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Monster project

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

Tagged in: original , horror , drawing , charcoal , black and white

gringrimaceandsqueak

This year looks like it's going to be  a fun one :)

A few months ago, I took the plunge and made my most personal demon available for sale.

Stephen has been with me for years and although he was a menace in the beginning because he's the only one of mine to give me nightmares, he has become part of our household. It's an odd concept, selling your dreams but that's what we do isn't it ? I knew that if this one went, I'd want another at home so it would encourage me to get on with new images.

To help with this, a model was made to scale so that I would have something physical to start with. As you can probably imagine, figuring out lighting, perspective etc is very difficult with such an elusive subject but this way I could try out new poses and take photos of the ones that looked to be most fun.

I've printed out half a dozen already in black and white and it's really spurred me on. The first drawing of any new monster is an anatomical study so I tend to draw them side on in isolation. Now I've done that I can start drawing him as I see him out and about......worrying thought that :)

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lights, camera....pencils!

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

Tagged in: pencil , original , drawing , crows , charcoal , art

gringrimaceandsqueak

For those busy avoiding getting on with their own work, a peek at some of what's been going on here at Grin HQ :)

Our ggsarts shop on Etsy is our corner for bits of creative doings that aren't masks. It's generated a gratifying amount of interest for what we've done with it so decided to ramp things up in the hopes of generating more bead funds.




Our latest scheme is to build on the popularity of our black and white cards by adding some mini sketches for sale. Crows are a particularly popular theme and fit our goth image so they were the first things to be chased round with the camera - with some help from next doors' cat :)





The drawings are very small which means we also feel a great sense of achievement having finished three already this week amongst other things - normally, drawings take weeks to complete!


We're just waiting on the frames now- we've chosen ones with acrylic panes rather than glass so they are safer and lighter to post whilst protecting the charcoal from smudging.

Will let you know how it turns out :)

Adventuring on,
Karen and Rich


Drawing Courage

Posted by: lindaisrael

lindaisrael

Recently I have become friends with an online community that has a passion for art journaling. Well over a month ago when I was a guest artist on Jonathan Manning's (AKA Blade) show, I was asked to draw a cat. I was very nervous about drawing a cat, as I had never drawn one before! But the online community gave me the courage to draw a cat that night!

Reflecting back, I have not been a person who drew. Maybe a little when I was a child. When I was in High School I took one semester of Art and while I was in that class I didn't get a lot of encouragement. I have always been a crafter, someone that would make something out of various items, but not a person who could draw.

So on Saturday I was in the local hobby supply store and picked up a book: "Lee Hammond's Big Book of Drawing". I also picked up a sketch journal.

Last night I started reading the first few pages of the book, where the book teaches how to use graphing and then goes into shading.

One of the projects was to practice blending a sphere. I didn't have the suggested pencil so I used a charcoal pencil - soft and I didn't have the Tortillion for blending so I used a paper towel wrapped around a paint brush.

While this is my first attempt at drawing, I think I did pretty good!

My word of enCOURAGEment to you; go ahead pick up the paint brush, colored pencils, sewing needle, etc and create. It is never too late to learn something new. If you have the desire to learn you will find a way to succeed. If I can find drawing courage you can find the courage you need for anything you want to try.

What new artistic endeavor will you try? Please feel free to share with me.

Aspire to be Amazing!

Linda


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