Sunday, November 11, 2007
Recent EDM Challenges
The Everyday Matters group I joined this year has been great for motivating me to draw more. I enjoy having an assignment that takes some of the mental fussing I do away. The other thing I think is good is sketching the ordinary objects that live with me in my house - some game pieces, a toothbrush, a novelty clock. My goal is to interpret each weekly challenge in a way I think will be different from other people, and also to experiment with ways to mix media. All three of these combine graphite and colored pencil; the hand with the Scrabble tiles also has a little acrylic ink. I have experimented with combining watercolor with colored pencil, but my current sketchbook has thin paper that doesn't accept anything too wet. However touches of black acrylic ink seem to make the intense darks I want without curling the paper too much. The other thing I tried was using sandpaper behind the background to make a little extra texture. I probably spend too much time on these challenges. I think the goal is not to obsess, but rather to be fresh, and to draw lots. But right now I'm in my detailed and picky mode, so I think I'll just run with it.