I have always been one of those people who when wandering an arts and crafts store suddenly wants to try all kind of artsy and crafty projects? Look at all those beads just begging to be made into something! Look at all that pretty patterned paper- I should scrapbook! Yarn! I need to learn how to make a scarf even though I have never learned to knit. I have always had the desire to make something out of nothing. I almost feel like I wasted the entire day unless I do something that feeds the creative spirit.
Some artists complain that crafting isn’t making “art”. Yes there’s a fine line between the two but often crafting overlaps into art- form, color and design all come into play. I for one think it just helps broaden an artist and sometimes provides new and exciting creative thinking. Craft On!
Sometimes there is a part of a reference picture that just screams out to me to draw it. This was exactly what happened when I saw the drapery folds on this Star Wars character study
There is something about folds!
Throughout art history we see it over and over- delicate curving folds in clothing,still lifes – a device often seen in many master artworks. Why? Because they are dramatic and give movement to the piece and well, just because they are insanely fun to work! Would I have chosen to do this image without all that interesting drapery? If an image moves you and calls out to be created by all means jump in and take the journey!
“Rey” – colored pencil & panpastel
Of course my favorite part of a colored pencil drawing is my main subject. But after its complete I have the task of placing my subject somewhere or someplace. Backgrounds can be daunting. I usually get a feel as I’m working or see a flash in my head of my subject with a clear image of the background or at least the color scheme that feels right to me.
I finished this portrait of Marilyn Monroe and the lighting on her skin just made me feel a warm sunny beach was in order. I searched and found a few images that I could combine. Water I pulled from one reference I saw,clouds from another. Looking at the huge areas surrounding her I decided to try pan pastels. I love the painterly quality of pastels and I could just imagine working those wispy white clouds. Looking at my huge tray of pan pastels I saw the perfect colors for the water and sand.
Pleased with my finished “Frankenstein” background I began to look at her skin…done all in polychromos oil based colored pencils. Wishing it a little more smooth I decided to try to apply some of the pastel over the skin. I had already sprayed a thin layer of workable fixative over the pencil so I threw caution to the wind and tried a little on her arm. I was amazed at the way these 2 mediums combined! They complemented each other on such a perfect level…like they were meant to be used together. What a fabulous surprise!
Polychromos Oil Based Colored Pencils by Faber Castel
Since the first test went so well I decided to apply another thin misting of workable fixative and see if my results would be similar if putting a new layer of colored pencil over the last layer of pastel. Again I was incredibly pleased with the lovely outcome that resulted from blending the 2 mediums together. I see so many creative and new uses for using these tools together in future work! I am so excited I don’t know where to begin!
We all hit that wall where creating is just impossible. Being blocked is just part of the creative lifestyle. It’s happened to us all. You begin to doubt your ability and before you know it a wall has been erected looming in front of your workspace. Your work in progress suddenly holds no invitation to you. We often look for other things to do just to avoid the fact we are not working and have no desire to do so. Thankfully it always comes back. Artists cannot avoid creating for too long before it beckons us back like a familiar friend. “Come spend time with me”. And we are delighted by the invitation~