More often that not, failure holds creatives back; they hate to see work that's not up to standard. This is somethng I'm very much guilty of-and it's something I'm working on overcoming. Creativity is an area where trial and error and testing new ideas are crucial...and failure is the only way of learning. So, in order to learn more and improve my skills, I've decided to create daily drawings and post them up, no matter how bad they might be. The only way to go when you're down is up!
Day 3: The little guy on this one is the world's most poisonous salamander, the California newt, whose skin, blood, and muscles contain tetrodotoxin, a really strong nerve poison, one drop of which can kill a thousand mice! The drawing inksperimented with ballpoint, white gel, and glass dip pens. Ink has a very strong colour payoff and I really liked the effect; it's also translucent, which will be interesting to try in a different area.
The Wolf in the Night White Faber Castel marker, chalk pastel, gel pen, and oil pastel on black paper.
Day 4: While flicking through a book documenting the history of eyewear, I came across this quirky leather and rope pair from 18th century Japan. I wanted the focus to be on the materials and give an impression of leather in the rims-though perhaps this would have been clearer with more white space left? Black ballpoint on cream paper
Day 2: Texture experiments. The facade of an abandoned building has so much character.I hardly ever use watercolour and chalk pastel, even pencils-but these are often found in architectural sketches, and give a certain quality to the picture. I'd like to give the picture another shot with oil paint; the layered texture and 3D-ness could be really interesting
Day 1: Hand study in black ballpoint. I wanted to play around with the composition of the page and follow shapes in order to accentuate them and give some dynamics. Still needs a lot of work, but only just beggining to put it into play!