My CalArts Imagemaking assignment is to make a bunch of images of Whooping Cranes (now that I’ve chosen that animal) in as many different ways and with a variety of media. Today on my walk, I noticed the clouds looked a bit like wings, so I got a picture and transformed them into this.
Yes, I’ve done it again —signed up for another Coursera class. Who could pass up a course called “Imagemaking?” If nothing else, it keeps me making. In this class, we have to pick an animal to work with for the duration. I chose the Whooping Crane after scanning through a stack of National Geographics. It’s beautiful, endangered, and in North America, like me. (That is, in N. America, not the first two!)
So I thought I’d do a little Wacom experiment and make a drawing of a Whooping Crane:
There are several books currently sitting in my studio space and I’m likely to pick up any of them and read a few lines or pages for inspiration. This time I believe the inspiration came from two at once: Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon and Learning By Heart by Corita Kent and Jan Steward. They are nearly opposite in that the first is light, short and kind of a quick-fix approach. The other is packed with insights, suggestions and is not “quick” at all: the first assignment being to look at a corner for 15 minutes each day, or some such, to watch how the light changes.
This work comes from two pieces of advice: 1) to steal and 2) to make and remake and remake. The original drawing was in a book about Franz Kafka. I got it years ago when I was in Europe because I liked the illustrations. I had copied one of them into my sketchbook. This is the result of drawing it again —from the copy— and also adding color.
Sometimes it’s a mistake to share just after you’ve made something, because you think it’s great and then later on (or in this case, right away) you see how many problems there are with it. But I’m going to post this anyway, because even if there are things that I would change, it was so much fun to make that it’s worth posting just for that. After all, it’s the process, not the product, isn’t it?
Wow, not only is the Wacom tablet fun to use, but Photoshop is just the coolest for digital drawing and painting! I’ve been sitting down with the tablet whenever I get a chance and just playing around. Tonight I created some new brushes, and that was pretty nifty. And, at last, instead of many, many scribbles of lines and letters, I have made my first true digital drawing. Pretty basic, but it’s a starting point —and something to add to my blog, which I’m still trying to add to each week. So there you go.
I have taken a new step towards digital creativity: I bought a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet. It is so cool! I have been playing with it for an hour (when I really should be fast asleep). A lot of scribbling, playing with brushes, and getting used to it in general. I practiced both in Illustrator and in Photoshop. I can’t wait to do a real project!
For now, this is the most coherent thing I did. I’ll put it up here, just for the sake of reference. I expect (read: I plan) to share much more polished work in the future!