This year has really flown by for me. I’ve been busy drawing and painting artist trading cards and I haven’t come up for air very often. I counted up my scans for the year and found that I had made 204 ATCs for swaps and personal trades–and that doesn’t include a few 5×7 and 4×6 pieces that I had done on request. All finished art, not sketches. I’ve never made so much art in my life. I’m pretty pleased about that.
So what about 2010? What goal do I have? I want to relax and enjoy myself. Instead of working on a list of things to improve, I’m going to work on a list of things it would be fun to explore. I’ve learned that when I’m having fun and getting enthused my work tends to improve on it’s own. When I struggle and strive, my work gets tight and strained. I may learn some new techniques but the drawing seems flat and lacking.
Well, that’s my theory.
Thanks everyone for visiting during the year and leaving me such wonderful comments. I love sharing my work with you. I wish you all the best for 2010 and hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!
I’m still doing sketches for an artist trading card for a friend of mine. I’m working on getting just the right expression. I’m not really a dog person, but the more I study the reference photos I was given, the more I appreciate this dog. He’s awfully cute. Perhaps that’s why I always spend a lot of time making sketches for cards before I do final drawings and coloring or paint. I feel like I get some sort of connection with the subject before I let it go. It could just be something like really loving a line under a nose, or the way a curve indents when you think it shouldn’t.
Drawing is ultimately about paying attention and being present. When I am walking around throughout the day, I have a tendancy to rush about and only take a cursory look at things. I notice just what I need to notice and move on. Maybe that’s why I can be so compulsive about drawing. It’s practically the only time I pay real attention to things and ultimately find so much appreciation for them. Drawing grounds me like nothing else.