I am the red in the rose, the flowers on the blankets on your bedroom floor, and I am the gray in the ghost that hides with your clothes behind your closet door/I am the green in the grass that bends back from underneath your feet, and I am the blue in the back-alley view where the horizon and the rooftops meet…
Just a little Owl City song I thought was appropriate for this post. Lately I’ve been trying to experiment more with COLOR in my drawings, which is something practically alien to me. I’m a black-and-white kinda girl (not personality-wise, just drawing-wise) and color has always rather intimidated me. However, several people lately have mentioned that I should do more color – after all, I won’t ever get better at it if I don’t practice, right?
My friend (and Port Yonder Press staff artist) Holly Heisey sent me a box with a spectrum of pastel pencils in it in nearly every shade imaginable. I experimented with them the other day –
Now that I knew how the pastel pencils worked, I felt a bit more confident. (They blend like butter!)
So I sketched a picture last night and colored it this morning before I even came out of my room. It’s Linden, the faerie from “Wayfarer” by R. J. Andersen, without her wings, strolling on a branch of the Great Oak. The color process took around an hour (whew) but for a first full-blown effort, I’m quite pleased with it.
Well? What do you think? Am I getting better?
(And for those of you biting your nails and perching on the edges of your seats in anticipation of knowledge of how my Independance Day went – it was fun! And delicious, and I’mg going to have to compensate for all the chips I ate… plus I had 3 cups of tea thanks to an allergy-sparked sore throat. I used to have 3-5 – large – cups a day, but I realized that the reason I wasn’t losing weight was because I was drinking almost 1,000 calories in Agave-sweetened, half-and-half-‘ed tea a DAY! So I’m down to one cup every other day).
Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul! ~ Psalm 146: 1