Today, Carla's second lesson asked me to do some blind contour drawings. I chose to do a few elephants, one of my two favorite animals. The other one is the giraffe (but I also love cats and horses and chickens and dogs....well, all sorts).
So here I am getting ready. I have the iPad set with lots of elephant images. My coffee cup is full. I have my paper, my pen (my husband did buy me a fine-point sharpie yesterday but it is still in his car), and the card stock.
Okay, kind of silly but this doesn't happen often. I have matching socks on!
Hawk is planning on helping me.
Here's one of my contour drawings. I really like this one -- even though I couldn't look at the page while drawing these elephants it has a nice feel to it.
Here's contour number two. The one on the left you can tell is an elephant but just. And the thing on the right is part of an elephant -- I can make out his ear.
Carla says to put some made up pattern behind your contour drawing of choice. Hers is really cool (if you don't have her book, it is well worth it -- the pictures alone are worth getting it for even if you don't do the projects). I choose to paint instead. I am not sure at this point how the watercolors will do on the card stock.
Here is the result. I think I might still do some more on it but i like it. I ended up using my finger to paint most of the time. I also used a coffee filter to dab the paint. And of course the paper dried bumpy and wavy. But that is okay. I think this has a lot of emotion. If I do more with it I may post the finished project. We'll see.
What am I learning on my illustrator's journey? That a free hand is necessary for emotion-packed pictures. That I have to enjoy it for it to work out. That I can learn from the mistakes as much or more than I do from the successes.
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