My first plunge into digital drawing

I’ve had a graphics tablet for most of this semester. Until mid November I used it solely for editing photographs in Photoshop. Then came the third anniversary of a tragic, transformative event in my life and many others’, the suicide of my best friend, Katie Smith. Having been deeply affected by the Out of the Darkness walk I participated in two months before, I felt the need to contribute something to the other people still grieving the loss–and hopefully deal with my own grief through art. So I did first digital drawing, a very short comic:

In Memoriums

I got frustrated with it at the end, hence the sub par last panel, but overall it was a good learning experience and did have a somewhat therapeutic effect. I got a bunch of “likes” on Facebook, but the only important response was that from KT’s mother, “This brought tears to my eyes, Liz. It’s wonderful!” That meant so much to me.

The next drawing a week later was less meaningful and more improvisational, haha. A self-portrait to tie into the photo series I was working on at the time:

feat. my snazzy new logo

feat. my snazzy new logo

Not bad, I think. A good practice.
A few weeks ago I learned about raster and vector graphics in photography class, which cleared up much of my confusion.

I’m somewhat obsessed with apocalyptic and dystopian landscapes right now. I was thinking of incorporating that into my next practice. :)

Weeks Three and Four: A Field of Origami Tulips

Guess who got the flu early this year!
That’s right, Liz did. At least I got it over with early (is that a Thing with the flu?). I slept a couple of days away, hence no post. But I did get things done in a few hours of consciousness and planned many more projects for the future!

First, the titular tulips (tee hee). I made forty or so tulips to put over Christmas lights, resulting in a variant of this lovely project. All I need is the lights. :D

I bought some adorable folk art paper.

I bought some adorable folk art paper.

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Week Two: Kusudama Flower Ball and Early Attempts at Resin Casting

I was in bed for four days with a virus so I didn’t get a ton of projects done, but I’m pretty happy with what I did turn out.

Kusudama is so much fun! I think I’m addicted. I made this flower ball with some comics from a thrift store.


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Week One: Photo Retouch, Bones, and a Cliché Quote

There’s a good amount of variety in this week’s projects! I have so many different mediums to try on top of the work for my drawing and photography classes. I’m excited. :)

I’ll put everything under the cut to save everyone some scrolling on their dashboards.
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Fresh Start

I will upload my art and pictures from my trip as soon as I have the time. I will be leaving again in a couple days, this time to California.

But after my trip I am going to start anew. That way the project better encompass one school year and I can stop being hindered by my embarrassment. The cause of my uneasiness is hard to explain…

It’s like letting an email sit in your inbox for a week. After that responding will only draw attention to the fact that you ignored or forgot about the message and any excuses, fabricated or not, could be easily dismissed as merely a guise for your rudeness. So you just hope the indiscretion goes unnoticed, though attempts to start a new conversation weeks or months later may just remind your pen pal of the supposed snubbing.

“Gosh, hey, so, I know I took two months to respond but, uh, hi. I swear I didn’t ignore you out of malice. Eheh. Yeah.”

I don’t know what I’m talking about anymore. What I’m really trying to say here is that I want to be able to look back and think, “Golly, was I ever consistent!” instead of, “It certainty didn’t take long for me to start sucking.”

Day Twenty-Two: Nested Rose Origami

When you start mumbling obscenities to your unfinished origami turtle, it’s time to stop for the night. I tried several different things but the only thing that turned out well was this relatively easy nested rose. I was instructed by this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeU8Sn44sSg. She has several well-done instruction videos and a great blog, you should check it out if you’re interested in learning origami!

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Hopefully I will have better luck tomorrow. :)

 

Days Fourteen through Twenty-One

This started out as just a regular ol' skull, but then I got overexcited and turned it into something fandom related. If you don't recognize the character, that of it what you will.

This started out as just a regular ol’ skull but I got overexcited and turned it into something fandom related. If you don’t recognize the character, think of it what you will. Drawn in graphite and colored with colored pencil, background filled in with charcoal.

I used tracing paper to break down figures from magazines. This is one of many--tracing paper doesn't photograph or scan particularly well.

I used tracing paper to break down figures from magazines. This is one of many–tracing paper doesn’t photograph or scan particularly well.

I've been reading the Hitchhiker's Guide series (currently on book three). I've worked on this off and on and it's obviously still a WIP.

I’ve been reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide series (currently on book three). I’ve worked on this off and on and it’s obviously still a WIP.

My first self portrait! Drawing my teeth proved nigh impossible so I improvised a closed lipped smile. Just something to work on, I suppose!

My first self portrait! Drawing my teeth proved nigh impossible so I improvised a closed lipped smile. Just something to work on, I suppose! Overall pretty satisfied with the result. :)

My drink came in a strangely adorable tiki mug.

On Father’s Day my parents and I ate at a marvelous restaurant that uses organic, locally sourced, (etc. etc.) ingredients. My drink came in a strangely adorable tiki mug.

I went to the beach with a group of friends. I admit, I didn't take many pictures, I was too busy enjoying myself (and definitely not getting a sun burn...).

I went to the beach with a group of friends. I admit, I didn’t take many pictures– I was too busy enjoying myself (and definitely not getting a sun burn…).

I creeped on my best friend Michelle as she napped.

I creeped on my best friend Michelle as she napped. ~15 minutes.

And that’s that! I’m still counting this as posting on Saturday even though it’s 4:30 AM. College kids can do that, right?

Aheh. Hello again.

I took an unexpected hiatus. I worked consistently, cross my heart! I suddenly became tired of the internet and so avoided scanning and posting for a bit. I was rid of that strange affliction following a long weekend at the beach with my buds; in fact, I had a really inspiring conversation with my friend about goals and art and the future n’ stuff and so was PUMPED to get back into the swing of things…and then I got sick.

A pile of tissues and cough drop wrappers threatened to overcome my nightstand. Showering was an exhausting exercise. I accidentally spilled orange juice on my dog.
It was not a pretty sight.

But now I’m feeling much better! One giant post tomorrow and then it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming.