First Project

     The first day of school is the day I started my first official drawing project. My absolutely amazing art teacher saw no point in wasting time handing out papers to sign or going over a syllabus. He just told us what our first project would be and to get started.

     I usually have a hard time choosing what to do for a project. This is a combination of a lack of vision and my need for everything to be perfect. If I start a project and it’s not looking how I want, I might try again or start over. I drew thumbnail after thumbnail sketch but could not find a good project idea. Eventually my best friend Maddie gave me a good idea and I just went with it. I do not take credit for the idea, because it was totally hers. I am idea-less. 

     At this point I had used pencil for the bulb and watercolor for the baby and then chalk for highlights and the rest of the baby. 

     Then I added in gauche for highlights and continued shading the baby. This was the most difficult part. 
 
     This is the final project matted and signed. As you may notice I added a background. I didn’t like it at first but it’s growing on me. I got a 96% on it, which is actually okay. He has never given out a 100%. And rarely a 99%. I’m good with it. 
-Happy Sketching! 
Jackie

Artist of the Month?

     I’m kinda hesitant to write this, because I’m not much of an artist. Well, I am, but I’m not famous, or well known, or… known. But who am I to judge artwork?

     Which is why I’m not judging.

     I’ve decided that once a month I am going to choose an artist. An artist that I love, and then I am going to write about him/her. I’m not a fancy appraiser, but I love art. And I want to share it with people. Which is why I started this blog.

     So. Artist of the month of September issssssssssss…. (drumroll please) Kristin Baugh Shiraef! Sound familiar? Yes, she is Casey Baugh’s sister. I was actually following both of them on instagram and had no idea they were related until she posted a picture of them when they were kids. Small world. Anyway, saying I love her work is an understatement. Her… technique. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I draw what I see, but I can’t even try to replicate her style. I have, and probably will again, cried, over her work. I do it more than you would expect. Starry Night? Cried. Mary Cassatt? Cried. Vermeer? Cried. Of course these were all seen in person, but Kristin’s works were seen on the tiny screen of my iPhone.

     I am writing, and I am crying. It’s… so… BEAUTIFUL.

     Pass me the tissues.
Happy Sketching, 
-Jackie