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February Embrace Your Art Challenge

DAY  29- LEAP  

" LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR." -James Burroughs.

One of my favorite quotes and inspirations. The perfect prompt to remember to end the challenge. I took some chances, but mostly stay within a comfort zone, and I've learned that to really grow, you have to be willing to take the leap. My goal with the challenge was to allow myself to leap, remove myself from the safety of what I already know. It's tough, but it's worth it. Especially as a creative. 

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DAY 28 - BLISS.

My bliss is having the freedom to create whatever, however, whenever. Sometimes with all the hustle of the daily grind, it's easy to forget and gets brushed aside. But challenges like this tends to remind me of what I'm missing out on.

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Day 27 - GROW.

When I'm keeping up with my art practice, my skills and confidence grow and I feel unstoppable - like the Hulk. I want to "Smash" out more work and keep getting better. On the flip side, when I'm not keeping up with it, I become angry at myself --- and you wouldn't like it when I'm angry!

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DAY 26 - MAGIC

I've been somewhatt surprised, throughout this challenge  of what I'm able to produce when I give myself constraints. It's almost as if I'm pulling a rabbit out of my hat, because somehow, I'm magically coming up with ideas quickly and getting them onto the page - something that I'm usually too much of a perfectionist with. I'm still learning to accept the imperfections of the quick, rouch work but, it's been fun to see.

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DAY 25 - SAFE

Safe is when I'm able to create without judgment. Without fearing mistakes, or being subjected to others ( and my own) negative criticisms or expectations. When I'm free to let myself come through on the page. No pressure. Just draw, design, color, etc. 

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DAY 24 - DETAIL

I'm pretty psyched about Batman v Superman, and for some reason I just wanted to draw Batman. Just had the itch to I guess? 

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DAY 23 - STRUCTURE

I never usually start out a drawing with any structure, I usually bad about it, and skip over it. Maybe it's just laziness or rebelliousness (structure I know if good for me but it gets me feeling restrained sometimes ) It really helps to find a good starting point. Especially when I'm faced with the blank page. Something else I want to add into my practice. Even with this quick face structure, it felt like I could develop something from it much quicker than trying to come up with a cool face on my own, or instead of copying a photo/ pic. 

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DAY 22 - FEAR

Embracing the unknown. It takes quite a bit of courage to be able to venture into unknown places - but it's where you learn the most and build up the confidence to try new techniques or learn new skills. It's scary because you never know what's lurking out there, but the reward is worth it most of the time. 

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DAY 21 - DREAM

"It was all a dream, I used to read Word-Up magazine - Salt n Pepa and Heavy D up in the limosine" - Biggie

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DAY 20 - PRECIOUS

Gollum from Lord of the Rings. First thing that pops in my head. 

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DAY 19 - THEME

A recurring "theme" in my work is lack of theme - which could be a theme in itself? 

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DAY 18 - PAST

I've fallen behind the last few days because I went out of town on a short vacation. There's no sense in kicking myself about it, it's behind me, like the past. 

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DAY - NURTURE

This one was tough. I decided to stick with text and let it tell it's own story. Here the Uppercase letters are nurturing the lowercase letters while they mature into larger letters. IDK? I kind of just came to me as I started to draw it out. 

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DAY 16 - DEPTH

My attempt at playing with dimensions here. It didn't turn out how I was hoping, the image in my head looked alot better - but trying to draw on the plane is not my most creative place apparently, and these limitations added another level of difficulty. 

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DAY 15 - BALANCE

This has been a balancing act for me. I'm trying to remain accurate and precise, but at the same time free and loose by using ink. With the constraints, and limitations, the balance has been a challenge for me. It's like skating - you balance your safety and trying not to fall but then you have to push yourself to learn new tricks, where you're bound to fall and risk your safety. It's a risk you need to take to grow- same with art. 

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DAY 14 - GIFT

Since yesterday's prompt was Open, I'll keep with that and open up about the the gifts I've received - two amazing gals in my life. My girlfriend and my daughter!

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Day 13 - Open.

