Practice your portrait skills but drawing yourself in a silly halloween mask. It’s hard not to have a laugh at yourself while getting some good practice in at the same time.
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– Candace Forsyth @ Society 6 –
I’ve been having the most interesting time for the past 6 weeks.
You see, I became suddenly unemployed from my day job. Just when I was questioning the time I was able to spend between being able to pay my bills and creating new artwork I suddenly found myself with all the time in the world to be creative. Unfortunately that has come with the cost of being completely stressed about paying my bills and rent. That’s another story all together.
I also found myself in New York City for 2 weeks trying to mould new and old connections while I attempted to guide myself through my most recent, and certainly not last, life crisis.
So, besides my world wide search for new work opportunities, preparing several plans of attack to deal with my sudden “free (but costing me) time”, I have been able to work on a couple of personal creative projects. One of which was a commission from a my dear life long friend Lauren.
Lauren is a newly wed and wanted to surprise her husband, Peter, for his birthday. The two share two dogs, Ninja and Shelby, and are completely in love with them. She wanted me to re-create a photo she took of them waiting at the window. This was going to be a secret project. So, while I was in NYC I was able to start that project.
The finished product was better than I could imagine and Peter definitely loved the surprise!
Aside from this project I’ve been working hard at my own. I started pushing my online store. I’ve been selling some simple designs as t-shirts, totes and prints. It’s a whole new experience for me as I try to market and push my own work via the interwebs. It’s not easy, but I’m slowly and surely directing myself through the murky waters. PLEASE take a peek and support you local artists, even if you don’t happen to be local to me:
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Until then, I’ll keep drawing my muse as I fight the good fight.
Pratt Studio 2010
I’m hitting that point in my artistic career where I want to do everything.
I want to do everything at once.
In my head and on paper I have all these plans. I have plans for paintings, plans for screen prints, plans for collages and mixed medias. . Nothing too elaborate but a decent amount of projects that would require lots of time to work through given I have a full-time day job. My bedroom has become more of a art studio supply closet rather than a bedroom. I have bags of paper underneath the dresser. Behind the door leans a masonite board. On top of the wardrobe are a few boxes of paints, pencils and silkscreen tools. Books and magazines full of illustrations and ideas that inspire me surround my bed. I want to read, I want to draw, I want to cut things out, and I want to paint.
This is the moment in time where I almost miss being a student. I had all the time in the world to devote to being artistic. Except for a couple of courses on history and writing, the rest of my classes were all focused around creating. I also had all the space and facilities to use. I was even so lucky as to have the print shop and the ceramics studio separated by one floor. Did you know I used to make pots? I can do that!
The perks of paying tuition and worrying about the debt later.
The later is now.
Like most budding artists who have been tossed to the street with their crumpled degree in their back pocket, I hope for the day where I can devote my days to that thing I spent all of my (and not my) money to learning. It shouldn’t be about “will this design sell?” or “will someone want to buy this painting?” It should be about, “I want to draw this thing and bring it out of my mind” and “It feels good to play with all these colours”.
How do you manage to fit your practice in with your days?
This can apply to all creatives with full-time jobs outside of their hobby.
How do you find the time to research and apply?
My Society6 Shop.
I have a little over 24 hours left to finish this drawing. In the midst of this I do work a full time job. Have I mentioned we, here in Toronto, are going through a heat wave? I was just sitting around drawing in my apartment last night and my knees started to sweat. My knees. That is a thing apparently.
I managed to get a large chunk, literally, of the piece worked on last night. I must tell you that those shorts took an entire 6B pencil. Note to self, buy more 6B pencils today because I’m sure going to need them. 4B and 6B have always been my favourites to use. Dark and contrasty. Just how I like it… albeit a little messy.
Speaking of drawing (like that segway? I thought of it myself), I took the walking scenic route to work today and passed a little shop called The Paper Place at Queen St. West and Walnut Ave. just across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. On display in their window was one of my favourite children’s books with the most bright and comical illustrations I could remember as a kid, Alligator Pie. The poems Dennis Lee and illustrations by Frank Newfeld go hand in hand and stimulate the imagination. I might have to pick up a copy tonight on my way home. If I’m lucky they might also have a copy of Garbage Delight.
“Alligator pie, Alligator pie
If I don’t get some I think I’m going to die
Give away the green grass, give away the sky
But don’t give away my alligator pie.”
I’m always trying to prepare for the next piece before I’m finished with the one I am currently working on (AND has a deadline). I’m not sure if this is a good habit to have as sometimes I get too excited about the new idea and I start to lose interest in the old.
C’mon hands, work faster!
That being said, here is the sketch for my next piece, once I finish with “Tattooed Girls“.
I present to you, Captain Bucket.
Paper to my left. Paper to my right. No doubt there is paper behind me. Do you know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by paper? This is only a fraction of what I’m having to deal with right now. Different shapes, sizes, material, cold press, warm press, heavy weight, light weight, prices… I could go on.
My conundrum at the moment is choosing the perfect shade of grey (insert witty 50 Shades of Grey joke here). I’m in the midst of deciding whether I want a warm grey or a cold grey. Maybe a creamier grey or a greener grey. Should it be a little rosy? Seriously, there are way more greys than you’d think (insert second witty 50 Shades of Grey joke here).
Here are some of the 50 shades of grey, none of which are very kinky:
Drawing doesn’t appear to be as easy as some would think. There are many different areas in which one needs to make decisions. Every detail is throughly thought over. Should this line be 2mm longer or shorter? Is that elbow on the same plane as the hip? Does this need to be darker or lighter? Because some drawing seems to be “simple” it is even more important that all decisions are taken very seriously. Our work is very important to us.