Got this one done one time this week. It helps that I was procrastinating on something else. 🙂
The written word and fonts are one of the things I find endlessly fascinating and interesting. The way each culture chooses to represent ideas in the form of combined images that get call words. Everything from illuminated lettering, calligraphy, asian or middle eastern scripts, to fun plays on letters like that above. I’m captivated by graffiti lettering (even though I can’t read it most of the time). It’s so abstract and expressive, but it’s still written words. There are people out there that can read a person’s handwriting and tell you about the writer’s personality based on how an ‘r’ or a ‘q’ is written. I wonder if there are people that can tell you about the personality of a culture based on the way their writing systems look? In any case, I had fun using the word as part of the illustration challenge this week. Hope you like it.
Yay! This week I managed to post BEFORE the deadline. It’s up for viewing with the other folks who took the time to post here. Knock on wood the trend continues.
This week is a bit bittersweet. I truly had no clue what to do for this weeks topic. Then on Tuesday I received some bad news that a friend and colleague had passed away. She had been battling breast cancer for the last two years and had gone into a hospice just before Christmas. I new it was coming, but I was still horribly sad that it had finally come to pass. I woke up the next day with the idea to draw this inspired by her favourite colour. I have no critiques on my work this week. Instead it’s about accomplishment and reflection on a woman no longer with us. Be well this week everyone. Don’t take anyone in your life for granted. All too quick things can change.
My quest continues in trying to get these done on time. Alas, here are the latest.
These two are a prime example of my hit and miss approach in trying out ideas and techniques. Time was done with a calligraphy pen and ink. Really enjoyed the uneven line the nib will give you. I may have to try this more in the future. Finished it off with Copic and Faber Castell markers. Best part was finally getting to use the reference pics from a mushroom foraging session I did a could years ago.
This one turned out to be a miss in my mind. I was trying to go for a really washy look with the watercolours and then add in some defining lines after. My fail here I think was in using the ink pens. I should have gone in with a brush and ink, or watercolour, in black after it had dried. I think some fat, loose, broad lines would have made this more successful. The reflection part worked out ok. Reflections aren’t my strong suit. It’s an area I need to work on for sure. Oh well..next time. 🙂