Art is Everywhere – Some Art for Biker Friends

I have been so busy in the last few weeks but I still manage to make art a priority.  Just not necessarily posting about art!

A friend of mine was throwing a party for a bunch of biker friends.  I figured that I could help by making signs our our back patch and arrows.

So I took a picture of our patch and traced it on my Cintiq Companion Hybrid and then took the outline and printed it out for the smaller signs. Using the lightbox my husband built for me I traced the patch onto two small halves of a posterboard.

For the larger sign I connected the computer to a projector, put two poster boards together and then traced from there.

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After that, I started to fill in the colors with various markers. Continue reading

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Making Time for Art – Even Bad Art

I was at my friend’s house yesterday and they were watching something I’d already seen and then after that came something I wasn’t interested in.  I pulled out my sketchbook and went to work.

This was my pen and ink drawing done with little light and I love this little sketch!

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While I sat there drawing I thought on the people that would have found it insulting that I sat there drawing while everyone else watched TV.  I was still talking with them, paying attention to conversations, listening to snippets and watching a little bit here and there.  I was still actively with them.  But that wouldn’t have been good enough for a number of people from my past.  They are no longer in my life and it wasn’t an active choice, but I find it serendipitous.  I no longer care if someone complains to me that I am drawing in a restaurant.  I’ll say right back to them “I don’t whine about you constantly being on your iPhone, so cut me some slack.  At least I’m still involved in the conversations.”  But I wasn’t always so… confident, I guess is the word.

Most likely this is because – before the last few years – I never put my art or myself first (no matter how often my husband told me to).  My husband’s constant reminders didn’t fall on deaf ears though.  I started doing what I wanted in my free time instead of what I thought I should be doing.  I did what I wanted with my hair for me.  Little things.  Then when I opened my first business I learned to say ‘no’ to people who wanted me to spend my time doing something else because I could have a flexible schedule if I wanted.  The hardest was friends, but I learned.

If I wanted to be successful at whatever I was doing, I had to give it the time.   I had to invest in it.  It had to come first at some point.

This year is the first time that I am putting my things as a true priority – my passions, writing and art.  I did prioritize writing and sometimes art in previous years – meaning they were higher on the list of things to do than before.  But this year those two things come first.  Like my husband must allow his job to come first (unless there are extreme circumstances like an emergency) I must too learn to allow writing and art to hold that same priority.  So every day my husband must work, those are also work days for me.  If he gets up at 5 am, he wakes me up shortly after (my request).  This way we share most of the time we have together in as equal states as possible.  It also alleviates the guilt that comes from taking a complete day off to just fart around with him and play video games, go on aimless motorcycle rides or hang out with friends.

Sometimes when you don’t have that support system in place though, it’s very hard to explain to people why you’re spending time doing something else.  And I honestly cannot help those who struggle with apathetic spouses or non-supportive friends.  I won’t have the arrogance to give tips or advice here or to link articles that I chose that might have spoken to me because how would an article picked by someone who has never felt that struggle you feel, help anything?

I will say that early on in my marriage I learned that both husband and wife serve each other.  I supported my husband’s dreams, he’s supported mine.  Now that he works full time, I have taken on his chores and tend to run around more when he’s home doing things for him so that he can relax – his job is very physical after all.  While he’s at work I have the luxury of staying in my PJs if I want, writing for hours on end uninterrupted, drawing and drawing.  Yes, there are chores, animals to care for, errands to run.  But we both fulfill our end of the bargain. When you support each other, when you serve each other, you find harmony.

A friend of mine is an artist (a painter with acrylics and a multi-media genuis) had her marriage blossom when she finally figured out that her husband didn’t act supportive of her dreams because she’d never been supportive of his.  To him, having a man cave where he could smoke and drink and watch the games with his friends was a dream.  She’d always put it down.  So he’d never been overly enthused or supportive about her art.  Once she helped him clear our their basement and start to work on it he seemed “transformed” to her.  He didn’t complain if she was going to go paint.  In turn she bought him a mini keg of his favorite beer for the first game in the room and he bought her a brand new easel.  Crazy people in love, huh?  She told me when he asked her to paint something football related in his basement, she cried.  He’d never shown any interest, never cared, never said she was good or bad – anything to her would have been better than indifference.  So she painted one whole wall with his football team’s logo, years, championship years and his favorite player.  Needless to say, he became her biggest fan, lol.

Like I said I don’t know what you personally are going through.  Maybe Cindy’s story above helped, maybe not.  But the point is that there is an answer.  Whether you have to have a heart to heart, or Google for art support groups, it’s there.  Someone somewhere else out there (most likely MULTIPLE someones) has been through what you are going through.  They can be invaluable resources on how to get out of situations, fix circumstances or just be a good person to vent to.

