Diverse and rich, Canada celebrated its 150th birthday this past summer. This focus led me to explore many facets of Canada’s history. As I journeyed through some of its histories I was reminded of the countless Canadian musicians that have laid a rich musical foundation for our society. I love music – all types of music. Celebrating some of these musicians through drawing seems like a good fit.
Working with Tan Paper
With a variety of subjects in mind and a goal set out, I have decided to explore the warmth and tone that tan paper can add to a drawing. After purchasing a new Strathmore Toned Paper sketchbook and grabbing my charcoal pencils, I set out to sketch and learn more about the various artists that have enriched Canada. Three Canadian Artists portrait’s that I completed this summer include Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and Terri Clark. Each of these musicians has helped shape Canada’s musical landscape. I will post more information on each artist in the upcoming weeks.
Canadian Musicians/Hand Lettering
Deciding that I should continue to develop my hand lettering skills, I plan on incorporating hand lettering with each portrait in upcoming posts. As I continue drawing portraits of more Canadian Musicians, I will incorporate hand lettering. The hand lettering will give more information about each artist. Although Canada is only 150 years old, it is wonderfully rich and a diverse musical country which should be celebrated. I look forward to exploring more Canadian musicians as I grow and develop as an artist.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I look forward to seeing where it will lead.
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For some time now I have wanted to draw portraits of my three children and incorporate these portraits into a rustic window frame. Well, I have the frame and have completed one portrait. The challenge that I have is what style do I want these portraits to be? Which look will satisfy my eye? Soft? …maybe heavy, or loose? What style would complement both the window frame and the artwork? There is never any harm in doing multiple portraits. In fact, the process of pairing portraits with the frame is a great exercise. With endless combinations and many questions to be answered, the best way for me to learn is to jump right in and try a collection of different styles.
Softer Style Window Portrait
The use of graphite in this sketch complements the dreamy nature of the pose, creating a gentle feel. I also chose to keep the background (negative space) light to help create a balanced softness.
The Window Frame
This well-preserved old window frame will make a great addition to my decor. Little needs to be done to this treasured piece, however, removing a bit of the white paint will keep the frame and the artwork from competing for the viewer’s attention. I am very excited to try a variety of styles to see what will unite the window and artwork into a beautiful composition.
As the summer progresses I will post updates with the different styles and pieces I create. Feedback is always welcome and may be helpful in my decision-making process, so feel free to comment below.
Hand lettering is a beautiful art form which is easy to fall in love with. Its power has great impact on society. Yes, fonts and lettering are functional, helping us communicate words, but there is so much more. Fonts can evoke emotions, tell stories, influence our mood or choices, and even trigger memories.
Here are a few examples of my hand lettering adventures:
Gaining skill in any new art form takes practice; muscle memory must be created to allow for lines to flow. Remember the numerous pages of practice loops in elementary school when learning cursive writing? Consequently, all that practice made for quick, beautiful letters which required very little thought in creating.
Adobe Illustrator and Hand Lettering
Along with learning letter forms and styles of hand lettering, I decided to explore adobe illustrator. I’ll be honest, it was the source of many headaches for me. Determination builds strength! I persevered, and even though I still have tons of learning to do it is getting easier. …the headaches are less frequent.
In this practice piece I incorporated hand lettering with illustrator. It was fun playing with the different tools that illustrator has to offer. Some days I felt like a kid in a candy store – too many choices. How would I ever decide?
Portrait drawing is an art form that I can completely lose myself in – hours feel like minutes. Sometimes however, I have an innate desire to learn more and try new techniques, that is the case with lettering. Follow my weekly progress on Instagram @eisycindy to see where my hand lettering journey takes me.
A few weeks ago I did a quick morning sketch of a dancer and posted it on Instagram @eisycindy. After posting, I had numerous inquires to purchase this piece. The quick morning sketch was done on a cheap piece of tracing paper, not something I would sell. The interest in this piece gave me a chance to play with Hahnemuhle Sumi – E fine art paper. The paper has a beautiful, delicate texture that I feel suits this type of drawing well.
Utilizing open lines in both the hands and the skirt helps to create a feeling of movement. Since I have been studying letter form lately, I wanted to include words in such a way that would add to the feel of the dancer and not distract. Softly incorporating color in the skirt helps to increase dimension, which adds to the free-flowing feel of the overall piece.
Sun, Fun, Sand, and a Quick Charcoal Drawing.Lately it seems like all my art projects have been everything but drawing. This week I really needed some draw time. Flipping through old photographs I found a great reference picture of my little girl. Okay, maybe she is not so little anymore, and maybe it is from fourteen years ago, but beach times were favorites of mine and I will always cherish them.
Many summers were spent sand covered, wet haired, and sun-kissed on a warm British Columbia beach. Friends were always near. Adventures were plentiful. Life was simple.
There is something pure and refreshing about working with a charcoal pencil and a blank sheet of paper. Maybe it is the rhythm, or maybe it is the break from the focus of daily life. Whatever it is, it is good.
For this drawing I used Meridian Drawing paper by Pentalic. The paper is a beautiful soft white color which helps give the drawing a warm look. It also has a great tooth which is perfect for charcoal work. It is one of my favorite papers.
Beach Time 11 x 14 Charcoal Drawing
Who doesn’t like sun, fun, sand, and a little beach time?
It is always the drawings that I do on scrap paper with an everyday pencil that seem to produce the result I am looking for. There is a certain freedom that comes from knowing that this is not the final piece. For this reason I do a lot of my planning on tracing paper. I know I can be hard on the paper and still erase without breaking down the tooth of the surface. The funny thing is, however, that because I am more relaxed I erase less; the lines tend to flow uninhibited. Tracing paper also enables me to see proportions and layout before I have committed them to art paper.
As I sat down this morning to plan images for a watercolor or water soluble graphite (I haven’t decided yet), I quickly came up with this simple sketch. I wanted something uncomplicated and loose that I could try finish with a couple different mediums to see which result I like best.
For those that have been asking why I have not blogged anything for a while I will try be more diligent in blogging as I play. Thank you for keeping me accountable, it is good to know there are people out there that miss seeing the artwork.
Summer has been speeding by so fast that I did not think I would get another pallet art piece completed, but here it is. Similar to the last piece I wanted to incorporate a new medium as part of the design element; this time I decided to use wire. This wire has the same aged feel as pallet wood, so I thought the two would complement each other well. It took a little experimentation in order to manipulate it into a design I was happy with, but I found the wire fairly easy to work with.
As for the saying that I used, it is one of my favorites. I believe the dreams and aspirations that I have sometimes come as soft little whispers. They were given to me with a purpose. All I need to do is slow down, listen, and move forward in confidence. That should be simple enough; but sadly, that is not always the case. Sometimes I crash through life-things are loud and chaotic, drowning out the beautiful whispers of my dreams.
I like that my family enjoys the beautiful Canadian outdoors. Sometimes, however, little bits of this beauty manage to come home with us from our hikes and other outdoor adventures. Yes, I have rock collectors in my house.
It is a shame when hours go into selecting the rocks with the best color, coolest shape, or intricate designs only to be thrown into a box and stuffed on a shelf in the garage somewhere. This summer that box came off the shelf. With a little trial and error, I was able to come up with soap dishes.
These soap dishes are visible memories of our amazing West Coast adventures and a great addition to our home decor.
Another fun summer project completed. This 22 x 16 inch recycled pallet wood clock now graces my kitchen area. I thought of adding more design and decoration to the face, but I really enjoy the simplicity of just having the roman numerals. Maybe when I tire of the look I will add to it for a different feel. I guess only time will tell. 😉