Since May I have been diving deep into learning how to use Procreate and developing new digital portraits. It’s a whole lot of fun but also a lot of work as I have had to train my brain to think of drawing in layers that sit one on top of the other.
Below is a small cartoon-y self-portrait of my inner child. It shows that I don’t have to be all grown up about drawing and creating. It’s a practice that invites the inner child to come out and be playful, to make suggestions and to experiment. I feel so much joy when this happens, and I hope this happens for you too.
In the past month I have spent hours enjoying the process of drawing Sktchy muses with my Procreate application and I’m delighted with how my creativity has been growing. It has also given my brain a much needed break from my story, however, I am also excited to say that I have hit another milestone and completed the most recent edit of my novel. Of course, there’s still more editing to be done and in a way, writing a story is much the same as developing artwork with layering techniques.
I am continuing to make progress on my portrait practice challenge and have completed a number of digital portraits as that’s what is interesting and creatively nourishing for me at this point in my life.
Below are some of the digital portraits I’ve created. Some of these images are taken one or two steps before completion. I am so happy with them.
I’m finding that I am thoroughly enjoying drawing portraits that are semi-realistic but have a cartoon quality to them. It’s freeing not to be so fussed with an exact likeness. And a lot less stressful.
I’ll leave you with a short time lapse compilation of some of my digital portraits (if you’re interested in watching:))
Until next time, I hope your day is filled with child-like wonder and you are enjoying creative living whatever that is to you.
It’s been a big artistic week for me. I’ve spent hours creating a new Skillshare course called, ‘Create Intricate Line Drawings’, and I’m super excited that I’ve managed to pull this off.
I’ve had to learn how to create effective time lapse videos, create video content that flows and makes sense, draw and draw and draw, get comfortable doing voice overs and figure out how to edit on iMovie too.
Below is a sneak peek at my course thumbnail and I’ve created a super simple, super short time lapse video to show you a snippet of the content.
Below are three of the intricate line drawings I created as part of my Skillshare course demonstration.
I really do hope people enjoy the class. I’m happy with it. It took days to create the content and now I am utterly exhausted.
Tomorrow, I’m back to travelling on the train to go to my day job. That means it’s time to return to my story, The Living Death of Toddy James. I’ve finally finished the second edit and now I am going through plugging plot holes and polishing it to the best of my ability.
Another step closer to getting my manuscript back to the editor for the next round of creative publication preparation work.
I’ll update you on my next art project in the near future. I’m currently studying portraiture and hope to show you some of my work soon.
In the meantime, happy creating and thanks for dropping by.
I am super excited to share that I have just opened up a Red Bubble shop. My artwork will be appearing on t-shirts, skirts, cushions, cups, journals, iPad covers, phone cases and all sorts of other useful items.
It has been a dream of mine to see my artwork out in the world and (hopefully) in the hands of people who appreciate it.
I am stoked to share this news with you!
Having an outlet to share my artwork in such a new way is very inspiring to me.
At present, I’ve only uploaded two pieces of my art but the awesome thing is … taking this action will encourage me to get back to my creative artwork. I’ve had a break for close to two years. It has been too long.
I love creative writing and I work on my stories every day but to see my artwork on t-shirts … well, I hope you can tell how exciting this is just by what I’ve written.
I’ve opened my Red Bubble shop under ShaplandArt because a long time ago when this blog was going through a previous incarnation, it was called ‘Selina’s World’ and I had ShaplandArt as my art brand name.
Anyway, here’s to creativity and sharing how it manifests in each of our lives.
Thanks so much for reading and for checking out my shop … if you’re interested, of course. And there are heaps of excellent artists on Red Bubble. Something for pretty much everyone.
Happy creativity – no matter the form is manifests in the world.
It has been a while since I posted anything arty. The reason is that I have been very fatigued in recent weeks.
However, last weekend, I got creative and played around in my visual diary for hours and hours. This is an activity that I find refreshing and emotionally very good for me. I encourage everyone to take a little leap into a creative world, whatever your chosen medium, because it is so so so good for you on more levels than can be counted.
I’ve been very drawn to the clockwork theme of Steampunk lately and enjoyed using spray ink, stamps, stencils and found printed images into one art piece. I used a gel medium to seal the work and a lot of glue too. It was heaps of fun.
On Saturday, I spent many hours playing with ink and black pen, stamps and stencils to begin creating what you can see below.
This drawing took approximately two days to draw up and colour in. I thoroughly enjoyed creating ‘Butterfly Bliss’ and I am looking forward to where my new found love of mixed media will take my artistic expression.
