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!

'Friend' - Inktober 2016 #31

2016 - Day 303:
Sometimes 15+15= not enough pages for this kind of project. I'm a dummy and miscounted at the beginning of the month, thinking that it was only 30 days, which left me short a sheet of paper for today's piece. Thus I completed today's piece on a linen-wrapped panel (still flat enough to fit inside a picture frame), in my abstract splatter-style to round the project off! I usually tape off an outer border for these pieces, so this one does have that white spacing around the outside for a crisp look.

These two little bats are best of friends and go everywhere together!

If you are interested in purchasing this original piece listed at $25USD + shipping, please email me (ola@darkmoondancer.com) to sort out details.

Original piece as shown, black ink on a white linen-wrapped panel, approximately 7x10.

'Slow' - Inktober 2016 #23

2016 - Day 295:
'Slow' portrays a determined little soul, trucking along.
(Apologies for the shadow at the bottom! Didn't see it until after I had uploaded, the original is clear of any marks outside of the design.)

If you are interested in purchasing this original piece listed at $20USD + shipping, please email me (ola@darkmoondancer.com) to sort out details.

Original piece as shown (apologies for the shadow at the bottom), black ink on white 90lb paper, 9x12

'Big' - Inktober 2016 #21

2016 - Day 293:
'Big' portrays one of the more fascinating giants that ever walked this earth. How a carbon-based life-form could sustain such a massive body is just amazing to me. I would love to be able to be an observer during the ancient world. 

If you are interested in purchasing this original piece listed at $20USD + shipping, please email me (ola@darkmoondancer.com) to sort out details.

Original piece is as shown, black ink on white 90lb paper, 9x12

'Tree' - Inktober 2016 #14

2016 - Day 286:
'Tree' portrays the tree of life, Yggdrasil, from an unusual top-down view. The mighty tree of life carries the nine worlds among its branches, and ever-swirling amid it's roots is the terrifying world serpent, Jormungandr.

If you are interested in purchasing this original piece listed at $20USD + shipping, please email me (ola@darkmoondancer.com) to sort out details.

Original piece is as shown, black ink on white 90lb paper, 9x12

'Scared' - Inktober 2016 #13

2016 - Day 285:
'Scared' portrays that overwhelming wash of feelings when one becomes scared, as it claws at you and temporarily becomes something... something real. 

If you are interested in purchasing this original piece listed at $20USD + shipping, please email me (ola@darkmoondancer.com) to sort out details.

Original Piece is as shown, black ink on white 90lb paper, 9x12

'Transport' - Inktober 2016 #11

2016 - Day 283:
'Transport' portrays a concept of some sort of alien-planetary travel. 6 legs make a very stable and even gait, perfect for transporting not only passengers but even luxury resources. 

If you are interested in purchasing this original piece listed at $20USD + shipping, please email me (ola@darkmoondancer.com) to sort out details.

Original piece is as shown, black ink on white 90lb paper, 9x12.

'Jump' - Inktober 2016 #10

2016 - Day 282:
'Jump' portrays a platforming challenge. As a gamer I've succeeded at completing many many of these, and while this piece doesn't represent any specific area or game, I wanted to illustrate that silly notion where a character not only has to jump out but also upwards or downwards to continue on their journey. 

This is another piece that I decided looked a bit naked so after taking a picture I went ahead and added some colour in Photoshop. The original is shown underneath.

If you are interested in purchasing this original piece listed at $10USD + shipping, please email me (ola@darkmoondancer.com) to sort out details.

Original piece as shown, completed in black ink on white 90lb paper. 9x12