In January I planned to paint or draw for at least an hour every workday, and more on the weekend. That plan quickly failed, since I got a migraine that after a few days transformed into what was probably a really bad tension headache. It lasted for over four weeks, but I feel so much better now. 🙂
A few hours here and there were not so terrible, and I managed to finally finish my first baby dragon, Tekla. A few things I’ve taken from her creation is:
- Do not give up. If something is not right, let it dry and paint an extra layer.
- Contrast is extremely important.
- Oil paint always takes longer to dry than I think. Plan ahead and don’t rush it.
- Details make all the difference.
You can see the creation of Tekla on my YouTube channel, where I post time-lapses of my paintings and drawings.
When I was done with the oil painting, I decided to alter my January plans. Having short projects, that are easily finished, in between oil paintings makes me feel accomplished. So I decided to fill the gaps with good ol’ pencil drawings.
I also realized that my plan to create almost every workday, was not realistic. Some days I’m exhausted after having spent the day among hundreds of people. Being on the spectrum means I’m sensitive to impressions, and that I have to take care of the precious little energy I have. I try to accept the days when I cannot do anything else than watch Netflix, when I get home from work.
The moments and hours when I do have energy, becomes even more special. When the idea of a unicorn deer calf popped up in my head, at the same time that I decided to use pencils, I felt very pleased and relaxed. Drawing with a regular, non-coloured pencil, is very freeing. I don’t have to decide on colours and find the perfect combination, I only focus on values and details.
Drawing “Aldis” was so much fun, and I’m glad I altered my plans. It’s been such a long time since I actually sat down and created a finished piece with just pencils. I had forgotten how much fun it was. 🙂
I created a time-lapse video of Aldis as well, you can watch it here.
Have a nice week ahead, and I hope to see you back soon! 💗