"When you get those rare moments of clarity, those flashes when the universe makes sense, you try desperately to hold on to them. They are the life boats for the darker times, when the vastness of it all, the incomprehensible nature of life is completely illusive. So the question becomes, or should have been all a long... What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live. What life boat would you grab on to? What secret would you tell? What band would you see? What person would you declare your love to? What wish would you fulfill? What exotic locale would you fly to for coffee? What book would you write?"

The Artist in Me

Hey all! So in case I never mentioned it before in previous blogs, I LOVE to draw. Drawing is like.......therapy. Always has been.  I remember being in my first relationship and on stressful days I would just come home and blast the radio and draw, draw, draw. I don't do that as often anymore, but when I do.....its like home. My home. My heart's home. My inner peace....OK I'm getting cliche now but thats how I actually feel. With the music playing and me drawing, I don't have ADHD anymore. I can draw for hours, and hours.....so intent on what I am drawing. I am one with the pencil. OK, sorry, cliche again.  Here are some pieces of artwork from the past:

This was drawn in 2004 from a magazine ad for kids clothes! :)

This was drawn in 2008 for my final project in my drawing class at my community college.

Drawn in 2004, also from a magazine ad for clothes.
 What I know for sure:
My strength: Clothes. I am really, really good at clothes. Creases, shadows, bends, you name it. Clothes I excel in. I *can* be good in hair, but its a hit-or-miss.
Weakness: FACES!!! I ALWAYS mess faces up. I avoid them entirely and when I do encounter them I spend hours of redoing them. I can never get them to look.....human. I also have a weakness with making bodies look proportional.
So how do I draw? This is a project I am working on right now, and I plan to post pictures of it as I work on it. This is what I am drawing from:

Taken in Paris, one of my absolute favorites.
First step:

Now I have only taken one drawing class, so I don't know how to actually really draw, this is only from copying what I can already see before me, things that aren't moving. I hate still-life/real-life drawing because I am really bad at it. So I can't tell you or teach you how to draw, or if this is even the right way to do it. I just usually start with the basic point-of-focus of the picture, which in this case is the two men. I can't put them in mid-air, so I have to draw the basic architecture for them to sit on, and this also helps set the entire drawing in proportion. The humans are the hardest to get right, and after that its just detail, detail detail...I'll probably post again when I get the next guy in to the left. What do you think of that guy? He is slouching so it is hard to get him to look right. I have such a hard time with faces/heads....and also, his shoe isn't right. Is his leg long enough? What does everyone think?  ---6/29/11

Second guy is in! But I am officially ticked that the first guy (on right), his leg is terribly too short and MUST absolutely be lengthened. And his forehead is bothersome too.....Just something isn't right with it. I have to play with that later. :-\     --6/30/11

New Stuff!:

And one more for you:

I forgot to show the progression of this being completed, so thats a boo bean :( But can anyone guess who it is?? Pixar, will you hire me?? :D

New Stuff! : 8/11/11

One of my best friends just recently got engaged and today was their engagement celebration party. So in thinking....what do I bring as a gift to an engagement party? Is it time for blenders and toasters and that stuff? Nah. I didn't think so, at least. I wanted to do something unique.

So despite the fact that the last time I have actually finished a complete drawing was probably over three years ago, I decided I was going to brave drawing a picture of her and her fiance. I picked out a picture from their engagement photoshoot that I knew she would like and that was (sort of) easy enough to draw. Well, this is the picture:

And this is what I ended up with:

New Stuff as of 4/15/12...

~The Artist (Lol) in a Nurses Body


Jessica said...

Yes I think his leg is long enough! And I love how you're drawing that pic - I think I suggested that... :)

A Writer in a Nurse's Body said...

YOU DID! Except is not long enough. I have stared at it for like an hour and have ultimately decided its not long enough. Must.Fix.It.

Warren Baldwin said...

Your family aunts and uncles) have all been great artists - drawing, musics, etc. You are continuing the tradition!

Chocolate con Churros said...

very nice drawings you certainly have some artistic gift