Had a super productive Sunday that involved a studio update! I swapped out my little desk with a much bigger one meaning that there is ample space for my homemade easel, all my materials, and books. In addition to the desk, I brought in my huge pinboard of inspiration. My setup is looking great, perfect for my creative journey ahead.
Creative wise, my figure drawing lessons taught me about light and shadows. Although very insightful I seemed to struggle when replicating, I found it could be down to low levels of energy which ended up in me having an afternoon snooze. I did however manage to do some more mask research, this week I looked into and sketched my own Northern Pacific mosquito mask. Although I had a sleepy kind of week I did manage to create from my own imagination and also recreate a lovely lady by Emma Block.
My mystical face
At a moment of low on energy, instead of walking away from my creative spirit or taking a nap I picked up my pencil and drew from my imagination. It started off with a random doodle on paper which triggered more ideas which I explored further on Procreate on my Ipad. I have done these types of mystical faces in the past, some more abstract than others but this time I included more botanical elements and symmetry. I usually struggle with colour so found it helpful to create a set of palettes first. Once I decided on a palette I carefully added colour and tried not to go overboard on different shades.
Inspiration: Emma Block
Back in 2015 I took a hand-lettering workshop hosted by the lovely Emma Block and have been a fan ever since! I really admire her joyful illustrations especially of people and so tried to mimic this editorial piece that she did for Homemakery. You can find all her beautiful work on Instagram and her website. She also has a few really helpful books on painting and hosts workshops that I would highly recommend. It’s been a while since I painted so I used my watercolor pencils and a water brush to get the right effect and detail.
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