I done went and did a thing. I took one of my carving designs and turned it into a printable coloring page. I can’t remember exactly how or why I got this bright idea, all I know is that I found myself fussing at my computer for five hours trying to clean up my linework in Photoshop only to have to transfer it to Illustrator, which is a different beast altogether. It was definitely a learning experience but I think it turned out okay. The pictures above show the finished coloring page along with the original drawing and the carving I did from the drawing. Despite my fussing, knowing what I know now, there’s a good chance I may be doing a few more designs like this. 🙂
There is one thing more valuable than gold. Time. Time, once spent can not be bought back. As we get older, or at least from our 30s through our 60s, our bank account of time dwindles with the demands of everyday life, only to be partially replenished once we retire, if we’re so lucky to do so. When I set out to tackle the drawing “Kneeling Man” I had a lot of time, patience and focus to spend at least one hour a day after my second shift job to complete this 14×17 space of stippled ink within 30 days. I had no distractions then. No spouse, no looming bills and no internet. It was just me, my room, a bowl of Rice-A-Roni and my pens. The typical life of a community college student with a lot of energy to burn. For the sake of my art I sometimes long for those days; the days of less distractions and concerns…and no internet.
Butterflies – 5×7 linocut carving.
2015 was a great year for doing more lino carvings and experimenting with larger sizes and a few other mediums. Some of my works turned out pretty well and subsequently was snatched up by a few lovely people. Now that it’s 2016 I plan to focus more on my first love, drawing and stippling, with the hopes of creating some amazing pieces. I’ll still be doing lino carvings here and there but I really tend to put more focus on honing my craft in stippling this year. So here’s to new adventures and new works of pen and ink mastery