It’s been so long since I last posted! I was away for an internship this summer, and it went amazingly well, for which I am very thankful to God.
I wasn’t able to do a lot of (if any) art while I was working, but I managed to do quite a bit in the two weeks before the fall semester started. I’m currently working on another scientific poster, this time of an oyster. I also finished the watercolor glass object still life that I had started in class but hadn’t finished. Here it is today!
While doing it, I was quite unhappy with the leaves, but they actually look alright in the photograph. I’m pretty happy with how the glass objects turned out. Glass has actually become one of my favorite things to paint in watercolor. Once you know a few tricks and really pay attention to the detail (and learn not to freak out about how bad it looks in the beginning), it’s pretty fun to do!
Also, I started a Catholic gratitude blog to document and share my daily thoughts of gratitude. Click here to check it out!
For the last project of my watercolor class, we had to do two paintings “in-the-manner-of” a watercolor artist of our choice. I chose Thomas Schütte, in part because his style is very different from my own. I thought it would force me to go outside my comfort zone.
One of the paintings had to be our own interpretation of his style. I decided to draw a Chinese cabbage based on his loose studies of objects. And yes, in case you’re wondering, it is indeed a cabbage (some people couldn’t figure out what it was). It is tied up in a green ribbon.
I’m taking a watercolor class this semester, which is so fun! I love watercolor. I think it may be my favorite medium.
As of writing this post, I’m working on a still life with a focus on reflective objects. I actually like painting glass. It looks difficult, but once you get the hang of it, it can be quite rewarding. I also like working with details (sometimes).
Here’s, roughly, what I’m painting from:
And here are some progress shots!
This was done a while back. Around the time when I had bought the new Copic sketchbook, I was wondering what to draw with my Copic markers. I ended up coloring a line art of my backyard shed and drawing some mountains first, but I also saw some ripe peaches on my countertop and thought they would be really nice to draw with the markers, what with their vibrant colors and gradations. I did this shortly before the fall semester started.
I actually think that this is one of my more successful Copic pieces. For one, I drew it from scratch (not that coloring in something from a digital stencil is cheating, but I do need to improve my sketching skills as well). Secondly, I think the blending turned out pretty well.
I have finished my first oil painting ever! It’s the first time I’ve done the whole process, from the arranging of the still life to the final touches, all by myself. I am quite proud! And so, here is my final first oil painting!
Of course, I still have to learn loads (like how to draw drapes more realistically and how to make white objects look white without using white) but I think it turned out quite well.
On another note, I am leaving the U.S. in nine days (how sad it is…) so I may not have time to draw/upload anything for the mean time. I have finished that landscape I posted last time but I believe the camera has been packed. I’ll try to do some computer work, though.
So please do tell me, what do you think of this painting? And do you have any tips for a beginner?
While looking through some of my old artwork, I found one of my first watercolor paintings! I’m quite proud of it, actually, as it took me a long time to finish. I thought I’d upload it here for you to see, perhaps to show my progress or something.
I think I did this one or two years ago. The date was on the bottom-right corner but it’s cut off in this photo and the original is not with me right now.
The thing is, I can’t come up with an apt title for this piece. It’s kinda still-life, but it kinda isn’t… If you have any ideas, please comment below!
For the past week, I’ve been doing a serious piece in charcoal. It’s finally finished! I hadn’t used charcoal for a very long time, so it was nice relearn the techniques. I thought that charcoal would be similar to pencil or at least graphite, but that was not the case. It has a completely different feel of its own. Mainly, it’s much more smudgy (I almost ruined my piece more than once!) and therefore it blends well. It could, I suppose, be called the dry equivalent of oil paints. Here it is!
It’s not as refined as it should be, but it still passes as a finished piece. Charcoal was very fun to use, and I hope to do it again soon!