|H is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 25, 2011|
Saturday, November 26, 2011
|G is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 25, 2011|
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
|F is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 22, 2011|
|E is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 21, 2011|
|D is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 21, 2011|
|C is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 19, 2011|
|B is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 16, 2011|
|A is for..., 90lb. mixed media paper, November 15, 2011|
This is my first page, and it's obvious that I began this project with no rules. The drawings are very loose, but I kind of like that. I tend to tighten up the longer I work on a project. I have to constantly remind myself to loosen up. I especially like the aspen grove and the cropped armadillo. The extreme cropping is intentional. I don't want to get bogged down trying to render complex objects, so I only draw the simple part (the armadillo's south end). I colored the initial a color beginning with the page's featured letter. A is for amber, aspen, armchair, armadillo, amaryllis, Apple Computer, and armor. 25 more pages to go!
As a way to practice illustration and watercolor, I am making an alphabet sketchbook, using a Strathmore Visual Journal. The journal is very small (3.5" x 5") and has 90lb. paper designed for mixed media. It is spiral bound and has very heavy covers, so it can stand up to bouncing around inside my purse. I draw 6-7 mini images on each page. They are roughly drawn and painted with a loose, quick watercolor technique. The idea is just to get drawing and painting, and using the letters of the alphabet as a guide has helped me overcome the "block" I frequently face: I don't know WHAT to draw. I chose to draw many items that are unique to my family: flags of countries we've visited and states where we've lived, favorite football teams and foods, etc. I've also chosen to include company logos I see every day. All these "rules" make this uniquely MY book--a little slice of my life at this moment. It's been so much fun (my husband and kids helped me brainstorm) that I might try making a book like this every year. I can't imagine finding another page's worth of Q- or X-words. Maybe I'll start making up words.