I love Creative Tuesday!! It is a type of sketchbook challenge that happens every other Tuesday. Our host, Mr. Toast, gives us a prompt to do with what we wish. Now, I am a paper crafter, through and through. NEVER have I had a sketchbook, or if I did, I turned it into an art journal or something. But, I found this site, somewhere? and I thought I'd give it a try. I am so glad I did. I am actually doing work in my sketchbook, that actually resembles drawing!! No dimension, no wicked fancy pictures, just drawing the only way I know how. And my progress has been slow and steady, but I feel like I have accomplished a big feat!! With each new prompt, I feel I think of a way to make it work. TOTALLY outside my comfort zone.
And the people there are so kind!! They are wicked awesome artists, but they still have a kind word for the "newbie". It really is a lovely group. You just have to click on the link above and check them out. You will be happy you did!!
This prompt was Trees. Well, even I can draw a tree!! But how do I make it better, different, make it my own. Here is my take.
I started off with my Derwent water color pencils, and drew the tree, and some lines down to show the bark, and some branches on top. hmmm. blah. What to do???
I let it sit for a week, thinking. Then, I had my idea!! Some doodles in the bark! Yes, this is good! But, the doodles were too light. So, I went over the WHOLE TREE with my India ink markers. Much better. Now, how to make leaves. I can't make a million leaves, that would look dumb. Hmmmm. AHA! Samp circles all around the top! I got a foam stamp that was the perfect circle, and stamped it with 3 different inks. Nice!! But, it is still empty. Circle bushes!!! And some grass with a green marker to bring it together. Now, it just looked like a few circles. How do I fix that? Some brown doodles! Like the branches that would be inside!! A few squiggles for good measure and done!!
BUT, I couldn't stop. Spray ink was calling my name. "spray me Daniella, you always use spray ink, we need you". I was unsure, so I took the picture without spray ink, then sprayed one type of spray ink on it and it had like no color (although it was called evergreen) and made my ink run!! ACK!! Thankfully I keep a heat gun at the ready, and I was able to save my ink from running too much. So, I tried a different spray ink, and it worked wonderfully!! I am not going to tell you which ink was the bad one, and which ink was the good one. I just don't roll like that, bad mouthing one company. It doesn't matter really, right?
I think I like the no spray ink one better, but the ink did fill in the top of the tree, and the splashes on the white paper do add more depth. What do you think?????
Thanks for visiting and reading my 12 page story!! I just always have such fun with these sketchbook pages, I can't help but tell the whole story!!
Enjoy the other fabulous artists!! And say hello to Mr. Toast too!!!