Drawing Without a Reference

I sometimes feel that I can’t start a drawing without a reference. I think, in part, that comes from not exercising my imagination the way I used to as a child. The inability to see the image exactly as I want it and then execute that. Ok, maybe not the inability to, but the lack of desire to pull references from my mind instead of the Internet where they are readily available.

I am going to start challenging myself to create a drawing completely from my mind on a more regular basis. No references, no pictures, no matter how simplistic. An illustration sparked from what I’m feeling that day.

Today was 85° and wonderfully sunny. The trees are budding, and spring time flowers are daring to come forward. I feel cheery and warm, dreaming of the summer days to come.

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Weekend Workable 3rd Edition

Finding inspiration to draw can sometimes be a struggle when you have so much going on in your life. After hustling everyone out the door in the morning, working your scheduled shift, collecting the family again, and getting dinner, showers, and everyone in bed; it’s hard to have motivation left to veg out in front of the TV, let alone bring out paper and pencil and feel inspired.

Ready again!!!

Drawing Topics for This Weekend

Sat 18th & Sun 19th

Tattoo Flash

Children

Each Friday I’ll repost the theme/topic so you can join in. Then Saturday and Sunday I’ll post by finished image….stay tuned.

Weekend Workable 2nd Edition

Finding inspiration to draw can sometimes be a struggle when you have so much going on in your life. After hustling everyone out the door in the morning, working your scheduled shift, collecting the family again, and getting dinner, showers, and everyone in bed; it’s hard to have motivation left to veg out in front of the TV, let alone bring out paper and pencil and feel inspired.

I am still at it this week. Ready to get started.

Drawing Topics for This Weekend

Sat 11th & Sun 12th

Clouds

Lisa Frank tribute

Each Friday I’ll repost the theme/topic so you can join in. Then Saturday and Sunday I’ll post by finished image….stay tuned.

Weekend Workable 

Finding inspiration to draw can sometimes be a struggle when you have so much going on in your life. After hustling everyone out the door in the morning, working your scheduled shift, collecting the family again, and getting dinner, showers, and everyone in bed; it’s hard to have motivation left to veg out in front of the TV, let alone bring out paper and pencil and feel inspired.

Sometimes I feel that if someone would just tell me what to draw, then I wouldn’t have to think about it. I could just get started.

So, I’m making myself a master list to work from for the month of March. I’m starting slow, and only committing to weekends for this month. From there, I would like to commit to drawing every day…. Baby steps… (Still seems silly to force this kind of thing, but I want to get back to where the desire to create art comes naturally again.)

Drawing Topics for the Month of March

Sat 4th & Sun 5th

Song lyrics – Turn song lyrics into a visual image.

Birds

Sat 11th & Sun 12th

Clouds

Lisa Frank tribute

Sat 18th & Sun 19th

Tattoo Flash

Children

Sat 25th & Sun 26th

Shoes

Classic pin-up


Each Friday I’ll repost the theme/topic so you can join in. Then Saturday and Sunday I’ll post by finished image.


Security v.s. Fulfillment: Why Dreams Get Put Off

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Security is hard to walk away from…

But I’ve done it because it meant the possibilty of a better life. So why is that any different when it comes to careers?

I’ve fantasized about being fired. That would be easy. I’d have a reason to take time to make changes in my life that would put me on a path to a career that was truly fulfilling. But the idea of choosing to walk away from security seems reckless. My pragmatic mind just cannot justify doing something outside of the norm to direct me toward my true dreams of how I want to make a living.

Constant conflict… feeling guilty for hating the job I do have, yet feeling stupid for having spent this much time doing something that I am not passionate about and brings me no joy.

So, what does it take to feel comfortable with taking a risk on your true self? Does that sick “this is scary as hell” feeling ever go away? I don’t know the answer to that.

I do know that this is it for me. In the next year I will make a change for me. I will look into every avenue to determine what the best path with be for me to find fulfillment in what I do to pay the bills. Going back to school, freelance writing and art, and above all else I will make time for art and writing in every free minute that I have. Without, of course, sacrificing time for my family. That is the one thing that I am not willing to sacrifice.

