Getting into it…

On 24 September, 2012 by mathjorgensen

Another long while without any updates what so ever, ugh. I think I have have to start making a habit of posting every couple of days.

 

However, things have been moving forward while I’ve been silent.
I picked up a bunch of different colour mediums, pastels, watercolour pencils, crayons as well as actual water colours.
While I have only been slightly experimenting with the dry ones, I have become quite happy with the watercolours. During the little summer we had, I’ve been enjoying sitting outside in the garden painting plants. While it may not sound like anything special, I have never felt so tranquil and fulfilled as I did when I was able to do that and nothing but that for a little while.
However, with the coming of the harsh winds and cold grey weather it will be some time till I can do this again. Though my water colouring hasn’t come to a complete stand still as I am still painting away during the evening while watching and listening to various nature related documentaries which continue to blow my mind. If only I had this interest and desire when I was younger. Guess I just have to make up for lost time.
My current watercolour is of a simple gorilla in a dense jungle going towards a plant filled with water. It’s very simple, but it has helped me understand how watercolours mix and blend together.
Drawing wise I haven’t been following the anatomy lessons as I should have. I don’t know what it is, but it just seems like such a daunting task to take on which ultimately keeps me from it and rather explore colours and full illustrations more.
However, I’ve realized that this is the wrong approach to take. At least for me, personally. The other day I was riding on the tube for about 1.5 hours or so. During that time I decided to go to war with my charcoal and my sketchbook and spent half the time drawing nothing but circles (hard things!) and the other half doing lines, cubes, rectangle and curves. I was going to the Natural History Museum to sketch some animals (DINOSAURS!) and since I had only just purchased the charcoal a few days before I wanted to practise with it. While my sketches were still crude and probably only made sense in my own mind, I realized once i came home, that spending that time doing simple exercises had increased my overall hand/eye coordination and when I decided to do some digital sketches and painting later on, I could actually see the improvement which really filled me with a sense of achievement and progress.
I’ve been following various artists for a while now and they all say that art is a never ending pursuit of mastery and that no matter how good you may be as an artist you will still be striding to become better because you’re constantly surrounded by your own short comings which may not be apparent to others but which you are constantly reminded of in your work.
If this is true, something that I can’t even begin to pretend to know at this point in time, I can’t let myself be held back by my mistakes. Instead, I have to face them head on and welcome each and every one of them as a learning experience and a slap in the face to wake up, realize what I am doing wrong, correct it next time, and move on to the next.
This post has become a lot more in-depth than I intended, so I’ll leave it here for now. Will try to get into a groove of posting every few days and just making small updates on work. Let’s see if I can stick to it this time around!

I’ll leave you with an image I am working on at the moment:

 

Tiny World

 

-Mathias

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