Learning to draw faces

As I wrote in my last post, I’ve decided to invest some time in increasing my drawing skills.

Painting people is something I’ve always felt uncomfortable with, so I guess drawing faces in different angles and with different expressions would be a nice way to start of.

I’ve read a few pages in one of my tutorial books about drawing faces, and had a serious go at it the other night.

This is an excerpt form my session (not including the ones I was really disappointed with though).. 🙂

Learning to draw

I haven’t been posting for a week or so, simply because I’m using a lot of time trying to get better at drawing.

I really want to develop my drawing skills, as I think this’ll help me a lot with future painting projects.

I’ve realized that if I want to move forward in painting, I have to either be able to make out a good base drawing to work with, or be able to paint for example buildings, people or animals with a decent understanding of perspectives, structures and movement.

So I’ve bought myself a few books on drawing, trying to get in some exercises every evening.

I hope it’ll turn out the way I hope.

In the meantime I’m planning to get in some painting sessions inbetween 🙂

 

A broken boat in Koh Mak, Thailand

Traveling in Thailand a few years ago, we stayed for a week at the (somewhat) secluded island of Koh Mak.

Rolling around on our rental scooters, we stopped by a narrow path through some withered grass.

After following it for some minutes, down a small hill, we came down to the sea and some pretty dilapidated farm buildings.

On the grass behind it, encircled by some rusted car trailers and trees, an old boat lay broken on it’s side.

It looked like this:

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As I looked over the photos from the trip, I decided this would be a nice picture to try to recreate on paper.

So I picked up a pencil, and had a go at some sketches and outlines I wanted to start out with.

Firstly, I tried to place the boat.

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Afterward I tried drawing in the surroundings, adding some grass and trees, the trailers and the small hill.

On the boat itself I decided to add some wood patterns to make it look more real, which I thought ended up rather nice.

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Now it was time to add some colour.

I’ve only been using watercolour from pocket boxes earlier, but last time I visited the hobby store I bought me some Van Gogh watercolour tubes.

I’ve been quite keen to try them out, and this was a brilliant opportunity to do so.

After about two hours the painting was done, and I have to say that the colours looked much more vibrant than the colours from the pocket box.

This is how it ended up:

A broken boat in Vietnam

A low-key comic

As summer ended, and everyday life settled in, there’s been periods with limited time to paint or draw.

I do, however, reserve at least 10 – 15 minutes a day where I get to do a quick doodle or paint work, or work on a bigger project.

It’s a goal I set for myself a few months ago, and I’ve been able to fulfill it so far.

It can be a bit tricky, though. I often have to foresee small time gaps during the day where I can pick up a pencil, pen or brush and get to it. Especially when I’m away from home, and if the schedule is pretty packed.

So if I’m not able to manage it during day time, I’ll end up doing it after (my intended) bed time.

Anyway, I’ve been having some fun lately trying to make out some low-key comics.

I posted one of them in a recent post, and decided to have a go at another one during a quick session some days ago. The unofficial name I’ve given it is “On the line”.

I just got the whole setting on my mind as I was doing something completely different, and decided to put it to paper that same evening to see how it ended up.

I was a bit short on time, and the drawing is not very good, but this is the result (At least I think it’s a bit fun..) 🙂

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New name: placidpainting.com

Hi, everyone! (I guess I can say that now, as I after two and a half years actually have some followers (Wuhuu!)) 🙂

I recently posted my 100th post on paintprojectblog.com, which was a pretty huge deal for me.

I’ve been spending a lot of time getting this site up and running, and I finally feel that it’s starting to take the shape I want it to have.

I’ve also gotten an increase in site views and feedback the recent months, which is just terrific, so my spirits are high to say it the least.

Today though, I’ll be doing the most scary thing I’ve ever done on this site. I’m changing my primary domain and site name.

I’ve been chatting tendonitis on the support team making sure that I don’t loose either followers nor my stats doing this, and my non-primary domain will still stay the same (www.paintprojectblog.wordpress.com).

So if your’re following me, you’ll only notice (hopefully) that quite soon I’ll be going by another name than I used to.

A change of name may, however, make me hard to find for potential people who are following this site through the search bar.

Simply because I’ll have to let the domain paintprojectblog.com go to not be charged extra money for it. I hope as many as possible will be notified of this change though.

So why change my domain?

I like the name “paintprojectblog” quite a bit, but I’ve felt for a while that I kind of want to break free from the whole blog label.

Blogging is a big part of this site, but for the future I want it to be a general page for my thoughts and work.

I also think the name paintprojectblog can appear a bit messy when it’s all crumpled up in one word, like I use it. I originaly wanted the name “Paintproject” or “Thepaintproject” when I started out, but naturally these names were already taken.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking for a while about which name I would like to use as my new primary domain.

