Resting is an important part of my creative process.
Ideas for artworks pop up in my mind all the time, but it is always while I rest that I figure out which idea has to be realized first and what medium, technique or materials I will use.
While going through some old works I’ve done in the last years, I came upon this drawing. In this exercice I worked with Inktense sticks (as previous post Curves) – I love this medium that can either be used wet or dry (both in this case).
I was curious to see what it would look like to use lighter colors in front and darker ones in the back, in addition to the usual way of representing ligths and shadows.
The result is somewhat interesting. Another technique to further explore? Maybe.
I love to work with charcoal, one of my favorite mediums.
In this exercice, I drew a variety of odd shapes from which I chose this rectangular form that I cleaned up in Photoshop.
In order to design the many products of my online boutiques, I have to produce several combinations of the shape in different formats. And, if I want, I can easily change the background color or make it transparent, or color the shape itself.
Below, different products in my shops at Redbubble, Vida or Society6.
It is always a renewed pleasure for me to see flowers growing back in the Spring.
As mentioned in a previous post, I am a “no-waste” girl. I never throw away scraps of paper, as little as they may be, and reuse them to create collages. I usually choose scraps of paper in various sizes and shapes, and in 3-4 different colors.
Since I mostly work on 9″x12″ paper, I have to create other formats of the scanned version (or parts of it) in Photoshop, so they better suit differently-shaped products.
These spring flowers on a pink or transparent background on different products in my shop at Society6.
Last weekend, I spotted a colorful one on the Rivière-des-Prairies by my home – the Wood Duck.
The male has an intricate plumage – glossy green head with prominent crest at the rear, white throat, bright red eyes, and red-and-white bill.
The female has a warm brown plumage with a grayer slightly crested head, white a teardrop patch around the eyes, and a dark blue patch in wings.
This species is monogamous and the male remains with the same female during the whole breeding season. The male uses its beautiful plumage to attract the female by exposing and moving its wings and tail, and raising them frequently. I witnessed its dance today – great show!
What other birds will I discover this year? I will keep you posted.
In 2015, I worked on a series of drawings entitled ‘Me and my shadow’ that featured both the shadows and the subjects (see my post of March 25, 2019 in Drawing/Still life).
This time, I decided to draw only the shadows created by the lateral light from the late afternoon winter sun, as shown on the photo below.
On a textured paper that I pinned directly to the wall, I traced the contour of the shadow and completed the drawing using a variety of woodless graphite pencils (Bs and Hs). The drawing is the actual size of the shadow.
My intent is to have a mysteriously-shaped drawing that is completely recognizable only with the subject.
Below, two different tableaus with the drawing.
On my next post, another one of the same series but this time with one of the lamps and multiple shadows.