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.
Aikido 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.
Daily Creativity: We all need a protector. Rory to the rescue
Protector 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.
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!
With all this talk about Disney buying parts of Fox there is the discussion, does that mean the Xenomorph is a Disney Princess? So of course I had to draw that. I’m not sure if the Alien franchise was part of the deal, but it is enough for me to be a big ‘ol geek about it. Colored pencils on paper.