Sorry about last week’s lack of Tipsy. I have once again swamped myself with projects. Women know there is a certain point in our monthly cycle where we feel like we can do anything and everything. It may be called “nesting” but we’re not building nests. We’re building a tower of projects that will eventually crush us with the unbearable pressure of our own anxiety. Right this instant, I am juggling six projects: three baby blankets, two art commissions, and one art project for myself.
Early this month – or the end of last month, it’s all starting to run together – I found out three of my cousins were expecting! Two of which are expecting their second child. The third is actually my cousin’s wife, and this is her first child. Her blanket will be a knit version of the baby sea turtle blanket. I’ll elaborate on that project later, providing links to patterns and sharing any tweaking of my own. The other two blankets will be the ten stitch blanket. Again, I will share all the links to the blanket patterns later, possibly next week.
Before I had started all of this, I had decided to attempt my first person pastel. So far my subjects have been scenery or animals. It is not complete, I have had to put this on hold until I can manage to get everything else finished. This is my own project and it has no deadline. I will admit this: the most difficult challenge is replicating skin tones. It is a challenge that is frustrating and addictive, which means this will more than likely not be my last human pastel. I have censured this picture for all our viewers.
If you have noticed from any of my other chalk work or other drawings, it is not usually a person. My preference leans toward landscapes or animals. Most artists will tell you they have practiced and put in hard work to reach their level of skill, but they will also admit there are subjects that come more natural for them. Drawing or even capturing a mental image of the human body does not come natural for me. I do not retain mental images of people, their facial features, or natural body movement and structure. This may be because I have a type B personality, I’m not a people person, or because I look beyond a person for their character, their personality. This could be a negative trait, I would like to say I am empathetic, maybe I am just judgmental. Anyway, back to art.
The people I have drawn are not great (in my opinion) and need improvement (again, my opinion). I scavenged YouTube for a helpful video for sketching the human body and found Leonardo Pereznieto’s video. Ok, I only watched about 3 minutes before I started sketching, but I was ready to draw. I also found an amazing site for art models, please note models are nude in most poses. Do not use this for perverse reasons.
This week’s Tipsy Scribbles is brought to you by my best friends Elizabeth and Sara (and Jessica!). The candelabra was borrowed from Elizabeth for our Harry Potter party (I am currently still working on the article for said party) and the sangria responsible for the tipsiness was a present from my long time friend Sara and her beautiful wife Jessica. The scribble session started off pretty rough. I shredded some things, I said some words, and I had some more sangria. I repeated this process until FINALLY I found the “I don’t care anymore” portion of the evening and: voilà! A finished product I didn’t want to torch. That’s really what art and life is about, creating something you are proud to show the world. So if you find yourself struggling with your craft, be it a painting, a dance move, a note in a song, a paragraph in a book, or just a part in your life that did not go well, remember:
Last Wednesday I introduced my first Tipsy Scribbles instead of my comics. I spent more of the article apologizing (like always) than explaining why we decided to call them Tipsy Scribbles. So here is the background story.
My default art style is all about the details, every single little bitty, teeny tiny detail is pondered. It can be very stressful and I get tense and hunched over and it’s not pretty. Like anyone who has a skill they would like to improve, they need to practice. Practice makes, well, not perfect, but it has got me to a point that I don’t want to torch everything I make. I am trying to practice looking at the overall picture rather than analyzing each detail, basically doing quick sketches. But in order for me to do this, I have to slow my brain down. Solution: Wine. Down side: I really like wine, hence the name Tipsy Scribbles. Credit for the name does go to my husband, Justin. We’re a team!
Yes, I was tipsy while drawing these. Yes, I did drink responsibly and I strongly advise all OF AGE to do the same! Please do not drive tipsy or operate anything that could harm you or someone else.
We are currently tossing around the idea of a YouTube Tipsy Scribbles channel. We would like your feedback if this is something you would like to see.