I managed to find time to create a sketch today. I will say that I am a bit disappointed in the way it turned out. But, I did try to do something different with this sketch. A bit of experimentation. It just didn’t turn out to well.
Enough of that…here is the sketch. Oh, today I did decide to go with the official prompt of underwater.
My personal life is…somewhat complicated and demanding at the moment. So I am lacking on creative time these days. For this reason I was not sure if I would even attempt to participate in Inktober. I have decided to give it a go. However, I do not intend to follow the official daily prompt list. Since my creative time does seem to be in short supply I have decided to draw what inspires me. That said, there may be days or even consecutive days where I am simply unable to post an Inktober sketch. Don’t get me wrong, I intend to give it an honest shot. I am sure that I will get up each day with the intention of creating an inktober sketch. But like I said, life is complicated at the moment.
Today I decided to take a small sketchbook outdoors with me. The weather was so nice I couldn’t resist.
I started this graphite drawing in December of last year. I steadily worked on it until it was around 85% complete. Then, doubt entered into my mind. I didn’t think I had the skill level necessary to complete the work. So for months this drawing laid in my drawer waiting for me to find the confidence to finish it. Last week I decided I had procrastinated enough! So I pulled it out, dusted it off, and got back to work.
Now I have a completed piece! The sad part is I allowed doubt to sabotage my progress and hold me back. Sometimes it’s best to charge ahead. You may surprise yourself, you may be more capable than you think, or maybe learning comes from the experience of doing.
This is a drawing of a human skull that I created from a photo reference. This drawing was done as part of an assignment for a beginner drawing class I took last year. The class was offered through my local art gallery.
You can obviously see the grid lines that I drew to help me get the proportions correct. These types of lines would normally be erased. However, on this particular drawing I decided to let them remain. To me, they keep the drawing honest and help to document my learning process.
Prior to October of 2016 I had not pursued my interest in drawing and sketching other than occasionally checking out a book or two from the library or surfing the web for pencil art and tutorials. I have had a strong interest in drawing since my childhood but I had not taken any art classes since my junior year of high school. When I noticed the art gallery was offering a beginner drawing class I decided I would give it a shot.
Looking back on it now, even though it’s been less than a year. That small decision to pursue an interest has impacted my daily life. Even though I do not always have the time to create a sketch or slow down to spend time working on a drawing, the interest and desire is always there. It has added a creative outlet to my life that I am thankful to have.
This is the first visit to Cherry Grove Beach for me and my family. We are here for vacation and have enjoyed getting away and slowing down the pace of life for a few days. Our hotel fronts on the Atlantic Ocean but has a wonderful view of a tidal marsh area behind the hotel. This tidal waterway is named House Creek. It plays host to water fowl and a variety of other wild life. The creek is never the same twice since it’s water level is constantly changing with the flow of the tides.
I went to the marsh just after sunrise hoping to get some photos in the early morning light. I did manage to find some wild life to photograph but I did not find the early morning landscape photo I was hoping for. Still this was a successful outing simply because I was able to experience a new place and had photography opportunities that I do not have at home.
That evening we had a few thunderstorms passing to our north. The photograph below shows one of those storms building in the distance.
Below are more images from my drive along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These photos were taken in and around the Doughton Park area. We also stopped and photographed a small pond just north of the park but I do not remember the name of the pond.
Over the weekend me and a fellow photographer visited the Blue Ridge Parkway with camera’s in hand to capture anything of interest. Our first stop was Doughton Park. While there we photographed wild flowers growing on the natural balds within the park. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term bald. It is simply naturally occurring grass lands within the mountain terrain. These are somewhat large areas, that for the most part, are devoid of trees. Below are a few photos from our visit. I plan to post more images in a day or two, so please check back.
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