Inspiration Strikes

…at inappropriate times.

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WIP of Lady with Birds. 

Woke up in a daze this morning around 6 o’clock and had such a vivid image in my head that I had to draw before going back to sleep. Needless to say, the going back to sleep never occurred, but at least I have another illustration to show for it.

Here is the finished product;

ART _01Have you ever had inspiration strike you at inappropriate times? Let me know what you think.

Thanks again!

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Redundancy and Muay Thai.

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A couple of fighters from a Muay Thai fight show

Earlier on this week, I had an impromptu meeting with my boss who asked for a quick 5 minute chat.

As a freelancer in a 3D company this can only mean one or two things: a contract or being let go. Unfortunately it was the latter.

I couldn’t say I was surprised, I had noticed how quiet the studio had gotten, the panicked look in my superiors eyes as the weeks ticked by with no more jobs should have tipped me off.

The only thing that was going through my mind was: why me?

When we lose our jobs, its almost like losing a person. A part of your identity. I had gotten used to the daily grind in our studio, letting it seep over into other aspects of my life and help mould who I am.

Because of this I think its fair to say I experienced the 10 stages of grief; shock, denial, sadness, anger, sickness, panic, guilt, loneliness and finally settled on healing and acceptance.

I don’t think it was a good week for emotional outbursts or for my poor boyfriend who tried his hardest to help me see the bright side; less work, less stress, more freedom to pursue art etc. I know its not too bad because I  have a secondary job and had some money saved up “just in case”, but that doesn’t stop you from questioning yourself and wondering where you went wrong.

No matter how many kind words people say, or how they relate to your situation, no-one can help unless you accept you need to start helping yourself.

The one thing I found did help was going to the gym, a lot.

Since the start of January, (New Years resolution, cliche I know…) both my partner and I have been going to Muay Thai.

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Boxfit Glasgow: Muay Thai Gym.

I used to go a few years ago, until life got in the way. I always remembered thinking how motivated and uplifted I felt whenever I went, whether I was making progress or helping out some of the other trainers.

This is what I’ve latched on to since losing my job. Being a part of this team has greatly helped, and punching and kicking a bag to the point of exhaustion is fantastic for getting your frustration out!

So thats what I’m going to keep doing. More training, getting fitter and focus more on myself and things I love rather than how a job can make me feel.

Maybe I’ll work in 3D again in the future, who knows. But right now, life is not as bad as I thought.

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Life Drawing and Getting Back Into It.

As with any creative person, I can be guilty of procrastinating. A lot.
Its okay once in a while but when you can’t remember the last time you took time to draw someone from real life, you know somethings wrong.
Life drawing is a great skill to hone as it helps train you to draw what your eye sees and not what your mind thinks. And trust me, it is a lot trickier than drawing from a photograph.

This week, in the spirit of New Year; New You, I decided to kick the laziness and go back to life drawing classes.
I found a quaint little session on a Tuesday evening, close to where I live. Its unpretentious and non-threatening, and also has the added bonus of being in a pub. Good for loosening up with a sneaky Jaeger and coke.

My first session back was good and bad. I enjoyed getting back into the flow, but knew I was extremely rusty. They started with a few 2 minute poses, which help you warm up your skills, then moved onto 3 20 minute poses. These were more fun to do as you could focus more on details but I still wasn’t fast enough to capture everything I wanted! Though I can’t imagine posing naked for any amount of time, let alone in one position for over 20 minutes…

In order to keep it up each week and fight against my extreme laziness, I’ve decided to keep a blog of my progress and what I would like to work on.

Heres my extremely raw drafts from my first week, hopefully I’ll see some improvements as the weeks go on:

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2 minute poses Graphite on paper

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2 minute poses Graphite on paper

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First 20 minute pose Charcoal on paper

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Second 20 minute pose Pencil on paper. Focused more on the head and face in this one.

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Third 20 Minute pose (with a lady this time) Took time drawing her body and figure which i then ripped out and had 5 minutes left to draw this. Turned out better than expected.

So if you have any comments on any improvements I could make or if you have any good techniques or tips I’d love to hear from you!

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I enjoyed making them!
Until next time

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