In 2019, I completed a sketchbook containing fairytale characters. It is a subject I enjoy but I have not really returned to since that project. I, therefore, decided to draw Rapunzel in my Rainbow Art Journal. I chose Rapunzel because, as you may have observed, I love drawing hair because of all the pattern and line work. This Rapunzel is definitely a bit scruffy, maybe dealing with a bit of bed hair. The disc behind the figure is metallic bronze but has not photographed particularly well.
This will be my third year of participating in the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. I signed up immediately and really could have got cracking with filling its pages as soon as I had completed the previous (zombie themed) sketchbook in December. However, I have been procrastinating or so very many months. Partly this was because I was percolating and contemplating several possibilities for my chosen theme and subject but mostly it was because I was crippled once more by that loud inner critic of mine insisting my doodlings are not good enough to be on the shelves of the Art Library – which is ridiculous since two of my sketchbooks are already there. So I gave myself a stern talking to and a wee bit of a pep talk, arrived at a final decision regarding my subject matter, drafted a plan for each page, and I am making a start.
I have opted to work under the umbrella theme “Scenes from a Story” and my subject will be fairytale characters. I will be drawing in my usual style with line work in black ink but this year i have rebound my sketchbook to include Canson Mixed Media paper so that I can add a splash of colour to each illustration using liquid media. I will be sharing my progress over on my more specific art blog and also on Instagram.
I was all but housebound this weekend for various reasons: a rabble of teen boys celebrating my oldest turning 16 by spending 12 hours in our basement and devouring copious quantities of pizza; a backlog of household chores – not unrelated to the invasion of teen boys; and a day of near non-stop rain. Being on domestic lockdown, however, meant that I had time for arting. I decided to work in my art journal on last week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt which was something to do with fairytales. My mind immediately went to Red Riding Hood because I have some inexplicable compulsion about illustrating that story. That was precisely why, however, I decided to steer myself away from the first thing I thought of, to challenge myself to illustrate something I had not in a while. I, therefore, decided to draw Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I used ink and watercolour.
I appreciate that, in the story, the trio of bears actually discover Goldilocks when she is fast asleep in the comfiest bed but I am not a pedant – well, not about that at least. I, therefore, opted to draw them discovering the golden-tressed interloper as she is gobbling down the “just right” porridge in the best chair in the house – a chair she later breaks. You may be forming the impression that I view Goldilocks as the villain of the piece. Darn tooting I do. She commits breaking and entering, rummages among other people’s possessions, eats food that was not designated for her consumption, and breaks furniture. No wonder the bears growl angrily when they discover the little miscreant in their house.