Getting Drawn In

Hey everyone!  I found this really cool artist a little while back and I wanted to include him in one of my posts. His name is Ben Heine and he’s a photographer and illustrator.  I thought it was really interesting how he was able to combine the photography and his drawing skills. I really like this approach and since I like both photography and drawing this interested me. It was a nice way to incorporate both of his talents into one piece of work.

These drawings also add a nice effect to the photographs and add another level of interest. He does some in color but most of them are black and white which is what I actually prefer. I think having the drawing in black and white makes me feel like I’m seeing what’s beneath the surface in these photos. It’s almost as if the colored portion of the photo is the surface and we’re peaking underneath. I thought these were really well done and I wanted to share them with you guys. Below are my favorites but I’ll also include a link below to the article I found on him. Until next time!

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Link to article: http://blog.flickr.net/2013/09/27/photographer-literally-draws-life-into-his-photos/

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What’s your Style?

I used to get tongue-tied whenever someone would ask me to describe my style mostly because I didn’t know! Sure I knew what kind of artwork I liked but at the time it seemed like my interests and likes were all over the place. It really frustrated me because if someone asked me to describe my work I couldn’t give them a proper description. So this summer I set out to find a way to discover my artistic style and solve my problem once and for all. One of the things about me is I’m more of a visual learner, sure I can learn things by just reading but I prefer to have some kind of visual or someone to actually show me something.

This leads me to YouTube, there are TONS of artists creating videos with advice, reviews, and tutorials relating to art. YouTube is the main site that I start searching if I want to learn how to do something or just discover tips and tricks. To get to the point I found a YouTuber that created a video about finding your own illustration style and breaking your artist block. This video really helped me come up with a way of organizing artwork I liked and finding out what my style is. You guys can check out the video for the method she uses but I’m going to tell you what I did here.

As many of you know I am addicted to Pinterest so that seemed like the perfect place to collect different types of artwork and keep them all together. After I got that solved I had to make some criteria for this board, I already had  an Art I ❤ love board so I had to find a way to distinguish the two. I decided that anything I saw that I’d like to recreate or that gave me ideas for something I could do in my own art would go on the new Artistic Inspiration board (which is my Style board). After that I went through a bunch of images and placed them accordingly. After I had a good amount I was able to view them all together and compare the artwork, seeing what was similar or different. What characteristics kept coming forward? What mediums was I drawn to?

After making comparisons and contrasting the pieces I was able to find my Style! What I found out was that I tend to like soft artwork, meaning light applications of mediums, soft lines, I was also drawn to a lot a lot pieces created with colored pencils and watercolor. It was really interesting and I think I learned a lot about myself. You can check out my board here: http://pinterest.com/melissam177/artistic-inspiration/ , please feel free to leave any comments on what you guys think! Until next time!

Back to School!

Hey everyone! I know things were really slow on here during the summer but I really wanted to focus on my artwork and more specifically my drawing. I just wanted to let you know since a new school year has started I’ll be posting more frequently on here! Yay! So I hope you look forward to that and there will be some changes on here that will be different from what I was doing before. I really want to personalize this blog more so I hope to add more of my school projects on here and other stuff I’m doing as well! That’s all for now but I hope you’re looking forward to this year as much as I am! See you in my next post!

Art Journals!!!

Hey Everyone! It feels like it’s been forever since I last made a post but things have been pretty hectic and when you throughartjournalthekathrynwheel inart-journaling-january-art-journal-prompts-by-milliande-day-21-mixed-media-mandala-2-X3  mendocino the holidays, well, you can imagine! Anyway I’ve been wanting to make a post about this topic for a while now and now that I’m back I thought this would be a great post to do since we’ll be starting a new year soon. I’ll explain a little bit more about that later but for now let’s talk about art journals! I first kind of discovered these through a YouTube video I saw and I thought it was such a great concept.

Many of you artsy folk may already know what these are and not see my discovery as a big deal but keep in mind that I’m pretty new to art, in a way. I didn’t really even think of pursuing an art degree until around my junior year in high school so that being said art kind of went on the back burner for me at that time in my life. I didn’t take many art classes or get more involved with my art because at the time I had other things in mind. So basically what I’m saying is, that in some ways, I’m just beginning to explore the world of art and I certainly don’t know everything that’s out there. So when I see something that inspires me I get really excited, even if it’s not a big deal to other people, and they think I’m a little nuts.

For those of you who don’t know, an art journal is kind of like a sketchbook however the work is much more involved than just sketches. I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures online, I’ll put some here as examples, and it seems like these journals are either a compilation of pieces or a journey through the artist’s work, or both. In a way it’s like a scrapbook for art, it’s not a book full of unfinished or rough sketches, it mostly contains finished pieces. I’ve been completely inspired by this and I’m really going to try to make my own. I think not only is this a fun project but it’s a great way to kind of show your style as an artist. I think that you can really learn a lot about someone by looking at one of these.

This is where my New Year’s resolutions come in! Now to be honest I don’t really do resolutions because I usually don’t stick to them but this year I want to start of the New Year with some goals. One of them will be to make one of these! I really love the idea and I think it could be really fun and not to mention interesting. Whew! This was a long post but I hoped you enjoyed it none the less and you guys are enjoying the holidays! See you guys soon!

Si Scott

Hey Everyone! I know I’ve been slacking on this blog lately however I’ve had some things come up that I’m still working through. That being said I’m going to try to do the two posts a week however it’s not something I’m going to promise so just letting you guys know! Anyway, enough of that. What I really want to talk about is a new artist that I found, Si Scott. Si Scott is an artist who focuses on design, illustration, and typography.

