Updated: Feb 19
So what's with 365 Days of art?
It's all about inspiration and a love of creating. I create five pieces of art a week, filling my sketchbook to the brim with inspiration, crafts, doodles and drawings. Challenged yourself with me, or just get some great art ideas for a one-off project.
I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie
I also have a Facebook page thingy-majiggy. If you like what I do, then head on over and give us a like, you'll never miss out that way.
It's Easter, not that the beeping weather would know it but all is not lost. Eating chocolate for breakfast and lunch and possibly supper with a few snacks 'eggs' thrown in is enough to cheer me up. It could also be responsible for the shrinking of my arteries but nothing says Jesus died for my sins like sugar induce comas.
Task: Practise drawing the features on the faces.
So it's all gone a bit House of Black and White, and I feel like the Many-Faced God.
"That man's life was not yours to take. A girl stole from the Many-Faced God. Now a debt is owed."
How do you know someone likes Game of Thrones? They ram it into every conversation. Even blog posts about art...
Back to the job in hand, faces! It was fun to mess around with proportions, big eyes here, thin lips there. Lovin' the sexy little look number 5 is giving...
Task; Add leaves and fruit to the tree.
This is my best piece so far, I've even named it, which you know means that shits just got real. It's called The Midnight Tree.
Inspired by Henri Rousseau, a self-taught artist who was ridiculed in his lifetime, but created incredibly striking paintings. I forced myself to work with just a two colour palette, green and blue. I worked in watercolours this time, but next maybe acrylics for a bolder look.
Task; Play with dots
Who doesn't like clouds?
Pencil Case Supplies
A watercolour (any colour you like).
A navy felt tip
A blue liquid ink pen
An a5 piece of card or thick paper
Get your watercolour ready and create the darker shade cloud. Simple shapes work well here, so don't fret too much about making it look perfect, think toy story clouds, not Turner. Lighten your paint, by adding more water and create the two lighter coloured clouds on the edge of the paper. Let dry.
Stage Two Take a pencil and lightly draw the cloud outlines. Overlapping works well here because it creates interest; if your artwork is simple in form, it needs to have exciting things in other ways. Let's create the lined cloud-first. You can use a ruler here if you want to, but the free form lines are organic, and that's the style I want. Making original art is about how you would do it though so go with what feels right. Create the dotted outline of the bigger cloud.
Just keep adding the dots. Condensing on the outer edge, and around the curves. Like shading. Gently rub out, all your pencil lines.
For the 'line' cloud create the rain with dots and for the 'dot' cloud create lines for the rain. Contrast is something I love in art. I then added some little extra dots, in and around the picture to add sweetness. There you go a sweet and simple cloud artwork in four very simple steps.
Task; Fill this section with flowers
By this point, the art book looked like it had lost a fight with a bunch of sharpies... which it had. So I took my pens on an outing to my sketchbook. I wanted to practice my drawing skills without having to think, so I did a redraw of a flower by the lovely artist Cécile Hudrisier. She uses ink and watercolours to wonderful effect.
Task: Find a pattern that inspires you
I pulled three black and white (I just can't resist that simple combination) and printed them out. Splashing green on the leaf print for interest.
That's it folks
... Join me next week when I get well into fairy lights, paint trees and boss calligraphy. I also show you how to create your very own watercolour fish scape.
Here is where it all began with Week 1.