I decided to choose a fun subject matter tonight. #toys #the100dayproject #inkart
Later, I’ve been a little distracted. My art, yet again, has taken a back seat on this wonderfully unpredictable trip we call life. I don’t often expose my “other” life on my blog, but decided to share with you the reason I am otherwise detained from the creation of art. My twin boys.
Ah motherhood. A full time gig with unusual rewards and very few thank yous. My little men are 4 years old this year, and eager to be even more hands on than usual. The are at reach other’s throats one minute, and inseparable the next. Now that the weather is nice, we are outside constantly soaking up the rays and the dirt.
In January we made out 2016 Bucket List of things we wanted to do and experience this year. As you can imagine, the list is long, and still growing. I too made a list of my own (admittedly most are solo activities), because life is too short to not experience… Well, life. So, this blog might be on a hiatus, or I might be posting quick sketches and doodles. Who knows. I will be back though, when time allows for new artwork. Maybe on a rainy day. 😉
This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys. There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side. I’m not sure why. I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.
I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss. I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book. The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration. Can you find the circles in this sketch? The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art. That’s just my thoughts so far. I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.
Here is a pencil portrait from a photograph of my son. It looks nothing like my son, naturally. However, I was pleased with the results for the most part. Done in my moleskin sketchbook with a basic Ticonderoga #2 pencil. For the life of me I couldn’t get the nose right. I’m just amazed that I had 20 minutes or so to work on a sketch today. My boys are particularly lazy today, maybe due to the 90+ degree weather outside. Enjoy.