While checking my blog, I realized it had been quite a while since I’ve done anything for IF! Shocked, I immediately went to the IF homepage, checked their theme… and forgot about it.
However, I have joined the group 1hour1sketch on Twitter (which is a bit like IF, except there’s a time limit of 1 hour and it’s daily) and drew a quick sketch for it. I then saw that I could reuse the sketch and edit it to fit this week’s theme for IF: Space. Here it is!
Linked to the Book of Genesis:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and the darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.
I did the background in Photoshop and the hands on paper in ink. I was so happy to do inking for the first time! Recently, I bought a Faber-Castell Artist Marker and used that for the first time. I’m very happy with it. Here’s the original inked sketch:
One of my resolutions for this blog was showing my work in progress, and I hope to do that today!
There’s a tree in front of my house that looks very nice in snow, so I thought I’d draw it with mixed media. The picture below is my first sketch done in color pencils. I’d also just bought a colorless blender that I tried and found that it worked really well!
I then added in the background (watercolor), darkened up the tree, and blended the snow more with some black and white pastels. It turned out to be:
I still don’t think it’s finished as the background looks a bit plain. Perhaps I’ll add some bushes in watercolor or another tree. Not sure yet. Any ideas to make it more interesting would be great!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.
Click here to see the complete report.
I’m finally used to the twelve-hour difference and so can post as usual now! A lot has happened during the past two weeks, such as me getting used to the cold (and inches of snow), as seen here:
The coldest day in a decade!
I’ve also bought some new art supplies. And by new, I don’t just mean that they are unopened, but I also mean I got materials I have never used before! Such as pastels!
I was so excited to use them (I have never used them before. Wait, I just said that!) so did a little experiment on blending, layering, and gripping. It turned out like this:
I think I was a little cold and wanted some summer. Who knew I would ever want to be hot!
It’s the end of 2013 and therefore a new start tomorrow. But for me, that is happening in more ways than one. Today, I’m leaving a country I’ve lived in for 11 years and going back to my hometown. It’s exciting, worrying and nerve-wracking all at the same time. Which is not lightened up by the fact that there is a snowstorm in New York right now…
So, I won’t be able to post for around two weeks, unfortunately. But at least I’ll finally be able to upload pictures of real snow, rather than the fake one that is falling down.
But there is some unfinished business here for this blog: New Year Resolutions. Let’s see how I’ve done this year!
- Upload Illustration Friday posts regularly. Now, this is debatable, but I’d say check!
- Write travel guide for Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, no… But with more time in the U.S., I’ll be able to!
- Continue book reports. No… sadly, no…
- Draw things unrelated to Illustration Friday and post. Check!
- Get 100 views in one day. This is my long-term goal. I haven’t done it yet, but I won’t let that get me down!
Two out of four… I could do better next time. And for that ‘next time’, I’ll write some new resolutions!
- Write travel guides
- Upload progress of drawings (not only finished projects)
- Explore the WordPress community of artists: I’ve found it’s wonderful!
And, as usual, my long-term goal of 100 views.
Thanks to everyone for a great year!
Happy New Year!
I do Art GCSE and have finally finished my coursework! After months of laboring over final touches, annotations, and what-not, I have completed my ‘final piece’.
The theme was ‘Similarities and Differences’. For this piece, I decided to “investigate the cultural significances of fruits in different literature pieces.” The first book I incorporated into my art was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. A symbol of this wonderful novel was pomegranates. As the main character’s friendship blooms, so does the pomegranate tree in front of the house. But as the friendship withers, so do the fruits decay. So, I put texts of this book into the background and then drew on top of it.
The second literature piece I investigated was The Schoolteacher’s Guest by Isabel Allende. The main character’s son is shot when trying to reach a mango from a neighbor’s garden. As the mango tree decays, the mother’s want of revenge grows.
Here are my final pieces!
It took a lot of work, but I’m quite proud of it.
It’s finally CHRISTMAS! The day of presents under the tree, caroling, and drinking eggnog…
But wait, where is the birth of Jesus Christ in all this celebration?
For many of us, in the midst of all this festivity and time with family and friends, we lose the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Our Savior. We must take this time to remember this day of salvation and God’s true love for us.
And so, for this year’s Christmas drawing, here is something to remind us of the Nativity:
Done in Copics and edited in Photoshop
May you all have a very Merry Christmas!