Meet #maudecharron. She’s a pretty cool powerlifter. After watching her at an international meet, I felt the urge to draw her. Her expression tells a story. She was about to go for her second clean and jerk and while chalking up she shot the weights a defiant look. Now you have to understand; up until this point she had been a ray of sunshine. She almost danced with glee on the platform for her first lift. She was so energetic and upbeat that I was happy for her. But her demeanor changed here. You could tell that she felt that this would be a challenge, but her confidence in herself was unwavering. I love that about athletes. It’s a confidence borne of achievement. “I can because I have”. Of course she made the lift. And her playful excitement returned, but I CV had seen the steel and conviction behind her grace. So I drew her. Right at that moment when she decided that she would succeed, no matter what. Look at that expression. You almost feel sorry for those weights.
I get asked alot about the type of women that I draw. People think that you’re attracted to what you create. Only a few ask why.
I’m a big fan of confidence. Vulnerability isn’t my thing. Whether in body or mind, I m intrigued by the way certain people express it.
As far as female bodybuilders are concerned, they are girly in a geeky way. They’ve learned how to modify themselves as an act of willpower. There is a certain amount of confidence gained from the endeavor.
I like showing them in that light, happy and self assured in their physical accomplishments.
Another week down, one more to go! It’s been fun so far and I intend to finish the next three days off right!
There were days of colour and I enjoyed those most of all. I’ve been selling my house and it’s a little hard to get in rhythm when you have to leave every couple of hours!
Couple that with the fact that my VERY supportive local Starbucks has been closed for renovations and it makes things extremely difficult.
I still managed to knock out a few good drawings (and a couple of poorly done concepts, ugh), so overall I’m pleased.
Who knows? Maybe next year I’ll stick with the official theme of the group or maybe tell a self contained story within the allotted time.
All I can promise for certain is that I will be drawing, alive or not. It’s my function 😉
Hey guys! Welcome to my #inktober! As some of you may know, the entire month of October is dedicated to drawing ink based works, a new image a day.
It’s one of my favourite things to do and doubly so this year, thanks to the #baltimorecomiccon being the first weekend. I went out and met a lot of cosplayers for this and I’m drawing each one!
So here’s hoping that I don’t burn out and have to stop, hahaha…
Work has been chugging along and even though my personal life is a huge mess I feel better about everything else. I get to draw for a living!
Some of my favourite projects have been completed on the commuter train ride home. So far the same rule applies this year, with my appetite for creating only growing in recent months.
My style of art has been receiving noticeable tweaks. I’ve even dabbled in the 3D look for images!
So the more I create the more I can create. Isn’t that neat?
I’ve also started working more on setting the mood for certain images, allowing them to convey a bit more emotional range.
So yeah…my life is a trainwreck, but I haven’t felt this good in a long time. That’s weird right?
Life must have thought so too. Because my friend, #calliecosplay, died this past week.
There it was. Straight gut punch.
It’s been super busy for me in life recently. To begin with, I have a new job! It’s going to allow me the time to do some of the work I’m interested in. More on that later…
I found an old sketchpad. Well, I guess “new” would be more appropriate since it’s been in a cabinet unused for this entire time (5 years!). As soon as I started working with it, I knew it for what it was.
A damn great medium.
It allows me to give my markers an almost watercolor feel. That level of detail and control is exactly what I’m looking for.
Plus, now that I’m riding the commuter train again, it’s portable enough for my needs!
So I have a few weeks before #inktober kicks off and I expect to get in a lot of practice.
Luckily, my life seems to be making a turn. I’m holding out hope. 😊
Freelance life can be great. You’re hired based on your skill and hustle; you get to decide most of the rules of engagement. Yes, for outgoing, social people, it can be a wonderful experience….
…. for the people who hate the concept of other people, not so much.
Now I understand that this is a me problem. I need to be liked. My clientele will want to feel a connection to me. I get that. I shouldn’t be unavailable. It makes perfect sense.
But if I could just draw or paint all day, on a mountain, I would. I have learned though.
Anyway… when I was working on this, I was fresh out of the hospital and trying to find a job. I was a month behind on my mortgage.
And NO ONE was buying my work.
So I started doing portraits. I’m sure that it would take me forever to pay just one month worth of bills this way. But it did make me a lot better at it.
The good news is that I can put my own twist on them. So maybe it’s not so bad. Or maybe I’m becoming better at my people skills…
Apparently, my family has big plans for my trip home on Thanksgiving. Personally, I’m just trying to lose enough weight to meet my end of year goals, but my mom has other ideas.
My work is coming along nicely. I can’t wait for this month to be over! There are a lot of reasons, with the whole issue of art projects being a small part.
I also have home repair, and several work projects that require travel. It’s as though life waited until #inktober to pile on!
Still, I’m a little amazed at my ability to juggle all of it. What was so daunting at the start of the month has become at worst a mildly exasperating endeavor. And I can see the end of the month rapidly approaching.