FLOWERS AND MARKERS
Hi people! So, here I am - I promised to show you more of my creative endeavors and oh boy do I have some bad art to share. This week I decided to revisit drawing flowers. I already had a page that I had drawn a few years ago, but I still really like them and feel like I can create something with them. But aside from the things I am actually proud of, (a page of small flower drawings is an accomplishment for me), I also decided to get back into coloring. Maybe it’s because my sketching skills are rusty but I felt that I needed to get in touch with my inner child. I have markers from Blick that I love, mostly to collect, but they are very smooth and fun to use.
So here’s where things get ugly. I started drawing with the markers and they’re so saturated, which I love, but my lack of expertise makes using them hit or miss, which I don’t love. The watercolor effect is kind of cool, but sometimes the colors run into each other and I don’t allow space for that to happen. Markers are tricky! Who knew?
Because I was designing very odd things that I saw no use for, like that weird star (blanket?) thing, I ventured into making letterforms, but for someone who claims to love typography I flopped in that department. (Don’t worry, more on this at a later date).
I mean, seriously. Look how ugly these are! I have unsteady hands and untrained fingers. Well, they are trained, but they forgot all their lessons on graduation day. Sometimes my brain and my hands don’t connect. This was one of those times.
But then, I got an idea. I took out some tracing paper and started experimenting with adding color to the flowers. I drew with marker on the tracing paper over the flower drawings and I think I found what I was looking for. And what was that, exactly? No idea, but it satisfied my creative energy burst for the night.
My plan is to scan all of these and see where that takes me next. They may be just cool enough for social media, but you never know. Either way, I’m going to keep sketching using markers and maybe something good will come out of it. If you look closely at the background, you’ll notice I’m experimenting with squiggles. Squiggles! Can you believe it? I’m branching out.