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. 😀
I should have been working on my Riverbed drawing but I fell down a DIY rabbit hole last week and this is what I came up with; a handmade pocket journal featuring some of my art.
I’ve been fascinated with the idea of creating my own books and paper goods for a while now. It started with the handmade greeting cards and now I’m delving into bookbinding, or more precisely booklet binding. I’m not all into the glue and thread deal…yet. Right now I’m just working with what I got on hand which is just paper, cardstock and staples. Although I did purchase for myself a cute corner puncher to get those nicely rounded corners for a finishing touch. I only got two sets of these available in store for now but I definitely plan on making more of these with different illustrated covers so be on the look out for more artistic paper goods that can fit into your pockets. 😀
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. 😊
Hope everyone had a joyful Christmas. I enjoyed the day away although I have to admit my mind was on my work, especially on what I plan to do for the coming new year. I noticed that I didn’t get as many drawings done this year. I had spent my time doing larger pieces which took longer to complete, hence the less work produced. This coming year I plan on focusing on smaller works like ACEOs. I’m challenging myself to stick with just that and creating greeting cards but I can already feel the tension rising in me because I always want to experiment or tackle something much larger than usual. So in an effort to get a jump on my new challenge I’m trying to squeeze in an ACEO or two before the year is out. I’ve been wanting to do squirrels so that’s what I’m tackling. Right now I’m working on this adorably plump Red Squirrel, well, you can’t tell it’s red since I’m working in black ink but it’s red. I’m debating though, should I leave the background bare or add something in? Suggestions are welcomed in the comments. 😊
Finished up this little botanical piece done on 4×4 Bristol board tile. This will probably be the last drawing I’ll be able to complete for 2019. I have other stuff in the works but they require more time than what’s left in the year so I doubt I’ll be able to squeeze anymore drawings in this year. Anyhoo, I’m still feeling a bit tuckered from the hours spent trying to get my Penguin Holidays card complete, so I’m in need of a few days rest before I get crackin’ on something new. I may not post anything before Christmas but you’ll definitely hear from me before the New Year. So, until then Merry Christmas and please don’t stress your lovely selves out this final weekend with holiday shopping. ✌❤ 😀