Since we FINALLY had a weekend without snow, I opened le Studio Garage this weekend.
Unfortunately I didn’t have D around to help me, because there was a lot of cleaning to do. Tons of leaves and dirt and everything else that blows around the neighborhood and into my garage had to be swept out.
I also discovered that my sonic anti-mouse device apparently scares mice to DEATH and not just OUT THE DOOR, because I found a dead mouse actually STUCK to the floor which I had to scrape up with a knife. EWWW.
After that I was so grossed out that I had to hose out the whole garage, and then the neighbor’s AC unit just to be nice, and then the cobwebs off the front of the house and the patio chairs just because by that time I was just having fun playing in the sun with the water hose.
After all that and some wine with the neighbors, I started in on this season’s first piece. Last season, I had started playing with Copic markers at the end of my process, so this season, I decided to start with them. Here’s a sneak preview of what I’m working on – stay tuned or follow @yiddle on twitter to see my progress.
I once had a prof who said you should do a self portrait once a year, so that over the years you could see the changes in both your artistic style and your perception of yourself. So, here’s my 2012.
This was my first Painter 12 experiment. I sketched with graphite on paper first, then scanned it in and used the Oil Brushes in Painter 12. I like it a lot better than Painter 11. Not sure why I held off on buying it for so long. In fact, last night D was using the Cintiq so I had to use Painter 11 on the tm2 for another painting and going back to 11 was difficult.
Conclusions? Hair is hard. Especially mine, which changes at least in color every 5 weeks. I definitely need practice on hair. Skin tones? Finally getting a bit better. Style? Starting to find a space I like with the combination of sketch and oils. Still need to learn more about the brushes in Painter 12. Real media still feels far more intuitive. And me? It’s been a hard year, but I’ve still got the tiniest bit of a smile. Bit of a tough girl. Maybe next year I’ll be softer.
hallo! sorry it’s been so long since i’ve been here. i’ve done a lot of work this summer, i’ll try to post pics up soon. for now, here’s a quick little paint i did of tinkle last night, who has become quite obsessed with a shoebox. she sits in the shoebox on my bed, dreaming of grand adventures.
doing some multitasking here, figured I’d scan in some doodles while I wait for my hair to re-pink
Got a wee bit done on Lollipops tonight. Sorry for the crappy pic, it’s raining out and the lighting wasn’t so hot in the garage
LOVE my new setup I can sit in bed with the Cintiq and have my reference pics on the screen across the room. Made a wee bit of progress on this one tonight.