Daily Creativity: Love Your Body

Daily Creativity: Love Your Body

This Love Your Body piece was inspired by Mark Velasquez’s photo that I spotted on tumblr a while back. I was so struck by the image, the posing and the draping of the fabric for some reason reminded me of religious art, it was very goddess like to me. So when I sketched her I kept that in mind and tried to bring that to my drawing. I like to keep images from tumblr to work on later. My flow is when I see something that strikes me I click reblog>save as draft. My drafts folder is full of beautiful figures just waiting to be turned into art.

Pencils on Paper

Daily Creativity: Pondy Bear #PondyStrong

Daily Creativity: Pondy Bear #PondyStrong

#PondyStrongI drew this #PondyStrong bear earlier today, had it scanned in and saved by 5pm, and for some reason I thought I had already posted it. I didn’t. So here I am at 3am posting this lil guy. My friend is going for his second round of chemo this week. A bunch of his friends and supporters are sporting art he has created and taking pictures to show him their support. I though what better for one artist to another to show support than creating art in their honor. I have Scott Pond art on my walls (art prints, not just the posters, cause I’m cool like that) and have his book and books he designed the cover of on my shelves. I also have had good conversations with him about art, including things like where to get good art prints, how to display art at a show, and other nitty gritty non sensational topics that artists need to know. I wish I could be there, or do something more than send support online, but I am sure the majority of his friends feel that way. So for now I will doodle and click the heart reaction on his photos and comment on his status. Till I can hug him again. Also, Fuck Cancer.

I drew this with a fountain pen using Diamine Purple Pizzazz ink and then used a watercolor brush to paint it. This isn’t the best scan, but I am working on that. My scanner sucks, I replaced a broken one with a bad one and have a new one on the way. Scanners are the bane of my existence.

Daily Creativity: Aikido Mice

Daily Creativity: Aikido Mice

Daily Creativity: Aikido MiceAikido Mice was inspired by tonight’s activities. Along with some other members of our Dojo we dojo stormed a neighboring dojo about an hour and a half away. We were invited to attend classes to celebrate their 20 year anniversary. It was amazing, as always. Also there were 4 dojos in attendance. We just had so much fun and I’m still hyped up. Also, their juniors reminded me of mice.

ink on paper.

Daily Creativity: We all need a protector. Rory to the rescue

Daily Creativity: We all need a protector. Rory to the rescue

Daily Creativity: We all need a protector. Rory to the rescueProtector Rory is keeping his friends safe with his stance and this big umbrella. This didn’t work out as I had planned. I was working with a new supply of paper that was given to me, I didn’t expect too much from it, but since I wasn’t planning to layer too much I thought I would be safe. Well one layer in and the paper started to tear. It is actually worse in person, I touched up the worst tears after scanning it in. The paper isn’t even good for writing, since it is so textured. So I flipped it over and think I can use the back as practice sheets for lettering. Sadly, this supply is a bust. Let that be a lesson to me, don’t use untrusted brands.

Watercolor on paper.

Daily Creativity: Body Positive Conversation Hearts

Daily Creativity: Body Positive Conversation Hearts

Daily Creativity: Body Positive Conversation Hearts

Conversation hearts in honor of Valentines day. I’m not a big fan of Valentines day because of the pressure it seems to put on people. It’s one of those things, when you are single you think, if I was with someone this would be a great day. Yet when you are with someone the pressure that is put on this holiday can be overwhelming. You end up feeling bad about yourself no matter your relationship status. When I was a kid I loved Valentines day because my mother would sneak chocolates under our pillows. We would wake up to a tiny sample of chocolates. It wasn’t much, just enough to make us feel special. My first year out of the house I was living with my sister and my mom arranged for her to put my chocolate sample under my pillow that first year. It was awesome and made me feel really special. That is the kind of stuff I love, yet most of what you hear about this day, is pressure. Pressure to be in a relationship. Pressure to show someone how much you care. Pressure to feel like you partner has done enough to show that they care. It’s frustrating and while both my partner and I know this is a made up holiday and don’t really celebrate it, I see this continue to hurt a lot of other people. Instead of focusing on relationships I thought I would focus on self love. I asked for some suggestions from a Fat Acceptance group I belong to on Facebook to help me come up with some empowering conversation hearts. Some of these are my own, and some are important to others. I would buy a whole box of these.

Fountain pen Ink and digital pastels.

Welcome to my 2018 Lent project of Daily Creativity!