Well, the 2014 30-Day Drawing Challenge has come to an end. And I absolutely sucked at it this year.
I had a feeling, initially, that I was going to struggle to get many daily challenges done, but I had hoped to produce more than the entirely pathetic sum total of seven pieces over the thirty days. But despite my best efforts, that was all I could muster.
Part of the reason that I have failed so miserably with the challenge is because I have a couple of other juicy commissions that are taking up a healthy chunk of my spare time. They are moving on a pace, but they will still hold my attention for a couple of weeks yet.
Another reason is because work at the bookshop is very tough at the moment. It's turning out to be a rather busy summer here in Galway, with a huge amount of tourists around (more, I feel, than last year, despite that being the year of Irish Tourism's big marketing push - 'The Gathering'). So I have found myself quite exhausted most evenings, and a million miles away from being capable of doing justice to these 30-Day Challenges.
So I'm going to chalk this year up to being the one that got away... to use a fishing term aptly, I think. I believe next year's challenge will be moving back to July and will return to being a 31-Day Drawing Challenge. Hopefully, I'll be able to get my ducks in a more manageable row for then and will be able to contribute more.
So, anyway, this year's final challenge is a continuing tradition, where the artist gets to chose to draw whatever they want. Here's what I've gone and done:
I adore that world, and have long since wanted to produce lots of artwork concerning Middle Earth and its inhabitants. We shall see what the future holds, but I enjoyed doing this little portrait of Gollum as I see him (not unlike the movie version, but not as cutesy, I think).
I really like drawing on brown paper. Which is a good thing, because I just found a box of brown paper and card that I must have been hoarding when I worked at a bookshop in Melbourne all of those years ago.
Many book publishers and suppliers ship their books to stores with all sorts of packaging materials to help protect the books during transit. Some use those little foam 'peanuts,' others use bubble wrap, butcher paper, etc. Some use brown paper; some even use a really nice olive coloured paper.
Whenever I am on the book processing duty, I try and keep the brown and green paper, because it is great for life drawing and little portraits like Gollum. It gives me an opportunity to use my Karisma pencils (the brown and white in this instance) and some diluted white gouache as well. It's a nifty and quick system that was probably best used by the master, Alphonse Mucha; but several artists I admire still use it today (Justin Gerard, Travis Charest, Donato Giancola, to name a few) and I've been a fan of it for a long time.
Anyway, I think I'll leave it at that today. But I should be back in a few days with a post about my new obsession: ART PODCASTS!!!!!
See you then.