Three major aspects that I’ve been really into lately. I found his work on Behance.net and not only did I find photographs of his pieces, there are also videos! I really love watching videos of artists at work, it’s amazing to their process and how they create their artwork. What really attracted me to Si’s work was how fluid and scriptural his work is. I love the curls and curves in script and to see the same principles be used to create something like the figure of animal is really amazing.

Although I do like his series of animals I also really like a map that he created for The Enemy Tour, which you can see more of on his portfolio page. I had a project earlier in the semester where we had to creat a perfect letterform. At first it was a little tedious but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. I also learned how hard it is to creat a nice crisp line, but it was still fun to do. A think the use of black and white works really well within the pieces too. I dont’ see any need of color or variations of black or white in these, they’re very crisp and beautiful they way they are. I posted a few of my favorites here but check out Si’s portfolio at Behance.net to see more.

See his portfolio here and remember to check out The Enemy Tour videos!: http://www.behance.net/siscott

More Paper Art?!

Hey Everyone! Usually I like to keep things different on this blog and try to avoid repeats or staying on one subject too long but I had to revisit paper art again. It more or less found me, in a way, and I once again I was drawn into the world of paper art. Seriously, I truly love all the designs you can come up with and with something as simple as paper. The work I’m going to be looking at today is by paper illustrator Yulia Brodskaya. I found the work that I’m going to be talking on theinspirationgrid.com, which I wrote an entire post about earlier this month.

To me her work brings paper quilling to a whole other level. She goes beyond design numbers and words and uses her craft to create actual scenes such as the surfer scene shown on this blog. I really enjoy the piece because it’s so fun to look at and you can’t help but admire the artist’s craftmanship. Another one of my favorites is the design for Cafe Rouge with the can-can dancer. I love the use of bright colors throughout her pieces but they especially catch my eye here.

I think that the design is very eye-catching and really draws the viewer in. The money piece also really grabbed my attention and I love the diversity of colors within all of these pieces. By the way I totally just noticed the head. Did you guys catch that right away? These are my favorites pieces out of the ones shown here: http://theinspirationgrid.com/?cat=3#paper-art-by-yulia-brodskaya but I do love them all.

This, once again, really inspires me to try this out. I think I know what I want for Christmas *hint, hint* ;). I thought these were really amazing and I wanted to share them with you guys incase you’ve fallen in love with this art form like I have. Yulia does a lot of other cool stuff besides this so if you want to see more you can visit her website at: http://www.artyulia.com/

Surfing for Inspiration

Hey Everyone! Today’s post is a little different because I’m going to be talking about website rather than an artist or a piece of art. I’m always looking for new sites to find inspiration for my own work and this blog too! I found a great website that gives you a daily dose of inspiration at your fingertips. The website is called The Inspiration Grid and what it does is it display a bunch of photos daily for you to look through.

If you’re looking for something specific you also narrow down your choices and search categories like art. design, illustration, and even fashion. I really like this website because I can easily look through the photos of these pieces and narrow things down to find what I want. I also like how if you click on one of the pieces you get to see the other pieces in the series that the artist has created. From there you can even look at their portfolio or any other links associated with artist(s). I think this website is a great tool if your browsing around the web for inspiration and I think it’s going to really come in hand for this blog! I hope you guys found this useful and if you want to check out the site you can go to http://theinspirationgrid.com .

3D Drawings!

Hey everyone! The past week was a good one for art being spotlighted around the web! I found some really interesting stuff including this slide show of art that pops out of the page. Okay, it doesn’t really pop out and it’s not really 3D but it looks 3D. Take a look for yourself. These drawings are amazing, they really inspire me to keep drawing.

They actually look like they’re coming out of the page, it’s really incredible. One of the things I really like about this artist’s work in particular is that they often use multiple pieces of paper for the drawings. I think it’s a really interesting twist and it seems to add a little more depth to the pieces themselves. I also like how the artist uses color as well. Don’t get me wrong, I like the traditional grey pencils against a white background but the colors come out really beautifully.

The artist also includes themself in the piece which I think is what really adds to the 3D effect. It’s so much easier to believe that thing drawings are popping out when you have a hand suggesting it. The artist behind this magic is Ramon Bruin and he has a lot of cool stuff on his website so I highly recommend you go check that out. The photos I included here are a few of my favorites, but it was really how to narrow it down! I really love the use of shadow in these, especially in the second and third one. If you want to see the yahoo slide show you can click here: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/amazing-3d-art-tricks-the-eye-slideshow/3d-art-photo-1351004295.html or if you want to check out the artist’s website click on any of the photos or here: http://www.jjkairbrush.nl/home/ Until next time!

Yellena James!

Hi Guys! I know I’ve been doing a lot of posts about artists lately but I’ve been finding some really good ones and I don’t want to put them off. Don’t worry, I will be mixing thing up soon in case you’re getting a little bored. I have to say that I really like this artist and her style. Her attention to detail is really amazing. She has a lot going on in most of her pieces and she really creates a lot of detail in her work. Another thing I noticed is that she uses a lot of stringy/vein-like lines in her pieces which I really like. I love how her work is so complex yet simple. Like I said before she has a lot going on in her pieces but she uses very simple elements (like lines) to create a more complex piece. I think I was really drawn to her work because she does something that I often have a hard time creating in my own work. Sometimes I don’t know when to stop and my work gets a little too crazy and busy and it needs to be more balanced. I think one of the ways she is able to do this so effectively is by leaving her backgrounds somewhat plain. By plain I don’t mean a blank surface she definitely uses color throughout her pieces. But they are plain in the way that there aren’t any patterns or other elements on the background. She seems to only include detail in main elements of her pieces, like in the flowers she draws. So not only did I find another artist I really like but I also learned something too! You can check out her website here: http://yellena.com/newgallery/drawings/index.html and her blog here: http://yellena.com/blog/ Hopefully you guys enjoyed this and I’ll see you next time!