Slow Week, Art Wise

I have not done a lot of art this week.  I did a lot of cleaning over the weekend, worked, errands, and just kind of recovered from the rush of the skulls.  Sometimes doing a series in a rush, like I did, just drain the artist and a recovery period is needed.  I do not do much cleaning when I am in a rush like I was, so that was a huge thing to get done.
My cell phone died on Valentines day.  I woke up and the alarm had not gone off, the screen would not turn on and the notification light was blinking away.  I spend most of the day running around doing errands.  I had to take stuff back to the print shop because the prints were not cut right and some of the cards had weird lines on the insides… Can not sell stuff that is messed up!
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Today I did a loose illustration style ink wash painting of one of my cats, Nunzio (he is named after a body guard in the Myth Adventures book series.  Totally worth reading if you like punny stories.)  I was going for something that reminded me of a storybook that I might have read as a child, something that is still used in books or in magazines.
This style was hard to do!  I like to have details and vibrant colors and a lot more definition in my work.  Not with this style.  This is pale, low color saturation, and just loose, and soft.  It was so hard to stop adding things.
I also did this on watercolor paper, usually I use Bristol, which is very smooth and a brilliant white.  Watercolor paper let the inks bleed and feather more easily, so things are just naturally softer.  I did not have to work as hard to make them seem soft.
I will be doing several more in this style on the watercolor paper.  I have been practicing drawing people so I can freehand them on this paper.  I have to practice and not use my light table like I would normally.  I got a watercolor paper block.  Which is a bunch of sheets of paper glued together on the sides.  This helps prevent warping for those of use who are to lazy to stretch or iron our paper (I did not even know that was a thing until last year.)
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I am trying to get my Instagram account follower numbers up to 300.  When I get there I am going to do a drawing for a mouse pad with the Grunge Skull on it.  If you are interested in a super cool mouse pad follow me on Instagram @bycarissac.

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Time-Lapse Thursday

I am still not sure about the title.
Should I move my video releases to a different day of the week?
Here is this weeks video.
 In other news:
I am having a fight with my current project.  The gold leaf and I are not working well together.  I am going to pick up some new glue, hopefully that will help.
I should have some art on display at a local game store.  I have to take a few pictures things so he can make sure they work for his store.
I am planning new stuff for 2018 already.  I hope to be able to participate in some Valentine’s Day events.  So you will see some really crazy weird art in January to sell.
I am open for commissions.  Art is a great gift!

 

Did I Miss Anything?

I do not think so….

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Maybe a checklist to double check.

 

  • I finally have ALL my available Christmas stuff in the store.
    • Even one that got overlooked yesterday, which is the one for the video!
    • It is in the store!  There are prints and greeting cards available for it.
  • I added stuff to the gallery, including two new pages.  One for my Acrylic paintings (more to be added) and a page for Misc art, such as colored pencil, gouache, and the random things I end up making.
  • I uploaded a bunch of art to Pinterest.
    • I might add stuff to DeviantArt later, it is not high on my list.
    • I should update my Facebook Albums also..
      • There is so much to update!  I spend almost 3 hours updating things for every new painting I do.
  • Writing blog post
  • New video is available on my Youtube!
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBeIksYvAk
    • It is nice to change up what I paint.  This was a lot less “fiddly” than the portrait style paintings I usually do.
      • Do not forget to subscribe and like!
        • In order to get a custom URL I need subscribers and likes.  If its a huge help when you take that millisecond to click.
  • I posted to Patreon yesterday, so I do not have to do that today.
    • If you want to see what I posted you will have to support me on Patreon, even a $1 will unlock early views and secret videos.

I think that is it.

Time to work on more art!

I did a Give-Away

I have reached a landmark on my Instagram (@bycarissac) account of 200 Followers.  So I did a drawing… more of a raffle.  I used two of my Inktober paintings as prizes.
I will do another contest when I hit 300 followers.
 Tomorrow I will do a similar drawing for my Facebook account that reached 200 the day after Instagram did.  The prize will be two other Inktober paintings.
 One Day I imagine being able to hold give-away contests on YouTube and even this blog.
Today I started working on an octopus painting I started a few months ago, but set aside to work on commissions and Inktober.  I am also in the planning stages for another set of drawings that will be made into a coloring book.
Today another time-lapse video was uploaded to my YouTube Channel today.  It was the Flash inkwash drawing.
That should be all the news I have.
Have a great week!

