I’ve been feeling a little burnt out with the art lately, I’m actually a bit bored with it. But after several long conversations with my wife I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve fallen into the Instagram trap. I’ve been making art based on what gets the most “likes” on Instagram, and Facebook too. And because of that, my art has started looking like a lot of art that’s out there, not that the art that is out there is bad, but there are a lot of people doing a lot of the same thing. Not that that’s a bad thing, it just isn’t my thing. So, I am avoiding Instagram and limiting my Facebook time, and getting back to what I call the basics. The pencil. I always loved working with pencil. It’s a simple tool. You can make lines, you can do some shading, you can erase it, and you can really explore your own style with it. It’s also pretty cheap to use.
The following images are what I’ve been working on lately, a couple of my standard pen with watercolor washes, and some pencil drawings.
I’m still trying to find a good way to photograph the pencil drawings. Between the shine of the graphite and the white balance issues when photographing pencil drawings on white or cream paper, the results aren’t always super accurate. But pencil drawings are about lines and value. I’d still like to find a way to get better pictures without a lot of fuss.
That’s all for today…thanks for stopping by reading my ramblings…Erik