Week 3 of 2017

What a busy and productive week it was! Let’s take a look day by day:

Monday was snowy and cold, img_1210which in turn inspired a simple digital painting, which I like especially after super bright drawing of the last week.

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Tuesday was, as always all about pastels. @artofpastels group had a lovely reference, which was also quite challenging in terms of rendering the colors. I must confess I adore drawing water, especially sea waves and this practice was such a delight.

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Wednesday was dedicated to 52 weeks illustration challenge. The theme is Australiana and I opted to make an illustration of ma favorite Australian animals with Copic Markers.

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Thursday was labor over perspective exercise and after much struggle I completed the exercise. I am still not satisfied with the way it is going, but again, it is most likely just a matter of practice.

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I also did one more drawing for Australiana, that of Kookaburra bird in colored pencils

 

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Friday, soft pastels again! A friend shared her photos from a vacation and I decided to see if I can render beautiful egret she captured.

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I am most pleased with this one as it was difficult and I feel that my efforts paid off,

The second attempt proved to be brighter and more attractive in general. Overall, I think this practice was a success.

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Saturday! Earlier this week me and the children enjoyed newly purchased Excentric Cinema with lovely paper art by Beatrice Coron.

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I was so inspired with the intricate papercutting scenes, that I wanted to create on specifically for a shadow play. Behold a fox and an owl cut out of Strathmore Artagain paper. Children enjoyed it and my youngest made up a story.

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Second papercut was less of a success, as I tried to make a quote from “Cinderella” movie, it was very difficult and the result was not as neat as I was aiming it to be.From now on just one cut per day and better thinking on the design.

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Sunday was color study, the exercise was to create sketches of four seasons using one’s regular palette. Well, as I love color, my regular palette is rather broad. So, by the example of book’s author, I chose three colors and tried to make it work. And although at first the winter sketch looked like  a disaster, now I think I like it the most.

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Second part of my watercolor practice was flower doodles. I like effect the gold paint makes on pink background a lot. I am, on the other had, unhappy with how my brushes interact with the paper. I think I need to invest in better higher quality brushes. It is time.

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As usual, I did small sketches for my illustrated journal. My favorite ones are “Read More” and today’s Starry Sky.

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I updated my stock of cards in the shop, but failed to do so on Etsy. Will definitely do it next week, the valentine turned out so lovely.

Not a lot of crazy plans for the next week, although family life will demand more of me than usual. I was hoping to squeeze in a craft project and I have itchy fingers for some felt or embroidery, but we shall have to see.

Wishing a lovely week to all!

 

Love,

Anya

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