Practice: "Foliage, Broad Fronds"

Phew, it really has been a while since I’ve dusted off this blog. The whole last year was a rough one for me, I flip-flopped between being productive and chasing down my muse often to no avail.
I feel like I wasted most of last year doing… well a whole lot of floundering to be honest. Started a few projects only to have them fizzle out, and ultimately where I ended up is with a new resolution. We took a step back and weighed out what we want to work towards, and realized that we had let a bit too much risk play a big part of our lives. So, I’m going to think of this as a reset, where I am trying to re-aim myself towards productivity.
I want to work on my art and see progress, no matter how small, instead of slapping things together for little to no satisfaction in the interest of time. I feel like that along with only working on things within my comfort zone have been a very big crutch for me this last year, that I aggressively clung to, and I don’t want to do that anymore.
So, it won’t be easy, but I am taking my first steps on a new path and I look forward to sharing it with you.

“Foliage, Broad Fronds” - Ink, Copics, White Gel Pen (6x8 inches)

I want to get back into drawing everyday, whether that means a basic sketch or working on part of a bigger project. So many of my uploads here to this blog will be smaller pieces that I finished within an afternoon/evening. I will not be proud of all of them, I will likely hate a good chunk of them, but I am going to strive to share them with you anyway, because I need the practice, and only by acknowledging all of the bleh art and doing it 1000x will I be able to get better. ^-^

Last night’s piece was an edge-to-edge fill of leaves, first sketched in pencil, then inked, coloured with Copic markers, and finally outlined with white Gel Pen.
I’m not exactly happy with it, mostly due to the colour disharmony, and I feel like placing the white outlines in far fewer places would have held it’s impact better.
BUT, it’s a completed piece - I did it from start to finish-, and that’s what counts. Onto the next one!