I'm a huge fan of Bruce Lee- the martial artist,  the philosopher . His quotes inspire my art and my thoughts on life and the one that hits most at home helps to define my understanding of being open; "Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."  

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Day 12 - Space

A spaceman, in space - both literally and figuratively. I figured I'd use the concept of space in multiple meanings and I was somewhat ok with how it turned out. I think I could've made it more simple but, once again, I'm working on not being a perfectionist. 

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Day 11. Perspective

I still struggle with perspective. So, I had to cheat and look at a reference to help since my original idea wasnt' great - you can still see the ghosted figure. Definitely need more practice - not too happy with this one though.

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Day 10 - Time

Introducing Lord Procrasitnatus - the ruthless leader of the Lollygaggians from the Slackenburg Village. The tribe goes to great lengths to destroy all who follow the Gods of Time. Beware as they are extremely manipulative and masters of distraction. They are intent on conquering and over taking the land of the Punctual and will not stop until they do.

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Day 9 - Texture

My daughter's hair is full of texture. She's got some thick curly locks, and I love it! Except when trying to get her to comb it before we go out! haha

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Day 8 - Memory

One of my favorite memories is going with my daughter to baseball games over the summer. Looking forward to this summer, and the upcoming baseball season!

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Day 7. Composition

So, I've got an embarrassingly late start on this challenge. Sorry Ria!! But, no excuses! Anyways, I'm in it now, and this being my first post, I wanted to give myself a couple of limitations as punishment haha. The first limitation is time. I'm giving myself 10 minutes. The goal is to produce, and work quicker. So, when I start the clock that means I have 10 minutes to come up with an idea, or ideas, and execute it. The next limitation I'm giving myself is that I'm only using 2 colors- yellow & gray. The gray will allow me to add some shading if needed and the yellow will add some pop. And lastly, and I guess this kind of falls in with the colors limitation, I'm only allowing myself to work in ink. I can use different size nibs etc, but, I'm only sticking with the inks this month. This is to help me to get through that pefectionist tendency I have when I'm creating. 

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Day 5 - Shadows.

This is a catch up post - I'm almost completely caught up now - but since this was done on the eve of The Walking Dead season premiere - yup, I'm a fan - I figured I'd do a quick tribute to my fandom. Some zombie shadowy figures.

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Day 4 - Light

Another catch up post. I figured I would do a literal representation of light. I wasn't feeling very creative today and this was actually my 2nd attempt. I felt like I hit a bit of a wall and drawing slump. But like it baseball, the best way to get out of a slump is to just keep swinging, so, that's why I'm so glad to be a part of this challenge to get in my extra reps! I'm still working on losing that perfectionist tendency - it's tough and why I chose the limits I did - but sooner or later, I'm going to be ok with it. Using another baseball analogy, success is failing 70% of the time...I can deal with those odds.

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Day 3 - Music

I love music. I can't even really describe it. It's been a big part of my life since I can remember. Music was always playing in my house growing up, and besides being an athlete, I wanted to be a famous musician! I mean, I just love music. Even though I had no real training, I taught myself how to create music and dabbled in producing my own music as hobby, and another form of artistic expression. It's been a while since I actually sat down and tried to come up with a cool beat though. But, when I think music, I think of how lost I can get in a song, it's melody, it's backbeat, it's lyrics and that feeling I get when my song comes on! It's so infectious. I just have to move to it. Even on the sly, and just bobbing my head or tapping my feet under the table, to even banging out some "drums" on the table. I love music!

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Day 2 - Place

Catch up post. The place I feel most comfortable, relaxed and myself. Baseball has been a part of my life, it runs in my family and it flows through my veins. 

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Day 1 - ROOT 

I hate that I'm behind. So to fix that, for the next week I'll be pumping out 2 sketches per day until I'm caught up. This is from Day 1 and since I'm watching the Super Bowl, and my team isn't playing, I'm not rooting for anybody in the game. Unlike this fairweather fan...he could atleast get the team colors right..pfft. 

10 mins. Micron Pen. Gray & Yellow Copic markers

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February EMBRACE YOUR ART CHALLENGE

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