 

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Celebrate!

I like to celebrate my birthday.  It is something that is important to me.

I do not do it because I want the attention or things.  I do it because I like that I am alive.  I like to celebrate my birthday to honor all of the things I am, do and will do.  I celebrate to honor my past and future.  All those that I have  met and will  meet.  All the things I will have experienced or will experience.

On my birthday I get to celebrate ALL of the things that make me me.  Most other holidays you only get to celebrate a part of you.  I get to celebrate the macabre side of me on Halloween, the spouse side of me on my anniversary, the family side of me during most other holidays.  My birthday is the day where I can be all of me, not just a tiny part.

A lot of people get hung up on the number or year that they are celebrating.  In my mind that is not worth celebrating.  Getting stuck on the number is only going to get depressing.  There are not many ages worth celebrating. 16, 18, 21… Great, you can drive, vote and drink.  People dread 30, like it is the end of the world.  More dread 40, like it makes you old or something.

I think you should be proud that you have been around to circle the sun 30, 40, 50, 60, on and on times.  Each rotation adds knowledge, skills and experiances.  Things you can pass onto others,  or horde for yourself (if you want.)

Celebrate being you for another year.  You have chances to accomplish things.  You can take care of anything that you will regret later.  You get to have experiances.

You are ALIVE!

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Joy.  Ink wash Painting, by me!  I HATE Orange.  I do not even like to eat oranges.  I thought I would try something different, since I went out of my way to buy some orange  ink.  UGH  This is NOT my favorite thing.   I would like it more if it was in  different colors.

 

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It’s a cold…

I have a nasty cold.

It is interfering with my ability to do any art.  I have things that I need to be working on, but I can barely hold a pen or pencil.  It think it is going to be a week or two before I am back up to snuff.

Here is a pen and ink painting I finished earlier this month.  It was inspired by a Halsey song, Gasoline.  As I was working on it I started thinking of the movie Metropolis.  I really like how it came out.

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Heart of Gold.  The heart has been painted in gold paints.

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One Flower at a Time

Busy already… or is it again?

I am working on TWO large scale drawings. The largest one is 3ft by 4ft, the largest sheet of paper I could buy at Blick.  It is intimidating to start something so large with one nib and stylus… 12sq feet is huge.  Having painted large walls and theater sets, this is not the largest project I have undertaken.  Just, teeny pen and all that paper to cover.

How does one do it?

One section at a time.

I avoid looking at the thing as a whole, as much as possible.  This section is blossoms or hair or leaves.  Nothing else exists until this section is done.  One stroke, one shape, one flower at a time.

You do have to step away from time to time to asses the drawing as a whole.  Are the parts going to come together properly?  Is this line going to meet with that line?  Are the colors going to work?  Where does this go?

It really is the same as a rough time in life.  Take it one hour, day, week, month at a time.  Do not look at the big picture.  It is immense and intimidating.  You do what you can to make it through an hour.  Then the day.  Then the week.  Soon you have made it through a whole month.  You still need to step away every so often to make sure that you are on the right path, that things are going to fit together.

Life is challenging and happens to everyone.  We all go through easy times and times that test our abilities to cope.

I have an outlet for these things.  I draw it, or representations of it.  I am very thankful for this.

Not everyone has an outlet that is healthy.  People get into drugs, sex and violence.

I know I am not equipped to help much.  I can be an ear, an arm, a rock.  Each of us can do little things to help those in our circle.  In the end it is up to each person to live their life.  To draw their own picture.

Letting someone help with your drawing is hard.  You are letting someone else’s “soul” touch yours.  Even the tiniest bit of help will change your drawing.  It is hard to step away from the drawing long enough to check the progress and see if the help is working.

Yet it must be done so you can see if things are where they should be.

Work on your drawing, one flower at a time.

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Hydrangeas! Lots of them. This is just one corner. I just started planning out the 1/3rd of the drawing.