Hello, dear! This first week of April has been quite cold here and filled with innumerable cups of tea and lots and lots of drawing.
I've spent many of these cold, dreary days cuddled up on the couch; my iPad in my lap, doodling the hours away, watching documentaries on WWII, NASA Conspiracies and dream garden tv shows. And I've been so thrilled to see the art you guys are sharing over on #darlingdrawings with the different prompts! It's made my week :)
For my own work, I'm trying to get back into the habit of daily sketching (for non-projects!) and I'm falling back in love with the black and white pencil sketches. I've got quite a few of these little doodles coming this Wednesday in the Patreon Sketchbook Update. So be on the lookout for that, my lovely Patrons.
I particularly like this style of practice, as it allows me to focus on texture, shape and the work itself beyond the colors, which I feel like can take over a piece sometimes. These force me to get my idea out, get what details are possible but, nt obsessively adding layer upon layer of colors, shading, etc.
If you're wanting a way to push yourself and your work, I highly suggest limiting yourself in some area. For me, that means quicker, no color doodles. For you, that might be only using three colors or using one medium, or if you're a digital artist, not using the "undo" options.
In my experience, all of these things push you really far, really fast. It let's you get really uncomfortable and then more confident as you go. Whatever you do, I hope you'll tag me on instagram / etc. (@ziedarling on all platforms) and if you're participating in the monthly prompts, please use #darlingDrawings on instagram, so I can see & share some of my favs each week!
Anyway, here's a smiling, little cup of tea. Cheers!