BELOW: Here, I expand the shadows and transition the mid-tone range to the highlights and dark shadows.
IN THE STUDIO (below): I worked on the ambient light and shadow to bring forward a few simple features and push down the competition of shapes out of the way to the periphery of the frame. There is a better idea of center vs. peripheral and how to move through and around.
What happens in the studio? I do a handful of things but the main thing is that I work on expanding the shadow shapes in a way that strengthens the sense of form. Sometimes, what emerges is a little better figure-ground relationship.
The handmade paper in this sketchbook is very soft and has a lot of fiber and texture. The paper encourages 'touch' and patience in evolving the drawing very gradually.
Here are twenty of my drawings/prints on single sheet to give you some overview of my interest in taking a closer look at nature as a way to explore light, surface, form, and design.
I see a few ways I'd like to try and strengthen this drawing. It is always the underlying pattern - form and structure. That's where I stumble. But it is in the general direction of where I'd like to go.
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Like kayaking, journaling helps me reinvigorate my creative life. The kayak and journal permit me the freedom to meander and wander as I please. As I do so, what comes back to me is a strong sense of playful curiosity and a renewed hunger to explore.
Creativity has a lot to do with our state of mind. And that playful sense of exploration ...that's what I'm trying to bring to my studio work.
How about you? Where do your ideas come from? How do you cultivate your creative life?
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