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One year later… (considering a blog relaunch)

I keep randomly thinking about how I want to draw something. Nothing in particular, just something. In fact, I keep having random memories from the time that I took that Saturday morning drawing/charcoal class at MassArt a few years back, and wanting something like that again. It was helpful because it was 4 hours long – where are you going to go? You just have to stay there and do it!

But, life being what it is, I find that I tend to let the creative ventures fall by the wayside instead of being a priority. I have to work, go to the gym, food shop, cook, do laundry, take a shower, a number of other chores and responsibilities (shit, I still have to finish my taxes! arghhh) and by the time I actually sit down at the end of the night – well, I just don’t want to do a damn thing except watch something on Netflix and cuddle my kitties. So even the things I have to do are hard to squeeze in, let alone things I simply want to do. And the weekends? Well, that’s my time to spend with my partner and my friends, or else be completely lazy. I might get some creativity in then, but not always. I know, I know, I’m just full of excuses. But when being creative neither pays the bills nor gets the chores done…

So, what kinds of things would I do with time set aside to be creative?

  • Sketching, with pencil or charcoal
  • Knitting & crocheting
  • Bookbinding
  • Playing piano
  • Writing

What this leads me to is that I think I may attempt to revive this blog (almost exactly a year since my last post, ha), because it might help give me the impetus to actually make that time in my day to do something creative… The question is, do I make it open-ended (just do something everyday, no matter what it is) or more specific – like a particular medium (charcoal, knitting, etc), or a theme, like the guy that does a skull everyday in some form or another?

Please share your thoughts and ideas! I am going to ponder of this myself for the next few days. I have a number of other things I am trying to achieve aside from this project, but I think that if I commit to doing something creative, no matter how small, every day – I will be better off for it and it will help me in other areas of my life.

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Back to School

The new semester is starting for me tonight at MassArt! I am really psyched about this class – it’s the Painting: Powers of Observation one. The professor, Catherine Kehoe, actually has a blog about/for this class – as well as her own website. So, I’ll be posting my paintings up here again as I go.

Also, I called to see why my grade for last Springs drawing course was “H” (it was a pass/fail class) and was told that it stands for Honors and that means I did “really, really well.” That’s so exciting!! And, my grade for my Typography class over the summer was A- which I am very happy about as well. Yesss! =)

Day 41 – Sweeeeeet!!!

I know I haven’t really been updating, but I have been hard at work on art projects for my new MassArt program. That’s a good excuse, right? Lol. I am thinking that this will be the case until August, when I have some time off. I was thinking that I might try to get back to daily updates for the month of August. For now, though, here is my more recent project for my Typography I class:

Sweet

We were asked to faithfully reproduce a word, in a particular font (with proper letter spacing – that’s hard), in a material that in some way relates in a unique way to the word. So I decided to do the word “SWEET” in coffee beans. Partly because coffee beans are not sweet, but bitter. And partly because not only do many of us use sweetener in coffee, but – as one of my classmates pointed out – when those of us who are addicted to coffee get our morning fix… it’s definitely a sweet moment, =)

I had some other ideas that I thought were better, but I had a limited amount of time (and money), so this was the fall back plan – but I think it worked out ok. Hopefully I’ll be able to utilize those ideas in the future for other projects, though.

Day 40 – A Book (literally)

In order to get jump-started back into this blog, now that my life is slightly less hectic, I decided that I would cheat a little bit and post something that isn’t technically a drawing. It’s actually a book that I had to create for my Typography class. I figured that I spent so many hours working on it that it deserved a place in here – and besides, working on it left little time (and creative energy) to work on other side drawings.

The assignment was to choose portions of characters (letters, numbers, punctuation, etc.), one from each of five typefaces that she gave to us. Then we created these 6″ x 6″ squares with those portions. Finally, we put them together in an aesthetically pleasing way to form what is called an accordion book. I then wrapped it nicely in tracing paper to keep it clean.

