I posted this “finished” drawing a while ago, intending to transfer it to illustration board and start painting. But during the craziness of the holidays, moving to Texas, and a bout with the flu, this drawing got pushed aside in favor of more urgent projects.
A few weeks ago I took out the drawing again. I was still unsatisfied with several things, like the position of the faun’s legs and the bushes. I asked my sister-in-law Stacey to take a look at it. Stacey is a photographer, and she’s really good with composition.
With some help from her, I ended up with this:
More bushes on the far left, framing the figures. Extending the faun’s lower leg so that the curve of his torso continues downwards. Adding more folds to the dress, flowing off the frame, so that the figures were not so boxed in. Raising the treeline. Adding the ruined towers at the right.
A lot of revision, but I think the piece works much better now. And I’ve started painting:
See the original post here.
Stacey’s photography: www.staceydaniellephotography.com/blog
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I found this old Deviantart meme thanks to Lucas Durham.
These are artists whose work I greatly admire, and their art has heavily influenced mine. I’ve been lucky enough to have some of them as my teachers. (Sometimes their skill makes me want to burn my paintbrushes, but they always inspire me.)
1. William-Adolphe Bouguereau
2. Gennady Spirin
3. Donato Giancola
4. Alphonse Mucha
5. Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
6. Kinuko Craft
7. Scott Gustafson
8. Arthur Rackham
9. Lawrence Alma-Tadema
10. Herbert Draper
11. Rebecca Guay
12. James Gurney
Feel free to try the original meme for yourself, and post a link in the comments if you do!
Meme created by fox-orian.
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The conclusion of the book I wrote and illustrated at the age of seven-ish. You can read the first part here.
Warning: some embarrassing Southern-isms ahead.
Soon She Came to a sign. It said,
(my mother’s handwriting) “Candy Forest.” “Yee-ha!
(my handwriting resumes) I Can’t Wait”
She went along the path till She came to another Sign. It said “Candy Forest” “OK!”
“Candy! Candy! OK!” So off She wint.
The Forest was not very big Soon She came to the End of it. “HH” She Side.
She up and done. But She Staid on the path.
So She Went along the path She Saw Some Smoke. “AAHH”
“I AM Home!”
I have no idea whether the mysterious Miss Lydia was a villain who kidnapped the infant April, or a compassionate guardian. Miss Lydia’s villainy is suggested by two things: first, the fact that April had never owned a doll, and second, April’s secret midnight escape. Her innocence is supported by the fact that she gives April the doll from the attic, and that I drew her as a pretty woman in a green dress. As a child I was raised on the most basic fairy tales, where ugliness meant villainy, and beauty meant goodness.
I must also admit that my concept for the Candy Forest came from Candy Land, which was my favorite board game for most of my childhood. (Later replaced by Pretty Pretty Princess, then Clue.)
Also, I don’t know who to blame for the phrases “Yee-Haw” and “She up and done.”
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I recently moved to Texas, and I’ve been unpacking boxes that have been in storage for years. In one box I found a storybook that I wrote and illustrated at the age of…I don’t know, maybe seven? I hope I wasn’t much older than that because the spelling is atrocious.
Here it is, for your entertainment:
Journey Home by Paige Carpenter, age seven (?) bound in cardboard and contact paper. Illustrated in pencil and Crayola marker.
Overleaf: “ACHEINT GARDEN”
Statues standing in folds of ivy,
Flowers blooming ever more,
Trees that sway without noise,
(continued in pencil)
The ruins of a castle,
Woods of Enchantment
A view of mountains, Rivers and Brooks
Water lilys in the ponds.
Romantic acrting briges over
brook strea rivers
In a little house in the Wood
lived a lady and a little girl named April.
April had a colt named Silver Sapphire. (Was just a colt?)
One day APril was playing in the attic She found a doll and a Book.
She took them downstairs to ask Miss Lydia if She could keep them.
When she did She Said yes. April was very happy!
She had never Had a doll before.
She Sat down and began to read. It Was a story about how she had
taken from her parents when she was baby.
She made up her mind to go home that night. When it was dark She began to make ready. She took food and clothing her doll and her book and her horse. So She Set off.
She would take a path Which led to the west. She set off.
(To be continued…In the next part, April and her colt Silver Sapphire enter the Candy Forest.)
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I’ve come to realize that I really, really need to move into the 21st century–at least when it comes to art. I still want to work in traditional media, but adding the basic tools of a Wacom tablet and Photoshop would save huge amounts of time and frustration.
For one thing, I could take rough thumbnails from my sketchbook and develop them on the computer instead of trying to enlarge or alter the sketch by hand. (I always lose the energy of the original idea.)
However, there are a few problems I’m still mulling over:
Old Laptop + Upgrades vs. New Laptop
My laptop is seven years old. Last summer the hard drive crashed and a friend replaced it. But the operating system is old, and I have a suspicion that it’s only a matter of time before the laptop dies for good. Should I try to upgrade to Windows 8? Or just buy a new laptop?
Photoshop CC vs. Corel Painter.
Everyone I’ve asked seems to prefer Photoshop to Painter. Painter has a reputation of being difficult to learn. Painter costs around $400. Photoshop is now only available by monthly subscription from Adobe– the last non-subscription version, Photoshop CS6, costs around $700. Arg.
My Beautiful Tablet
No debating here. I’m pretty much sold on this tablet. It includes Photoshop Elements and a free trial of Painter. (I still need an operating system that can manage either of those.)
If anyone has any advice to offer in regards to software and laptops, I’d appreciate it.
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Since one of my new year’s resolutions is to visit more museums, I began yesterday by visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown Houston. Admission is free every Thursday.
The MFAH has a wonderful collection of European art, including this painting by The Master Himself, Bouguereau.
The Elder Sister
She has a soft smirk on her face that I didn’t notice until I was very close to the painting. I know that proud, sisterly smirk. I used to wear it when I held my baby brother.
Museum sketching is difficult. Standing for a long time in one spot resulted in people shuffling around me, and it’s awkward to support a large sketchbook in one arm while trying to draw with the other. I really want a Nomad Artist Satchel whenever they become available.
Anyway, I did a few quick sketches. I’m fairly certain I saw and sketched another cast of that statue of Diana at the Met.
The first visit to a museum is always overwhelming, even when I tell myself I don’t have to see it ALL. Next time I’ll slow down a bit and try to do more detailed drawings.
Photograph of “The Elder Sister” from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Last year’s planner, out of focus, in a tree, because it looks pretty.
A few New Year’s resolutions:
1) Go to more museums and other interesting places. I’m now living in the Houston area, and Houston is full of museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, and stands selling fireworks. (I’ll avoid the stands selling fireworks.)
2) Write. I’m finally on a writing schedule that works. My aim is to keep doing what I’m already doing, and if possible, more of it.
3) Learn to paint with oils. I’ve become frustrated lately with watercolors, and I want to try something different.
4) Learn to fight with a sword. This will be a useful skill if the zombie apocalypse happens, and if it doesn’t, it’s still a useful skill for a fantasy writer and artist. There’s a local chapter of the ARMA that hosts classes.
This will be the year of the purple planner.
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
~G.K. Chesterton: ‘Daily News.’
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