Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Challenging Proportions

Kelli speaking. Things are much more fun when they're out of place, juxtaposed, or otherwise a little shocking. When fruits and  vegetables popped up as May's Sketchbook Challenge theme, I got happy! Such pretty shapes and colors always inspire me. But when is a carrot not a proper carrot? When it's bigger than a skyscraper. And when are peas not proper peas? When they're lovingly tied onto trees. 



Adding a touch of whimsy to your drawing is easy when you set your elements outside of their comfort zone. Pick a place you'll not likely see an edible plant and toss one in. Make it supersized if you dare! I'm giving you permission, unlike a certain highschool art teacher who insisted that a spider could not be the same size as the sun (you know who you are). Your cucumbers can rival the Empire State building and your mushrooms be the envy of Babe the Blue Ox. 



I've dedicated this year of the Sketchbook Challenge to digital sketching (using a Wacom tablet and a pc plus an online painting and drawing software like Corel Painter), and some days I just want to cry. But I'm not going to. Maybe a little bit of screaming and the occasional flung object, but no crying. I can do this. Imperfectly. That's the point of a challenge. I hope you're challenging yourself, your skills, your perceptions and most importantly, the size of your vegetables.

8 comments:

  1. Kelli - your work is just so happy and inspirational. Thank you for your colorful post! Love those peas hanging from the branch.

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  2. Thanks Kelli, we all need a spur on like this. What fun to consider your suggestions.

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  3. Love both the peas and the carrots - my first thought was - Why didn't I think of that? Love your sense of humor and your work!

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  4. You have pushed me to realise that I have left this months challenge too long, Im off to do something...not sure what but something!

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  5. My father was scolded in first grade for drawing a bird with teeth. It scarred him for life. Good for you, drawing giant veggies!

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  6. Something's always better than nothing! It'll take you down the road, a little at a time. K

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  7. wonderful post, Kelli! thanks for the reminder that as artists, we can do whatever we want to do!

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