Book – Flat:Book - Flat

Book – Standing:Book - Standing

Book, Wrapped – Front:Book, Wrapped - Front

Book, Wrapped – Back:Book, Wrapped - Back

I wish the pictures were better quality, but it gives you an idea. It was a lot of work but it was pretty fun in some ways, too! I am proud of the finished product and that is always a good feeling.

For those of you that want to know what the characters are that I used, they are (from left to right): The “7” from Clarendon, the question mark from Centaur, the question mark from Futura, the upper case “Q” from Baskerville, and the upper case “N” from Didot. =)

Day 39 – Horse Chess Peice

Ok, so it was too overwhelming to try to go back and catch up on all of the days that I had missed – but I don’t want to lose my grip on this project completely. It means a lot to me and not doing it has felt like a loss. Even though I thought it was frustrating at times, I think I still looked forward to finding out what I was going to come out with every day, and all of the steps that it took to get there.

As I mentioned in my last few posts, I have had an issue I’ve been dealing with so I basically was too distracted to put my focus into extraneous things. This past weekend, though, I visited some close friends (including the fabulous Emily) and I finally felt inspired to start up again. I decided to skip what I’d missed and just start where I am now.  So, I did this piece over the weekend while visiting. I will continue to try to get back to a daily status, but I’m not going to beat myself up when I have other things to tend to. Que sera, sera.

Horse Chess Peice

Day 38 – An Apple

I thought I’d help myself out a little bit and try out a kind of theme for the next 26 days, by working my way through the alphabet. So here is the first, an apple (of course!):

Day 37 – Fire

I was feeling pretty emotional last night (no, I am not going to go into why, sorry), so I decided to try to draw fire. You know, cause that’s “how I felt inside”….*cue the teenage angst*. Just kidding. I’m 27 so it would have to be late-20s angst, I guess.

I wasn’t looking to draw cartoon-y flames, but actual fire. I found a photo online and gave it a shot, but… well, part of it was that I was tired and just wanted to go to bed, and part of it was that drawing fire is HARD. A lot harder than I expected. At some point I just said “ok, that’s enough” and put the pencil down, and went to sleep.

Me Kara. Me bring you fire:

Day 36 – A Microphone

One of the hardest parts of this daily challenge (and I’m sure my fellow 365ers would agree) is having to be creative every day. Normally, I would choose to do creative work only when I felt I was in an “inspired” mood – but this has forced me to come up with something whether in the mood or no.

I was thinking it might be slightly easier for those that have a theme, but then you would still have to find a fresh way to represent that theme each day, so maybe it would actually be harder? Maybe the 365 bloggers out there who have a themed approach can chime in on that one…

In any case, I think that this forced creative juicing might be one of the biggest benefits from the project as well. I would definitely like to build up my brainstorming skills. If I want to be a successful graphic designer, I will have to think of solutions in the moment, not just when I’m “in the mood.”

It’s frustrating, to be sure. But I also see the value in it. Or at least that’s what I will tell myself after I waste time struggling to find a subject, try to do it, not like it, and then start the whole process over (which is what happened last night)!

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Day 35 – A Queen

I know, you probably thought I meant a member of a royal family – and with all the recent hoopla on the other side of the pond, I don’t blame you. However, I actually mean a Queen piece, in Chess. I love chess, but I haven’t played in a while. I picked up a new strategy book recently, so I might give that read before classes start again.

Days 32, 33 & 34 (a turntable, a figure, and a face)

Hi! Due to a number of factors, I didn’t post yesterday, so today’s post includes the sketches from Friday night, last night and tonight! I was pretty tired Friday and yesterday, so they are pretty basic. For tonight’s, I tried to spend some time working with charcoal – so I worked on a portrait but looking at it now I can see some areas I should have worked on more. Unfortunately, I don’t have more time tonight, so I’ll just have to try again another night! Here they are:

Friday, Day 32 – A Turntable:

Saturday, Day 33 – A Figure:

Sunday, Day 34 – A Face: