The Time With No Ideas

I believe you all have been there: your head is totally empty and you can’t think about any idea which is satisfying enough for you to want to fulfill it. I guess this is what they call “art block”*. I have been there thousand times.

And the same happened me again this January. This is the reason why there haven’t been new picture almost a month. But even if it was idea free period, it wasn’t entirely drawing free. I did some sketches and random pictures and experimented little with aquarelle pencils I got for Christmas (really cool stuff!)

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Two little girls with very different mood:

And finally, this is poster I made for poetry club that takes place in our library once in every month (I made one also in December, but it’s too ugly to show you πŸ˜€ ):

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Yesterday, after heavy thinking, I finally received some ideas, so I hope I can say this idea-free period is over now. πŸ™‚

* I searched quotes about art block and I found this gem from writer and illustrator Dave Horowitz:

β€œTo get over artist’s block, make shitty art.”

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IF: Mischief

It has been some time when I last submitted something to Illustration Friday page and even longer since I have made picture specially for it. And I know that I should post my new pictures here, not the old ones, but this week topic is MISCHIEF and I just can’t resist to submit these pictures about Stevie making little trouble. I wanted to submit them directly from Stevie the Cat page, without posting here, but in some reason when I did it, pictures turned out blurry.

Besides, I think that old pictures wish to be seen more. πŸ™‚

Stevie and Working cat illustration Inkscape

Stevie and Working

Stevie and Painting cat illustration Inkscape

Stevie and Painting

 

Starting the 2017 With Running Nose and Ghibli Movies

Sick girl illustration Inkscape

My first days in this year were full of snot and sneezing. And lots of adorable Studio Ghibli movies.

I was ill when there was this big and important day for me where I got one year older again (that explain why there’s a piece of cake in the picture). And I was still ill when there was birthday for the great Hayao Miyazaki three days later. After a week long illness I thought that’s enough and got in the good shape again.

Happy new year! πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Bells

I made this Christmas card three years ago, when I had used Inkscape only about two months. I remember how proud I felt when I finished it. I wanted to make new picture for this year Christmas, but as you know, end of the year is busy time.

“HΓ€id pΓΌhi” or “HΓ€id jΓ΅ule” means “Merry Christmas” in Estonian.

I really hope that all of you have joyful and beautiful Christmas! πŸ™‚

Reading Everywhere (and how your art changes through the process)

Reading in the Tree girl stoat illustration Inkscape

“Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book” said Jim Rohn. Although I don’t agree with him about missing meals (I have mentioned it before that I love eating), I think that there are plenty of things in my life I could quit (or would like to quit if possible), but the reading is not one of them.

I don’t read so much that I would like to. For this year’s Reading Challenge goal in Goodreads (God bless this site, it’s awesome!) I set only 36 books and have read 31 of them for now (five more!). One of my colleague set 120 and has surpassed it by already have read 126.

The main reason why I don’t read so much is that I don’t have regular reading habit. Sometimes I don’t read any book in two months and then there are times I swallow one book after another so quickly that I can’t enjoy them so much as I want.

The second reason is everlasting case – not enough time. Drawing is one thing that swallows my time, but this is the thing I love as much as reading. So I would never reduce the time I spent drawing. But there is one thing which could take less time and that is working. Even if I like my job, so long it isn’t reading or drawing (I sometimes read in my workplace though πŸ˜‰ ) I will whine about how much it consumes my time.

But you can’t just quit your job and start reading instead (and in drawing I’m not in this level yet) and that’s why I decided to develop my reading habit. I did some thinking and little research in internet and decided to follow these steps:

  1. Read every morning nearly 25 pages while drinking coffee.
  2. Read every evening 25 pages before bedtime.
  3. Find the “reading place” for yourself. It can be cozy armchair in your home, favourite cafe or even the tree like in the picture
  4. Reduce using internet (especially Facebook)
  5. Carry the book with you everywhere. You never know when there is a change to read it (for example if waiting for doctor or driving in bus, or maybe even in work). And it’s the best possible way to avoid boring situations.

What about you? Do you love reading? And do you think you need better reading habit or you already read so much you want?

But now little about my new picture. At first I wanted to make the picture where it’s raining and that’s the reason of umbrella.* Because how many of you use umbrella in winter? I already made the girl’s clothes which suits with rainy evening. She had yellow raincoat and rubber boots as you can see in this not-yet-ready picture below.

*The rainy picture would have matched better with our weather here in Estonia. Some of you maybe remember how I was whining last December about the missing snow. This year the situation is the same, but I have accepted it.

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But you know. Sometimes you start one thing but something different grows out of it. And I think that the snowy picture turned out quite well. What do you think? Should I finish the rainy picture also or is the snowy one good enough?

Thank you for your attention and hope you have peaceful Advent time! πŸ™‚

Waves of…

Sea goddess boat illustration colour pencils

Nina, I told you this picture would be digital. But the truth is that recently I’ve wanted to use more traditional tools (it’s quite ironic that after I bought myself the Wacom tablet I truly love, I have drawn more on paper and less in computer). And as I need more practice in both areas, in digital painting and in using colour pencils, the picture is made with last one.

Today was the first meeting of this class for the children I told you about in last post. Of those children who were registered, exactly half came (50% is not so bad indicator I hope). However, since I don’t think I’m very good teacher, I’m not surprised if no children will come next time. πŸ˜€

My head is empty right now, so I stop writing, take a book and go to bed. πŸ™‚

Drawing With Inkscape

Drawing With Inkscape illustration

In one of my post I mentioned that I recently changed my job. Previously I worked in cafe but now in a library. The last one suits me much better, because I love books. I must admit that I love food too, but I prefer to eat it myself, not to “feed” other people. πŸ™‚

Nowadays many libraries are not focused only on books. For example it’s important for libraries to offer free access to computers and the internet. In library where I work we even make these short user trainings, where we, for example, teach older people how to use computer or smartphone. My favourite is teaching drawing tablet. πŸ™‚ Among other things, this November we start class for children where we teach them computer graphics. And in the first meeting I’ll show children how to use my favourite program Inkscape, with what I have made most of my drawings. It’s my first time to do something like that and I’m so thrilled. But at the same time, little nervous too. I hope that I am able to show children how interesting Inkscape is.

And to inform children of our class we needed a poster. I didn’t make it. But for the poster we needed a picture to show to the children what the class is about. And that’s what I did. πŸ™‚