Artsy adventure!

Artsy adventure! - student project

Wow, this is such a refreshing class!

I was dealing these last months with a creative block wanting to do something and not having ideas, or not focusing at all. Frustrating. I forgot that experimenting is the best way to push your mind a little bit and got on the creative road again! Taking a class from Marie-Noëlle is one of the best ways to do that!

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Experiment 1. I made this exercise twice, as I had different pencil cases for each one. I made the first one with my current everyday tools: pencils and ink pens and brushes. I've discovered that I have a random pen with a tiny tip that gives me creative vibes!

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I made my second try with a bunch of tools I don't usually use (some of them I've only used once or twice since I bought them!). As you can see, it is very experimental. I've fallen in love with 005 Micron pens! (I've discovered that I even have a Micron Brush Pen that I bought like... four years ago and never used it until yesterday?) Also, I have a white charcoal pencil that does wonders over dark backgrounds!

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Experiment 2 was made almost at the end of my sketchbook (seven pages left!). I've found it a bit curious, like a door that is opening for my future second sketchbook. In the beginning, the drawing was pretty simple, so I added details and unleashed myself. Sometimes, you fear to add features, but hey, it's not such a bad option! Remember: you have to push yourself a little bit. 

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Experiment 3 is a bit hilarious, but so funny! I love the blind portrait, as there is something very defining there and cooler than the left one!

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For the third part of Experiment 3, I got my hands on the last watercolour set I've bought and that I wanted to try appropriately, and my forgotten water brushes. I was so in a trance with the music. I didn't think just painted. Washes, quick strokes. It was a fantastic feeling that I've been missing for months.

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Now on to Experiment 4, that was a bit like doodling about a theme. As there are lots of butterflies right now in the gardens, I took a picture as a reference and started working with it.

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I'm pleased with the ones made with Pentel brush quick strokes. I feel the movement of the butterfly on it! And it seems that I've got a bit into abstract lines with the random tiny tip pen on this whole project. I've discovered that doing those lines relaxes me a lot (I even made with them a full illustration on the same day that I'm proud about).

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This whole project finish with Experiment 5! I should have taken a picture before making a mistake. It was a red pencil line crossing the big tree that it turned out into more wires hanging from the branches.

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Now, let's keep on experimenting! There are so many materials that I've left here!

Isa Cienfuegos
Inking all the way!
Teacher