Art · Ever After 2018

Witchy Girl: Final

For today’s sketchbook practice, and in honor of the full moon and lunar eclipse, I finished Witchy Girl. I’m really happy with how she turned out, and so proud to share it with you all. It is proof of how far I’ve come since beginning this journey two months ago.

The message I kept hearing as I was finishing her up was “We are all made of moon magic,” so I wrote that on the moon.

I had a lot of fun making my own design and choosing my own colors and medium, but it was also very scary. It was cool to have the chance to incorporate things I had learned from Tamara Laporte and Marielle Stolp into this piece.

Art · Ever After 2018

Witchy Girl: Work in Progress

For today’s sketchbook practice, I started to add color to my #StyleDevelopment piece for #EverAfter2018. I’m calling her Witchy Girl.

I’ve run into a lot of issues that have caused frustration, but I’m learning a lot about how different art supplies work together.

My favorite outcome of the day is using Jane Davenport’s Mermaid Brushes to add texture to Witchy Girl’s hair. Her Mermaid Brushes have different comb-like ends on their tails that you can use to add different textures to your work. Absolutely loved how the brush end worked on my piece to add a wavy texture to the black acrylic I used for her hair.

Art · Ever After 2018

Ever After 2018: Style Development 2

For today’s sketchbook practice I took what I’ve learned so far in Ever After 2018 from Tamara Laporte and Marielle Stolp to create my own piece. I used the face template from Marielle Stolp’s #FantasticBeasts lesson as well as her eye, nose, and mouth design. I really love how her template makes creating faces much easier. I also loved how Marielle Stolp did a lot of measuring in her lesson, which for whatever reason, I hadn’t thought of before. I have been freehanding my sketches, and it’s frustrating and requires a lot of erasing doing it that way. The heart and ribcage in this sketch are stencils that I purchased on Etsy and just got in the mail today. I was so excited to have the chance to try them out.

In thinking about my own personal style, I love the whimsical and beautiful, but also the dark and edgy. At some point, I intend to merge them into my own unique style. There is something about the combination of beauty and darkness that appeals to me.

For this assignment, we were to practice our own style by changing at least two of the three components from Marielle Stolp’s style development exercise. These include subject matter, supplies, and approach. I altered the subject matter and approach, and in doing so, changed the supplies. I’m going to let this piece sit overnight and then come back to it to see what colors and medium I want to use.

Art · Ever After 2018

Ever After 2018 Style Development

For today’s sketchbook practice, I followed along with Marielle Stolp’s Style Development lesson for #EverAfter2018. Next, I need to practice creating this while changing up two of the following: subject matter, supplies, or the approach.

Something to note is that I bought some Arches hot pressed watercolor paper, and this is third time I’ve worked on it, and I really don’t like it. I think it may be the smoothness of the hot pressed paper. Also, I really don’t like working on a piece without sketching something out first. I feel a loss of control with it, and it really irks my perfectionist side to the point of irritation. Additionally, though they are convenient, I am finding it hard to get consistent water flow with the water brushes. I think I may try switching to a regular brush next time I work with watercolor.

I really like the style development part of the Ever After course because it’s helping me to pay attention and be more aware about what I like and don’t like when creating. I have found that I do not trust myself yet, that I will try to “fix” something even if I like it because it is not what is in the instructions, and I’m afraid it will be “wrong.” I’ve really got to work on trusting my choices more…in art and in life.