Catching you up on my drawings

February 9, 2013

Hey! So, thanks to everybody who commented on the drawings I shared for ISWG this week. I’m going to be showing you a lot more drawings over the next few weeks, because I’m doing a special push for drawing time-slices in February – I even added a special letter A to my Calendar of Goal Tracking for Art – to be used whenever I spend some time reading from ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ or do at least one drawing exercise. (I gave myself a very little ‘a’ yesterday because I read about an exercise and then decided that I wasn’t ready for it yet.)

But today, I want to catch you up on some of the work I’ve done on the book before February started. First, two more pre-instruction drawing that I didn’t share last time. The first was a face from memory, which is a very hard thing for even a trained artist to do, according to the book. I tried to draw a friend:

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I did the first three pre-instruction drawings in October, the night of the Hamilton Nanowrimo kick-off party. In December, I found one more pre-instruction exercise idea in the workbook that hadn’t been mentioned in the book proper – drawing the corner of a room. I chose the corner of my living room near the TV stand – and immortalized a television and VCR that have since been taken to the recycling depot: Read the rest of this entry »

Insecure Writers’ Support Group: Drawing

February 6, 2013

Hey, it’s the first Wednesday of the month, so that means it’s time for the February 2013 edition of Insecure Writers’ Support Group. This time, I’m going to take the opportunity to talk about something that I’ve been learning even though I feel very insecure about it: drawing.

I’ve never felt confident about drawing or painting or much else in the visual arts. When I think of art class back in school, I remember lots of crazy conversations with my friends and classmates, but also a bit of dread as I took my assignments to the teacher to face grading and evaluation. Though I’ve found some satisfaction in doing fanart compositions over the years, those have always seemed very different from original artwork – they were all about finding something that already looked good, measuring and balancing it, as opposed to creating something from a pencil held in my own fingers.

But I was interested in the idea of being able to be good at art, at being able to actually do illustrations for my stories – if not something good enough that I’d want it to be a finished product, then at least being good enough at sketching that I could show an idea I had to another artist who could refine it and make it better. I’m a very visual thinker in a lot of ways, so it was frustrating not being able to express myself in that way as well as I could with words.

I was interested when my brother first mentioned the drawing book he’d gotten a copy of, ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’, and borrowed it when he gave me a chance to – and promptly did nothing with it, for months on end, until he asked for it back. Partly, I guess I was scared of trying and finding out that I was hopeless.

But I got the book back late last year, put starting it on my October to-do list, and actually felt excited and creative enough after the Nanowrimo kick-off party last year to finally dive in. And – well, I’m still not a good artist, I’d say, but I’m better at certain skills than I thought I was, and I’ve improved in just the few months that I’ve been working on it. If I keep working, I know I’ll keep improving, and who knows where I’ll end up?

I’ll share a few of my earliest drawings today – these are the ‘pre-instruction sketches’ that are supposed to demonstrate how much my skills improve, like the before picture. I guess I’ll be doing ‘after’ drawings once I finish the book. First, a self-portrait that I did in a mirror: Read the rest of this entry »


February 3, 2013

First off – it feels so weird to be posting something other than a six sentence snippet on Sunday! 😉 I’ve signed up for Skye Warren’s New Proposal, which is actually based on a monthly schedule; you can sign up starting from the first Sunday of the month and post your excerpts on the third. We’ll see how that works out. And I’m interested in a few other possibilities, including Weekend Writing Warriors and the Unaffiliated Six Sentence Sunday Facebook Group. But I didn’t get it together to join either of those for this week.

Instead, I wanted to post today about drawing! I’ve been working through Betty Edward’s “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” for several months on and off now; a few pre-instruction sketches the last week of October, quite a bit of reading and some drawing in December, and an upside-down drawing every day in February. I’ve put this onto my February goals list, that I want to timeslice some drawing stuff six days a week, (either reading from the book or a drawing exercise, or both,) and added a new letter to my Calendar of Goal Tracking for it; A for Art.

So I want to share some of my drawings with you, faithful friends and followers, and I had a flatbed scanner sitting around on a shelf, one that my Mom didn’t want. So after several days of telling myself that this was the day I scanned pictures for the blog, I finally…

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Thinking about October goals

October 3, 2012

I didn’t do much in terms of coming up with any goals for October Monday or yesterday – for one thing, I wanted to give myself a break after an eleventh-hour drive to finish most of my September projects! I did keep up with some good time-slice stuff, including editing ‘Children’ for style and grace, (Holly Lisle’s revision lesson 18,) and doing some cleaning in my bedroom.

But I’ve been brainstorming for the to-do list this evening, and the list is even longer than usual, which is not necessarily a good idea. But partly inspired by the Goals versus Expectations philosophy, a lot of these are very small, almost baby-steps goals, that I know I can achieve if I put the time in…

  • Finish lesson 18 for HTRYN
  • Start lesson 19
  • Read GMC
  • Come up with idea for Nano novel
  • Start working with ‘Drawing on the right side of the brain’
  • Spend 10 hours cleaning/tidying
  • Read and critique novel RFDR for critters workshop
  • Spend 3 hours organizing files on the desktop tower
  • Finish polishing ‘Husk Funeral’ and post to
  • Start writing a new short story
  • Spend 2 hours cleaning up formatting and updating existing files
  • Read 4 short stories
  • Finish adding features to iPhone version of project tracker
  • Start iPhone version of song rater
  • Keep up with ML duties

So, am I crazy? Which of these goals, if any, do you want to hear more about as I strive to succeed?

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