Rainbow Art Journal – Cool Breeze

This is another illustration I created with the contents of an Art Snacks box. This one was way back in November 2019 but, unlike my feelings towards most of my past art, I still really like this one. I have observed that I seem to draw a lot of female figures cowering or huddling against the cold, their hair blowing in the wind. No idea why. Perhaps because I have a tendency to feel cold?

67 - Cool Breeze

Rainbow Art Journal – Frost

This illustration was created with the contents of an Art Snacks box all the way back in December 2019 – and doesn’t that feel like a different time altogether now? I believe there was a blue brush pen that I used as watercolour and a metallic ink pen – which is what I used for the disc behind the figure. I don’t particularly like this page and had thought I might return to this page and add to it but – given I have not done so in over two years – I am definitely calling this page done.

66 - Frost

Rainbow Art Journal – Moonlight

In an effort to get back into the habit of blogging more regularly, I thought I would write about some pages in my Rainbow Art Journal that were created eons ago. I am also hopeful that writing about my art might inspire me to start experimenting with art supplies in my art journal again and that these tinkerings might get me back into the habit of making time for art.

This page in the blue section of the journal was actually created all the way back in August of 2018 with supplies from that month’s Art Snacks box. It is very puddly and splodgy and full of watery blooms in the blue areas. If I was working on this illustration now, I would probably add another layer of the blue to make it darker, richer, and flatten out some that visual texture.

64 - Moonlight

Pale Girl

This blog has gone a little dormant generally. What with the pandemic and all, I just have not been up to enough in my life that generates blog fodder. This blog has, however, gone especially quiet when it comes to my art dabbling. That is not for the lack of art in my life, however. On the contrary, I have been drawing near daily since June. I have been sharing the results of a personal challenge (illustrations of vintage photos) and now Drawlloween drawings over on my blog that is dedicated to only art. Since all of my art time has been invested in those projects, art journaling has been placed so much on the back burner that it is stone cold. While I intend to take a break from daily drawing, I am going to return to art journaling in order to keep up with regular practice and stop those creative gears seizing up from rust.

Draw This in Your Style (DTIYS) challenges on Instagram seemed like a good way to get back into playing around and experimenting in my art journal. The subject matter and composition is all set for me so I just need to – like it says on the tin – draw it in my style. I thought I would have a crack at a recent art work by Behemot titled “Pale Girl and Very Suspicious Cat”, not least because the monochromatic palette appealed to me aesthetically and in terms of time management. I am pleased with my version of the Pale Girl. I think my illustration shares DNA with the original but is very clearly my style. It is a fun challenge to translate digital art into analogue so I am going to seek out a few more of those I think.

Pale Girl

Rainbow Art Journal – Head in the Clouds

The next page in the blue section of my Rainbow Art Journal was an almost blank slate. Apart from some small scrapings of leftover blue paint, all it contained was a wine label containing the word “Wonderful”. That label became my starting point for constructing a column comprising odds and ends of washi tape. The column then became the herma-esque body form for a female figure. Having painted the background a solid blue, I decided her hairstyle should take the shape of a simplified cloud. I think she has emerged with a bit of a silent screen actress look.

63 - Head in the Clouds

Forest Creature

This is a quick illustration I created with the contents of this month’s Art Snacks box. I received a very chunky black alcohol marker which presented me with quite the challenge. I am definitely a fan of fine line pens and have accumulated quite a collection of them. I am not very adept at using anything with a broad tip – nor am I very capable with alcohol markers for that matter. My solution was to draw a chubby little character with the marker. I don’t know why I thought to give him branches or antlers sprouting from his head but that choice led me to leave negative forms on his belly in the shape of leaves. Now white gel pens are something I love. Every single one of my pencil cases contains at least one Uni-ball white gel pen. I perhaps went a little over the top with the white pen details but I do like the effect on the antlers in particular.

Forest Creature - Art Snacks June 2021 - 2

Rainbow Art Journal – Air Sprite

This next page in the blue section of my Rainbow Art Journal was actually created back in February. It was made with the contents of that month’s Art Snacks box. I received blue and green products so I decided to produce an illustration of an Air Sprite. The blue of her clothing is an acrylic ink and the colour of her hair was actually produced by diluting the pigment from a metallic green marker. That same marker has a nib that produces dots of varying sizes depending on the pressure placed on it. As you can see, I had a lot of fun creating those dots.

62 - Air Sprite

Rainbow Art Journal – Waterlogged

I have accidentally established a tradition in my Rainbow Art Journal whereby each colour section contains an illustration of some kind of sprite-like creature.  For the blue section, I was thinking of water.  I drew a figure who is drenched in water (or, as I would say in Scots, “drookit”), her body morphing into a puddle on the floor, her hair dripping across her face.

59 - Waterlogged

Rainbow Art Journal – Graphite Girls

Another completed page in the blue section of my Rainbow Art Journal.  This one was easy to finish up because I actually drew the original in March of 2020 – which feels like years ago now – in response to an Art Snacks challenge.  I had drawn it in the blue section of the art journal thinking the media I had received were, well, much more blue than they turned out to be.  They were far too green and it was annoying me that I had misjudged the colours and stuffed up the colour theme in the sketchbook.  I had, therefore, walked away from it for a while – which turned out to be a long while – to come up with a solution.  I was so annoyed with myself initially that I considered covering up the whole thing and starting over with essentially a new substrate but I loved that graphite watercolour and the way it had dried in puddles far too much to cover that up.  My solution in the end was a quick and easy one so I could call this page “done” and move on: I simply layered some blue ink washes over some of the most green areas of the illustration to knock them back.  It is definitely a blue-green piece but that’s acceptable to me.

58 - Graphite Girls - Final

Midsommar

I have not been creating any art for a month now which, for me, is quite a long time.  Partly this was a consequence of needing a break after several months of near daily drawing and partly it was a symptom of just being burned out from everyday life in 2020.  My creative mojo had temporarily departed.  Not wanting rust to settle into my artistic joints, I decided to try the December Art Snacks challenge as a way to grease the machine.

In order to avoid overwhelm, I opted to work on one of those small, narrow samples of paper I have that I have been turning into bookmarks.  When I looked through the media contained in my Art Snacks box and thought about the colours, I immediately thought of summer flowers.  Summer flowers made me think of the May Queen from the horror movie ‘Midsommar’ and so that became the basis for my illustration.  I did cheat a wee bit in that I used a micron pen for the outlines of the face and the very loose flower shapes.

Art Snacks - Dec 2020 - Midsomar

Art Snacks - Dec 2020 - Midsomar May Queen

Now that I have broken my creative drought with this small illustration, I hope to get back to at least pootling around in my art journals over winter break.