For those of you who didn't know, I started out my artistic life as an Illustrator. I love working with pen and pencil and colour, but I haven't done anything in Illustration technique for a very long time. Yesterday I got the itch... BAD! All day all I could think about was picking up my pencils again. My ink. My gouache. My mojo...
I'd just dealt with a day from hell - copyright violations on so much of my artwork I was reeling with dismay and despair. So I went for a walk in the fresh air (now I know the meaning of 'the wind has teeth' and thought. Long and hard. About what was important in my life and what wasn't. The words of a wise artist friend were foremost in my mind : let the small stuff go, it will always happen - is it worth worrying yourself sick over something you have no control over? I decided No, it wasn't. So I pursued the two major breaches of copyright and let the other stuff go.
And when I let all that go, I felt a great peace come over me and I felt calm and grounded for the first time for a long time. It was a great feeling.
Then, out of nowhere, came the overwhelming urge to DRAW! Draw, draw, draw! So many amazing artist friends have unknowingly been subliminally motivating me - Ravynne Phelan, Anita Inverarity, Patricia Ariel to name but a few. Watching their work unfold in my facebook feeds was priming me, gearing me up for new things... Letting go of the old stuff was so important to moving on...
May I present my first Illustration for years... starting with the primary sketch (not yet finished), I will be showing the progression as I go:)
Love and BLe