I hope that you are having a lovely day, wherever you are. And I have lots of new art pieces to share with you today, which will hopefully brighten your day!
But before I get into the art, I’d like to tell you a bit about what I’ve been up to.
First of all, as I mentioned awhile back, my foot broke in July. I wasn’t allowed to walk on it for 3 weeks, and after that, I had to wear one of those enormous, industrial, and very attractive medical boots. I accessorized by putting a hot pink flower in the velcro strap. Today is the first day I get to start walking for a few hours without the boot, and by Monday (with any luck) I won’t use it at all!
Oh – and one last thing before I get into the pictures: my psychology teacher is offering extra credit to students who defy a social norm and write about the reactions of people around them. I ran my experiment at school today. Every hour, when I arrived at a new class, I laid a hot pink table cloth over my desk and placed a vase of faux flowers and a framed photograph of Harry Styles on top. After that, I continued to behave as usual. If anyone asked me what was happening, I said “I thought it looked better this way” or “I wanted to make things more homey.” If anyone asked me who was in the photograph, I said “This is Harry Styles. You know, the tween sensation and my future husband?”
People’s reactions were hilarious. My French teacher had no idea what was going on. My statistics teacher said he didn’t want to know. And everybody else who commented asked me, very slowly, “What are you doing?” Harry Styles was also a point of immense confusion, and even once people realized that the decor was a joke, they were still asking if I actually liked One Direction and where I had acquired the photo. (For the record, I am not a fan, though 1D songs are admittedly catchy.)
And now, after that long introduction: art!
First off, I have an oil pastel still life, drawn from life, not a photograph. Here is the final result:
I had a lot of fun with the textures in this piece, especially the wood paneling and the gold patterns on the clock, which were carved out after layering black over yellow.
Next, I have a graphite pencil drawing, which is actually a new interpretation of an old concept I drew a long time ago.
My drawing skills have improved a lot since my last hand-tree drawing, though I’m quite happy with both the old and new versions. Here’s a side-by-side comparison:
I also have some simpler digital pieces I did for my local library. The first is a book worm, which I believe is going to be used for rating books. Kids are going to color in segments according to how well they liked the novel they read. Don’t even ask me why he’s wearing a Sherlock Holmes hat; I just followed my instructions.
The second library image is a logo for a different program. I assume this program is about music, though I actually have no idea what it entails. That is irrelevant, though.
And finally, I have a few very special pieces of art to show you. If you have read one of my earlier posts, you will know that I read and thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca Hahn’s fantasy novel A Creature of Moonlight. Well, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity of making artwork for her website. Rebeccahahnbooks.com just went live today and may look slightly different in days to come, so keep checking back for the latest information on the book and its lovely author. The site also tells how to pre-order the novel so you can read it as soon as it hits the shelves! Thank you, Becca, for letting me draw and hang out with the big kids!
Here are the pictures I created that appear on the site! Clicking on any of them will enlarge the image. All were drawn in regular graphite pencil, scanned into the computer, and colored on Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. The first two are headers for the top of the webpage, and they are supposed to resemble the enchanted forest from A Creature of Moonlight. The top appears during the daytime, and the bottom appears at night. How awesome is that? The Internet is magic.
I actually drew a different header initially, before I drew either of the images above. It doesn’t appear on the website, which I am thankful for (I much prefer my later ideas), but since I like to show my process, here is one of the early drafts, which didn’t make the cut:
I really liked the moon, and I reused the signature art in later drafts, but I thought the landscape was too typical, and the forest from A Creature of Moonlight is anything but ordinary. I really wanted to draw trees that made me think of magic, so I came up with what you see now.
Next, I drew a picture frame to go around Rebecca’s author photograph. The photo was taken by Hai Ngo, so I really can’t take credit for that, but this was the final result:
And lastly (but not leastly), I drew pictures of all the people who helped make the website. The portraits, arranged in no particular order, are of me (top left), Hai Ngo (top right), Tom Ballinger (bottom left), and Rebecca Hahn (bottom right). I didn’t actually take the photos that I used for references, so the rights go to a variety of different people.
That’s not even all the art I have – I’ve also got some exciting new photography, a few ceramic pieces, sketch pages, and acrylic color studies! But those are going to come on another day.
Until then, keep on keeping on!