I read this quote today I thought was cool, “Every creative person has that period of years where their work is not as good as they want it to be. They have incredible taste, and in having that taste they know that their work is not great, and that’s normal, everyone has that. Most people quit at this stage, thinking they’ll never make it, but every successful artist I know has pushed through it and just kept going.”
This is especially true for me. So far I’ve never gotten my work to look as good as the quality I have in my head. Or if I do, that feeling lasts for a few weeks, until I see all the mistakes in the piece and realize it stinks. However, this piece I was proud of for quite a while before I grew tired of it.
So I took a bunch of progress pics with this one. Click on the photos for details on how I created the drawing and what I used. I finished this in May 2016, and won Best of Show in my school’s yearly art exhibition.
Last month I found out drawing was published in the Summer 2016 edition of Celebrating Art, and won a High Merit award. I’m proud of this piece but it’s time to move on. I know I can do better now.
I know, I know I haven’t posted in 5 months. Sorry. I have lots of material though so let’s dive in.
Last year I did a post on my love for chalk pastels, that can be found here. This year I was challenged to draw a character from a pop culture film very very big with chalk pastels. The end result is a project I happen to be quite proud of.
I started out with a huge piece of paper. I don’t know the exact dimensions but it filled the table I worked at. I projected a drawing of the figure onto the bigger paper and traced it. Here is the initial drawing.
To see more progress pictures you can look at my Instagram. Below is the reference photo and the final result. Obviously my drawing holds nothing to the reference photo,
I will take a better quality picture of this soon. The drawing isn’t even finished here, I see so many things that I fixed later! I’ll try to get a new photo ASAP. I’ll write more about the learning experience later but I just want to get this posted for now, more to come!
We all have memories of playing with chalk at some point of time. Maybe at recess, the park, a playground, your driveway… that was fun. As far as adults playing with chalk, we’ve all seen the amazing illusions of stairs or a cliff magically drawn on a sidewalk in New York City, and I always remember the chalk drawing Rapunzel did in Tangled… But recently I ventured out to use chalk pastels, which I fell madly in love with and created a pretty cool piece of artwork (if I do say so myself)
This was done a while ago and I see so many things to fix now, but at the time this was one of the best pieces I had ever done. I still really like it… but the hair needs work and nothing is proportioned properly and the mouth is just way too small and the eyes are too far apart… The ear is perfect though. Actually no, it needs to be smaller, but that ear does look fantastic! Just take a second to look at that ear, that’s a pretty awesome ear! (awkward silence enter here because of my obsession over the ear) The technique used for this I love, next time I just need to take my time and make sure the drawing part is perfect. Here is the artist that inspired me.
The artist is John Smolko, you can check out his art here.
At first I didn’t really understand the technique, so I was blending with my finger and just messing around, but then I started to get the hang of it.