Watercolor (1)

I wanted to try a painting because I like flowers and I wanted to use something other than dry mediums. Painting is something I am more familiar with so this will probably be the only painting I will be posting. I like painting though and I wanted to create something with flowers so I came up with this. I did not use a tutorial for this and I am relatively happy with it. I think that in the future I will be shifting my focus solely on pastels again, because that is my favorite medium that I have used so far.

Colored Pencil (1)

I really don’t like colored pencil. I found it be a dull and boring medium and I really wasn’t able to blend colors at all. It may just be my lack of skill in this area but I really didn’t enjoy using these pencils at all. I did not use a tutorial for this drawing, but that may have been helpful. I have obviously used colored pencils before but I wanted to try a nice drawing with this medium. This really isn’t my favorite drawing and i’m not very proud of it, so I will probably need to watch some tutorials to help improve.

Copic Marker 1

This was a very exciting medium to try. I have been very interested in trying markers,and copic really caught my attention because they are blend-able alcohol markers. This was just a tiny doodle I did to experiment with the markers because they are quite unlike anything I’ve tried before. I was very impressed by how well the markers blended. Copic has a massive range of markers and they are very expensive. I only purchased a few markers because of the price, so naturally I was limited with what I could do. I don’t know if I will seriously practice this medium because the incredibly high price point doesn’t seem feasible. These markers are often used by illustrators.

Pastel Drawing 1

Pastels were definitely something that i was excited to try and they were so fun! I doodled with them for a while and then found a simple flower tutorial with very basic blending to try for myself. The flowers were very simple but blending with the pastels was so cool. Creating with such bright and vibrant colors was great after using charcoal for a while. I hope to continue practicing with pastels and attempt more complex drawings. The pastels I used were the Artist Loft brand at Michaels. Most of the products I have been using are from this brand because they are very affordable.

The aftermath of a charcoal piece

One of the most shocking things about charcoal is how messy it is. I didn’t expect for it to get everywhere after creating a drawing. I really find this to be fun though. I had only tried to draw with graphite before starting this project, so I didn’t think it was possible to blend a drawing so easily. Charcoal is a difficult medium but I hope to continue making a mess and learning how to properly use this medium!

Charcoal Drawing (2)

For this drawing I decided to attempt a cloud. I was slightly disheartened by this experience to say the least. The tutorial I used may have been a bit too complex, because I was unable to replicate the drawing. The highlights were especially hard to do. I would use both an eraser and white stick charcoal for the highlights. The shadows were made with compressed charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils. I think that this was definitely too advanced for a beginner like me, as my cloud looks a bit more like a plop of conditioner than something you’d see in the sky. I still had a lot of fun making this drawing. I really like how you can blend charcoal. I use blending stumps, tortillions, and cotton balls to blend my drawings. I would like to continue practicing charcoal, but i hope to also branch out to some other mediums like pastels.

Charcoal Drawing (1)

The first style I am experimenting with is the charcoal drawing. Charcoal is a popular medium that can be used to create black and white pieces. I am using an instructional video to begin this drawing. I was surprised that there are multiple varieties of charcoal, and that it comes in so many different forms. I found out after creating my first piece, that charcoal is actually a fairly challenging medium. My friend Linzy informed me that starting out using a medium like graphite would be better, as it is a much easier to use. Charcoal is very messy and goes everywhere. However,I still like using is because it is very fun to blend. I was able to use blending stumps and tortillions for the first time to make the shades come together. I used a tutorial from drawing.wonderhowto.com. I hope to continue developing my charcoal skills and try a few more drawings with this medium. I would also like to start experimenting with pastels.

Next Step

This past weekend I went to Michael’s art store to purchase some supplies for my endeavor. I purchased a simple sketchbook, pencils, micron pens, and markers. I hope to experiment with different mediums. I have also started to research different instructional YouTube channels to give me the guidance I need to develop proper art skills. In addition, I plan to ask my friend Linzy for help because she is a very talented artist. I hope that she will be able to critique my work and help me improve. I have no artistic ability, at best I can draw a mediocre flower. I hope to develop my skills, with a focus on creating natural landscapes. I find nature very beautiful and I would like to capture that in a drawing. I am excited about my project right now. I am not feeling overly stressed because I am doing something that I enjoy.
Note: I will be including photos of my artistic attempts on this blog from this point forward. I am just currently having problems uploading them right now.

Project Update

I apologize for the inactivity on my blog. I have been trying to figure out how to change my project. Unfortunately I don’t think that a meal packing event will be feasible because it would cost around $10000 to put on. I am not personally comfortable asking others for such a large sum of money. I do not want my project to be entirely dependent on massive financial donations. For this reason I have decided to go in a different direction. I would like to learn how to draw. I believe that this will be a fun and worthwhile endeavor. If I am able to create something passable, I could have it for sale, around a five dollar price point, on an online independent retailer like Etsy. I think that this would be a good plan because it would allow me to learn a new skill while simultaneously raising money that could go to a charity of some kind.I could promote the sale of my artwork through social media. I will be purchasing art supplies and enlisting the help of both my friends, along with online instructional videos to help me achieve this goal. Again, I apologize for the inactivity, as I needed time to rework my project.

Note: the image featured in this blog post is from: http://www.theartsupplystore.co/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/prismacolor.jpg

My Current Dilemma

I will be setting up a “gofundme” account by Friday of this week. I will be posting a link to that page on this blog and promote it on my social media accounts. In addition I will begin to plan a fundraising event. I am quite nervous that people wouldn’t come to an event;furthermore, I need to make sure that it is desirable to attend. I would need to raise a few thousand dollars which could be challenging. I noticed that the organization’s web page features an event that will be occurring in a few months. It would be beneficial if I could raise money for my event on their website. It makes me nervous that at this point in my project I am doubting that I am pursuing the best idea. I think that drawing would be much more simple and perhaps more enjoyable. I feel stressed out by this project because I seriously doubt that I will be able to pull it off. It requires other people to support my cause, and I don’t have faith that others will support this. I’ve been working on this idea for the past two weeks and although I care deeply about the situation in the Middle East, I am losing faith in my idea. I guess it’s safe to say that I would much rather pursue my drawing idea but I feel obligated to do otherwise. I hope to talk with my peers about this dilemma and sort this project out.