I have to keep up with my fun ink and watercolor paintings otherwise I'll get down on myself and my work. It's important to me to be able to think of an idea and have it out on paper in full color within the day. These aren't complicated and they give me a sense of completion during times when I'm working on longer projects. I need that.
I planned to spend an hour this morning drawing a page of hands. I guess I must've forgotten how difficult it is to draw a full page of actual hands (as opposed to the cartoony ones I usually draw). It took me two hours. But it was worth it. I needed the practice.
The first few I did from the book Dynamic Anatomy, Burne Hogath. He analyzes the planes and joint and tendons. Breaking it down like that helps me get a better idea of the forms within the forms.
The last few I did using my own hand as a model.
I'm actually happy with the practice page as a whole, which is rare for me.
Here's the still life I did over winter break and finished up today. I took pictures of the process this time. I got the baby's breath to stay bright white with masking fluid. You can see in the photos where I unmasked the white and then went back in with darks. I'll be doing more of these as well. More still life for Cat. :)
I did some guinea pig studies today. The first set is from looking at photos from the web. The second set is actual drawing from life. My daughter's pet posed like a little lady for me today. (except when she wouldn't hold still at all, which was actually most of the time) This is for a fun project I'm doing in relation to Chris Oatley's Magic Box tutorials. I'll be doing a bunch of these through the year. His videos are pretty darn great.
Here are all the rest of my paintings from December. My goal was a small painting every other day (no bigger than 8.5 x 11). I almost made it. I totaled 14. For January I'm going to try something different. Stay tuned. :)