5x7 inches, for Illustration Friday: Expired, pen and ink, watercolor
I thought I'd post a couple of small illustrations I created in my watercolor notebook this week for online art challenges. I've been interested in Illustration Friday for ages, since it is so well organized and so many people post their work on the site. While some challenges are very specific (draw your shoes), the ideas at Illustration Friday are all open-ended. They can be interpreted lots of ways, and they are! This week the topic is "Expired." I thought about lots of things that expire: dairy products, coupons and sales, parking meters, people. In the end a broken doll I had been saving for some sort of mixed media assemblage (yet to be created) called out to me. I drew her amongst the twigs, dead leaves, and green shoots in my garden, a sort of plastic armless Venus. Her life as a play toy has expired, but she lives on here. The most challenging part of participating on this site for me was creating a 50x50 pixel thumbnail. It took longer for me to figure that out than it did to draw all the teeny circles on the illustration.
5x7 inches, pen and ink, watercolor acrylic ink, created for Inspiration All Around Us
Another online challenge to try is a fairly new one entitled Inspiration All Around Us. An Oregon artist named Dana Marie has begun posting reference photos every other Tuesday for people to interpret in any way they want. In order to participate in this site you need to send her an email and ask to join the group, then you can post your drawing or paintings. I did this little piece fairly quickly in my Moleskine watercolor notebook, first a pen and ink sketch, then watercolor for the waterlily blossom and leaves. I did a dark blue background at first, but decided that I needed a darker value to set off the white blossom, so added a wash of black acrylic ink, letting some blue layer peek through.
I'm having a good time participating in these challenges, though I doubt I will participate in every one, every time. For one thing, in order to get comments from other people, it's just courtesy to leave comments for other posters. That takes time. But giving and receiving feedback is half the fun of joining these groups in the first place. The other half is having a practically unlimited stock of ideas for creating art.