Wow!  What a long post!  So sorry!  My goodness.  Here is another piece, this one a COMPLETE FAIL lol.  I drew it for a friend of mine.  The top image is the meme she adored and asked me to make her something like it, the bottom is my drawing.  Lol, needless to say, I was having an OFF DAY.  Still mailed it to her though, lol!  I’ll just have to do better on my next attempt.

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Super Creepy Skeksis from The Dark Crystal – Great Subjects for Drawing!

Last night I found out that The Dark Crystal was available on instant through Netflix.  I had checked MANY times before so I was super elated!  Because my husband was going to be late coming home (official biker group stuff) I decided to watch.  I was in a little bit of a gloomy mood, so it was perfect.

I remembered so much, I haven’t seen the film in years, but I watched the hell out of it as a kid!  There are some really creepy and dark things in there!  Very spooky.

Like the Skeksis.  Very creepy, disgusting, vile creatures.

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I don’t know what got into me, but I just had to draw one.  So I looked around on Google until I found one that appealed to me.  20 minutes later I had an outline:Untitled

But then I had to go to bed :/  So I took up the work in the morning.  Between doing other things I’ve worked on this today and was happy to finish him up.  He was a joy to work on.  I even posted a video of my shading him in over on Instagram.

Now here are the images taken each time I took a break:

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And now the finished work!

Fingers just for scale!

Fingers just for scale!

 

Creepy Skeksis!

Creepy Skeksis!

NSFW – Quick Nude Studies

Two days and two roughly 30 minute studies of some nude figures. I’ve been using Pixelovely.com for the figures.  And they have a “class mode” where you an set your time and it will automatically change the figures and let you know how long you have at the top (you can also skip figures or choose a NO NUDES option).  I had a lot of fun, especially spinning this around and trying to find places to fit new ones 🙂  I did 30 second poses, 1 minute poses, 5+ minute poses and like an 11 minute pose.

Now, gotta stop farting around.  Off to do some work before the hubby gets home for Taco Tuesday and Faceoff!!

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Self portraits don’t always have to look like you!

I love to draw.  Obviously, right?  Otherwise why would I have a blog about my art with drawings?  But seriously, I really love it.  And I like to challenge myself.  Drawing the same subjects over and over can help to show a lot of growth and give you an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself with different styles, mediums and genres.

My first self portrait that I can remember drawing was a little while after I found Danny Gregory‘s book, The Creative License (not an affiliate link).  I had been struggling with stress and really missed creating art.  I had been good in my teens and early twenties, but had allowed life pressures to come first.  Struggling with HUGE relationship changes, financial burdens and little free time, I’d really sunk into a stupor when it came to creativity.  Allowing myself to just be horrible – or what I thought of as “horrible” again – was freeing.  Despite the fact that I had been able to draw pretty well before, I just went with Danny’s book and didn’t judge.  I picked up a pen and drew.  Instead of spending 45 minutes drawing an inperfect but okay mug, I spent 5 drawing a horrible one!  And it was funny and fun and freeing and I couldn’t stop.  I got better and better using just a pen to draw.  I refused to use a pencil as Danny suggests you start out doing.  Because of that, I began to have more patience with observing forms and a more carefree attitude when it came to mistakes.

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“Self Portrait 2007” by Rebecca Galardo

The first self portrait was in 2007.  It’s not the most detailed, but oddly enough it might be the most accurate proportionally of the three I’ll show tonight.

The next ones I want to show were done sometime I believe in 2011.  Again, stress had driven us in all sorts of directions and I’d abandoned art for a bit due to no time at all to engage.  I picked it back up as soon as I had time and this time I was playing with it, having fun, not judging the creations but just letting them come out.

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“Inked Self Portrait with Dreadlocks” by Rebecca Galardo

This one was fun to create but my husband didn’t like it at all.  It obviously isn’t an accurate portrayal, but art doesn’t always have to be photo realistic.  I can still look back at this and remember drawing it, remember my hair (oh, I love my hair so much here!!!!) and remember the fun I had.  This piece means something to me.

The last self-portrait today is another one of my favorites.  It looks more like me than the middle one, but is more of a caricature.  Again, my husband doesn’t like it, but that doesn’t matter.  He has very different ideas of art than I do.  For him art is exact.  Photo-realism, photography those are what he likes and what he is good at, respectively (he doesn’t draw).

The point I guess is to keep growing, to experiment and to challenge yourself, and to maybe come back again and again to one subject and try different things.  It can be fun, especially if you don’t hold yourself to perfectionist standards with every piece you create.  Be loose sometimes.  Sure, if one of your goals is photo-realism (it’s one of mine!) then keep at it!  But know that you don’t have to try for perfection with every piece.  Drawing with a pen (like these were all done) allows you to embrace mistakes and create funky, flowing, bizarre and wonderful works of art, if they’re only those things to YOU.

"Hunched Me" with "Self Portrait 2007"  both by Rebecca Galardo

“Hunched Me” with “Self Portrait 2007” both by Rebecca Galardo