I have decided that I am going to attempt to make a sketch/writing about a sketch blog. My goal is to choose one drawing I have made on the week of the post, write a little about it, and post it. This will either be exactly what I have been looking to enhance in my online creative presence, or I will end up getting overwhelmed by my schedule, forget, and then my blog will disappear for another four years.
Social media like Instagram and Twitter are great for posting artwork, but lately I have had a hard time keeping up. I feel guilty for not posting enough, especially when I see my illustration and comic peers posting and participating in the current “art challenges”. When I have a little bit of time to draw, I never really want to do those challenges though—I want to work through my own extensive list of personal challenges and interests.
I don’t have time to take on a new project right now, but I’ve got enough random weekly bits of sketches and works-in-progress that I think I could share something pretty regularly. It might be ugly, unfinished stuff, but it will be stuff I can write about, because I care about it.
This week I’m working on an illustration for ECCC (ultimately, I’ll be selling it as prints and postcards). It’s of cats hiking a PNW mountain trail—I draw a lot of cats, and lately it’s been I draw a lot of cats doing things people in Seattle do—and it’s coming along, though I got a little stuck this weekend. Justin suggested doing a quick study of the plants outside the coffee shop window, and that sounded like fun so I went ahead and sketched the image above. It took about 20 minutes or so, with the goal of coming up with a method to stylize the plants in the hiking illustration. So far, my hiking cats illustration has plants that are two busy or too sharply defined, and using some bigger, softer brushes in quicker shapes and strokes, like in the sketch above, might be the solution I’m looking for.