It was a quiet but successful day at the Langdon Art on the Boardwalk art show. I was able to meet some other local artists, which was great. My art seemed to be well received; also great. I even sold two pieces. Excellent!
I was stoked to see all of the artists’ phenomenal work. I had already seen many of the pieces on the local artist’s Facebook page, but seeing them in person was SO much better. I am looking forward to many more shows to come.
Below is the final image for my rural scenery drawing of the fieldhouse and skatepark in Langdon, Alberta.
I am thrilled to have finished it in time for my first art show since high school (Art on the Boardwalk Show: Langdon Alberta) this weekend. Whether good or bad, I am looking forward to some feedback on the pieces I have selected for the show.
I chuckle at the amount of selfies some people post on Facebook and Instagram. I graduated high school in 2006 and Facebook was just starting to become popular; Instagram wasn’t even a thing until 4 years later.
However, if the amount of self portraits I did is indicative of how many selfies I would have taken, had the technology been available…well let me just say, I should not judge.
I used to work, almost exclusively, in ink. I really missed it and am looking forward to doing a few more urban/rural scenes in ink.
The paper was fantastic to work on. I have never used the Daler-Rowney drawing paper before. I usually stick to Strathmore and Canson brands. However, the ink worked so beautifully with this paper that I will be buying some more Daler-Rowney paper when I use this pad up. I am excited to experiment with coloured pencil on the paper as well.
I really like how this piece turned out. The rock is a little more phallic-looking than I would have liked. The rock IS shaped this way, however my line placements may have accentuated bits to make it seemingly more so.
The picture below is a coloured pencil drawing I completed in 2016. I was very happy with the drawing at the time, but as I worked more and more with coloured pencil, I began to notice that I wasn’t getting the saturation and deep contrasts that I wanted.
It may be due to the type of coloured pencil I am using; I have only worked with the Derwent Coloursoft. In retrospect, it is more likely that I am laying the black down over too many layers and thus not getting it as dark as I would like.
I sprayed some workable fixative on the paper and tried to darken the blacks. It helped a little bit, but didn’t make as drastic a difference as I had hoped. I then decided to experiment with markers and oil pastels on top of the coloured pencil. The result is below.
I am much more happy with the results (for now anyways). I may go back once more and clean up the background and some of the feather details.
Which one do you like better? The softer, muted tones of the first picture, or the more vibrant colours of the second picture?
Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Derwent coloursoft coloured pencils
Grumbacher Oil Pastels
Prismacolour Premier Brush tip marker – black
Spectrafix Degas Pastel Fixative (not over the marker; because it will cause the marker to bleed very, very, very badly. I am glad I did a text spray on scrap paper before spraying the final piece. It would have been a streaky, blurry mess.)
Above is a sketch of Frankie, played by the talented Lily Tomlin, from the TV show “Grace & Frankie.” The illustration is done in Laurentien coloured pencils (or pencil crayons, as some may say). Yes, the same coloured pencils that I used all through elementary school.
I found them a little difficult to blend and after a while the tooth of the paper would not accept any more pigment. While I do not think I will be completing any masterpiences with the Laurentien coloured pencils, I will be using them again. After all, I have a huge tub full; waste not, want not.