so i spent the entire weekend sitting on the floor, hunched over my drawing board, creating another pile of miniature art cards.
the other half, reclining in comfort on the sofa behind me, glanced over while i worked, and made a comment about making a time lapse video.
“we should totally set the video camera up and film you drawing a card from start to finish” he said.
“yes, we should”, i replied, knowing full well neither of us would be arsed.
i was right. we didn’t bother. but for those that might be interested, i did take some photographs of the process – so maybe you can just squint your eyes and scroll the mouse wheel up and down really fast, and pretend you’re watching a video? cool.
i start with a really vague outline:
then begin to thicken up the lines:
and add a few details, like the stitched up scar, her makeup…
nobody loves a toothless zombie, so next i add those, along with falling cherry blossom, and more detailed hair:
then i thicken up the outlines a tiny bit until i’m satisfied, and add the details to her robe:
thicken up and finish off the lettering:
and the basic geisha is done. next stage is usually where i completely ruin all that hard work, by adding colour. a little bit of pink for the cherry blossom, darker reddish pink for her eyes and cheeks:
then i build up some streaks of colour in her hair:
i quite like her still at this stage ^. this is where i should stop. “a good artist always knows when to stop”, they say. well, i never claimed to be a good artist. so next i add more colour: a lovely deep blood-red-ish pink for the obi, dark zombie-grey for the robes, and a paler mixture of the 2 colours for her sleeves.
…and she’s done!
well? are you scrolling? it’s *almost* exactly the same as watching a time lapse video, no?
next up: coming soon: A BIG CHRISTMASSY GIVEAWAY! so, watch this space.
so friday saw the re-launch of the shiny new folksy website, and i think it looks great. fresh and clean and modern with a funky contemporary retro vibe type thing going on. (<- descriptions are not my strong point today.)
anyway, i’m also pleased to say it’s done wonders for my shop!
whether it’s down to the revamp or just the time of year or both or what, sales have been good and it’s keeping me busy.
in fact i actually ran out of cardstock and envelopes yesterday and had to put in an emergency order to my supplier, which i am now stuck at home waiting for the delivery of. (<- grammar and sentence structure are not my strong point today either.)
it’s really dark, grey, and rainy wintery weather outside, so obviously i am extremely disappointed not to be able to leave the house today.
i guess i will just sit under a blanket and drink coffee and stare out the window at the dismal weather and get on with some more drawing and painting while i wait.
harsh times :)
…doing lots of sitting, to make up for all that walking!
but i’ve been fairly productive during my sitting time, and have been doing lots of drawing and painting.
i did some sketches for future things i am plotting, and also made a bundle of aceo’s for the shop (which have promptly sold out)(<- not that i am complaining! i am thrilled that they are so well liked!) and today i’ve been crazy busy with custom orders, correspondence and christmas card sales.
the shop has disappeared for a little while, as folksy are busy launching their, er, re-launch of the site. it’s about to look a whole lot snazzier. make sure you pop in and have a look! it promises to be faaaaancy!
(sorry, folksy. i mean, feel bad for seeing other sites, but, like…not that bad.)
let’s see, what else…. nope. that’s about it for the week! in a nutshell: sitting!
i should probably get off my backside tomorrow and do some other stuff before DVT and bedsores set in.