After the skull sketch of last week, I branched out to include some "animal work". ;)
This sketch is based on my tiny collection of antler points which I got from ETSY two years ago. The seller promised that they're naturally shed antlers and no deer or other animals were harmed in the process.
Other than my love of natural bones, I'm using the sketch to deal with my mental block of the color brown. I don't know why, but out of all the colors, I have lots of problem with browns. (I could deal with beige as I see it as a form of white. Khaki and similar is o.k., but not the typical brown!)
However I know I need to deal with this blockage since one of the subjects I love to paint is Nature. And with nature scene, you just can't get away from the browns. (When I'm writing this, I feel like I'm talking about a person ... weird!)
This is my first try. And let me tell you this - after I laid down the first brown on one of the antlers, I felt like I had ruined the entire sketch. I panic and went blank.
I have to remind myself the reasons whey I started the sketchbook.
- To develop sketching habit
- Take off the pressure of being a "perfectionist"
- More realistic time management - I'm working on A5 size sketchbook which doesn't need days to finish one painitng
- "Subject" study for future painting purposes
- Learn to become "looser" in my approach to drawing and painting
So I clenched my teeth (no exaggeration here) and soldiered on.
An important thing I observe from this forced way to paint is that I lost my sense of color. I hesitated to pull new colors from my palette to paint. It also affect my creative flow. I had a hard time to put the finishing touch of the work.
Anyway, it's done for round 1 ... I'll be working on many rounds to overcome my color demon. ;)
I'm very interested to know if any fellow creatives and bloggers have similar experience and how do you tackle it.
Before finishing off this post, I'd like to share with you photos of some of my antler points and a DIY Antler Necklace which I wear most of the time.
Also I want to thank my fellow PPFers' lovely comments about my sketch photos. I enjoy styling them for blogging and treating it as another outlet for creative expression. But I never imagine it would trigger such wonderful respond from fellow creatives and bloggers. THANK YOU!
Cheers and have a fantastic weekend!
The sketch is also for Paint Party Friday (hosted by Eva and Kristin). All are welcomed! Do join in to share and support each other!