I’ve been at my computer for a good amount of time, today. It does require effort to juggle three classes at once; one of which, I was barely even aware of falling behind in, until I started rooting around in the Learning Management System (LMS). Luckily, I’m only behind in the readings…also luckily, we’re less than a week into the semester, and I’ve turned in the majority of my homework. I think what I still need to work on, is just responding to others.
I have more (hope) than a drop of sunshine that I will indeed be able to handle these three classes, plus work, art and exercise. (If that makes sense? Yes, I’m probably referencing one or more of my citrine crystals, which in turn reference gem lore which I’ve probably only retained subconsciously — and energetic impressions, which…well, I am highly interested in color and its emotional and mental effects, what can I say…) Tonight, I have also been looking back through my archives, and found an entry from a while back which it might be good to “reset” to.
Recently, I’ve been working with the watercolor pencils, plus acrylic inks, fineliners, and some drawing which felt intense, even if it wasn’t. 😉 (I’ve also started to branch back into interests in sewing and embroidery, which is a relief just from being content-neutral and fiddly enough to sate my desire to manually puzzle things out.)
I’m thinking that I will be better off coloring my illustrations with watercolor, at this point, than I will be with utilizing acrylic ink. I have finer control with the former, stemming from greater experience. After dealing with inking and colors, I can see where I stand in regard to using the acrylic inks as a serious art medium (as versus an experimental one). Though, of course, that will take more experiments.
But I want to get back to color studies, specifically with the watercolors. I also have a good deal of gouache which I think will be useful…and I have recalled the lamination film I bought just to make bookmarks. This could keep me busy.
I think maybe I’ve been spoiled on having good-quality paints…the colors in all of my paints are just seriously vibrant. Possibly moreso, than my pencils, aquarelles, and the acrylic inks I currently have (though the last are decent — just not great). Pencils and aquarelles are useful, don’t get me wrong — but for me the usefulness is in the portability and cleanliness. I’m not completely certain, but I feel the chroma (color intensity) of colored pencils and aquarelles, suffers a bit in comparison to the character of paint.
I can even work with heavy-body acrylics, on canvas — I have canvas pads which are a very forgiving surface for experimentation, even though they warp with water. I could then cut apart a composition and layer different elements together.
Not to mention that I’ve nearly entirely lost the linocutting thread that I had at the beginning of Summer. I want to get back to that.
I’m not too hot on either of the character drawings I did a little bit ago…which is as good a reason as any to experiment on them. I may not be planning on working on my story, but I can still play with drawings. (I’ve also realized that I’ve hit the *ahem* “Precious Point,” I guess I’ll call it, which has stalled me out on working on either of them; a.k.a., “I don’t want to ruin it!”)
At some point, though, an image either has to develop or it has to be abandoned or finished…there’s not much point to freezing for an indefinite amount of time, until — until what, until my skills or “vision” get better? — which won’t happen if I don’t push myself to gain the experience of working through this. The alternative is stunted growth, fear, and a bunch of half-finished (or barely-begun) drawings.
I’ll need to have some practice at drawing, inking, and coloring, in order to deal with this at all in the future, as well. So there’s really no point to giving up illustration — even if it is difficult for me to develop, in words, the story which the illustrations support.
I think I’m ready to try and get some sleep, now. It shouldn’t be too hard…