It is rare indeed for me to even watch a Life Book lesson on the day it is issued let alone start and complete the lesson on the same day. Today, however, I accomplished just that. Just as well as I don’t know when else this week I would get it done. We were stuck at home base today while construction work was being done on the exterior of the house so I watched the video tutorial in bitesize chunks and then worked on the art in stages all while handling four kids and keeping an eye on the work being done outside. I am not sure if the art added to my stress or was an antidote. Regardless, I got it done so go me!
This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Andrea Gomoll and the idea was to create an illustration of an Inner Warrior Princess. The lesson involved media (watercolour and ink) with which I was comfortable and involved an illustrative style which was again in my comfort zone. Some weeks I really appreciate being challenged and forced to try new things but this week the familiarity was very welcome.
Since I am from the Pictish Kingdom of Fife – hence the Pict in PA – I decided that my Warrior Woman would be a Pict. That then gave me the colour scheme as I knew I would want to put some streaks of woad across the figure’s face. I used a mixture of watercolour paint and Inktense blocks to colour my drawing and I then outlined it using my dip pen and India Ink. She is not authentically Pictish, of course. I was not aiming for historical accuracy. This is very much “inspired by” instead of representational.