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. 😊
I can’t believe that I sold this photo right after completing it! The lady who bought it was very respectful and sat quietly while I worked on it.
Most of the time when I’m drawing I am completely unaware of my surroundings. However, I can feel when someone is watching me. All artists can actually, we’re just a little busy, hahaha.
So I was able to take my time, such as it was. It took around two hours to complete the image; my coffee was cold and the place was a bit more crowded than when I started. But then, as I was putting away my things, she spoke.
“Did you draw that for anyone?”she asked. When I replied that I hadn’t, she asked me a lot of questions about my process and why I’d chosen this particular subject. She was very pleasant, so I didn’t mind, but her next question surprised me.
“May I buy it?”
“Yes ma’am” I answered. We agreed upon a price and she paid it. The only thing she asked was that I sign it, which I did.
I was very happy when I left Starbucks that day. It was one of the few times that my work was bought that quickly.
What’s the weirdest day that you’ve had so far this year? Mine was Sunday and it involved This picture…
So, when I draw publicly, I usually meet two kinds of people: those who love my work and others. Well I met a new version of human, the student artist.
God help me.
I had a wonderful young lady with horrible self esteem sit right next to me and begin trying to draw the EXACT SAME PICTURE. I didn’t say anything. I let it go.
Then she nudges me to ask for paper. I looked at her and handed her one sheet of my marker paper. Not happy about it, but it wasn’t worth making a scene.
Then she tried to grab some markers.
I took them back and told her that this wasn’t group activity. So she screamed at me and threw her coffee and left.
I have no idea why it happened. It definitely killed my mood. I actually had a girl ask me if my girlfriend was okay! I explained that I didn’t know her and that she was taking my supplies. She didn’t seem to believe me.
. Let’s try this again, shall we? I’ve been very VERY busy. I have to have no less than five original pieces done by Friday at the latest. That’s a lot of late nights! Am I up to it? We’ll see…
Aside from the Native American image and this one, which I JUST completed, I also have three more characters and a montage group shot. I’m trying not to freak out. One gets presented at NOVAcon next Friday. Yay!!
The best I can do is keep my word though. I hate hearing stories about artist who can’t make a deadline; its okay to do work out of your comfort zone, just to wrap your head around certain concepts. But there’s no excuse for late work. Sacrifice and do your best!