Yesterday, I rediscovered a blogspot address that I'd set up way back in 2009. I'd never done anything with it, though I wanted to. (2009 was a hard time for art, I remember.)
At the same time, I found myself getting more and more exasperated by Facebook. I was getting too many FB invitations from people who'd just have added me to their four hundred twenty-six other friends (and I, them, to my eighty-three). I was getting too many invitations to events that everybody who knows me knew I would not be able to get to anyway. I reconnected with people I hadn't seen in ten, even twenty years, and at first I thought, Whoo! We've reconnected! No, we haven't. We've been congealed in each other's facebook collection. Hundreds of colourful little icons you don't care about.
So I hit "deactivate account". And was assaulted by a clever assortment of FB friends' icons telling me: "We'll miss you!" No, you won't. You seriously won't. You either see me every week, or you won't even notice my icon is gone from your collection of four hundred. My cursor hovered over the "Yes, deactivate" for no longer than five seconds. Which is a damn short time for something so many people can't seem to live without.
If anyone'd like to follow me on Blogger, here's the address: [link]
I'll be posting sketches and works in progress there, and ramble about the art creation process and such lovely things. The things people never read when they show up in the dA artists comments.
So, if you're interested, wander over, have a cup of tea, and enjoy!
If you add me on blogspot, maybe you could let me know (if I know you on dA) what your blogger identity is, so can link the two personalities despite my very limited powers of retention?
For this month's feature, I've picked art pieces I've stumbled over in the last few weeks and that deserve ten times the attention they've got so far, for their outstanding technique, pure inspiration, or great vision. Take a peek at all the goodness, and get armfuls of inspiration along the way!
Fantastic pencil work. I adore realistic pencils that don't look like black-and-white photography but still show the strokes. And I love it most when it's unfinished.
I just love Emla's work. She's got a new series up of "Bottled things" - take a look; it's ingenious!
Wonderful take on Art Nouveau, look at those colours!
Another one with gorgeous colours - so dreamy!
This. This is easily the most disturbing thing I've seen all week. In a good way, of course!
... so after the angler giraffe, back to some less disturbing animals.
The watercolour technique here blows me away. So light, so effortless-looking.
The details in this one are beautiful, as well as the storytelling in it.
Hope you like them as much as I do!
Watercolour Tutorial Part 1: Materials [link]
Watercolour Tutorial Part 2: Painting Basics [link]
Watercolour Tutorial Part 3: Tricks of the Trade [link]
Not a watercolour tutorial [link]
Watercolour steps [link]
Chainmail tutorial [link]
NEW Photoshop tutorial [link]
OLD Photoshop tutorial [link]
My OLD Watercolour/Photoshop technique [link]
Pimp my sketch! (Parchment technique) [link]