Where has April gone? This month I prematurely severed ties with my convenient part-time job as mass layoffs were scheduled for May. I've found something new in a small cake shop, which is also extremely "part time" (so yay!) but is also interesting in that I will be working in what was technically my educational "field" way back when. There is a scant possibility that my life is about to be enriched in a genuinely soulful way, so I'm trying to keep my head up through this discouraging training process to get there.
But it also means that I've been flipping between two jobs this month. One which is full of anxiety and mystery, the other full of boredom, sadness and a twinge of guilt for leaving early. Technically three jobs, if you count the bounty of artist activity in the corner of the living room (which I do)!
This month, I somewhat foolishly signed up for a huge artist trading card swap, rationalizing it with the promise that I will have an easy source of material for videos. Which really was a blessing while I was so busy.
I also had a small surge in art commissions, which naturally only happens when I am working full time! Heh. I love making art for the promise of future return, but I REALLY love making art when it is my actual job to do so. It is much more challenging/scary to make art that exists in someone else's imagination. You could say it is more of a collaborative effort. I have a custom pet art listing in the shop for pricing purposes, though I've gone beyond pet commissions!
Surprisingly (to me), my crow and gift painting "Return" was accepted into the AIMAE show! What is notable about this (to me), is that this show is taking place at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island! If you've never been to Vancouver, Granville Island is this little touristy spot under a bridge that considers itself to be a little art haven. Emily Carr art school is located there, among the small handmade-goods shops, food market, theatre, art supply shops and an awful lot of foot traffic! It's a far cry from the quiet little art galleries I go to locally. It's going to be a blast. Register for the artist reception on thursday, May 31 (it's free)!
Finally, it's been tough to keep up with everything that is happening while still trying to fit in sketching for the Patreon sketchclub. It's still the art that I most look forward to making. I'm very glad I got to do a theme that is easy to sketch (people and portraiture), but due to time constraints, I pretty much only got to hands and feet. Today, I am definitely doing some drawings of friends, but there are so many more hands/feet photos to play with!
Psst! You get to use my photo references too, if you are in the group!
The first post or so on Patreon are public to give curious folk a look into what we're doing. This time I posted images in stages and I thought that I would share them here on the blog. I'm drawing my social media icon.
Rough linework... It doesn't exactly match up in size, but oh well. Drawing faces can be scary because when you add the lines and creases, it can seemingly add 30 years to the face! lol
Choosing lines I want to stick with by tracing over them a little harder...
Using a paper blending tool to add a flat middle tone. My blender has some weird edges so it looks really splotchy. I used the kneaded eraser to pull back out the highlights on the edges.
Hatched out all the darks and for fun, added a sparkly green background with the coliro colours!
I kind of like this format of taking progress photos, and I'm sure it takes some mystery out of the process which might actually be helpful too. Maybe I will switch to this format permanently? At least throughout the portrait month, it will be good.
Follow this portrait sketch series on Patreon!
This month on Patreon, we're doing some people-sketching! In high school, people is pretty much ALL I ever drew. Well, anime-type people anyway. I guess I got sick of it. Or I was overwhelmed by the ethics of drawing someone's likeness and then sharing it. Or I got tired of being asked "so who is this?" or "What show is this from?" It can be a very complicated issue.
The purpose of this adventure is study and practice. At the very least, I plan to sketch a lot of hands and feet, anyway. If you need an excuse to finally sit down with a pencil and try mastering some fussy body parts, do join us!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?