So. Have you ever thought you were ready for the next big thing - all set to jump with all your ducks in a row and then realized you're not ready to even walk much less jump? OK, that was me in August. I had all my scripts written, my website formatted and was ready to start filming and I just realized that my scripts weren't right and that my drawing was way too rusty to start taping drawing sessions. And then the housepainters and floor tilers showed up - and then my son's marching band season arrived (I'm in charge of pit instruments) - and then my son's deadline for college applications came walking into our life and now we're on a merry go round of visits for auditions and interviews with university music departments. To top it off, I have quite possibly the most challenged group of college students this semester that ever graced the doors of my institution.
And here's what went out the door: nutrition, sleep, exercise and my project work.
I HAVE been working HARD on getting my drawing skills back in shape. The two drawings above are nearly to where I should be. In the process of improving, I discovered every pencil I owned was inadequate so I bought a set of every pencil you can buy except one from Japan and I ran tests with them. I have winners and here are the results:
Faber-Castell Goldfaber for B, 2B, 4B, and 6B
Derwent Graphic for 9B and 9H
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black 8B
Koh-i-noor HB and 6B leads for my lead holders
General White Charcoal pencils
I'm in the process of re-writing my scripts with a view toward simplicity and brevity. And my drawing videos will be done at high speed except at the key points of introduction, shape finding, and value mapping. I think that's sensible - watching an hour and a half of rendering isn't informative except to the most hardcore of us.
I have finally figured out how to work my selfie project so that it will be displayable: it means starting all over - but that's fine - sometimes things just work out that way. It's going to make a great mini-documentary.
Oh - and Dick Blick is featuring one of my still life paintings in a three page spread ad for Utrecht paints in the March issue of The Artists' Magazine!!!
OK, I'm out of breath. I'd love to promise that I'm going to post three times a week again . . . but that would be unrealistic. What I can commit to is not to let another four months go by.