Posted at 4:00 pm , on May 31, 2016
Even though I haven’t had the time to devote myself to any diligent study of drawing or painting, I always find time to dabble a little just for fun. Here is just a sampling of my favorite results.
I finally decided to start filling in my favorite coloring book, Rackham’s Fairy Tale Coloring Book. I’ve been intimidated by this gorgeously illustrated book for a long time, but I am pleased with how my initial colorings have come out.
This is how the inside flap is filled in by Arthur Rackham himself:
I tried to copy his work as closely as possible with my color pencils:
Side by side just because I am so proud:
Before that, I decided to play with water colors. I tried some different techniques, to varying degrees of success. These next few samples represent the range of my experiments.
This summer I plan to work through a few independent drawing courses and work on my water color skills with a friend. I plan to scout out every tutorial on the web, and end my summer wholly improved in my favorite hobby.
Posted at 12:00 pm , on May 11, 2015
As the temperatures start to rise, I’ve been dreaming of oceans and beaches. In lieu of an actual trip to the shore, I’ve been painting some scenes from my past travels. Presented here alongside their inspiration photos, a couple of my favorites.
This first one was a loose interpretation. I went from memory, and I think I had a couple photos in mind when I was painting, but I was mainly thinking of this:
There was clearly another image in my head at the same time, but I still love the end result. Next up:
Inspired by this photo, with some small adjustments in the color scheme and detail:
Posted at 12:00 pm , on April 14, 2015
A while back I posted a few pictures of my favorite coloring books for adults. I knew I enjoyed breaking out the crayons every once in a while, but what I didn’t know is that I’m totally trendy when I do it. A coloring book has hit the Amazon best sellers list! Johanna Basford’s book, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, absolutely gorgeous, and I’ll probably be adding it to my collection very soon.
There are a lot of articles about this new trend (like this one), but I thought I’d add my thoughts. Art is therapeutic, calming, and fun, but it’s also difficult, intimidating, and potentially crushing. Coloring takes out the hard part and leaves you with a wonderful, gentle activity.
Here are five books to inspire you to break out your crayons.
1. For the geometrically inclined
2. For those looking for landscapes
3. If you’re interested in patterns
4. For animal lovers
5. Gorgeous Mandala patterns