This week’s IF prompt is “Space”…at first I had a desire to go a little more sci-fi…maybe send my fox girl, into a galaxy far far away. I may still do that. Let me tell you a little about myself. I love my space. I revel in my solitude and savour any second of absolute utter aloneness I am given. You know why? Because I can think better and I feel grounded. Of course many of you might not understand and may even think that this is mentally and physically unhealthy. Well, thats just…unfortunate. Being alone is the best opportunity for someone to be aquainted with their true self.
Its been a busy month since my last post and during that time I’ve been keeping myself happily occupied with some side projects, live sketch streams, and also stepping out of my cave on the rare occassion to meet up with friends whom I had not seen for a long time, as well as a much needed quality time with DK —who was starting not to recognise me even though we live together. Anyway, here is my fox girl sitting on her favourite spot, her special space. My fox girl who still lacks a name. I did this sketch a couple of weeks ago. I will be using it as a basis for a 30mm x 40mm painting on wood panel. I am busily preparing some pieces for an art fair in October and I hope everything turns out well. Wish me luck.
Last year for my birthday, a couple of my friends got me a 100 sheets of 200 g smooth paper from Schöllerhammer. It is one of the best birthday presents I have ever received (being whisked off to Valencia was the topper). Its awesome when your loved ones gift you with useful things…but thats just the pragmatic side of me talking. Anyway, from a couple of din A3 sheets, I cut up a stack of A6 sized postcards 🙂 and decided to play around with a couple of neglected copic markers and some coloured pencils…this paper was definitely made for the markers.WOW! I hated using those markers normally on every other surface I have tried them on. I found that it worked really well with coloured pencils too. Well, the aftermath is my contribution to this week’s IF prompt. I was having so much fun on that little space…but the swamp girl, she wasnt too happy with her situation at all. I guess I would be really grouchy too if I had to wade around in a thick soup of algae, swamp mud, bugs, and micro creatures all day, with nothing to eat but flies, crayfish and toads.
Work at the design firm usually has me looking and feeling like my bayou babe featured above, so running home to play around with materials and getting to do my own thing for at least a couple of hours without clients breathing down my back is a real relief for me. Its like a work out for my soul. Another thing I am looking forward to this week is my first ever baby birthday party hosted by …yes…ME! Moof’s little Nazgul is turning 1 next monday, and his adoring fan…me…felt inclined to throw him a tea party…though he will not be drinking the tea as it might be improved with Rum. Tea, cupcakes and sandwiches shared with good friends while the ever so precious little Nazgul is climbing into the plant pots, eating the dirt and knocking my canvases down –I cant think of a more perfect Saturday. Life is truly grand!
The swan yields to beautiful and innocent Leda. I’ve always wanted to work on my own version of the famous greek myth. Can’t write much about it right now – so very sleepy. This is a work in progress. I am using Acrylic on 2 mm A3 bristol board and my soundtrack for this was Ólafur Arnalds and they have escaped into darkness. So there you have it for today folks. Now i must yield to my bed.
For this week’s illustration friday theme, I want to highlight my current project which is a sketchbook entry for arthouse coop’s Sketchbook Project. My chosen theme is treehouse. My fox maiden will be the featured centrefold…Its her treehouse actually some of her roommates are also featured.
All participants in the Sketchbook project receive a small sketchbook measuring 5.25″ W x 7.25″ H, with 32 pages of 70 lb stock paper. After I was through taking the covers and pages apart, it is now 5.25″ W x 7.25″ H, of 110 lb cardstock of 12 japanese fold-out panels ready for me to create foxy’s treehouse and share it with the world. My sketchbook along with 28,839 participants will be exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Canada as well as London and Melbourne. I just realised my deadline for submission is January 31st –AAK! So, this means I have to strap on the boot straps tighter and start motoring! My gameplan, when the under drawing is complete, is to render it with a combination of acrylic paints and coloured pencils. Wish me luck! I need it! Here is more info on the project and why YOU should participate.