I’ve been sketching. Okay, so MaTisha’s eyes are crooked, and Cameron’s face is larger scale than the other two. But I’m actually pretty happy with it. My husband guessed which character was which, without me telling him who I drew. Granted, he has heard me talk about my main characters often enough to know them, and has seen other sketches I’ve done. But it still thrilled me.
My problem is that I’m not a good enough artist to draw the same character the same way every time. So I’m starting with the eyes and eyebrows, deciding the appropriate shape, tilt, and thickness that goes with character. Hopefully, with enough practice, I can draw them consistently.
End goal: Teach myself how to digitally paint them. I’m reviewing the Ctrl + Paint videos. Now that my desktop is back to being usable, I might have a fighting chance to improve.
Speaking of my computer and my awesome husband, he has built me an office. He cleared out a little nook in our garage where we used to keep all of our excess computer equipment (really, we didn’t need all those floppy diskettes).
After that, he built a desk, painted the walls, hung my fan, moved my desktop computer, gave me his monitor, and bought me a clock (which is a little hard to see in the picture). I made the lighting—Christmas lights in a glass bottle and then a LED Edison style bulb hanging in a glass jar with various items I’ve collected. The different decorations include: wire jewelry my cousin made me, a sexton, a compass, a pocket watch, and little glass pebbles, some backed with the Thanmir War tree.
I love my office. The idea was to make a place I could escape my kids. Unfortunately, that does’t seem to be the case. They follow me in. At least my new setup gives me a central location for everything. In the old setup, my daughter had taken over my desk so I couldn’t even use my desktop, and my art supplies were stowed everywhere from the closet to the window sill to under the bed. Now, I have drawers and organization. It’s nice. 🙂
What does your work space look like? Do you pursue art? What is distracting you from your writing?