Let me take you into my world and my love of line…
Below are images of line inspired ink drawings that I create or rather, they create themselves through me.
If you are a follower of my blog, then you probably already know how much I love line. As I have said in the past, I fell in love with line when I was in Art School, back in Melbourne. I thoroughly enjoy twisting into myself through this medium and creating simple, yet complex pieces of art. Some of these drawings took hours and some only a few minutes to create.
Circles are a feature in my artwork as they symbolise the never ending cycles of life, death and rebirth to me. Life has many phases and I have found that even when we hit an emotional wall or something breaks down in our lives, the symbolic death, always leads to a new rebirth and beginning. Life as we once knew it, will never be the same. That is one of the reasons that I love circles so much and you will see them feature in my artwork over and over.
Intricate Mandala was created some time in 2013 and when I look at it, I am reminded of the Mayan civilisation. I think it may have something to do with the triangles and circles however, I am not sure exactly what gives me this inner feeling about this mandala.
Another person may look at this mandala and see something quite different to me. That is another reason why I love art. People can come to the image and connect with it and their deepest selves through the internal experience they have with the image before them. That’s kind of cool!
Simple Mandala was created from a circle in the centre. I put a mark on the paper and this is what grew from that one tiny action. Life is like that too. We make a decision (or put our mark on an experience) and what falls out of it is something quite profound when we take a moment to really reflect on it. The outpouring of a new set of experiences and consequences from that one moment in time. We make our mark through our actions, our thoughts, our mental state, our emotional state and how we choose to move from one situation or experience to another.
Mandalas have so much to offer the conscious if you give them half a chance to let you get quiet and shine your inner wisdom onto the page.
If you like my art and my thoughts about my art, I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment to comment and share it with those who you know would also enjoy my musings.
Last month, I found myself playing with a new Sharpie which I love love LOVE! Who would have thought that I could get so passionate about an ink pen? But there you have it. I love to draw and express whatever wants to emerge from inside me at the time. The above photo is a progress shot of an abstract drawing that I worked on for a couple of days during January 2014. I like it. I like this one a lot.
This is an image of the finished abstract drawing with purple and blue hue oil pastels rubbed into the acid-free paper. I had so much fun rubbing the oils into the paper and seeing them mingle and create such an awesome effect.
I never plan these kinds of drawings… they are organic and evolutionary. They decide what they want to be when they are on the page. My right brain has a fabulous time creating these images and I am so happy with the way this one has turned out.
After some reflection, I have decided to dedicate this post to the complexity that I felt inside while playing with this drawing and especially to some of the complex personal/professional connections I have in my life.
Life can be filled with twists and turns, ups and downs. Some days, I feel high with happiness (figuratively speaking people – I don’t do drugs), and other days I feel low and lost in a mire of depression. Although, to look at me, you probably wouldn’t see the dark depression that sometimes lurks in the shadows.
It is difficult to express the complex emotions that go through me at various moments in my life. Sometimes I feel like I am truly on track in life, doing what I do best and loving things. Then, wham! Just like that, I am thrown into a darkness that has me wondering if I have anything to offer the world at all!
Is that a bad thing to admit? I don’t think it matters really. I would rather be up front about the way I feel than hide in plain sight.
Today, at work, I felt rather unhappy.
I am going to be honest about how complex things can be for me. There are days, at work, where I interact with various people and have life learning experiences. I believe that every experience has something to offer me and I do what I can to learn from all experiences and better myself. Anyway, I have noticed a pattern, a bit like my complex abstract artwork, and that is that some people seem to have an inability to stop themselves from over explaining, talking too much and dismissing other people’s opinions.
Personally, there are times when I feel that I am not heard or listened to at all.
It bothers me.
I sit and reflect on what is happening and wonder, am I being over-sensitive?
But mostly, I wonder how I can possibly be of any assistance to people around me if they cannot hear what I have to offer?
This disinterest in my value makes me feel resentful, angry and desperate for freedom.
I secretly (or not so secretly now…) wish for something better. Maybe a better job, maybe to run away and join the circus. I only wish I was good with heights and flexible enough to do that kind of job… alas, I fall short of those particular skill strengths.
I hope you do not mind me confiding in you that I want to create better life for myself and to establish more balanced working relationships?
I guess it’s a work in progress, relating to people. Yet, there are times when I find myself unable to make my way across that bridge as I encounter certain people who seem to consider that their opinion, thoughts and assessments of a given situation are always right.
There are days when I wonder if these people only like to hear the sound of their own voice?
