I was going to add this to a sketchdump later this week, but as I finished the inks today, I thought I’d go ahead and post it. (^u^) Here is the finished inked version of a new print, “Falling”!
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorite books), this print features a girl falling in a dream. I wonder if she was watching Alice in Wonderland before bed? Or is she Alice, herself, falling down the rabbit hole. . . ? I haven’t quite decided yet, so we’ll see what happens when I color it. \(^o^)/
Fun fact: This piece took me three days to ink. Whew! All those little details were quite intense. Any bets on how long coloring will take. . . ? Haha.
Work is going slowly this week. I don’t have any finished pieces to share, so here’s a page of sketches I shared on Twitter:
(This is probably a good time to mention that I usually post daily sketches on Twitter. They just seem to fit better on Twitter vs this blog. But maybe I should do like a weekly round-up of sketches? A sketchdump? What do you think?)
Art is a funny field. Each piece takes a long time, and I only want to post something when it’s ‘done,’ so if it’s still in-progress, it’s hard for me to share. . . On the other hand, there’s this sort of pressure to “post weekly at a minimum” and I produce more sketches than anything else, so on weeks when painting is going s l o w l y, I end up posting sketches anyway. In that respect, I wish I had a style that lends itself better to quick, finished paintings – or maybe that’s not dependent on style, but rather workflow. So in that case, I just have to keep on drawing and the speed will come. With practice. Yeah.
Then there’s the fact that I love both writing and drawing. I enjoy both, but I haven’t yet reached a balance where it feels like I’m doing enough of either. When I’m drawing, I think about all the stories I want to tell, and when I’m writing, I’m thinking about the pictures I want to paint. And of course, most of my stories are longer-term projects and aren’t “done” yet, so I can’t share those with you in the meantime. It’s not frustrating exactly, and I’ll probably find a balance one day; it’s just that I wish there were more hours in a day so I can do ALL THE STUFF instead of just part of it, haha.
Oh, even though I said I can’t really share story-stuff with you guys. . . I’ve been revisiting my NaNo project this week & trying to work out some of the kinks. I think the basic plot is okay, just need to flesh out my characters a bit more. . . and figure out a good logline. . . . Anyway, I should have a few things to share soon! Like, working title and characters’ names and so on. So look forward to that!
The final theme of the Gemstone Streak Challenge was Onyx. Before yesterday, I thought that all onyx was black, but apparently onyx comes in many colors! And it also has streaks, like tiger eyes.
Besides the standard black, the variety of onyx that caught my eye was sardonyx, or red onyx. So this piece was inspired by those colors. The setting is the dark of night (for onyx), and her dress, the gems on her cloak, and the fairy lights will be red (for sardonyx), I think. We’ll see how it goes when I do the color test. ^u^
Thanks for following along with me as I tackled this challenge! It was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoyed it as well!
Day 13’s theme is Tiger Eye. I intended to stop after doing the sketch, but I was having so much fun that I kept going until I finished the flats! I had fun painting the tiger eye pendant and trying to capture the way the colored bands seem to glow within the gem.
Don’t forget to check out the Gemstone Streak Club page! There are a ton of creative submissions – over 70, last I checked – and everyone is doing such a wonderful job.
See you all later tonight for the final theme, Onyx!
The birthstone of December, turquoise has also been known for its protective qualities. I imagine that it’s the perfect gem to create an amulet for those you love, so today’s sketch is of a child wearing a turquoise amulet and bracelet. They were given to her by her parents and grandparents to protect her when they could not.
Unfortunately, my hand became a little cramped today, so we’re back to posting the pencil sketches. I’m still planning to complete the Gemstone Streak Challenge, but I’ll probably stop at the pencil sketches for the last two themes as well. After my hand’s had the chance to rest up, I’ll go back and ink and color them. It should keep me busy for a little while. ^u^
Today marks the end of the monthly birthstones! Tomorrow’s theme is Tiger Eye. I’m looking forward to it!