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.
I had to leave before the first round was even over but I’m so excited to see @chrisaakins and @lizardillo are the winners. Absolutely well deserved. There were so many tremendous entries this time but I loved both of your pieces best and am happy you both rose to the top. Congratulations!
I promised trees and cows so here you go. The cow is actually a Scottish Highland bull - I am in western NY state but a local Scot native raises these. I learned that speed painting houses is easier than speed painting woods because the trees end up looking like a blob.
I’ve started “Speed Line and Wash Sketching.” I set my timer and drive in a random direction until the timer goes off. I look for something in the area to paint, set my timer again for 15 minutes or 30 minutes depending on how long I have, and I make a painting. I’m trying to loosen up both in my ink and my watercolor and this is helping.
By the way, @burvantill, thanks for this thread. It's nice to have a place to share the stuff we are doing that may not be Instagram-worthy
I used to listen to your podcast through my Alexa device but Alexa has switched to getting its podcast from Amazon music and your podcast is not offered through Amazon music. Is there a way that you could put your podcast on Amazon music? I don’t know what it involves and if there is a cost, but if it’s not too much trouble, it would be great to have it available again on my Alexa.