2019 through art
One of my 2019 goals was to try watercolour painting again and also to try a new form of traditional art. For the latter I decided to buy an ink illustration pen set and try my hand at ink drawing. I found it really tricky, mainly due to the permanent nature of ink meaning I can’t go back and redo bits. I was also keen on doing Inktober but couldn’t find the inspiration for a lot of the prompts. The only two I did were “bait” and “swing”, hoepfully do a few more in 2020!
As to the watercolour goal, I didn’t do much over most of the year, instead getting to December and suddenly realising I should have another go at it. Many years ago I acquired my mothers old paints and brushes and always struggled to create anything that looks good with them. Then recently I was doing a tidy of my wardrobe and under layers of discarded clothes I found an old watercolour set my friend gave me a 5 years ago, I tried using these and found the paint quality so much better!
I think the 30+ year old paints were simply worn out and I never realised as I didn’t have any experience to compare against.
A friend on the graduate scheme invited me to a Dungeons and Dragons game with a couple of other graduates. Of the 9 races, and 9 classes, I decided to be a Gnomish bard who has a weakness for good beer. The other two chose a Elf druid and a Half-orc paladin, which I then used to motivate me to do some more painting.
A birthday card I painted for my housemates birthday. I asked him what his favourite animal is and the answer was a turtle.
I decided to redraw a painting I gave a friend during college, where there is a warrior being blasted by dragon fire and protected by his shield. I’m not very happy with this one, I made it using the old paints and think I layered it way too heavily just to get substantial colour onto the page. Watercolour is meant to be light and bright. I also mucked up the knight, so I think I’ll redo it in 2020, maybe using one of the characters below instead of the generic knight.
Bold and brash
I came across Squidward’s (Spongebob Squarepants) painting in March and decided to paint and frame it for my current house. I painted it, and then never managed to find a frame I liked (and besides, I shouldn’t whack nails into the walls).