Hi!Carol Sloan here.
This weekend, my husband and I had to travel to another state for an umpire conference.
I had several hours in the car to sketch, paint and journal a little bit.
I have a kit (of sorts) that I carry with me in such circumstances.
Check this post for the tools that I use.
I usually use the Pitt Artist Pens but decided to try the Micron pens from our sponsor.
I do love the smaller pen tips in these pens - great for teeny tiny little details that I tend to add.
I used the two sizes of pens, a pencil, a blending stump, and the Wausau Exact Vellum Bristol paper that I like to use.
When I am given the topic to work with and have to create artwork that way, I usually begin by doing an exercise that
involves free flow writing.
I pull out my sketchbook or just a piece of scratch paper and write what the words mean to me - fast scribbles, the first things that pop into my head...
I thought about what I highly prize...
what do others prize or value?
I look up phrases that include the words. I follow the links to read a bit about each one.
Can you tell that the research of a new subject is one of my favorite things? It really helps me to wrap my head around the subject. It helps me to think of the topic in a deeper, more meaningful way.
The first things that came to mind that I personally prize are my husband and my son.
Above all, these two are the most highly prized things in my life.
I read some of the comments that talked about not feeling comfortable drawing faces.
I love to draw faces but don't trust my skills enough to draw someone I know without them being there to look at or having a photo to reference. My sweetie was driving so I couldn't ask him to keep looking my way so I could sketch him and my son is away at college (art school!) and I had no photos...
What's a girl to do?
The second best thing of course!
I simply wrote about them.
Drawing something is one way to represent it but writing about it is another way.
I began the sketchbook page by folding my paper in half. That really helps me as I don't have to fill an entire page. I can handle the smaller size of a half page much better!
One theme that was repeated in the research of "Highly Prized" was freedom.
How we all truly prize our freedom - whether it is personal freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of religion.
It's all freedom.
So I drew an image that represents "freedom" in our country (USA).
It may not be a realistic rendering but I have the freedom to decide that, right? <insert a big smile here!>
I used the smaller nibbed pen for all of the detail work.
Then I used a regular pencil to scratch around the drawing. What I wanted to do was lay down enough graphite so that I could go back and smudge it with the blending stump.
This is how I created the shading, the shadows on the drawing.
It is a really simple and quick way to add some dimension and depth to your work.
I drew some uneven, meandering lines for journaling. Don't worry about being precise (unless you want them that way!), just put the ink on the paper.
I added little detailed areas on the lines (click on the photo to see it enlarged), scratched the pencil on it again and used the blending stump to smudge it.
Lastly, I added my journaling.
"Highly Prized- what do I value.
As an American - a human,
I find that I highly prize my freedom,
personal liberty ranks right up there too...
the freedom to choose are all things that I Highly Prize.
My husband, my son,
So there you have it. A sketchbook page that I created while riding down the road, using only four tools.
I hope that you are giving yourself the gift of time.
Giving yourself at least 15 minutes a day to sketch. To journal. To paint.
Whatever you love to do that sparks your creativity.