Are you scared to take a chance on yourself? Here are some things to think about:

  • You don’t have to feel guilty for not liking your job. You deserve fulfillment.

  • What was your childhood passion? This is worth revisiting.

  • Is going back to school an option for you? If you don’t know, call your local University and talk to an academic advisor.

  • Can the skills that you have learned in your current job be applied to a company/department that is more in line with your interests?

Don’t give up, don’t let time pass you by any more than it already has. I’m not going to, this is my time!! It can be yours, too.

What will you do today to figure out what you want out of your life?

 

 

Hyper-Realism

I love me some hyper-realism. Pieces of work completed with almost photograph like detail. I especially love pieces that amplify the effect of light on the painting/ drawing subject.

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Be Lost in Thought, by Kim Sung Jin

I love the close up detail of this painting. The light reflecting off of her lips and painted fingernail is perfect. Sexy and thought provoking.

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Sweet Temptations, by Sarah Graham

So playful! Look at the light on the jar and pieces of candy. Love it!

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BLT Sandwich, by Tjalf Sparnaay

Are you hungry yet? Crisp lettuce and crunchy bacon… I can almost taste it.

I find myself looking at every inch of these paintings. Every detail, every reflection of light… totally captivating.

 

Why Adults Fall out of Love with Their Childhood Passion

As children we are told that we can be, and do whatever we want. We are driven to find that one thing that makes us overwhelmingly content. Whether it is teaching, art, nursing… Being a scientist or fire fighter. The possibilities are endless, or so we are made to think. And once we find that one thing that we know we are meant to do, it consumes every moment of our extra time.

 

Mine was art. I carried around a notebook where ever I went. I saw people and places that I could absolutely not get out of my head until I drew their likeness within the pages of that notebook. I remember very early on drawing stick figures, and looking at them and seeing so much more. I knew that I had to get better… I knew that I could tell a story with much more detail than that. So I drew all of the time, I studied other artists, and I drove myself to be better with every new image that I put down on paper.

 

So what happened to me? How did I get to the point where the one thing that I knew I was meant to do became something that I could barely bring myself to think about, let alone do?

 

Money Becomes a Driving Force

 

As teenagers we all get that after school job to put fuel in our gas tanks; so that we can run around town with our friends, buy the frivolous items that our parents refuse to buy us, and put a few dollars away for the car insurance that we have now become responsible for. The passion is still there, but the looming obligation of full-on adulthood is right around the corner.

 

In college, I began to feel that I needed to skip classes in order to work just to pay my bills. Things started to change. Money “right now” became more important that perfecting my craft. Fear and anxiety grew to be much larger than passion and drive.

 

Being a Good Citizen Leaves Little Room for Dreams

 

Paying bills, caring for your children, and thinking about your financial future are, of course, things that every functioning adult in society should strive to do. Society tells us, “Get a job…work…pay your bills…”. Working overtime at your job means more money for your family, but little time for passion. At the end of a work day you can barely sit through mind numbing television, let alone muster up enough energy to think about what you want to be when you “grow up”. Now you are already grown and years have begun to slip by.

 

I am happy…oh so happy… Don’t get me wrong. Life is good. We have a roof over our heads, plenty to eat, and even enough money left over to have a vacation once a year. But why does that have to be enough? I want to be able to look my children in the eye and tell them that they can be anything that they want to be… And I want to mean it!!! I want to be able to say that I pursued my childhood passion with such effort and energy that I made it happen.

 

I WANT TO BE AN ARTIST AND A WRITER! That’s it, no 9-5 job to pay the bills, and then trying to fit in my passion one hour a month. I want my passion to be my work. That’s what we want for our children, right? Then why can’t we want that for ourselves? Why can’t we find a way to be who we are meant to be?

 

So I’m telling you, if you can’t do it for yourself; do it for your children, or for your future children. Be the perfect example of, “ You can be anything you want to be when you grow up.” Pursue your passion with everything that you have, and please don’t let it slip into the background of your life.

 

What can you do today to reclaim your childhood passion?