Lately, I have noticed that when one of these rather self-absorbed, ‘the world orbits around me,’ people begin talking, I don’t hear them. I hear ‘blah, blah, blah, don’t you think my way is right? Aren’t I good? Don’t you agree with me??? blah etc’ white noise…
It’s very difficult to stay tuned in to people who do this. Especially when they appear to be open to feedback only to somehow misplace that feedback and continue the same self-absorbed destructive behaviour pattern.
Am I the only one who cannot stand ‘white noise?’
I hear them waffle on and on, making superfluous points which are important only to them and their internal agendas.
What can I say… life is complex. People are complex. I am complex. I guess it takes all sorts of people to make up the tapestry of humanity. Some people I like and can listen to for, like ever!
And other people are like listening to the television late at night when is goes ‘schhhhhhhhhhhhhh.’
I have to admit, I’m kind of over trying to look interested in people who do this. Harsh but true.
At least I am honest.
I had better leave my complex complaining there.
I hope you are having a great day/night and getting the best out of life. I am sure that this situation is teaching me something valuable, even if it is not to treat other people the way that I have been treated by the ‘white noise’ brigade.
Yesterday, I had an urge to go out and buy myself a lovely big pad of paper, which I did. I found a sharpie that I fell in love with, so that came home with me too and that was when I put pen to paper.
The above drawing created itself on the page and I have called it ‘Transitions in love’. It represents the love that I am feeling right now in my life. There is a simplicity and deep, indefinable beauty to what I have been experiencing since I met Dave. He has enriched my life and I am hopeful that I am enriching his life in the best possible way too.
Love is a funny thing. It is romantic at first but after a time, it can transition from the surface experience to something deep, profound and intense. That is what I call ‘mature love’. That is the kind of love that understands that we are not perfect and is forgiving. It is an unselfish love and one that only grows deeper with the passage of the seasons.
This is the love that I want most in my life. I do very much enjoy the honey moon stage of love and romance, but in the end, I want the love that grows with me on a daily basis.
In my experience, I have gone through a few relationships and flings, even though, during the flings I never once thought that was what was happening. They kind of happened to me. As I have learned life lessons about love, I have learned a great deal about who I am and how I relate to the other person and myself. I have learned to be alone and to love myself without the ‘other’ there to provide validation. I have learned to love the single life and now I am learning to love the couple life in a new and deeply wonderful way with the right man for me.
It took a few emotional wake up calls to bring me to understand what mature love offers and I am grateful for every single lesson, even the lessons that shattered my heart to the core. Each time that I have shattered, I have taken time to see what I have been taught and found the kernel of opportunity to be more ready for the right man to come into my life. In hindsight, I know that every experience I have been through has played an important and pivotal role in developing me into the person I am today.
I am glad to say that I am ready for mature and balanced love in my life now.
Love has a way of uncovering insecurities but it also has a way of reassuring us that we are valuable beyond measure.
One of the things that I love about making art is the simplicity of line. I love line and I love to play with different ideas in my visual diaries. I do not know what I would do without art to express that side of me that cannot put words to form.
This mandala reflects my thoughts on the cyclic growth of plants in nature and yet, it also has a hint of the cycle of the seasons hidden within the simple images on the page. I am reminded of the beauty of a sunflower in all it’s glorious full bloom and the hidden potential of living a full life through the unfurling of the leaves.
Life is techni-coloured to me. It is also filled with black, white and a whole lot of grey area. I don’t know if other people think about these strange things but they certainly flit, like little butterflies, across my mind.
As I sit here typing my stream of consciousness thoughts for you to read, I realise that this mandala digs deep into my psyche, revealing how much I yearn for the simple and beautiful things in life. Maybe this is a reminder and a well-timed wake up call, to stop and become aware of all that I have in my life. Maybe Simplicity is teaching me to look for the light hidden within the living world? These are just thoughts and speculation. My mind loves this kind of playful romp through art and thought.
I am quite tired today and so my thoughts may not make sense. I hope they do, however, I feel unable to go back and reflect on them at this moment in time and so I trust you will forgive me for my rambling style.
Last night, before bed, I got out my A3 Visual Diary and black ink pen to continue to develop this Tiger drawing. I am liking him more and more each time I touch pen to paper.
I think I may need to invest in a new black ink water soluble pen soon. This one is starting to die on me. I think I have punished it a bit in recent months with some of my other artwork.
I really do love seeing a piece of artwork come together. This tiger inspired me as he is so relaxed and intent on watching something of interest. I really like it when I float into that subtle alert but relaxed state of being myself and this tiger certainly embodies that to me.