Today was a good day. Even though I am currently not employed, in the traditional sense, I am very engaged. I had an interesting dream before I woke up, and despite the heat and discomfort of the hot night I was very productive: Fixed up a job-seeking portfolio page, penciled a 50-foot panorama I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, sketched a bunch of shoujo eyeballs (Shoujo: Japanese teen girl-targeted comic books), made a delicious BLT sandwich…and scored two absolutely CHOICE garbage gems: a working, if rusty, push mower; and a vintage swiveling vinyl fashion chair that is the perfect height for my sewing efforts–no more turning my body into a question mark to thread the machine’s needle!
With all this going on, I nearly forgot to do my face a day, but I made it happen–behold:
For this I dipped my toes in the Japanese comic book-centered digital drawing software program, Clip Studio Paint. I’m not sure I’ve got the hang of it yet, and I’d like to add some more airbrushing effects to really sell that classic 1970s shoujo anthology cover look, but for today I think it’s all right.
I’ve been obsessed with sewing for many years, but was very intimidated. While I was bored out of my skull in Alaska (I don’t hike or ski or fish, it was a little rough that winter), I used my landlady’s 1930 Singer to make a dress and a skirt and a hat. I still wear the hat!
Since then I’ve made minor but consistent progress. But man, since the global catastrophe canceled everything, I’ve sewn a lot more.
Here is a gallery of everything I’ve sewn and can find the pictures of, up until now: August 4, 2020.
I love to watch the CBS movie-of the week series Columbo, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo. It’s very appealing to watch a competent detective character go head to head with a legitimately bad person and win through sheer working-joe legwork and psychological gamesmanship–too many TV detectives rely on magical leaps of logic that place them outside the realm of mortal men. Then again, too many shows have cops in them.
Because it amuses me and my friends, I’m drawing Columbo so I can put him on a box of cereal marked “Columb-Os”. Here is my progress so far–chalking this up to my 100-day project because I need to stop working for the day.
I got used to using Adobe Illustrator when I was a young newspaper graphic designer, using it to build all manner of ads, coupons, and promotional graphics. It’s really fun once you get the hang of it, would recommend.
(Oh man, I just had a horrible memory of listening to a much cooler graphic designer who worked at a skateboard apparel company tell me that he would routinely design 60-page catalogs in Adobe Illustrator, something it was not built to do and at the time not really capable of doing. [for reference, you should use a document design program like InDesign] I was appalled, and frankly, concerned for his health. I hope he’s doing better now.)
Anyway, I made some color doodles while trying to make this blog yesterday. I had fun and they look cute.
My beloved uncle Dan, a Vietnam veteran, anti-war activist, and all around wonderful person, asked me two Christmases ago for an original artwork with the theme of peace. I was very happy to deliver it to him yesterday, at long last. I’m very proud to know Dan Gilman and I’m gratified he liked the artwork, even though it took me forever.
In the past, I’ve struggled to complete projects that takes longer than one sitting. But, life circumstances have changed a lot since COVID-19 began, and I feel it’s worth a try to build in a daily art practice with a “100-Day Project.” This will be a challenge, but if I succeed, well–that’ll be something!
I hope to learn more about the materials available to me, but my main goal is to find joy in the experiment, to connect with people in some way (remember other people? I miss other people.), and to practice staying organized.
If I am successful, and do not miss any days due to illness or whatever, I will complete this 100-day project on November 4, 2020.
I think it’s a bit serious in expression, but when in doubt, draw a self-portrait, right?
I used notebook paper, which doesn’t work very well with the toy watercolors, in the hope these low quality materials would help me keep from getting too precious with it.
This took about an hour, sitting in the shade on the deck we’ve built next to the trash cans. One down, 99 more to go!
As all wordpress websites begin, so does this: Hello, World!
I generally find blogging difficult, but after two years putting out a biweekly newsletter (you may sign up here if you prefer reading emails to looking at websites), I think that this time I can actually do it. After all, I’ve poured so much attention into Facebook and Twitter that my phone is now legally a horcrux, so surely I can spread that mess around to a service I pay for myself, right?
Anyhow, I will make an art post tomorrow. But for now, hello, and thank you for joining me on this blogging journey.