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AEDM Entries for November 6th, 7th & 8th

I have decided not to post an update every day, partly because I just don’t have the time, and partly because I don’t want to inundate people’s inboxes and facebook feeds with daily posts (you can read more of my thoughts about that topic here). So, I will post every 2-3 days with a catch-up post instead.

November 6th – I continued working on the Mouse for Katie, and I finished the various parts. Now I am just adding the details, stuffing the parts, and preparing to sew him together. Here is his little head, with the face and ears added:

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November 7th – I wasn’t feeling well yesterday, but I still managed to do some work on the pen ink drawing that I started (you can see the last phase here). I mostly added shading to the letters, and I also worked on the mandala-ish thing at the bottom a little, although it is now unfortunately infringing on Thoreau’s name (which I did look up and finish writing!). I am not sure where I want to go with this next, although I am considering adding some color, and maybe adding another couple of mandalas along the bottom:

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November 8th – I will probably end up working more on either the mouse or the pen drawing this evening, but I did already take a photo this morning that I really like. It was when I was on my way out the door to drive to work, and I saw that there was a light layer of sleet everywhere that stopped me in my tracks (winter is coming!). I thought the sleet looked really neat on top of and around this rock that we have on our porch railing:

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By the way, all of these photos are taken using my phone! I have the Nokia Lumia 920, and the camera in it is really fantastic. I especially like how well it takes macro photos, as evidenced in the mouse head and rock photos.

 

AEDM Entries for Nov 3rd, 4th, & 5th

I posted my November 2nd AEDM entry yesterday (there wasn’t anything for the 1st), and today I am posting the entries for November 3rd, 4th, and 5th:

November 3rd – I finished the scarf I’ve been working on since last winter!!! Just as the weather is really turning cold, too. It is for my partner, and I am happy to finally be able to give it to him to use! I used a double helix (DNA) pattern, the general details of which can be found here. To see what kind of yarn I used in my particular version, you can check out my own project page for it on Ravelry.

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November 4th & 5th – Because I (finally) finished the scarf, I was able to start working on the next project in my queue: a small stuffed mouse for my friend Katie. The photo below only shows his head and ears (I did the head and first ear yesterday, and then the second ear, plus two legs, today):

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To see what the project will eventually look like, you can go here – however, Katie doesn’t want the “space” embellishments, just the basic mouse. You can follow the progression of this one on my own project page for it on Ravelry (and here on this blog, of course). I really enjoy making these little projects, which are generally referred to as amigurumi. There are lots of cute animals and things that you can create, and they are really quick to make!

I am glad I am caught up now, and hopefully I will be able to finish the mouse and/or work on my quote drawing tomorrow!

Art Every Day Month

I had been thinking over the past few weeks that as I wrap up my applications for graduate school, I want to try to use the time I had been spending on that for something creative and relaxing. Then I saw a comment by my friend Drew, about an “Art Every Day Month” challenge for November – something akin to the NaNoWriMo concept. Knowing she was going to give it a try, and since I was already thinking of trying to focus on creativity this month, I decided I would join as well! I am not going to put any pressure on myself with this, though – it’s really just more for fun.

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I just so happened to have already started working on some creative projects over the weekend, so I have a couple of items to bring myself up to speed (since it is already November 4th) . I don’t have anything for November 1st, so I will start with this ink drawing that I began on November 2nd:

The start of an ink drawing I am making of a Thoreau quote

 (drawn with my TWSBI Mini, using Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink, in a Moleskine sketchbook)

I know, I didn’t finish Thoreau’s name yet, haha – I wasn’t sure of the spelling at the time, so I decided to wait. Obviously I’ve looked it up since, so that should be all set whenever I next upload it’s progression. This is definitely still a work in progress – you will see some significant development before it is done!

I have some items for yesterday and today, too, but I don’t have photo’s taken yet so I am going to post them along with tomorrow’s update. If any of you are planning to also try out this challenge, let me know where your blog is so I can add it to my links!

What is “something” exactly?

So far, I think I am most interested in moving into the realm of just making “something” every day. Not a specific medium or theme, just – something. Anything. But what does that mean, exactly? There have to be some kind of parameters in place, or else this just won’t work. So, I am going to define “something” as one of the following creative acts:

  • Working on a knitting, crocheting, sewing or needlepoint project
  • Creating a sketch/drawing/painting using pencil, charcoal, pen, colored pencil, pastel, paint, etc.
  • Working on writing of some kind – even if it’s just coming up with ideas and outlines – such as fictional stories or poetry
  • Taking a creatively framed photograph, or series of photographs
  • Designing using graphic design software or tools (such as using my Wacom tablet or Adobe software)
  • Creating a recipe of my own design when cooking or baking
  • Writing and/or recording original music using sheet music, the keyboard, or computer software
  • Writing a blog post about something other than one of these other items (that’s right, blogging itself will be considered a creative act, if it contains my original thoughts about a topic)

Of course, there may be other ways in which I am creative on a given day that don’t fall into this list, and I will be open to finding new ways to expand my horizons and discover new formats, so this is not an exhaustive list. I just wanted to start with something, a list of ideas to get my creative juices flowing. When I feel stuck, I will have somewhere to look to say “just do one of these things” and not have an excuse to skip a day.

On that note, I decided to set up a “Creativity Bag” that would contain the tools for some of these kinds of this – kind of like how I keep a gym bag in my car so that I can’t really get away with not going to the gym, seeing as I have everything I need easily available to me. It’s the same concept – I have a bunch of tools for creating in one place so that all I have to do is grab it and decide which item(s) to use. Currently, my bag contains: the scarf I am knitting (and related items), a sketchbook, a box of pencils/charcoal/erasers etc., a notebook for writing stories and poetry, and one of my favorite pens.

What do you do to get creative? How do you stay focused and motivated? These are obviously topics for posts unto themselves, but I am just wondering what some of the basic tools are that others use to get started and keep themselves going.

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.

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:

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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.

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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!):