In Procreate with the studio pen. (For those who have never seen an animal based fairy, this is a m...ink fairy, a little animal fairy who loves the inky blackness of ink because it matches its fur.)
Illustration has been a life long hobby that competes with music for my spare time. Looking forward to retirement when I can devote more time to my passions.
Those who joined the forum only recently may not have known of the sad death of one of the forum members, Richard Cartwright. When we heard of it on the forum, people wanted to express condolences to his family and our appreciation of him as a fellow artist and so we sent "flowers" by creating artistic interpretations of flowers done in his memory. I volunteered to print them off and send them to the funeral home in British Columbia on everyone's behalf.
Today I received a card from his family in the mail addressed to the SVS forum. It has a picture of a butterfly on a flower with the text "A simple act of kindness has a beauty all its own. Thank you for your kindness." Inside, the family has written:
"Please thank your fellow members for their beautiful flowers that you all sent for us in memory of our son Richard. He was so enthused about your organization and we were so proud of him and his art. He passed away so suddenly, leaving a large hole in our hearts but unfortunately, we have no answers as to why it happened yet - maybe in a few months we will know more. I hope all your members keep up their beautiful work. Sincerely, Bill and Sharon Cartwright, Nelson BC Canada."
When @Jake-Parker @Will-Terry and @Lee-White asked on their last podcast, "What impact has your art had on the world?" I couldn't help but think of the outpouring of caring toward Richard's family from the forum. Images can often say more than words.
I’m posting this so that I’ll stop fiddling with it. After I drew it, I thought, “This would make a good start for a book — The Adventures of TinCans.” I did it in Procreate and thank you @ArtofAleksey and @Braden-Hallett for your process videos that taught me some Procreate tricks.
I don't know if it's cheating to use an already completed painting but I did this in February as my own exercise after watching Will Terry's Draw 50 Things. I had fun researching colonial instruments and luthier tools but there were times I'd wished I'd done his suggestion of a candy shop instead!
Here is mine. I did this in traditional watercolor on cold press and inked It (and tweaked it) in Procreate. I could spend another week on it but given that I also did a pen and ink version of this and another version on hot press that I tossed, i’m ready to be done with it
Several people have made suggestions of doing paintings in the memory of Richard Cartwright, and I had suggested another possibility was doing drawings or paintings of flowers (using that prompt as creatively as you would like) which we could send physically or virtually to his family. I don’t know if there is still interest in doing that but I thought I would start this thread and see what happens.
I’ll volunteer to figure out how to send them though depending on the quantity, I might have to do it virtually since he lived in Canada and I’m in the US.
Here is mine. It’s a study in pen and wash that I did recently which I wish I had more time to improve but I’d rather send it as is than hope to improve on it and then never end up sending anything.
I noticed today as I was painting that even though my execution continues to need improvement, my thinking as I’m painting has drastically changed in the two years I’ve subscribed to SVS and been a member of the forum. I want to thank SVS for everything I’ve learned including these mantras that now reside in my head.
Values, values, values. If the values work, the whole composition will benefit
Lines are formed by value edges. There are no lines in nature.
The last 20% of a painting will take 80% of the time, so when you think you are finished, you probably aren’t.
On the other hand, at some point you have to say, “Finished, not perfect,” and move on to the next
You should not compare yourself to others but compare yourself to yourself yesterday.
Thanks SVS for this and more. I’m curious about what others have you learned from SVS that has become part of your internal dialogue as you work.
@Braxton Both. I painted the watercolor so that it was more saturated and added a lot more pen work but then after I took a photo of it, I also did a lot of adjustments in my photo software, mostly to try to get it to look closer to the original.
I find watercolor difficult to photograph, even when I have the lighting done well, because I think it loses its luminescence when I photograph it. I have the same problem with pencil work -- it looks good to my eye but in the photo it washes out. I adjusted the photo with photo software upping the saturation, the contrast, and the clarity a little, and I adjusted the tint to match the original as best I can. I did some of that on the first photo but without the additional paint and pen work, it didn't help much!
I worked on a sketch that I had done during Inktober that I never developed of flying squirrels. For Slovember, I did it digitally and ditched it, did it as a line and wash on hot press which looked pretty awful, and did it as a line and wash on cold press which is ok but I'm not in love with it. Here is that last -- watercolor with pencil and brown dip pen. Although I can't make any compositional changes at this point, do you have any suggestions on improving the rendering?
@VeronicaMui You should go for it. What I find most relaxing is that I’m not trying to create a scene from my imagination but just drawing whatever catches my fancy. Sometimes I’m drawing from life (as I did with the asters) and sometimes from photos most of which I have taken myself while walking outside. And on the days I don’t feel artistic at all, I do research and make notes in the journal so there is always something to do even on down days.
Over the summer I started doing a nature journal which I find very relaxing but it doesn't generate as many "post-able" paintings. It is, however good practice for line and wash. Here is a recent page (dip pen on hot press watercolor paper.)
@Dima-Eichhorn mentioned a podcast/Youtube by Vesper Stamper, an SVS teacher, but had a typo in her post. It's called Vesperisms: the Art of Thinking for Yourself. I haven't listened to it but am interested because I liked her SVS class so I looked it up and thought I'd post the title for others who may want to take a look.