What a month April has been.
I was excited to make a fresh start with this blog and get everything rolling, with a bunch of artistic energy and then 48 hours in my cat died and everything went to hell. I kept it up for a while trying to distract myself with art but… well, that worked out great, right? Yeah.
I’m still barely even coming to terms with that. How can he be gone? And I just found out that Suna, my ex-partner’s cat – the one Fëanor was living with – just passed away as well, but this was more expected, as she was very old and in not the best of health. It hurts; I loved Suna very much and she was a good friend to Fëanor.
Here’s hoping that May will bring better things. I have so many big ideas and I need to get the ball rolling again. The future will bring lots of writing about Tolkien, more art if my RSI allows me to draw as much as I like to — before it got really bad, I had grand ideas about doing live-stream art sessions! — and various other bits and pieces from my world as I try and hammer out what this blog is going to be.
So I’m still alive and kicking, I guess.
7. Pick the weirdest object in your room. Draw it. Shadows and highlights.
I was legitimately surprised at how hard it was to find something weird in my room. But my little wooden dude here thinks he’s in Daft Punk, that’s pretty weird.
Bonus, shadows and highlights in color:
I think he needs a name. I’ll take that under consideration.
6. Let’s have some fun. Design a character from either This or This character generator! Be creative and bring something to life!
…it gave me “an aggressive reporter.” I dont ‘know that this actually helped my art at all, but I laughed really hard, which I needed.
5. Draw more figures. Quick gestures and silhouettes. X20 with at least 10 different body shapes.
This is what I got before my RSI became too bad to hold a pen.
4. Draw a part of the human anatomy you have trouble with. 20, at least 5 skeletal/muscular.
3. Draw a figure that’s in action, using a reference.
( Reference )
I didn’t realize until I’d actually drawn it that this didn’t really constitute action. Oh well.
2. Draw a figure using a reference.
I don’t know if my cat counts as a figure but I couldn’t think of anything else at the moment, so I drew him. I miss him so much.
There is no better time than when you are grieving and feel useless and void to throw yourself into art, so I’m kicking off my blog with the Improvement Hell 30 Day Art Challenge, which I’ve had bookmarked for like a year.
I am rather busy so I might post a couple time rather than Every Day (and I’m already behind so imma soak in the art pain and spam it as I finish it to catch up), and will be likely using a mixture of digital and traditional media depending on how my RSI is on a day to day basis. For the last couple months I’ve had diminished function and occasional very bad pain in my dominant arm caused by both cubital and carpal tunnel problems and I find that traditional media is much less stressful on it – probably because I am more careful.
It’s pretty bad right now, but I’ll be careful.
Prepare for some good art and also some bad art and probably some thoughtful posts about this project. I’ve wanted to do one of ther for a while!
Fëanor, my cat, fled one of his nine lives yesterday after being my best friend for seven years. He was the greatest cat ever to live, and I will miss him.