There was no art this week. The week was eaten by business records, tax and work 🙁 so I have nothing new. However, I neglected to update this blog for most of the first half of this year, so I thought I would share one of my works-in-progress. It is currently sitting on my drying shelves waiting for me to do something about it.
This one is a little different. Early this year my eldest daughter started to draw…a lot. Every day. Even in the car on the way to school. And she was drawing robot animals.
I have no idea what sparked her inspiration to draw robot animals, but there were robot cats, robot rats, dogs, a whole array of different types of animals that were robots. She developed quite a style and somewhere along the line she dragged me in. I really liked her imaginings, so with her permission, I created my own interpretation.
First I did some concept sketches and came up with this.
Which I then coloured in 😀
Then came the painting prep.
I wanted a textured background for interest and depth, so I played with a stencil I had made some time ago and splotched some stars in the paint.
I also did some splattering and I’m quite happy with how the background turned out.
After the paint dried, I traced down my design and started painting.
This is quite a step away from my usually realistic tendencies, but I found it quite interesting.
I didn’t want the body parts to stay flat, so I started playing around with texture. I decided to use a textured that was quite non-mechanical, to offset the obvious metallic feel. I think there might be some vague steampunk influences here too.
And this is where it has been stuck since April. All those swirly reds on the legs took ages and I got distracted. I will likely finish it at some point. My daughter was so excited I was creating a painting with her ideas in it (except for the colours, she was adamant that the robot should be brown – I don’t really do brown – we had a stylistic clash :D). I’d be a bad Mum not to finish it.
Since then my daughter has been drawing everyday. She has sketchbooks full of all sorts of imaginative pieces and is now going through a phase of drawing all the characters from one of her favourite computer games. I don’t mind – as long as she is drawing. This is valuable practise. I learnt how to draw by copying cartoon drawings out of a joke book when I was her age (she’s nine, I started drawing when I was seven, but she’s been drawing for a long time now…there is quite a bit of example and encouragement in this house for that kind of activity :D).
Anyway, this is my contribution for Paint Party Friday this week. Don’t forget to drop over there and eyeball the wonderful work that has been created this week.
This weekend I will be doing some art with my stamps. The following weekend is my workshop at the Unley Town Hall – Create your own stamps. If you are interested in attending and playing with some cutters and rubber stamps, please contact the Unley Libraries on 8372 5100 to book your place.