It’s been ages since I did one of these.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what to do with my art–especially my paintings. In the last Sketchbook Corner, I mused on the possibility of selling my work at the small store attached to my family’s apple orchard. Since then, I’ve decided not to sell my work. I make art because I love it. And I love to give it away. Since I began painting a year ago, one of my favorite things aside from the joy of creation is to give a piece os my art to someone who will appreciate it. Countless bookmarks and little landscapes have found their ways into the hands of people I care about. The delight on their faces when they look at my work is more valuable than any money I’d make by selling.
Lately, I’ve been revisiting colored pencils. I’ve avoided them for years, but picked up a set of new ones on a whim. So far, I’ve been happy with them. They are less time-consuming than watercolors and there are more color blending options. Check out my usual batch of ladies and mermaids:
Cinderella from the recent live-action film
My OC, Mora
I’ve been doing my best to pick up my paints at least once a week. I’ve been working on (more) ladies…
Ariel from The Little Mermaid
… as well as some nature.
Speed paint–15 minutes
I like doing Sketchbook Corners, but they’ve become infrequent. Which is sad. If you’re reading this, I am in need of feedback…
Would you prefer art posts that are large and substantial, but infrequent OR more frequent, small posts? Please let me know! Your feedback is appreciated!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these. I’m proud to present more of my art!
I’ve been sketching more than usual lately. Here are some snippets:
More Cinderella sketches
Ariel is on the right. On the left is Jane from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which I’ve been re-watching during my study breaks
Inspiration struck after seeing the new movie a few weeks ago. Colored pencils in my sketchbook.
See the uncolored Cinderella sketch in the above gallery? I transposed it to watercolor paper and here is the result. I wish I had been more bold with some of the colors, but it’s a start!
Also, I’ve been continuing making bookmarks. Just as I did with the Cinderella painting, I take doodles from my class notes, copy them on narrowly cut watercolor paper, and paint them in. I love creating art that’s actually useful. These sure brighten up my assigned reading.
Aurora on the left, my OC, Evelyn, on the right
Marius from Les Mis, Cinderella, and Belle
Finally, this is a project I’ve spent this week working on. We just finished reading and discussing Tennyson’s Idylls of the King in my Courtly Love class. At the end of the poem, Camelot ultimately falls because of Guinevere’s infidelity with Lancelot. This painting is one of the few instances where I consciously construct the image. I put a lot of thought into her pose and color scheme. The text is a quote from the end of Tennyson’s fantastic poem.
Welcome to another edition of Sketchbook Corner, a feature where I share various doodles and artwork I’ve been creating.
Click the images to enter the galleries for a closer look at the art, as well as descriptions and comments.
They had a painting station at a monthly worship service I attend. I felt drawn to the acrylics (a medium I’m not very familiar with) and this is the result!
Experimenting with landscapes
Trying to get better at painting full bodies
Left, an original character in a story I write in my head. Right, randomness.
Left, a sketch of Cinderella from the upcoming live-action film. Don’t know how accurate she is… I didn’t use any references.Right: random girl in a dress
Class Doodles:With finals hanging over our heads, my tendency to doodle in class has curbed a bit. I spend most of class these days scribbling down as many notes as possible to help with final papers and tests.
That’s all for this edition of Sketchbook Corner! Keep your eyes peeled for next time, which will probably be in a few weeks.
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(All sketches, doodles, and artwork belong to me. Do not take and repost without permission.)