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Poetry Journal Excerpt: August 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did end up writing a few poems in August, which is supremely encouraging. I have been pecking at reading more of The Poet’s Companion. I can’t say that the prompts from that have led to any work, as I have not being doing the prompts! That’s on me, not on the quality of the book. The book is amazing.

I have been reading more contemporary poetry during the day, which does put me in a receptive mood for the poems that are inside of me.
Nicola Mae Goldberg’s “Wisconsin” in Winter Tangerine has really impressed and propelled me.

I want to move toward more full-bodied poems. Poems that say more and have more substance. I have a tendency to rattle off about three to four stanzas and then walk away from a poem. I want my poems to be more like a meal, or an experience, than a flash of light, or a sparse, mysterious vision.

I don’t know if this will mean a change of style or voice, or if this is what experimentation looks like. Is it a desirable idea? Either way, it never hurts to play–and to use an artistic illustration, it might be like breaking out the watercolors when you’ve been used to oil painting. Or maybe making a collage–changing it up altogether. But I feel like I am ready for this, and it feels like a natural transition. So, onward, I will play. (And will share that play.)

Speaking of sharing…here are some excerpts from the writing of August.


 

 

I am still submitting work into the world, so it’s all happening at its own pace. No recent acceptances yet, but there is still the hope.

Wishing you creative experimentation and growth in your own season,

Pink Maple – Coloring Digitally

Pink Maple – Coloring Digitally

I felt like I needed some bright colors in my life today. I went back through the daily sketch archives and found a portrait to experiment with. My thought being, “Why not add some color digitally? Let’s see what happens.” I am super encouraged by this short, fun coloring! Pink seemed the way to go, and so, go with it, I did!

The graphite drawing was taken from Day 16 of Daily Portrait Sketches.
Below is the newly-colored “Pink Maple”. What do think of her color infusion?

Day 16 - Portrait SketchPink Maple - Colored from Day 16

 

 

 

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Six Succulents (digital art, version 2 / WIP)

Six Succulents (digital art, version 2 / WIP)

This is the second round of working this picture of succulents. I originally made a less realistic version of it here.

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It was colorful and fun, focusing more on the bright-color aspect and less on the real, true-to-form colors of the succulent. I told myself I’d come back to work using the very same reference image but doing it in a different style. And this is the result. It’s still a work-in-progress, but here are some images from the working second version.

Six Succulents - v.2 WIP, Full Image

The working second version. There is still cleaning and refining to do. But note the realistic style I’m aiming for, aside from the pink outline — which I like as a contrast from the dark green.

Six Succulents - v.2 Center Succulent
A zoom-in of the center succulent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Succulents - v.2 Side-by-Side Plants

Side-by-side zoom-in shots of two succulents in the image.

 

Six Succulents - v.2 Highlighted Edges
Highlighted edges with pink lines. It’s fun to see the underlines and structure without the color.

 

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A zoom-in of a succulent, colored. With the original gray lines and pink overlapping + highlighted edges.

In another post, I show the lines from the image with various background colors. It’s fun to play with the original lines of a drawing and explore all of the possibilities. You can see that here.

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Thanks for reading!

Loves and hugs,
Penney

 

 

 

 

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Coy Duck (digital, WIP)

Coy Duck (digital, WIP)

After living on a sailboat for seven months, I’ve developed a friendly relationship with a sweet pair of Mallard Ducks. They were wary at first, but after repeated feedings and sweet-talking, they are our little pets. I see them a few times a day, either paddling their feet in the water up to the back of the boat, or what has happened a lot more recently, they’re standing on the dock, waddling up to me and eating food straight from my hand. How cute is that? Because I obviously adore these animals, and have a million pictures of them on my phone already (lots of reference pictures,) I decided to make a drawing of the female duck.

The low resolution original of a drawing taken from a reference photo. Doesn't she have a sweet face?
The low resolution original of a drawing taken from a reference photo. Doesn’t she have a sweet face?

 

I increased the resolution from my original line drawing, and reoriented her slightly.
I increased the resolution from my original line drawing, and reoriented her slightly. There is still a lot of work to do, but the building blocks are happening.

 


Using the drawing I have so far, I’m just playing with some colors. I want to get a feel for how the rest of this drawing is going to work. I am asking myself some stylistic questions.

  • Or shall I take it to a realistic level?
  • Do I want to keep it minimalist?
  • Should I do a line art against a solid background?
  • Will it be a line drawing?

I don’t know the answers to these questions yet, but I’m keeping them in my thoughts as I’m working.


Here are some simple color choices, for fun:

Coy Duck - Blue 02
A light blue duck.

 

A yellow (ochre) duck.
A yellow (ochre) duck.

 

A red (rust) colored duck.
A red (rust) colored duck.

 


 

I have some decisions to make about what direction this is heading. I also need to spend time cleaning up the lines that represent her feathers. I am many processes away from being able to color her, so it’s nice to play with colors and be loosely brainstorming them before my line-clean up / decision-making process. The little glimmer of instant-color satisfaction is very heartening to me. More on Miss Duck to come! Quack, quack.

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Three Mushrooms (digital art / WIP)

Three Mushrooms (digital art / WIP)

Out on a walk, I found the cutest and most-nicely assembled bunch of mushrooms.

The three mushrooms. The original image I'm using as a reference.
The three mushrooms. The original image I’m using as a reference.

 

I took a picture. Once I got home, I loaded this picture in Sketchbook Pro and started tracing and modifying the lines.

I began to outline the contours of the mushrooms and drew lines of represent their interior texture.
I began to outline the contours of the mushrooms and drew lines representing their interior texture.

 

Continuing to fill in the smaller mushrooms while using the original image as a guideline.
Continuing to fill in the smaller mushrooms while using the original image as a guideline.

 

It is a work-in-progress, so I don’t have the image finalized yet, but seeing the progress in a post like this is helpful for me. It gives me a chance to become more familiar with the image, and share. This is the image showing the line work I’ve done with no background image. As you can see, the line work is very clean and represents the shapes and unique texture of the mushrooms very well. (And we haven’t even done coloring or textures yet, which are to come.)

The current line art, I'm mostly finalized -- all the major shapes are represented with sufficient line detail.
The current line art, I’m mostly finalized — all the major shapes are represented with sufficient line detail.

 

The beginning of testing some colors -- which is the next step: inking.
The beginning of testing some colors — which is the next step: inking.

 

I’m excited to see how this turns out. The playful shapes in the interior of the mushroom were a lot of fun to draw, and gave me some good eye-to-hand exercise. I’m really enjoying the freedom of digital artwork, and the ability to make multiple iterations and moods to the same structural image.

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