Not Drawing for Drawing’s Sake

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Digital portrait of a man on a textured background.

I’m trying to be more purposeful in my drawings. Rather than drawing because I feel like I need to draw to be a good little artist, I’m trying to draw something worth viewing. Seems like common sense right?

Draw something good.

But I don’t think that’s always the case…. at least not for me. Sometimes I feel like I have to be working on something all the time to consider myself an artist. So, I throw out a doodle or an animation to feel productive, it ends up looking terrible, I feel like a terrible artist, and I lose momentum.

But I’m not a terrible artist. I just didn’t put the effort in to make something worth looking at. So here’s to making drawings worth looking at!

I want to hear from you! Do you ever feel like you have to draw for drawing’s sake?

Photos on the Monument

Over the weekend I visited Colorado National Monument to take pictures. I’m new to the photography field, and didn’t realize how much fun it could! I enjoyed getting down and dirty to get the perfect shot. I loved looking around at the world with new eyes, and being out in nature was refreshing.

My favorites are the ones of the pine needles in the water. I had to lay down on a rock and put my arms down to take the picture. At the angle I was I couldn’t see what the picture was going to look like, so I blindly took dozens of pictures until I had the perfect shot!

If you’re an artist I highly suggest trying out an art medium outside the one you’re comfortable with. It can give you a fresh perspective of the world around you!

Prints of my photography are available in My Shop

Sketch Card Numero Uno

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I’ve been trying to push my artwork (and myself) lately. I’ve wanted to make sketch cards for a while now. I mean, I bought a few packs of sketch cards at least a year ago and didn’t use them. So here is me using them!

I’ve used stippling a couple of times and I like the effect. Here’s another go at it with some micron pens and colored pencils. I also used to a white gel pen to stipple the background. I like the effect it made!