• Marking Making Part 12 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Figure Drawing,  Intuitive Art,  Life Musings

    Mark Making Part 12: Soft Pastels

    Now we’ve come to the dry mediums that I rarely use, such as pastel – and next after this, charcoal. Ever since moving to my own apartment (eek, 10 years ago ::stares into the far distance over the insistent passage of time::), I just prefer to avoid potential mess. I miss having studio space – or at the very least space in my parents’ house where I was less worried about losing a security deposit if I spilled a bunch of charcoal dust into the carpet. I’ve been looking at photos and videos of art studios recently, pining over creating an improved setup. Most of the studio tour videos I…

  • Marking Making Part 10 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Intuitive Art,  Life Musings

    Mark Making Part 10: Prismacolor Pencils

    Prismacolor colored pencils are one of my favorite mediums; I find them relaxing, perhaps in part because they are a medium with relatively minimal setup and cleanup. They also blend well over other mediums, like markers or watercolor, making it tempting to include them in other traditional art illustrations. I keep mine organized by color in a large pencil case, which is a much better set up then my Copic marker situation of having all of them jumbled together in a photo keepsake box from Michaels (though at $3, the photo boxes work well enough for many of my art supplies. Plus you can label them within the pretty front…

  • Marking Making Part 9 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Figure Drawing,  Inspiration,  Intuitive Art

    Mark Making Part 9: Various Colored Pencils

    Continuing the mark making project, these drawings are from the end of April. The delay was in the scanning and cropping, ugh. Oh well! These were fun – I did one intuitive drawing piece first, which was a sort of surreal landscape. For the rest, I decided to follow the same path from my graphite pencils post and create gesture drawings with some stylized faces thrown in the mix as well. It was a lot of fun and quite relaxing. The light pencils on dark paper was a nice challenge. It provides an opportunity for the pencil to add light to the forms, rather than the normal shadows created with…

  • Marking Making Part 7 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Inspiration,  Intuitive Art,  Life Musings

    Mark Making Part 7: Crayons and Other Nostalgia

    So this one was on the principle that if I’m using all my art supplies, the little kid ones count too! I bought these crayons and markers way back when I was first working through The Artists Way. I thought making art with them would be a fun “artist date”. I can confirm, drawing with crayons is a) fun b) satisfying to my “inner child” and c) like sooo easy to relax, because who cares what it looks like, it’s just for enjoying the moment of creating stuff! Little kids get this stuff right off the bat, but we can remember that carefree creativity through some repetitive effort *grin*. I…

  • Marking Making Part 6 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Inspiration,  Intuitive Art

    Mark Making Part 6: Ballpoint Pens and Highlighters

    Today was a low day, not much to talk about. I managed to do some yoga in the morning after a long shower, so that was nice. Sat out on the apartment balcony and video chatted with my family. Read more of Below the Root. Sketched with colored pencil sticks (aka, part 10 of this project). Still have a headache from allergies. >_< Today’s post are the pieces I did with the pens kept with other office supplies such as tape and paper clips. I wanted to include them in this project because using ballpoint pens to sketch can be fun. I also have occasionally used a highlighter to add…

  • Marking Making Part 5 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Intuitive Art,  Life Musings

    Mark Making Part 5: Prismacolor Markers and Little Loose Ends

    Tonight was photo session night: taking the photo for this post’s title card, as well as a couple more. It was too overcast today to use the sun for good photo lighting. Then it became so late in the evening that I had to use the LED lights, which are suuuuch a pain to set up. They are Ricky’s photography lights, so he was helping me at least. Tonight is also a night where I feel tired and worn out from stress, reading too much news, and feeling uncertain about the future. Still, it’s a blessing to have art to focus on. I am just ready to go make chamomile…

  • Marking Making Part 4 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
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    Mark Making Part 4: Copics, Brush Pens, and Loosening Up

    I was super looking forward to reaching my Copic markers in this mark-making-artistic-medium-whatever-it-is experiment. I don’t use Copics near enough, but they are in my top favorite art supplies. <3 I tried not to use too much Copic ink on the project (after all, these things aren’t cheap!), using each color only a bit, to practice blending more than the expressive marks I was getting out of the brush pens. Plus, that way it was easier to get through them all without drawing like…5+ pages of marks. Using the Copic multi-liners to first make boxes/shapes helped with having specific small areas in which to blend color. I really like the…