My plan on wordpress renews about now, so if I want to make a change without costing me extra money I need to do it now or wait for another year. So let’s just get on with it, I think!

I wanted the new name to be clean, and to say something about my personality and work. I still don’t want it to be too serious, though. Something light and easy to remember.

So I thought: I’ve always been a quiet kid, which has also followed me into my adult life. I’ve mostly kept to myself, have never liked personal attention if I can avoid it, and emotionally I rarely show either my ups or downs in any physical form.

I have been feeling a bit anxious and restlessness through the years as well, not knowing what to do with my life and kind of struggling with some personal stuff.

When I started painting though, everything of that went away. As I described in a recent post, I just get into a zone where nothing else exists but the work I’m doing.

Either if it’s just doodling, sketching or making a serious attempt on a painting I simply feel engrossed. It makes me calm and focused, even though the paintings don’t always turn out that way 🙂

So (I can’t believe how much I’ve been able to ramble on about this now, by the way..), to find a new name that I feel fulfills the requirements described, I’ve decided that my new primary domain and page name is:

placidpainting.com

Placid is described as “serenely free of interruption or disturbance”, which is exactly how I feel when I pick up the brushes.

I hope you’ll stay with me for the further journey, and hope that as many people as possible will be able to still find my site.

Seriously, this actually feels terrifying doing because I’m so super proud of actually having 19 followers(!), but at least now I’ll have a name I know I’ll be comfortable with in the future and to say out loud to people (some day).

The 100th post

Time flies. I was actually quite surprised when I published my recent post, and saw that the total tally actually had reached 99.

It feels like a while, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been three whole years since I went to the mall, kind of on a whim, and bought my very first painting set to see if it could be a suiting hobby for me.

It was a wooden casket with some brushes, a palette and a set of paint tubes, and I went straight home to do my first session.

I remember putting a lot of plastic bags on the kitchen table with an oil painting paper on top, and got to work.

I thought I would spend an hour or two just testing it out, but when I finished up it was dark outside and I had been at it for about six hours.

The result of my very first painting since kindergarten was this:

First ever

It’s been like that ever since. I don’t think I’ve ever spent less time on painting or drawing than I set out to. In most sessions, a lot (A LOT) more.

You just get into the zone, forgetting everything else around, or in life, as I’ve seen a lot of other people describe as well.

After starting out, I quickly went over from regular oil paint to water soluble oil paint. Simply because the oil paint made my head ache during long hours over the kitchen table.

Water soluble oil paint is therefore the medium I’ve by far used the most, even though 2018 mostly have been used testing out pencil and pen drawings, watercolour and markers.

The reason behind this is simply that I noticed a lack of skill when it came to painting objects that demanded a certain amount of craftsmanship. Like living creatures og selected perspectives.

I hope that by learning to draw and paint with different mediums I’ll be able to increase my skills overall, and not let myself be restricted by a lack of confidence in doing what I want to do.

Testing out different mediums has also been a blast on it’s own, which has really expanded my horizon. I hope to soon be able to pick out my preferred medium based on what kind of painting or drawing I want to make, and kind of see which of them would do the task most justice.

This has also made my trips to the hobby store a lot longer (and more expensive) than they used to be. But when something makes you happy, I think it’s worth spending some money on.

The feeling of buying a new brand of paint, a tutorial book or even my first sailor fountain pen was just terrific after all!

Anyway, enough rambling from me. I thought my 100th post on the blog should be a nice opportunity to look back on the recent years.

It’s been so much fun, and so much time spent, and I really look forward to the rest of the journey.

Since august I’ve been getting some followers of the blog as well, which I think is just amazing!

I want to thank everyone who has found it worth while to tag along. I really, really appreciate it!

I guess there’s not much more to say then but; Happy painting! 🙂

Just a cow being a cow

I haven’t painted or drawn a lot of animals through the years, which makes me feel very insecure about adding them into the stuff I make.

When I’ve tried to draw them, they end up just like they did in kindergarten with screwed up proportions and way to skinny legs.

So to get some practice in drawing four-legged creatures, I decided to try and draw a cow using pen and markers.

I have a tutorial book which shows how to draw both people and animals, so I used one of the examples to sketch out the proportions using a pencil.

I then went over it again using a felt pen, before adding some colour using different markers.

I think it ended up looking a lot more cartoonish than the example I used, and the grass in front is not well coloured with the marker. The rest of it went firly well though, I think.

The name of the drawing came to me quite quickly though. Because it is, really, “A cow just being a cow”.

A cow just being a cow