Weekly Report: February week 2

Remember how I complained last week that the pace that I set for myself in January is unrealistic this month because of all I have to do with kids, at home etc… Well, turns out it didn’t matter much because I managed to drop some activities and pick up new ones instead. Maybe I am a maniac.

And the funny thing is that I was sick all this week, didn’t leave the house until Thursday (thank you, my dear husband for stepping up), so instead of  errands I drew. Still, some beloved projects got dropped and I hope to pick them up again next week.

So, in the 2nd week of February I did the following:

Watercolor– some interesting subjects from doodlewashed challenge. I felt more productive in the morning and light felt right too.

My favorite works this week are – yellow flower with a bee (a memory from the late summer 2016), silver pendant  and the whale

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For 52 weeks illustration challenge I did a fun experiment with gouache and white gel pen. The theme was “Garden” and, although I am not one to normally draw tons of details, I decided to give it a try this time and I must confess I love the result

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There was a lot of Markers this week. I have completed the travel sketch challenge with new drawings of Norway and Malta

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The entire challenge:

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I also did two more marker drawings for another sketch marathon, the themes were “food that’s delicious because it’s cold” and “plants that like winter”

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Pastels! Both were done on one day this time, my usual Tuesday drawing with an instagram group and then I went through a webinar to draw a fox.

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I finally got to my colored pencils this week. Mind, it was just a small sketch for Sketchflashmob task, which was “Buttons” this week (we are drawing from life only for this one)

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Now to my Inspiration and a new project. I stumbled across the article about 1 year of stitches project and was immediately inspired to give it a try. The truth is I love embroidery and used to have at least one large project per year up to probably early 2015, when my vision started to decline and I dropped it altogether. But one stitch a day is pretty easy. I immediately got my thread out and 5 days later I love it. It benefits me in two ways at least so far. One it gives me a sense of accomplishment  with every little motif finished every day (on average it’s probably no more that 10-15 minutes a day), and two- makes me pace myself and wait a year to complete this project. Usually I am restless until a job is done, but this is a year-long project and I have no choice but wait until it’s done. Also longer time to think things through.

I am going for “Secret Garden” theme, we’ll see if it lasts ok through the year.

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Finally, my illustration journal. I tried to do some folk art following Dinara Mirtalipova’s book I talked about a couple of weeks earlier, then two of my worst sickness-wise days and finally, I began to feel like a person again and drew our life- my girl’s big event, a creature from the movie and finally a very tired collage today.

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I also did a digital painting for a very special project. I am not showing it just yet, because I am not sure if it’s supposed to be a secret, but I am excited to reveal it soon.

 

I didn’t do any paper cutting this week. But I will definitely go back to it next week, I haven’t done my studies either 😦 I also forgot about art course that I was supposed to do with my kids, it all is moved to the next week.

Again, I hope to space things out a little bit better. I also need to work on some new illustrations to make into cards, now that spring is approaching.

Hope everyone has a lovely week!

 

Love,

Anya

 

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