Updated: Apr 5
Let me tell you what 365 Days of Art is...
It's all about inspiration and a love of creating. I create five pieces of art a week, one of which I'll show you how to do, this week Autumn leafs.
Whoa there where the hell have you been young lady? Weeks without any art at all, explain yourself.
I had some life shit take over, nothing horrible, in fact rather the opposite. I've just had my debut book, Sour Fruit published and since I'm only one lady I had to try and focus on that. I hope you can forgive me. Let me try and make up to by knocking it out the park, art-wise?
Well ok... best be good.
Task; Draw a geometric shape.
Sometimes you scrape and scratch and generally hurt yourself trying to make a piece of art work and then sometimes it's as easy drifting off on a Sunday afternoon, fat from the metric ton of roasties you inhaled at dinner. After a couple of false starts with my choice of animal, (a peacock that looked like a mauled turkey) my owl came together in an accidental masterstroke of pattern and shape. I'm not usually a fan of geometric stuff, too much precision for my er... more excitable style but mixing the sharp form of the animal with the more organic patterns just seemed to work.
Task; Using coloured paper, cut out letters to form a word, name or phrase.
I might have teeny-tiny hardly at all deviated from the task, slightly. Ok you got me, I went way off the reservation with this one, although the artwork does have words in it, I went big. Drawing in:
pen (the features),
oil pastels (the hair),
watercolours (the tear)
and colour pencils for the eyes.
Her name is Rhea, and she's one of the characters from my book, (Sour Fruit) she has an 'upgrade' that allows her to change the colour of her hair on a whim and in seconds. Because sometimes I dream of a world where when I write it, it will come. Just the fun stuff though not the parts were Britain wades through shit and hate and then more shit.
You might have noticed I'm partiality to a creative insults or two, so for my calligraphy practice I thought I'd go with something a bit British, a bit cheeky, but nothing you couldn't fling around a family reunion. The wonderfully brassy; numpty.
Task: Colour in the rain.
A Gabrielle song title if ever I heard of one.
I went rainbows because of rainbows yeah?
Task: Draw each of the leaves on the left.
As we slip into autumn, the changing of the leaves is one of the season highlights, (as is cultivating my leg jungle, now tights are acceptable again) and so it feels apt to get the watercolours and blend. Come forth, burnt yellow, rusty reds, and ambers, we must multiply. Want to learnt how to paint your very own Autumn leaves, follow me...
That's it folks
... Join me next week when I play around with clouds, grids and birds.
If you can't wait until next week for more art, here is where it all began. Week 1.