I awoke early this morning (even early for me!) I suppose that I was anxious to begin the day. It was still dark out, which is unusual these days, as most of the time by the time I get up the sun is already beginning to illuminate the morning sky. I can feel the days getting shorter though, and I know that it won’t be long before I will be writing here in the dark in the mornings. Autumn is certainly on its way.
I had a very productive day yesterday. Not only was I able to finish my drawings on the computer of the new project that I am doing, but I also managed to cut it out completely. I am very pleased with it. While it is simple, it is cheerful and fun and I have many different versions that I am going to make it in which will appeal (hopefully!) to many different people.
I like projects like that. I like when I have one idea and can apply the design to many different formats. While some things I make don’t fall into that criteria, many of them do and I sometimes don’t take the time to fully develop all the different aspects of the designs that I can. But this time I think I will explore at least a couple of them, and see what the response will be.
I finished my cutting around 8pm last night, so what you will see today is just the basic cut pieces. I didn’t even sand anything yet, as I want to sand them outside with the orbital sander and besides being dark, it had drizzled off and on the entire day so it was quite damp outside. Besides, I had started my day quite early and I just wanted to take an easy night and spend the last couple of hours putzing around. So what you see here is not by any means ‘finished.’
Below is what I decided to do with my snowmen:
It seems that ‘word art’ has become increasingly popular, and so have those little blocks of letters which spell different seasonal phrases. I like the block idea because instead of a sign, you can arrange them a bit and have the flexibility to make them fit into any spaces that you may have available. You can even make some little vignettes by adding pieces to the set, such as trees and so forth and they will look nice either on a shelf, mantle or cabinet. But square blocks can be boring and I thought that giving them cute little shapes would be more appealing, and I haven’t really seen it done before (although I am certain it must have been!)
These pieces are about 5/8” thick and stand on their own, but there is also the possibility of cutting them from thin stock and arranging them in a wreath or on a garland or even use them as ornaments. You can see where I am going here, and the sky is the limit to the possibilities.
While I am not the best cartoonist around, I find that I am getting a bit better at it. Most of my drawings I devise from realistic subject matter – be it in person or through photographs – and only in the last couple of years have I dedicated myself to learning how to draw in a non-realistic style. That is something that may seem easy to most of you, but for me it was very difficult. After many years of drawing only with a reference, and trying to capture every detail, this ‘drawing out of my head’ idea was quite a stretch for me. I was afraid that I didn’t have enough ‘imagination’ to pull it off. As I sat on the beach the other day, looking at the blank pad of paper in front of me I felt quite intimidated. There was no computer filled with pictures and photos for me to reference and I felt like I was on a high wire without a safety net walking over Niagara Falls. It was quite unsettling.
But the atmosphere helped and I just started sketching. It was a good thing that I brought a separate eraser with me, as I would have used every last bit of the one on the end of the pencil, but I finally started making something that didn’t look hideous and actually evolved into something rather ‘cute.’ It was a step in the right direction and the first one on a new path for me that I will definitely follow.
I am sure that over time I will begin to develop my own ‘style’ and find a comfortable place with this type of drawing. I had done some simple cartoon type drawing before when I created my “See Creature Eyeglass Holders” and those were well received. For the most part however, this is an area that I have not really explored yet. But for now, I think I had a decent start. At least good enough to keep on pursuing this.
So the day was good. And I am up and anxious to continue on with this project in the several forms that I envision it. There is much to do today and I want to get right at it as soon as I can.
I hope you enjoy them.
Have a wonderful Thursday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"