I’ve hit one of those times at work where theres nothing to do. You’d think that would give me the opportunity to get all inspired and creative for my own projects. However, it’s one of those workplaces that even when you’ve got nothing to do, you can be seen to do anything productive that isn’t related to the company. So I basically get bored into brain death on a daily basis which seems to spill over to the out of work hours.
So with that discalimer, I present my Monday Projectsubmission for the month. It’s pretty much a literal interpretation of the phrase (the first idea that popped into my head) and me playing around in Photoshop again.
Subtitle, reduxing my redux of my reduxed picture.
OK, this isn’t my most successful Monday Project, but below is my submission, after that is some sketches and a little discussion.
First the very original picture
And now, the redux…
And what the hell happened to get me from point ‘a’ to ‘b’?
Well, first I should explain, this picture is an idea I had of the old tale; the princess and the frog. I mainly wanted to do it because it’s been a while since I’ve tried to draw some sort of human/animal hybrid.
So I wanted the frog-man to be a large over bearing creature, desperate for it’s kiss and the princess was on a swing, representing at any moment that she could disappear (swing away). Anyway, this initial picture had all the elements, plus a I was thinking of doing a tree that the swing was attached to. The tree was also going to form the border for the right hand and top side of the picture.
Redux Part 1,
This was me just trying to change the scale of some of the elements. I’ve also go a trick which I do from time to time, that involves using several interior borders, each with their own point of perspective. Unfortunately, I hated the way the main figures came out.
Redux Part 2, the reduxing.
I decided to that it might suit things a little more if I went for simplicity. So I decided to remove all of the background altogether and in break down the figures into less detailed versions. But I still wasn’t really happy with the frog. So…
Redux Part 2, Subsection b.
A pencil version, detail of the frog which at this time I was considering making less ugly. I still wanted him large, but decided to make him less of a ball.. I was also playing with the idea of drawing the two figure separately and photoshoping them together. But, yeah, that sounded like two much work.
Redux Part 3, the revenge.
I here I abandoned my A4 sketch book and went down to an A5 and (two attempts later) I added colour. This is what ended up being the picture I’ve submitted. I wasn’t really happy, but I coloured it in and as I was doing going over again some of the outlines, I managed to put the pen through the paper and tear it. At that point I figured ‘that will do’.
Anyway, long story short, I think I stressed over this submission too much. As I said in my previous post, the MP for me is more about fun, but I think I wanted to make a big impression for the first theme that now that I’m helping out.
As it stands, I’ll probably put this illustration aside for a future redux. I’m very ‘meh’ about it as it stands now. However, it did feel good to sit down and do some drawing again.
And yeah, I never figured out how to make the frog look like it was going in for a kiss…
Last week the Monday Project re-launched, and a new project theme is up and running for all that wish to take part.
As you may or may not know, I’m helping Soph and Kate organise things this year, but I thought it may be worth explaining why. And no, it’s not because I thought the MP blog would benefit from the spelling mistakes, typos and wanton disregard for grammar and readability that most people expect from my ramblings. Not at all.
I originally joined the Monday Project, because it can be really hard to keep up with being creative. As someone who does enjoy just relaxing and doing nothing, watching movies, having the odd drink, having the odd drink with friends, and doing all those boring things like work (including the occasional freelance job) and paying bills, I often find that months have gone by without allowing myself a couple of hours just to sit down and draw.
By joining the Monday Project, I found it easier to schedule myself an afternoon or two a month to motivate myself to be creative again.
Another unexpected bonus was how much I would end up drawing things I would rarely come with on my own. The Monday Project themes will often lead me to draw subjects that were totally different than the typical illustrations I used to create just for myself. I would often still use my own styles and techniques, but would end up with an image completely unlike the work in the rest of my portfolio.
Something else I’ve noticed, is that when getting involved the projects, I started to take a little more notice of the creative things around me. In truth, most of my submissions to the Monday Project were done in one or two afternoons. For me, it was a great way to experiment, and to take things I had seen recently… exhibitions, posters, books, movies, and even ads… and try to adapt what caught my eye into that submission.
And of course, I’ve met some really interesting people being part of the Monday Project.
So when real life meant the first Monday Project went on hiatus for a while, I really did nag Soph about it… Repeatedly. I found again without the deadline, I was, once again, going back to months at a time going past without me putting pencil (or pen) to paper. And at a certain point, I realized there was only so much I could nag other people, before putting my money where my mouth is, and actually offer to help out.
I’ve found the Monday Project to be a fun and rewarding collective to be a part of. So really, that’s why I’m excited about the site being re-launched.
My mother, who really needs get her own blog, had a bit of free time last month.
So I pointed her towards the Monday Project and a week later she sent me the following email.
It is called Osmosis … the little red blob also says that. But I wanted to draw a jewel with Osmosis in the middle and have that dripping down her forehead.
The title “She looked …” is what is snaking-up her forehead.
Her hair is titles of books from my wish list that I add to constantly … and these are ones I haven’t got round to buying yet.
So what is Osmosis … the books and all the words just leak off the page into my head while I am asleep.
Actually, to tell you the truth, I don’t know if she wanted me to post this, but I’m travelling down to Tassie in a couple of weeks to visit my family. So she can tell me off then. And I’m going to tell her to start up her own blog!
Well, either that or she’ll just kill me as soon as i get off the plane!
Anyway, here is the picture. The explanation follows soon after…
Now you might be thinking “How the did you get that from ‘And then there followed a moments silence?’”
It’s a fair question. It’s a good question.
The answer is “Well, you see, I totally buggered it up…”
So allowing for that one small thing, it works perfectly.
See, after all my notes from training that I shared with you (see previous 5 posts, I can’t be bothered linking to them all) I was actually enjoying the random pattern phase I was going through. Although I realised that I always worked the same way, which is to divide up a bit of the spare page and if possible fill up not only all the available space, but the whole page.
I was trying to work out if there was a way I could ad more movement and fluidity to the style. I figure I try it for this Monday Project, the shape, with it’s patterns and movement would be noise, and I wanted it to get thinner and circling a white space that represents the silence.
Oh, you’ve noticed the lack of ‘circles of white space representing silence’?
That a big part of where I went wrong. I’ve been putting off posting it, because I was trying to work out if I could fix it. I haven’t yet and am now willing to admit defeat!