Art really does wash the dust of everyday life from my soul. That’s why it’s something I do nearly every day. Creating art soothes my soul, my emotions, my mind. It helps me find balance when life has me all topsy-turvy. It helps me find the touchstone of contentment that now resides inside my chest, within my heart. I know that if I can’t settle to doing something artsy, then I’m seriously out of kilter.
I finished this drawing this morning. I think it’s taken me around 6 hours to do, give or take an hour or so. It’s a little smaller than A4 in size (6.75″ x 10.25″). The design was drawn with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens (F and S). I added shadows with grey Pitt Artist Brush pens.
I was rather clumsy with the shading in some places, so I took advantage of digital tools to smooth and blend the grey out.
My final digital task was to add a background texture to the artwork, which also added some colour. I do have a bit of a thing for grungy, distressed backgrounds.
On the whole, I’m pleased with this, though I must admit I didn’t think I was going to be so, especially with the heavy-handed shading really bothering me.
It’s beautiful. I like that you realize creating art is part of your soul that makes you whole. That can help you stay grounded when everything goes crazy or seems out of control! You have an amazing gift that gives many people great joy. I love your openness to share about how your artwork completes you. Your writing about it is a blessing, too!
Thank you for your lovely words Kimberly. xxx