This week’s art journal page is going to take some explaining. The Colour Me Positive prompt was “best”. I was a bit stumped and was letting the idea of best rattle around in my head for a bit and then I thought of the idea of being the best possible version of me by being a bionic me. Immediately I got excited about the idea of drawing me as a version of the Steve Austin. I would be the Six Million Dollar Laura complete with a natty 1970s jumpsuit. However, I have been doing a lot of illustrating in my journal of late and thought maybe it would be an idea to try something different. So then I thought about just illustrating the wiring and circuitry of a bionic person. Except I don’t get too excited about technical drawing. So then I thought about turning the idea of the circuitry and robotics inside a bionic person into an abstract pattern.
I happened to be working on this journal page when I was with my art journalling meetup group. We meet in a coffee shop so there are limited resources and a need to avoid making a complete mess. I just had my travel art kit with me too which limited my options for media. Sometimes that is a benefit though as it helps me narrow my focus and just get on with it. This was drawn using pencil and then filled with watercolour pencil which I then activated. Once that was dry, I used micron pens to outline the shapes again. I liked playing with all the negative spaces and turning my circuit board idea into a sort of visual mosaic. It was the perfect page to work on while I was with my art group as it didn’t require much in the way of concentration so then I could chat and look at other people’s art work.
I still have that Bionic Me idea rattling around in my head, however, so I may just have to illustrate that at some point.