Aug 082012

I thought I should do this while my eyes are still open ha! I slept like the proverbial rock last night. That doesn’t mean today will be any less tiring but maybe it will help. I’m on cup o’java number 2 so far.

So here is the completed, colored in sketch I’ve been working on. I’m not sure I like it. The color is too overwhelming I think. I prefer more subtle color. Trial & error. That’s what it’s all about. I still really like the acrylic ink better than the paints. I mixed colors & added water to some in an effort to get where I wanted to be. I didn’t quite make it but I did manage to come up with various shades of green & brown LOL

I’m amazed that I’m sketching at all. I’ve never really been good at drawing at all. I must have developed a lesion in just the right spot to allow me to be at least a little better at it than I used to be…

All that mess in the background is the faux brick wall

My little color mixing-testing-what’s it gonna look like page

Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

  8 Responses to “The Mantle”

  1. Don’t you love test paper? I keep them and do paper cuts butterflies and stuff from them. It works out great.

  2. i just love the wall – the colour and the texture are greatly effective 🙂
    i think you may be right about the other colouring… the green is quite bright…

    • yep, the green has got to go LOL i think next time i need to add more water and a bit of umber to it & maybe tone it down, make it more of a “wash”… thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. I like your sketches and hope you keep up with it. Welcome to the EDM group!

  4. I’ve read your last few posts, and I’m right there with you — all I want is rest!
    For not having any formal art training, I think you’re doing a fantastic job! One thing that may help you is using grids. Make a grid on clear plastic with permanent ink — maybe 1/2 inch squares – or buy one in a supply store. Then take a photo of your subject. Place the see-through grid over the photo. Use graph paper to work out the picture using the grid lines to correspond to the ones on your photo cover. This creates better spacing and truer sizing. I used to use it for portraits. Once you start seeing the connections, you no longer need the graphing. Just a thought…

    • that’s a great idea! i’m going to make a grid… i have a mat that has a grid on it so i can use that to make a grid from… i think i even have some transparencies! woot! thanks Muff!!

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