Friday, 11 November
As I sat down to draw yesterday, I found that the ideas simply didn’t flow. I got part way through a Cthulhu sketch, a felt-tip marker cat in a witch’s hat, and a Viking longboat, before I laid down the pen and wanted to give up. The enticing smoothness of the fresh paper and the flow of ink from my pens just didn’t translate into inspiration. However, I committed myself to get as much drawing done as possible in the pre-NaNoWriMo weeks, knowing that once NaNo starts, and the end of school year commitments for my kids, and the
horrifying stress peace and joy of Christmas, and the social intensity of New Year’s – well, based on past experience, it’s usually February by the time I can recover enough to think about drawing again.
After several false starts this morning, I managed to draw a blue horse using Medi Bang Paint and my Wacom Intuos tablet.
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Something a little different for me, this is a first draft of an idea I have for a bumper sticker I want to make for myself. It started with The Husband wondering if I could channel my Formula One fangirling into drawing Sebastian Vettel. It sort of morphed into generic driver in generic car getting angry at slower drivers not moving out of the way in response to blue flags. It sort of also symbolises how I feel whenever I drive the kids to school and get stuck behind Melbourne’s interminably incompetent driving community where families with one child apiece purchase the most obnoxiously large 4WDs/SUVs for the sole purpose of conveying said child to school and grocery shopping. I have a little red Hyundai hatchback and a fancier Skoda Octavia RS that we like to take for regular spins down the Great Ocean Road (okay technically that car belongs to The Husband but I am driving it at the moment while he works interstate and my own car languishes in the airport long-term car parking), and I get very impatient driving behind the slowpokes in their oversized, under-utilised cars.
It was too much fun drawing this and if any of you follow F1 you’ll know that they’ve been something of a meme during the 2016 season.
I’m binge-drawing before NaNoWriMo begins. I drew this cat in MediBang Paint Pro, using a Wacom Intuos. I still feel like a complete beginner in digital drawing. I like how clean it is, though, in the sense that when I upload files there are no mysterious bits of pixelated fluff, as there often is when I scan my hand drawn art!
At the time of publishing this blog post, this drawing is currently available for purchase on stickers, art prints, and a variety of other products. For more information see my RedBubble portfolio at flokot.redbubble.com.