☺