I have many props in my studio, as well as many ideas on manipulating paint. Â The other day I noticed a bra and a rum bottle sitting next to a coffee cup on a table. Â That was the inspiration for the still life, but I’ve been conceptualizing this back ground for weeks. Â I really like how this one turned out, but I think I can still tweak it a bit in the next piece. Â I’ll talk more about the process in painting class. Â I also think on the next one I will put a bird on it.
It’s the last Saturday of the year and the last Daddy/Daughter breakfast of the year. Â That doesn’t really mean anything other than another year is gone and a new one is starting. Â Just a blunt reminder of how little time we actually get to spend together.
As you can see, there are a LOT of coffee cups sketched during Daddy/Daughter breakfast. Â I’m proud of the influence it is having one Girl2. Â She took a break from drawing hearts, fairies, and rainbow butterflies to try her hand at a coffee mug and the juice glasses… with fairies and rainbow butterflies.
Tonight in Painting Class I finished up the fire hydrant example I have been working on. We talked about pushing the colors, using quality materials, atmospheric perspective and the whole lot. Immediately after I turned the cameras off, I decided to ink it. I'm really glad I did.
A couple of years ago I committed myself to the first 200 drawing challenges from the Everyday Matters group on yahoo. I made it to 152 before I let myself get distracted. The purpose of the group is to point out that it's the every day matters that make every day matter. The mundane is what makes life special. Today, I decided to pick it back up and look for other sources online as well so that I will be challenged to draw every day. It is how I want to start and end every day.
There are about thirty that I haven't posted, but you can find the bulk of the previous drawings here: http://www.artisticbiker.com/the-gallery/every-day-matters/
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I have this continuing project that I like to do called 100 Days. The premise is that if you want to get better at anything, do it every day for 100 days. It doesn't matter what you want to get better at: drawing, painting, public speaking, dancing, making love, WHATEVER. Do it for 100 days in a row, even if only for a few minutes, and you can't help but improve. After the 100 days, take a break, try something else, or just do it again, especially if you are trying to improve your love making…
On Twitter, I'm tagging it #100DaysArt because 100days was already being used by another group and the nude drawings were freaking some people out. Speaking of nudes, back to the point. This time around I'm drawing 5 minute nudes. I find that I am not satisfied with my ability to capture the figure quickly, especially a dynamic figure. So I am limiting my time to capture as much detail as possible. The nudes are "figure models" from around the internet. I have found a few good sources such as posespace.com where the nudes are purely artistic and in common everyday poses. I have also come across many other sites that I won't list here, but let me just say "artistic nudes" searches bring up some interesting poses and closeups.
Anyway, just to get the G+ album caught up, I'm posting the first 37. I'll make this a weekly posting so you can track the progress with me. There will be rough spots along the way, but in the end I believe it will make me a better artist.
*Please note the dates written on each one as Google didn't load them in order. If anyone knows how to sort photos in an album, I would LOVE to learn.
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