Friday, February 12, 2010

Illustration Friday: Adrift

It has been awhile since I have done anything for Illustration Friday. I have just not had the opportunity to 'sit down and play,' which is what I generally do for IF. But this morning, I woke up with one of those 'storm-is-coming-headaches,' so I have been sitting a bit, letting my husband deal with the pets, in my jammies and robe, letting the Excedrin kick in, and playing.

First I put this little oil sketch (above) into PhotoShop and played a bit with it. I kinda' like it now.

Then I did my sketch of the day in my sketchbook. Since the headache was still there, I didn't want to do anything complex. I saw a bit of Zentangle on Lauren Finley's blog a while back, and have been playing with pattern (my favorite design element) in that way since. It is very relaxing. This morning, I was also trying out some brush pens in my sketchbook. The sketchbook I am using for my daily drawings was a costly mistake. It does not accept wet media well, and I was also disappointed in the brush pens. Oh well. It whiled away a bit of time, and now the snow is approaching, the Excedrin has kicked in, and I may even get dressed and head to the studio to work! Playtime was nice, though. A real necessity for artists - even those without headaches. Must. Remember. To. Play!

p.s. If you are interested in doing some Zentangle, do a search on YouTube. There are a number of videos there about it. It is really just doodling with pattern. Fun and quite right-brain.


Indigene said...

They're both beautiful, and different! :)

Ren said...

These sense of asymmetry in this is brilliant!

Jennifer said...

I'm glad you were able to play despite the headache! The results are great fun!

Anonymous said...

Getting caught up with your posts tonight. Love your oil painting. I was actually thinking of doing a very similar painting for adrift. We'll see if it happens while Ga. is snowbound!
Looking forward to seeing the finished duck and painting for Haiti. I have my little pipe loom warped and ready to do something!
Thanks for the mention of my blog.

Julia Kelly said...

I love the pattern and haven't heard of that technique- will check into that- your drifted boat is wonderful and the pattern really gives a strong movement to it all- hope your are feeling better and not getting too much new snow!

Valerie Lorimer said...

Both are really nice - although I think I like the top one the best. The colors and mood of it are gorgeous.