I’m kicking off this week's theme, The West, with something that is admittedly a bit more southwest than west, but that's ok. It’s a line drawing I completed on Sunday, which was inspired by Lisa Congdon’s Line Drawing class on Creative Bug. I am loving this class. I have always admired her drawing style and I am constantly inspired by her blog, instagram feed, and overall body of work. I love drawing geometric shapes, and she is a master at it, so I decided to take this class as part of my overall Creative Bug membership. It’s great to watch her as she is drawing and to learn from her tips and guidance. She’s a natural teacher and it’s been fun to explore a new style of drawing that I haven’t really tried before (yay for exploring!). During the first lesson she used succulents as an example, and since I knew that this week's theme was going to be the west, I decided to switch it up and draw different styles of cactus instead.
I normally sketch and draw with a pencil in a pretty loose style. Occasionally I'll go back over the sketch with a pen, but I'm a bit intimidated by the idea of just grabbing a pen and starting. So this has been a fun challenge. I think it will also help me to get better at really considering the composition before jumping in, and it’s been a great practice in letting go of perfectionism. Every line isn’t going to perfect, and that’s ok. I’m definitely looking forward to the next three weeks, because she is sharing some really fun projects.
I'm also currently reading Creative Block from the author of The Jealous Curator blog, which has a bunch of really inspiring artwork and tips from a wide variety of artists. It includes several exercises, including playing with collage and other mediums. So who knows, maybe some other new styles and types of work will show up here this month.