‘Tis the season for me to have very little spare time. However, over the course of a few days, I managed to respond to a Draw This In Your Style challenge. The Ivy Foxes challenge was set by an artist who goes by Vossanova on Instagram and I thought it would be a fun experiment for me to try and draw them since their style is so distinctive and very different from my own and because animals aren’t a frequent subject of mine. I am not satisfied with the end result because there is such a massive gap between the image I had in my head and what appeared on paper – turns out I am not very adept at drawing foxes – but I found it very relaxing to draw all of that ivy – hence I got very carried away with it. I had fun drawing it and really that is the most important thing.
Rainbow Art Journal – Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ was one of the first chapter books I ever read to myself and I absolutely loved it. I would often return to it, as an old friend, when I was mooching around for something to read. I thought it would be apt, therefore, for Mr Fox to appear in the orange section of my Rainbow Art Journal. I started with a layer of “newsprint” deli paper, partly as a nod to Mr Fox’s textual origins but mostly to cover up some messy ink mess that had bled through from the other side of the page. The painting of Mr Fox took me no time at all, probably 20 minutes in total, broken down into painting as base layer and then another small dollop of time in which to add some shading and detail. Having been executed in a bit of a rush, he’s not my best effort but he’ll do.
This week’s Colour Me Positive theme was “Forward”. While it chimed neatly with my word for this year – Momentum – I chose to take a more illustrative route with my art journal page. The idea of being at the beginning of a path formed in my head immediately and, simply because I am an obsessive fan of alliteration, I decided that the character who should be setting forward on the path should be a fox.
I am pleased with my wee fox character. I can see him turning up again in my drawings. Drawing all the stones in the path was just like doodling imperfect circles and was very meditative. It’s a simple wee drawing but I like it.