Working with a Medium you Hate

So, last week, I updated you guys with some artwork of my Handsome Squidward guy. Both of those drawings were done in charcoal. I fucking hate charcoal. It’s messy and too dark and hard to erase. And I have to use it constantly. Most art degrees at the school I go to are heavily based on drawing classes. I am in Drawing II and I have two more drawing courses to take for my degree plan. I don’t mind drawing, I actually like drawing on my own terms (preferably in pencil/pen/paint/anything but charcoal). Every drawing class requires drawing in charcoal. I hate it sooo much

When you hate using a medium in your art, you get less motivated to actually work on your art. Now, I recommend everyone to always try new media. But if you’ve already tried it (and gotten used to it – not just trying it out once or twice) and you absolutely hate it, you don’t have you work with it in your personal art. But if you’re in school and you’re taking classes for credits toward a degree, you have less control. 

I cope in a few different ways. First, I complain a lot. I try not to go overboard, but venting usually helps. And hearing other people who feel the same way as you, oh man is that satisfying. Second, I try to get my work in those media done as quickly and in as few sessions as possible. I hate having charcoal under my nails and it only really goes away after you wash your hands a couple times. So, I work in as few sessions as possible so I don’t prolong that experience. Third, just do the work. I’m bad at this one, because I’ll put off finishing a piece until it’s due. But, I don’t recommend this. If you get it done as soon as you can, you don’t have to dread the time you have to work on it later. Lastly, I try to find as many types of charcoal as I can that don’t have the bad effects that I hate. I have to work in charcoal, but they never said what type of charcoal (devious laughter here). I like working with charcoal pencils because it doesn’t get under my nails like compressed charcoal sticks. I don’t mind vine charcoal because it’s not too dark and I can erase it pretty easily unlike compressed charcoal sticks. God I hate compressed charcoal sticks…

Okay, that’s my venting and coping for when you have to work with media that you don’t like. Byyye.

Working with a Medium you Hate

Unfinished Business

Like a lot of people, I have problems finishing things that I start. Writing the ending of story. Finishing a drawing. Figuring out exactly when any project can be called done. Usually this means whenever a class project is due. I’ve found that finding the end is really hard. If you go too far, you’ve ruined something that could have been great. If you don’t go far enough, you’ve build up potential that goes nowhere. It’s frustrating and that’s one of the things I need to work on. Starting with my sketchbook. I’ve only ever finished on sketchbook in my life (not that I was actually trying… the ending just happened upon me when I didn’t have any more pages to draw on).

I will finish this sketchbook that I’m working on.
I will finish this sketchbook that I’m working on.
I will finish this sketchbook that I’m working on.
I will finish this sketchbook that I’m working on.
I will finish this sketchbook that I’m working on.
I will finish this sketchbook that I’m working on.
I will finish this sketchbook that I’m working on.

Furthermore,

I will finish pieces in this sketchbook.
I will finish pieces in this sketchbook.
I will finish pieces in this sketchbook.
I will finish pieces in this sketchbook.
I will finish pieces in this sketchbook.

It’s a struggle, really. I’m working on something right now that I am tirning out to really like, but I’m having a hard time deciding where to finish it.

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Do I finish her tentacles and call it a day? Do I add a background? Do I color her? Do I turn her into digital art? I don’t know where the end is and it makes even finishing her tentacles a chore.

As you can see, I’m adding details to her tentacles and it’s repetitive, kind of tedious work. I think I have the motivation to finish this piece, but it is a common occurance to start something and not want to take the next step in fear of ruining it.

Finding that motivation can be hard though. I think the best way to cure your fear is to just do it. For me, that means making another copy of this lovely lady and then taking the next step. 😉

On a side note, I actually have a break coming up so I’ll probably try to make a finished product of this particular piece by this time next week. Come back to see me then if you’re interested in seeing her done!

Byyyye.

Unfinished Business

Planning

Does anyone else have this problem where they plan and plan and plan and never actually do the things that they plan on doing? No? Yea, me, neither.

But in all seriousness, when it comes to this, I am sooooo guilty. I’m plan out my days like a freaking lunatic. But I don’t actually conform to those plans a lot of the time.

I do this a lot with my art. If I don’t feel like drawing, I won’t draw in the time that I’ve alloted during the day specifically for drawing. I’ll binge-watch Netflix instead. Which I can do while drawing.

Or I’ll plan on working on my design portfolio during the winter break because I’m too busy during the semester. Ahem. And then I don’t and I have to push it to the summer because I’m still too busy during the Spring semester.

I found this list on Pinterest that describes Modern Mythology and I thought it would be so cool to actually bring these characters to life. But I know I won’t get around to it for a while. Instead, I have sticky notes in the back of my sketchbook with descriptions of each of the characters.

Okay, so that one is more a lack of confidence than procrastination…

I don’t have any inspirational things to say after this one other than I understand what you’re going through if you have this same issue. If anyone can help me with my dilemma, it would be greatly appreciated.

Byyyye.

Planning

Painting

Another thing I want to explore in 2017 is expanding the media that I use in my art. This semester, I am taking a painting class, so I’m already on the right track. We use acrylic paint in class, but I’ve been exploring watercolor and gouache on my own time. Mostly just researching videos on YouTube…

 

The two pieces on the left are acrylic 16×16 pieces made for class. And on the right is my sketchbook where I’m practicing watercolor.

Pick up something weird and make shit something with it. My cats decided to break my mirror one day and I added it to my painting. I felt like playing with transparency, so I bought a poster frame and painted on it.

Make a painting out of coffee. Draw in the sand/dirt/mud. Or just pick up some kind of medium that you’ve never used before and start creating.

Okay kids, that’s all for today. Byyyye.

Painting

Free Yourself

One of the reasons I’ve set up this site is to have a more free platform to share my creative side. I’m generally an overly organized person. So, in my sketchbook, each page would be designated to one piece. I wanted to stop this so I bought a sketchbook specifically to help relax my obsessive behavior. And this is how I’m planning on using it from now on…

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It was the most anxiety-inducing yet satisfying thing I’ve done yet. It’s a love/hate relationship. But what I have to tell you is to just go for it. Draw over things. don’t erase. Keep it sketchy. Or don’t. Do something. Do anything outside of your comfort zone and you will be proud of yourself.

That’s all folks. Byyyyye.

Free Yourself

Style Exploration

2017 is the year that I find my personal style. If you follow my Instagram, you know that I have been exploring radically different art styles to find my niche. Here are a few…

Inspiration for these pieces were mostly found on Pinterest. I’m not ashamed to admit that occasionally I will attempt a recreation of another artist’s piece rather than using it as just inspiration. But for the majority, I use reference pictures as just that.

And okay, there are a couple that I included that are actually from last year, but it’s all part of style development, okay?

Okay, so that’s all for today. See you later alligator! Byyyye.

Style Exploration