i’m starting a project! actually, i’m taking something i’ve already done and turning it into a project. as you may remember, i drew this
i decided i liked the pattern and the general idea. i always meant to take something i like and make it bigger, and bigger, til it’s the size of a real piece of artwork. right now i’m in progress with an 11″x15″ version (on Bristol)….
there are eight sections. i used two colors of ultra fine sharpies, to make a checkerboard pattern in two sections out of the eight, i timed how long it took me to do each section. it worked out to be about 2.5 hours (ish). that makes the total time i’ll spend on the drawing around 20 hours. this picture shows pretty much where i am now.
i’m going to take an 18″x24″ piece of Bristol and do the same when this is finished. now that’s going to take a looooooong time!
i’m not 100% sure i’ll actually be able to finish that, but it will fun to have a challenge. i’m going to have to get a lot more sharpies! each of the matching sections (for the drawing in progress) uses up two brand new ultra fine sharpies. so with 8 sections of two colors per 2 matching sections requires 8 sharpies. the big big version will have more sections and will, thus, need more sharpies.
the centerpiece is a diamond shaped eye sort of thingy (aren’t i specific?? lol) is a combination of prismacolor fine liners and sharpies. i drew the line art with a black gelly roll gel pen. the whole drawing takes up one of those, maybe more.
my desk is way too small for the big version, so i’ll be doing it on my dining room table.
i feel a little apprehensive about putting so much time into something so fragile. paper can be bent or torn, things could spill on it, i could make a huge mistake…. the reason this is on my mind is that i read an artist’s blog that said he spent 300 hours (!) on a portrait and someone accidentally dumped a cup of coffee on it. it gives me the shivers! i feel for the artist more than words can say, but i also feel for the coffee person, can you imagine the guilt, horror, and sorrow they felt. that leads me to the question my husband brought up… why on earth would a precious painting like that be in a place where coffee could spill on it? seems like an awful horrible terrible very bad experience for all involved. i will have to keep all liquids out of a 10 ft area around my drawing, lol, when i actually get there. i already feel like that on the one i’m working on now. eep!
i hope i can do this!
i have been working on a drawing, a doodle, for the last three days. i spent almost all day on it for each of the three days. i’m going to show you the various steps, in order, that led to the finished drawing.
first, the bare bones line art. i made the circles with a stencil and did the rest freehand.
it gets a little more complicated…
the finished line art…
the early stages of coloring…
you can get an idea of what it’s going to look like finished…
the finished product!
i used gel pens and a burnt ochre prismacolor marker on a page in my moleskeine journal. it’s A4 (approx. 11.5″x8.5″)