What I normally do is I draw something, I work on it, and then I call it "finished" and move on. But recently I've been drawing things out in my sketchbook, and then moving them over to better paper and adding mediums. Take these two bar scenes for example:
This is the original I did in my sketchbook. I like it, it's not bad, but it's vague and cartoony.
This is the finished version. I know, right?
This is a quick sketch I did while at a bar. This one is proving more difficult, because in my sketch I was working with real people, and in my more polished version I am working only with the sketch of real people. Harder than I thought it would be.
Also it's not done yet. But here is a work in progress image of it.
I feel like a grown up; working with sources and polishing them up in my studio. Wow.
Also, I made a portfolio website, so if people are professionally interested in me, I can give this to them:
You know, if I actually posted regularly, I might not have this problem. Now I need to post everything I've done in the past 5 or 6 months.
Fortunately for you, I didn't take pictures of all of it. So I'll just give you the highlights, I guess.
I was in a play called "The Well of Horniness", which was a really strange and silly play about murder and depravity among lesbians. That inspired this little doodle, where the color is done in the smoke of the gun. I thought it was nifty.
This is just a picture of my drafting table as I was working on my finished drawing "Death of an Art Student."
This is "Death of an Art Student!" Based on how I feel after (Basically) every day. Drawn from images and life of my room, and throwing myself in there for good measure, it's the first Self Portrait of the year. It took me at least 10 hours, first drawing it and then inking it, coloring it with watercolor pencils, going over most of that with marker, then color pencil, then more pen, then graphite... oof.
The first time I ever used watercolor pencils. I love the things. I need to use them more.
My first assignment in my Advanced Drawing class was simply "Here is gigantic paper. Do something that is appropriate for the size of the paper." The first thing that popped into my head was doing a break in the wall and people looking through from the other side. Then, I elaborated on the idea and wanted them to be looking in from a different dimension, hence the black and white (which is all ballpoint pen). Lastly, I used a passage from one of my favorite books, Lucifer's Hammer, to imply that we are looking into a fictional universe, and they are looking back.
I was bored at work, and going through a butterfly phase. I don't know what else I can say about this one... It was drawn upside down from this, but I prefer this angle for it.
I'm doing a series of doodles of my delightful friend Cory and I during a zombie apocalypse, holing up in Arcadia (a barcade that opened in Portland) to ride out the end of the world with video games and alcohol.
"Should we pause?" "Just let me finish this battle, first."
A self portrait I did today. I haven't done one of me just looking neutral in a very long time. This only took me 30 minutes.
And just to bring us back to the last time I posted, I finally finished my dad's blanket. It now has a place of honor on his rocking chair in their house in New Mexico.
It's the end of the semester, so things have been getting fun. For example, my drawing class all bunched up in the Art Department and drew all over the walls with chalk. Collaboratively. There is no part of this drawing that wasn't worked on by more than one person.
I drew the silhouettes in the corner.
Making mega progress on my dad's blanket.
My flower piece was glazed. I am not a huge fan of how it came out. BUT! We did an outside firing of some other pieces, and I thought it was so cool that I took way too many pictures.
Sang some Chamber Singers Music with my weirdo friends <3
Planted some Flowers...
Drew some flowers... (Watercolor with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World on)
(Marker with Muppet Treasure Island on)
(Oil Pastel with Spirited Away on)
And there we go.
I want to go back to sleep, even though all I've really done today is sleep.